Surgery with snake-arm robots

Written by TF on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 01:37PM
Filed in: Surgical
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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."

OC Robotics is developing a range of sizes of snake-arm robot. Check out some of the products we offer, and some examples of snake-arms in use around the world.

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