Prof. Rohde describes his long search for a solution before discovering the Paexo Shoulder. “At the beginning, I searched for other solutions such as hand-rests mounted to the operating table.”
He said the problem with hand-rests could result in limitations, though. So his search continued. Prof. Dr. med. Veit Rohde wanted a tool that would eliminate the pull of gravity on his arms during long surgeries.
Prof. Dr. med. Veit Rohde says, “My expectation is that the use of Paexo during delicate neurosurgical operations in the sitting position helps me to reduce the fatigue in the arm and hand muscle and allow a constant high surgical precision even in longer surgeries.”
He said he hopes future exoskeletons will relieve back stress due to surgery.
“For the future, I also can imagine exoskeletons helping to relieve the stress on the back during operations. The surgeon stands and exoskeletons facilitate surgical steps needed for high muscle strength, as often found in the spine and orthopedic surgery.”
He says the positions a surgeon has to hold for long periods are exhausting and harmful to the health over years of repetition. The first experiences with Paexo are promising though future studies are necessary to provide conclusive evidence that Paexo reduces muscle strain.