Micro-Macro Telemanipulator for Middle-Ear Microsurgery

Conference: ROBOTIK 2012 - 7th German Conference on Robotics
05/21/2012 - 05/22/2012 at Munich, Germany

Proceedings: ROBOTIK 2012

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Entsfellner, Konrad; Lueth, Tim C. (Institute of Micro Technology and Medical Device Technology, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Munich, Germany)
Strauss, Gero; Berger, Thomas; Dietz, Andreas (Universit├Ątsklinikum Leipzig, Department for ENT, Leipzig, Germany)

This article describes a medical telemanipulation system for middle ear surgery as a combination of a macro and a micro telemanipulator. The purpose of this work was to offer the surgeon a highly accurate tool for manipulating tissue in microsurgical interventions at the middle ear. By combining a macro-scaled manipulator (normal precision and large workspace) with a micro-scaled manipulator (high precision and small workspace) the advantages of both systems can be united. The surgeon controls directly the system at the operating room table with a small joystick control. With a practical sterilization concept for the manipulator and the joystick control, the system is well suited for standard surgical procedures in close proximity to the surgeon. Keywords: Telemanipulator, middle ear surgery, microsurgery, joystick control, micro-macro robot