Miniature In Vivo Robotics and Novel Robotic Surgical Platforms

Bhavin C. Shah, Shelby L. Buettner, Amy C. Lehman, Shane M. Farritor, Dmitry Oleynikov

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Abstract

Robotic surgical systems, such as the da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, California), have revolutionized laparoscopic surgery but are limited by large size, increased costs, and limitations in imaging. Miniature in vivo robots are being developed that are inserted entirely into the peritoneal cavity for laparoscopic and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgical (NOTES) procedures. In the future, miniature camera robots and microrobots should be able to provide a mobile viewing platform. This article discusses the current state of miniature robotics and novel robotic surgical platforms and the development of future robotic technology for general surgery and urology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-263
Number of pages13
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009

Keywords

  • In vivo robots
  • Miniature robots
  • Natural orifice surgery
  • Novel technology
  • Robotic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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