Interventional Systems announces endourology venture with surgical robot tech

A robot-assisted PCNL procedure. [Image courtesy of Interventional Systems/LARC Robotics]Interventional Systems announced a new venture — called LARC Robotics — aimed at using surgical robotics for percutaneous renal access.

Austria-based Interventional Systems said the unit simplifies percutaneous renal access in percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures. This minimally invasive surgical technique helps to manage kidney stones.

The company said in a news release that Dr. Udo Nagele led the first surgeries at Landeskrankenhaus Hall Hospital in Austria. It plans to spend the coming months validating technical and clinical claims in both the U.S. and Europe.

Interventional Systems launched this venture just two weeks after a personnel change in its C-suite.

New CEO Pedro Costa said the company launched LARC Robotics “after understanding the market need.” Its robot simplifies gaining renal access as it allows for targeting under real-ti…

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