- Low-cost, semi-robotic tool support system improves on conventional laparoscopy
- Enables doctors to keep tools in place during surgical tasks
- Offers more precise tool manipulation and may decrease surgery time
The University of Central Florida invention describes a laparoscopy support system that bridges the gap between manual and robotic laparoscopy. The device is semi-robotic in such a way that the surgeon can still manipulate the tools with their own speed and precision. However, the surgeon can lock the position and rotation of each trocar and inserted tool in place using a controller such as a foot pedal. This can provide the surgeon with the capability to hold laparoscopy tools during surgical tasks, which can only be provided when using a robotic system.