OC Robotics has completed early stage work that shows how a stiff, steerable snake-arm could be used as a platform for natural orifice surgery. This story is an update from a previous news release.
Natural orifice surgery has the potential to revolutionise surgery in the same way that laparoscopic surgery replaced open surgery. The objective is to enter the abdomen through an internal organ rather than through the skin - e.g. access via the mouth, oesophagus and stomach, and then through the stomach wall.
Rob Buckingham, company MD, says, "We are at the earliest stage of establishing the problems and proposing solutions. Our prototype signals a direction of travel and is a milestone towards exploring a new surgical paradigm."