Harvey L, Hendrick R, Dillon N, Blum E, Branscombe L, Webster S, Webster RJ, Anderson T. A Novel Robotic Endoscopic Device Used for Operative Hysteroscopy. Journal of minimally invasive gynecology. 2020 Jun 12. PMID: 32540499 [PubMed]
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.