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Role Specific Views for Laparoscopic Surgery

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Project TitleRole Specific Views for Laparoscopic Surgery
Track Code2013-116
Short Description

A novel viewing method for laparoscopic surgery

Abstract

Allows both the surgeon and the surgeon assistant to watch two separate views simultaneously.  This technology also allows for the surgeon and his or her assistant(s) to choose the visual perspective most suited to their tasks.  Such an invention allows for the simultaneous viewing of close detail and a more general perspective, avoiding the limiting problems of a surgical team viewing a single, shared perspective. 

 
Tagsminimally invasive surgery, keyhole surgery, laparoscopic surgery
 
Posted DateJul 15, 2013 5:40 PM

Researcher

Name
Marios Pattichis
Yuebing Jiang
Timothy Perez

Manager

Name
Melissa Castillo

Background

Laparoscopic surgery, also often referred to as minimally invasive surgery, is a modern surgical technique focusing on operations involving the abdomen and are performed through very small incisions, typically from 0.5 to 1.5 centimeters in size.  Such surgeries make use of live images displayed on monitors to magnify and provide a more detailed field of view for the surgeons and their teams.  Advantages of laparoscopic surgeries include reduced pain, smaller recovery times, and less hemorrhaging.  However, this technology is currently limited by the constraints of the field of view displayed on the monitors.  Often times, a surgical assistant manipulates instruments out of the visual field.  This lack of visual feedback is inefficient and potentially dangerous as well.  These limitations have been recognized in the past, but up until this point no improvements to the technology have been made.  An improvement in visibility could result in even less invasive surgeries with decreased healing times and improved accuracy, factors which are of value to both the surgical team and the patient. 

Technology Description

Researchers at the University of New Mexico have developed a novel viewing method for laparoscopic surgery.  This invention allows both the surgeon and the surgeon assistant to watch two separate views simultaneously.  This technology also allows for the surgeon and his or her assistant(s) to choose the visual perspective most suited to their tasks.  Such an invention allows for the simultaneous viewing of close detail and a more general perspective, avoiding the limiting problems of a surgical team viewing a single, shared perspective. 

Advantages/Applications

  • Allows for two different viewing perspectives during laparoscopic surgery
  • Provides both detailed and more general views of the surgery
  • Reduced post-operative pain and shorter recovery for patients
  • Wide range of applications in the surgical field

INQUIRES

STC has filed intellectual property on this exciting new technology and is currently exploring commercialization options. If you are interested in information about this or other technologies, please contact Arlene Mirabal at amirabal@stc.unm.edu or 505-272-7886.

Files

File Name Description
9,451,161 Issued Patent None Download

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
9,451,161 Sep 20, 2016 Utility United States