Mini wiper blade enables clear view during laparoscopic surgery
Wed - April 29, 2020
Laparoscopic surgeons perform many minimally invasive surgeries with the aid of laparoscopes inserted through the abdominal wall of the body to provide a view of internal organs and structures for diagnosis or repair. The most common risks associated with laparoscopy are bleeding, infection, and damage to organs in your abdomen. However, these are rare occurrences. These common risk increases if there is bad vision.
A pervasive problem for surgeons, however, has been that the camera lens at the end of the laparoscope often becomes clouded by condensation or by blood, fat, and other matter. A team at ClearCam, Inc., with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and ties to the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, designed a device that can be used with most laparoscopes that wipes the laparoscope lens clean, much the same way that a wiper blade clears a fogged-up window.
"The ClearCam product is a novel bioengineering solution to a demonstrated problem during laparoscopic procedures," said Todd Merchak, program officer for the Small Business Innovation Research grant program at NIBIB. "The team's innovative approach provides the surgical community with a tool that meets critical needs."