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Intuitive lands FDA clearance for new da Vinci robot

The soft tissue robotics leader incorporated new features into the system, from tissue sensing feedback to a smaller size and more comfortable console.

Intuitive Surgical said Thursday it received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for a fifth-generation robotic surgery system intended to help the company keep its dominant market share in the face of looming competition.
The da Vinci 5 system incorporates features that surgeons have long sought, such as feedback that simulates the feel of the patient’s body tissue, a smaller physical footprint in the operating room, and better console ergonomics.
The improvements “can help drive incremental demand for the system and raise the bar for competition in the future,” William Blair analyst Brandon Vazquez said Friday in a note to clients.

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