A Novel Robotic Endoscopic Device Used for Operative Hysteroscopy

J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2020 Nov-Dec;27(7):1631-1635. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2020.06.009. Epub 2020 Jun 12.


To trial the use of a novel endoscopic robot that functions using concentric tube robots, enabling 2-handed surgery in small spaces, in a bioengineering laboratory. This was a feasibility study of the endoscopic robot for hysteroscopic applications, including removal of a simulated endometrial polyp. The endoscopic robot was successfully used to resect a simulated endometrial polyp from a porcine uterine tissue model in a fluid environment. The potential advantages of this platform to the surgeon may include improved exposure, finer dissection capability, and use of a 2-handed surgical technique. Further study regarding the safe, efficient, and cost-effective use of the endoscopic robot in gynecology is needed.

Keywords: Endoscopy; Hysteroscopy; New instruments; Robotics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Technical Report
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Device Removal / instrumentation
  • Device Removal / methods
  • Endoscopy / instrumentation*
  • Endoscopy / methods
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Gynatresia / surgery
  • Humans
  • Hysteroscopy / instrumentation*
  • Hysteroscopy / methods
  • Intrauterine Devices
  • Inventions*
  • Models, Animal
  • Polyps / surgery
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Robotics / instrumentation*
  • Robotics / methods
  • Swine
  • Uterine Diseases / surgery