Surgical procedures may alter both the structure and function of organs and tissues. In some instances, these procedures may cause unintended damage to surrounding tissues. Yet, such collateral damage to, otherwise, vital healthy tissues may result in life threatening complications. Hence, developing reliable ablation tools, electrocautery, and robotic surgical systems depends on the understanding of the biomechanical properties of all associated structures/tissues. We have developed tissue-specific methodologies that combined with standard testing procedures have been implemented to measure their biomechanical properties [1].

The assessment of physiological and biomechanical changes associated with ablative methodologies and the subsequent simulations of such, will allow for future predictions of events with a reduced need for such testing. This is especially important in medicine where effects of numerous pathologies and disease states on tissue properties need to be assessed. Here, we present the latest iteration of our characterization...

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