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Towards Flexible Steerable Instruments for Office-Based Laryngeal Surgery

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Kevin O’Brien, Zachary R. Boyer, Benjamin G. Mart, Cory T. Brolliar, Loris Fichera

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Thomas L. Carroll

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Paper No. DMD2019-3309, pp. V001T06A017; 6 pages
  • 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference
  • 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, April 15–18, 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4103-7
  • Copyright © 2019 by ASME


Office-based endoscopic procedures are becoming an increasingly attractive option for the treatment of laryngeal abnormalities, but their effectiveness is limited by the lack of articulation in currently available surgical instruments. In this paper, we propose the development of novel miniaturized steerable instruments aimed to overcome this limitation and extend a surgeon’s reach inside the larynx. To guide the designs of these new instruments, we report on a simulation study which uses image-based anatomical models to derive the kinematic requirements to operate inside the laryngeal cavity.

Copyright © 2019 by ASME



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