Robot-assisted laser tissue soldering system

Svetlana Basov, Amit Milstein, Erez Sulimani, Max Platkov, Eli Peretz, Marcel Rattunde, Joachim Wagner, Uri Netz, Abraham Katzir, Ilana Nisky

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Fast and reliable incision closure is critical in any surgical intervention. Common solutions are sutures and clips or adhesives, but they all present difficulties. These difficulties are especially pronounced in classical and robot-assisted minimally-invasive interventions. Laser soldering methods present a promising alternative, but their reproducibility is limited. We present a system that combines a previously reported laser soldering system with a robotic system, and demonstrate its feasibility on the incision-closure of ex-vivo mice skins. In this demonstration, we measured tearing forces of ~2.5N, 73% of the tearing force of a mouse skin without an incision. This robot-assisted laser soldering technique has the potential to make laser tissue soldering more reproducible and revolutionize surgical tissue bonding.

Original languageEnglish
Article number#339859
Pages (from-to)5635-5644
Number of pages10
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018


FundersFunder number
Iowa Science Foundation
Israel Science Foundation823/15
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ministry of Science and Technology, Israel


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