a surgical robot, performs an orthopedic operation on a patient at the
First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University in Hefei, Anhui
province, Jan 3, 2018. Tianji is China’s third-generation homegrown
orthopedic surgical robot and the world’s first robot to perform an
operation on all sections of a spine, pelvis and limbs.
A patient suffering from numbness received robotic surgery in Anhui on
Jan 3, marking the first instance of robotic surgery in China.
The 42-year-old Wang, with numbness in his legs and left hand, underwent
surgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University
lasting only half an hour, with a wound measuring only 1 centimeter that
had limited bleeding. He was able to get up from bed the next day and
recover within one week. This is faster than with regular surgery, where
the general recovery duration could last two to three weeks due to the
potential for more extensive bleeding.
The robot Tinavi, or Tianji in Chinese, is the world’s only orthopedic
robotic system that is able to carry out surgery on the extremities,
pelvic fractures and the whole spinal segment (cervical, thoracic,
lumbar, sacral vertebrae).
The robot acts as an assistant to the surgeons. Compatible with
multimodality imaging, its state-of-the-art planning software assists
the surgeon to create comprehensive surgical blueprints for spine and
The robot’s optical tracking system enables it to perform 3-D scanning
and monitor the whole surgery process. Like GPS, it can also carry out
real-time tracking to precisely position on the bones. Its robotic arm
increases the consistency between surgical paths and planned