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Multifunctional Laparoscopic Trocar With Built-in Fascial Closure and Stabilization

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Qian Wan, Ellen Roche

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA

Oliver Schoppe

Harvard College,
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA;
Department of Electrical Engineering,
Munich University of Technology,
Munich, Germany

Suvai Gunasekaran

Harvard College,
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA

Dónal Holland

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA;
Department of Mechanical and
Manufacturing Engineering,
Trinity College,
Dublin, Ireland

Hye-Chun Hur

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,
Boston, MA

Conor Walsh

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA;
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering,
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA

1These authors contributed equally.

Manuscript received March 15, 2013; final manuscript received April 25, 2013; published online July 3, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Arthur G. Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 7(3), 030912 (Jul 03, 2013) (3 pages) Paper No: MED-13-1067; doi: 10.1115/1.4024478 History: Received March 15, 2013; Revised April 25, 2013

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Simulation: suturing on elastic cloth with (right) and without (left) the presented device

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Cross-sectional view of trocar at (a) Pre-insertion with wedges closed and obturator — a device used to penetrate the abdominal wall during the initial introduction of the trocar — in place, (b) Surgery with inner tube down, wedges open, slits closed, and (c) Closure with needle passing through opened slits.

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