2011 Design of Medical Devices Conference Abstracts

Material Handling System for Robotic Natural Orifice Surgery PUBLIC ACCESS

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Jeff Midday, Alan Goyzueta, Carl A. Nelson

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dmitry Oleynikov

University of Nebraska Medical Center

J. Med. Devices 5(2), 027507 (Jun 09, 2011) (1 page) doi:10.1115/1.3589286 History: Published June 09, 2011; Online June 09, 2011

In Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), in vivo robots can be utilized to perform surgical procedures within the peritoneal cavity. A NOTES approach has no external incisions, which decreases overall recovery time and reduces the risk of infection. Fully inserting in vivo robots into the peritoneal cavity eliminates the triangulation and multitasking limitations associated with more traditional endoscope-based NOTES approaches. One major limitation is that once inserted, the in vivo robots are isolated within the abdomen and cannot send or receive materials to the outside world. A steerable material handling system is being developed to bridge this deficiency. This paper presents the design rationale, methodology, and parameters associated with the system.

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