The DaVinci robot may soon have competition as the only surgical robot allowed for use in operating rooms, as the Flex System designed by Medrobotics has been submitted for approval in Europe and the United States. The Flex System, also known as a Snakebot, makes an incision-less entry into the body through natural orifices (likely the mouth). Once in the body, a surgeon uses a monitor and joystick to maneuver the Flex System around tissue and organs, while manually controlling the surgical instruments threaded to the tip of the Snakebot. The system is said to be easier to use than a traditional laparoscopy because it does not require multiple punctures to insert surgical tools and cameras.
If the Flex System gains approval, it will be used initially for head and neck surgery, such as the removal of throat tumors. However, the company has set its ultimate goal for abdominal surgeries.
(Source: Popular Science)