A whisker-inspired approach to tactile sensing
Inspired by the twitching whiskers of common rats and Etruscan shrews, European researchers have developed rodent-like robots and an innovative tactile sensor system that could be used to help find people ...
Can you feel the force?
Engineering students from the University of Leeds have found a way to let surgeons keep their sense of touch when operating at a distance with keyhole techniques.
Robotic surgery put to the test for bowel cancer
A robotic system that promises to improve the quality of 'keyhole' bowel cancer surgery is being put to the test for the first time.
New training instrument allows surgeon to feel grasp force in keyhole surgery
The number of complications following keyhole surgery can be reduced by giving the surgeons a better feeling of how hard they are grasping the tissue with their operating instruments. This is made possible by designing the ...
5-year results show keyhole bowel cancer surgery is safe and effective
Laparoscopic or 'keyhole' surgery is a safe, effective way of removing bowel tumours and should be offered to all patients undergoing surgery for colorectal cancer, according to researchers from the University of Leeds.
Pacemaker in stomach helps against vomiting
People with severe stomach disorders can sometimes suffer from chronic vomiting. This symptom can be treated with electrical impulses from a pacemaker in the stomach. A new method enables patients who could benefit from this ...
Robotic prostate surgery may mean big trade-off
(AP) -- A new study suggests less-invasive keyhole surgery for prostate cancer may mean a higher risk for lasting incontinence and impotence when compared with traditional surgery.
The decision about the incision: Is midline or transverse better for abdominal surgery?
An unusual study at the Department of Surgery at Heidelberg University Hospital examined for the first time whether the incision technique used in major abdominal surgery had an effect on the results. Neither ...
Worldwide success in treatment of liver tumors
Leicester consultant surgeon who has developed a pioneering technique using microwaves to destroy liver tumours has treated more than 100 patients in the UK and other patients are now being treated internationally.
Researchers develop better training for keyhole surgery
Researcher Sanne Botden has improved the training methods for surgeons who perform keyhole operations. At present, a relatively large number of errors are made during surgery of this kind. She defends her ...