This research presents an experimental study evaluating stomach suturing using a precurved nickel–titanium (NiTi) guidewire for an endoscopic minimally invasive obesity treatment. Precise path planning is critical for accurate and effective suturing. A position measurement system utilizing a hand-held magnetic sensor was used to measure the shape of a precurved guidewire and to determine the radius of curvature before and after suturing. Ex vivo stomach suturing experiments using four different guidewire tip designs varying the radius of curvature and bevel angles were conducted. The changes in radius of curvature and suturing force during suturing were measured. A model was developed to predict the guidewire radius of curvature based on the measured suturing force. Results show that a small bevel angle and a large radius of curvature reduce the suturing force and the combination of small bevel angle and small radius of curvature can maintain the shape of guidewire for accurate suturing.
Study of Insertion Force and Deformation for Suturing With Precurved NiTi Guidewire
Manuscript received July 7, 2014; final manuscript received November 20, 2014; published online February 5, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Pasquale Vena.
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Wang, Y., Chen, R. K., Tai, B. L., Xu, K., and Shih, A. J. (April 1, 2015). "Study of Insertion Force and Deformation for Suturing With Precurved NiTi Guidewire." ASME. J Biomech Eng. April 2015; 137(4): 041004. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4029311
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