Robotic Aids for Laparoscopic Surgery Problems

  • Alícia Casals
  • Josep Amat
  • Enric Laporte

Abstract

Minimally invasive surgery has already become a normal practice. Currently new endoscopical procedures are being investigated in order to increase its benefits, both for the surgeon and for the patient. These benefits are: less damage to surrounding tissues, less post-operative recovery time and no scarring. The extended use of laparoscopic techniques has demonstrated that there are still important limitations in its practical applications. This paper overviews the difficulties appearing in laparoscopic surgery, that comprises the geometrical limitations of the instruments movements and the need to visualize the scene through TV cameras, and analyzes the existing aids as well as the new possible technological improvements.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alícia Casals
    • 1
  • Josep Amat
    • 1
  • Enric Laporte
    • 2
  1. 1.Dep. of Automatic Control and Computer EngineeringUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Adriá Surgical Centre - Vall d’Hebron HospitalsBarcelonaSpain

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