2022-076 – Portable Automated Uterine Manipulator for Laparoscopic Hysterectomies (+/- voice control)

Background

Laparoscopic hysterectomies are typically conducted by a team, which consists of a surgeon, co-surgeon, and medical student or other necessary medical personnel. Commonly, the third member is responsible for inserting a handheld device into the patient’s vagina and cervical OS, allowing for manual manipulation of the uterus. Manipulating the uterus is crucial for better visualization of important structures for the surgeons doing the hysterectomy. Although this is a commonly used method for laparoscopic hysterectomies, limitations arise in relation to the visual field and the third member’s capability and knowledge of utilizing the device accurately. Thus, there is a need for a device capable of optimizing surgical visualization and reducing the potential for miscommunication or missteps among the surgical team members.

Technology Description

A researcher at the University of New Mexico has proposed a portable automated device to be used for laparoscopic hysterectomies. Automated control will be possible via remote or voice commands presented by the surgeon, as opposed to the medical student or alternative medical personnel who may be interpreting the procedure differently. The device would allow for optimal visualization of the important structures during the procedure. In addition, the invention will have the ability to move in x-y-z planes while providing positional and pressure feedback, reducing the risk of complete uterine rupture. Further, the portable manipulator may be transported from one room to another, while also having the ability to attach to beds for increased stability.

Advantages

  • Automated system for uterine manipulation
  • Offers a controllable device via remote or voice control
  • Reduces risk of complete uterine rupture
  • Eliminates need for additional medical personnel
  • Allows for optimal visualization

Potential Applications

  • Medical Research
  • Women’s Health
    • Gynecology
    • Laparoscopic hysterectomies

Contact Information

Name: Gregg Banninger

Email: GBanninger@innovations.unm.edu

Phone: 505-272-7908