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Telemanipulation using snake robots for minimally invasive surgery

This video demonstration shows knot tying using telemanipulation. This technological innovation is proving invaluable for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries.


Mockup preliminary experiment of Trans-urethral bladder resection of tumor using this technology:

Robot design due to ARMA member Roger E Goldman. Control code written by Andrea Bajo. Work done is collaboration with Dr. Ryan Pickens and Duke Herrell. Initial research on this topic started with Dre. Lara Suh. More details about this system are available at:

[1] Goldman, R. E., Bajo, A., MacLachlan, L. S., Pickens, R., Herrell, S. D. & Simaan, N. (2013). Design and Performance Evaluation of a Minimally Invasive Telerobotic Platform for Transurethral Surveillance and Intervention. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 60(4), 918-92

[2] Simaan, N., Xu, K., Wei, W., Kapoor, A., Kazanzides, P., Flint, P. et al. (2009). Design and Integration of a Telerobotic System for Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Throat. The International Journal of Robotics Research, 28(9), 1134-1153.


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