The Michigan Engineer, a magazine produced by the University of Michigan College of Engineering, released an article on the FlexDex surgical platform, entitled Elegant Mechanics for Streamlined Surgery.
Fundamental engineering principles give this all-mechanical surgical instrument the dexterity of a robot at a fraction of the cost.
The article describes some of the challenges with laparoscopic procedures and how FlexDex surgical can be a solution. From the article:
Minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, surgery has several benefits for the patient, such as reduced pain and blood-loss and shorter hospital stays. However, in conventional hand-held instruments for laparoscopic procedures, the instrument tip that goes inside the patient’s body lacks wrist-like articulation and moves in the opposite direction as the surgeon’s hand. Using these counter-intuitive instruments can be a physical and mental strain, and as a result not all surgeons are able to perform laparoscopy. Today, surgeons have to choose between these awkward hand-held “straight sticks” or expensive robotic systems that require considerable training and are not readily accessible in all hospitals in the U.S. and around the world. FlexDex disrupts that binary.
Read the full article HERE.