In recent years, laparoscopic surgical procedures have revolutionized many gynecological and abdominal procedures, leading to dramatic reductions in recovery time and scarring for the patient. While techniques and instruments for performing laparoscopic surgery have improved over the years, loss of vision through the endoscopic lens caused by fog, liquid, and solid debris common to laparoscopic procedures remains a significant problem. In this paper, a shielding mechanism that maintains visibility through the laparoscope by removing debris from the distal end of the lens is presented. This device provides an inexpensive and convenient alternative to the current practice of removing, cleaning, and re-inserting the laparoscope during surgical procedures. This device is shown in multiple trials to repeatably remove debris from the distal tip of the lens, thereby restoring vision for the surgeon without requiring removal or reinsertion of the endoscope.
Design of an Endoscope Lens Shielding Device for Use in Laparoscopic Procedures
Anderson, S., Zimmerman, J., Houston, E., Farino, K., and Begg, N. (August 9, 2010). "Design of an Endoscope Lens Shielding Device for Use in Laparoscopic Procedures." ASME. J. Med. Devices. June 2010; 4(2): 027515. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3442792
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