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Automation of a Flexoscope for Laser Osteotomy

4 pagesPublished: June 13, 2017


Typically, Flexoscopes are used in interventions that require minimal number of ports and maneuverability in the target area such as natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. In orthopedic surgeries, these endoscopes are not used because interventions like drilling and osteotomy necessitate large forces. Laser osteotomy does not require mechanical contact with the bone therefore flexible tools can be used for cutting. GG-1 is a custom-designed robotic platform that allows precise control of the flexoscope’s pose. The robot is anthropomorphically inspired from a human arm. The robot will be able to move and orient the laser accurately, while following an uneven bone surface in the target area of the osteotomy.

Keyphrases: Bio-inspired endoscope, Flexoscope, Laser osteotomy, Robot-aided minimal invasive surgery, Robotic Endoscope

In: Klaus Radermacher and Ferdinando Rodriguez Y Baena (editors). CAOS 2017. 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, vol 1, pages 171--174

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