Fukuoka Tokushukai Hospital in Kasuga, Japan, has signed an agreement with US-based medical device company Asensus Surgical to lease and use the Senhance Surgical System.

Located in Fukuoka Prefecture on Kyushu, Fukuoka Tokushukai Hospital has 602 beds and is a part of the Tokushukai Medical Group.

Tokushukai Medical Group is a large private hospital system in Japan, with 400 facilities, including clinics and nursing care facilities, as well as 75 hospitals. 

Asensus’s Senhance surgical system is said to be the only commercially available robotic surgery system with haptic feedback, a differentiating feature for surgeons.

Asensus Surgical president and CEO Anthony Fernando said: “Japan remains one of our fastest-growing regions, and we are delighted to bring another outstanding institution on board.

“Fukuoka Tokushukai Hospital, which is part of Japan’s second-largest hospital system, is highly focused on delivering cutting-edge care, and we are excited to partner with them to help enable better outcomes for their patients.”

Anthony further added: “Surgeons have continued to recognise the benefits of Digital Laparoscopy coupled with Senhance’s clinical intelligence and digital tools, as well as its broad applicability.

“We look forward to accelerating the adoption of digital laparoscopy throughout Japan and other key geographies around the world.”

Fukuoka Tokushukai Hospital CEO Dr Noritomi Tomoaki said: “Senhance is the only commercially available robotic surgery system with haptic feedback, which provides doctors with the ability to feel the tissue response of the body during a procedure.

“We are committed to giving our patients the best care possible, and the Senhance System will enable us to grow our robotic surgery department and improve patient outcomes.”

The Senhance Surgical System is now available for sale in the US, EU, Japan, Russia and select other countries. 

The system helps hospitals and surgeons carry out performance-guided general laparoscopic surgical procedures and laparoscopic gynaecology, urology and thoracic surgeries.

It aids surgeons in precisely controlling laparoscopic instruments for visualisation and endoscopic tissue handling, including grasping, cutting, blunt, and sharp dissection in laparoscopic surgery.