This paper presents work to develop a miniature in vivo robot for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site (LESS) colectomy. Colon resections are generally not done laparoscopically and would benefit from a robotic platform that reduces the limitations that are currently encountered. This paper looks at the workspace, forces, and speeds of a recently developed miniature in vivo surgical robot platform and analyzes the ability to perform a colon resection based on these criteria. The robotic platform used in this study consists of a two armed robotic prototype and a remote surgeon interface. For the surgical procedure, each arm of the robot is inserted individually into a single five centimeter incision and then assembled within the abdominal cavity. A surgeon then utilizes a user interface that is remotely located within the operating room. The current robotic platform has recently been demonstrated successfully in an in vivo procedure.
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Multi-Functional Surgical Robot for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Colectomies
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Wortman, TD, McCormick, RL, Markvicka, EJ, Frederick, TP, Farritor, SM, & Oleynikov, D. "Multi-Functional Surgical Robot for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Colectomies." Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 6: 35th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B. Washington, DC, USA. August 28–31, 2011. pp. 653-658. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2011-48497
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