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Haptic Guidance in Comanipulated Laser Surgery for Fetal Disorders
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  • Authors:
    Gruijthuijsen C, Javaux A, Borghesan G, Vercauteren T, Stoyanov D, Ourselin S, Perret J, Reynaerts D, Vander Poorten E
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  • Published proceedings:
    Proceedings ACTUATOR 2016
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    ACTUATOR 2016
  • Conference place:
    Bremen, Germany
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  • Keywords:
    comanipulation, haptic guidance, fetal surgery, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
The current techniques in minimal invasive surgery allow to treat fetal disorders. In fetal interventions very precise instrument manipulation is required from the surgeon. For instance in the treatment of the twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) it is crucial that the surgeon maintains a specific distance between the tip of the employed instrument and the placenta, while lasering target sites on the placenta. To facilitate this procedure, we suggest a new approach where the surgeon comanipulates the instruments together with a robotic stabilizer arm. The stabilizer arm provides haptic guidance to the surgeon, augmenting the surgeon's dexterity and precision. The first results show that this approach is promising.
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