New Frontiers

Innovation for CARLO by AOT & Zühlke

We partnered with the innovation service provider Zühlke to develop a machine learning platform that allows CARLO to determine the progress of its cuts by analysing images with computer vision and artificial intelligence in real-time during surgery. Zühlke provided us with the necessary knowledge and resources to realise this project within our ambitious timeline as well as to make the new technology compliant with the Medical Device Regulation.

Where to find us - Expos 2022

Advancements and Innovations in Surgery

Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego 

Foyer

May 13-14 2022

ISSH, IFSHT & FESSH Combined Congress

ExCel, London

Booth 52

June 6-10 2022

CARLO at Institut Fair Faces

CARLO is now part of the newly opened Institut Fair Faces in Amiens, France. This unique center for research and education will develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to restore form and function to faces disfigured due to congenital malformation, trauma or tumor.

We are proud that the institute decided that CARLO is to be part of this fascinating endeavour and wish success to Prof. Bernard Devauchelle and Prof. Sylvie Testelin who created the institute following their groundbreaking achievements like the world’s first face transplant.

A CARLO patient story

When Paolo Lodise had to undergo jaw surgery, he found out that the intervention could also be done with robotic laser osteotomy. So, he asked his doctor Prof. Christoph Kunz from the university hospital Basel, who then carried out the operation with CARLO.

First CARLO surgeries in France

Our Laser Osteotome made its way into yet another country: In April 2022 at CHU Amiens-Picardie four patients were treated with CARLO, benefitting from its unique advantages. As usual, all surgeries went smoothly.

 

AOT would like to thank Prof. Sylvie Testelin, Prof. Bernard Devauchelle, Dr. Jerémie Bettoni and Prof. Stéphanie Dakpé for the great collaboration!

CARLO® on TV

As Switzerland remains the country with the most patent applications per capita in the world, TV station SRF 1 decided to show AOT as a prime example of Swiss ingenuity on their show “10 vor 10”. This gave us the opportunity to showcase CARLO’s patented skills on national television.

Elmar Zurbriggen (CEO) and Peter Oprandi (CFO) join AOT

We are delighted to welcome Elmar Zurbriggen, our new CEO, and Peter Oprandi, our new CFO, to the AOT team!

Scrub Nurse Testimonial

Marion Jahn, a scrub nurse with decades of experience, has been involved in most of the CARLO procedures at the Paracelsus clinic in Munich. She tells about her hands-on impression of the world’s first Laser Osteotome.

Hand & Wrist & Forearm Surgeries with CARLO

Functional cuts and the outstanding precision of CARLO reveal new possibilities in hand, wrist and forearm surgery. Together with scientists from the Hand Surgery Unit of the Kantonsspital Baselland and the Swiss MAM Research Group of the Department of Biomedical Engineering | University of Basel, we are currently conducting preclinical trials for various indications with promising results.

This image is not part of the cited study, but shows CARLO creating canals in a sheep skull.

Study: "[...] lasers might minimize the invasiveness of navigated brain biopsies"

A new study, published in “Frontiers in Oncology”, finds that “high precision bone cutting by Er: YAG lasers might minimize the invasiveness of navigated brain biopsies”. Using CARLO, the authors* created multiple canals in human skull bone, that were precise enough to guide biopsy needles with sufficient accuracy. They conclude: “Laser technology might be a valuable tool to improve the procedure of brain biopsies regarding invasiveness, procedure time and finally risk profile.”
 
*Thanh Tu Ha, Florian M. Thieringer, Martin Bammerlin and Dominik Cordier

Patient specific cutting path in Le Fort I Osteotomy

Being able to modify cutting paths according to the needs of each individual patient is one of the big advantages of CARLO, the world’s first Laser Osteotome. In October 2021 a cutting path specifically designed for the patient was used in a Le Fort I Osteotomy performed by Christoph Kunz, Hans-Florian Zeilhofer and Florian M. Thieringer at the University Hospital Basel.

LIBS and its potential for cancer surgery

With laser technology you can not only cut bones but also analyze tissue. While in theory this has been known for a long time, AOT is the first implementing it in the praxis.

CARLO in the OR

AOT’s co-founder Prof. Dr. Dr. Philipp Jürgens and his team at the Paracelsus clinic in Munich routinely use laser bone surgery for orthognathic corrections. They have succesfully treated dozens of patients suffering from jaw misalignments with CARLO since the beginning of clinical laser bone surgery in 2021.