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Design and Preliminary in Vivo Validation of a Robotic Laparoscope Holder for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Abstract : Background Manual manipulation of the camera is a major source of difficulties encountered by surgeons while performing minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Methods A survey of laparoscopic procedures and a review of existing active and passive holders were conducted. Based on these analyses, essential requirements were highlighted for such devices. Pursuant to this, a novel active laparoscope manipulator was designed, paying particular attention to ergonomics and ease of use. Several trials on the pelvitrainer and a first in vivo procedure were performed to validate the original design of our device. Results Phantom experiments demonstrated ease of use of the robot and advantages of the intuitive joystick with omnidirectional displacements and speed control. The compactness of the device and image stability were appreciated during the surgical trial. Conclusions A novel robotic laparoscope holder has been developed and produced. An in vivo trial proved its value in clinical practice, enabling surgeons to work more comfortably. Copyright 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Keywords : robot-assisted surgery; minimally invasive surgery; laparoscope holder; in vivo trial
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Benoît Herman, Bruno Dehez, Khanh Tran Duy, Benoit Raucent, Etienne Dombre, et al.. Design and Preliminary in Vivo Validation of a Robotic Laparoscope Holder for Minimally Invasive Surgery. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, 2009, 5 (3), pp.319-326. ⟨10.1002/rcs.263⟩. ⟨lirmm-00386036⟩



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