Robotic Endoscopic Platform for Performance of Advanced Endoluminal Surgery


The high maneuverability dual-arm endoscopic surgical robotic platform for digestive diseases enables surgeons to perform sophisticated surgical procedures with high accuracy and thus increases surgical safety and success rate.

  • Robotic Endoscopic Platform for Performance of Advanced Endoluminal Surgery
Technical name of innovation
Robotic Endoscopic Platform for Performance of Advanced Endoluminal Surgery
Problem addressed

Advanced endoluminal surgical procedures are technically challenging due to the lack of tissue retraction, high perforation rate and long operation and training time for surgeons.

  • Comparing to conventional procedures, this platform creates triangulation between different tools for more working space
  • Creates more tissue tension for effective dissection
  • Decouples camera motion for a stable point of view
Key impact
  • Surgical procedures can be performed by introducing flexible robotic manipulators through the working channel of an endoscope to reach the site of interest without the need for creating an opening in the patients' body, greatly reducing the pain and speeding up recovery.
  • This platform had been tested to perform Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) in the live porcine models. There were no bleeding and no perforation in all trials. The operation time was reduced by 2-3 times, comparing to using conventional tools.
  • Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury in the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2019
  • Gold Award in EMedic Global 2016
  • Therapeutic management to early gastrointestinal cancers and other digestive diseases

Through the InnoHK funding support of the HKSAR Government, the Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Center (MRC) was established in 2020 by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in collaboration with ETH Zürich, Imperial College London, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Hong Kong. We bring the worlds of medicine and robotics together, focusing on technological innovation with a strong emphasis on clinical translation and direct patient benefits. 

Furthermore, we support three areas of research including: Endoluminal multi-scale robotic platforms for diagnostics and therapeutics, Magnetic-guided endoluminal robotic platform, Image-guided robotic interventions.