The $4 million study project will be headed by lecturer Sanja Dogramadzi from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and UWE Bristol, with nine partners comprising North Bristol NHS Trust, Translational Biomedical Research Centre and the Bristol Urological Institute at the University of Bristol, headed by Director, lecturer Raimondo Ascione. Lecturer Chris Melhuish, Director of BRL is also involved in this study.
Minimally invasive surgery for some of the clinical applications is substituting the conventional ‘open access’ method, and has been linked with patient benefits like reduced blood loss, faster recovery and lesser infections. More advanced robotic systems have the ability to substitute laparoscopic tools for keyhole surgery in numerous clinical areas if introduced with integrated better vision, accurate and ergonomic systems.
Lecturer Dogramadzi and the pan-EU study group have identified a requirement for better tools in robot-supported minimally invasive surgery to support and improve the performance of surgeons in cardiovascular, urology and orthopaedic genres and to expand the potential for such technology to more intricate surgical procedures.
The scientists will introduce modern biomedical tools based on the clinical feedback that copy intricate human dexterity and senses. These can be adorn by the surgeons and transfer the surgeon’s own motions to the closed surgical interface without limitations. This will diminish the overall cognitive manipulation and training demand.The main core elements of hardware would be starting points in introducing the novel surgical robotic system. Exoskeletons will fit over the hands of surgeon, which will regulate the instruments inside the body, a novel surgical gripper which mimics the two fingers and the thumb of the hand.
The device that goes inside the body would have haptic potentials, enabling the surgeons to feel the organs and tissues inside the body, just like they perform during conventional surgery. The present prototype has been introduced by scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Dr. Antonia Tzemanaki and her supervisory group lecturers Pipe, Melhuish and Dogramadzi.
In addition to this, the scientists will also introduce smart glasses that allow the surgeon to have a practical view of what is happening inside the body while using the advanced robotic tools introduced. The smart glasses will enable surgeons to position themselves anywhere in the operating room.
According to professor Ascione, “The advent of effective biomedical technologies makes this exciting association project within reach. We will be delighted to identify the novel prototype at the state of the art national TBRC preclinical facility operating at the GLPMA and NHS standards.” Further added by Mr. Koupparis, “This study will enable a vital step in the future with potential to support many more patients across UK and EU, while diminishing the price burden on healthcare systems.”
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