In current practice, surgeons use suction and irrigation to clear the field of view during procedures. Devices designed for suction often employ a strong negative pressure (vacuum). This negative pressure may result in tissue damage and/or occlusion of the device lumen . This occlusion significantly compromises the ability to suction, creating inefficiencies and delays in the surgical procedure. To prevent this problem, some surgeons will place a sponge on the target area before applying suction, thereby reducing the negative pressure to which tissue is exposed. In laparoscopic surgery, sponges are inserted through laparoscopic-size incisions or ports and then tracked to ensure eventual removal. This process may be time consuming and may make control of hemorrhage more difficult . This paper describes the design and development of a laparoscopic device that combines suction and irrigation with a novel sponge suction technique to provide a surgeon with a...
Laparoscopic Device for Direct and Indirect Suction
Harvard Medical School
Manuscript received March 15, 2013; final manuscript received April 26, 2013; published online July 3, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Arthur G. Erdman.
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Frech, A. J., Orozco, D., Davoudi, K., Ding, C., Field, R., Yasin, R., Roche, E., Holland, D., and Walsh, C. (July 3, 2013). "Laparoscopic Device for Direct and Indirect Suction." ASME. J. Med. Devices. September 2013; 7(3): 030920. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4024519
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