Laparoscopic trocar insertion force simulation

Samson Galvin, Samantha Scarpinella, Shawn Safford, Scarlett Miller, Jason Moore

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Laparoscopic surgery is a common minimally invasive procedure that is performed through small ports in the abdominal wall. The ports are created with tools called trocars that are used to inflate the abdominal cavity and are used as gateways for surgical tools. There is limited training on trocar insertion for novice surgeons and it is a crucial step in the laparoscopic procedure. There are several challenges associated with placing and inserting trocars in the abdominal area. In this paper, experimental data is used to create a mathematical model for the expected trocar force, which had an average error of 3.67%. A novel trocar training system is proposed to effectively simulate the haptic feeling of inserting a trocar into the abdomen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791886731
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Apr 17 2023Apr 21 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023


Conference2023 Design of Medical Devices Conference, DMD 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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