Application of haptic feedback to robotic surgery

Brian T. Bethea, Allison M. Okamura, Masaya Kitagawa, Torin P. Fitton, Stephen M. Cattaneo, Vincent L. Gott, William A. Baumgartner, David D. Yuh

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Robotic surgical systems have greatly contributed to the advancement of minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. However, current robotic systems do not provide tactile or haptic feedback to the operating surgeon. Under certain circumstances, particularly with the manipulation of delicate tissues and suture materials, this may prove to be a significant irritation. We hypothesize that haptic feedback, in the form of sensory substitution, facilitates the performance of surgical knot tying. This preliminary study describes evidence that visual sensory substitution permits the surgeon to apply more consistent, precise, and greater tensions to fine suture materials without breakage during robot-assisted knot tying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-195
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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