Towards an Anthropomorphic Design of Minimally Invasive Instrumentation for Soft Tissue Robotic Surgery

  • Antonia Tzemanaki
  • Sanja Dogramadzi
  • Tony Pipe
  • Chris Melhuish
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7429)

Abstract

Minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, have significantly decreased blood loss, postoperative morbidity and length of hospital stay. Robot-assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has offered refined accuracy and more ergonomic instruments for surgeons, further minimizing trauma to the patient [1]. On the other hand, training surgeons in minimally invasive surgical procedures is becoming increasingly long and arduous [2]. In this paper, we outline the rationale of a novel design of instruments for robotic surgery with increased dexterity that will provide more natural manipulation of soft tissues. The proposed system will not only reduce the training time for surgeons but also improve the ergonomics of the procedure.

Keywords

Minimally invasive surgery robotic surgery surgical instrumentation anthropomorphic design abdominal surgery 

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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonia Tzemanaki
    • 1
  • Sanja Dogramadzi
    • 1
  • Tony Pipe
    • 1
  • Chris Melhuish
    • 1
  1. 1.Bristol Robotics LaboratoryUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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