Theia Soteria: Alternative Design for Safer Initial Entry During Laparoscopic Procedures

Patrick Ryan, Union College - Schenectady, NY
Kayla DuBois, Union College - Schenectady, NY
Madelyn Joanis, Union College - Schenectady, NY


Laparoscopic procedures account for 15 million surgeries worldwide [1], with the initial entry into the peritoneal cavity accounting for 33-50% of all major laparoscopic complications [7]. This initial entry is the most dangerous as surgeons must enter the cavity using a sharp object with no visibility and space between the outer surface of the cavity and internal tissues. During the initial entry into the peritoneal cavity, the patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures are at a high risk for damage to internal organs and vasculature, necessitating the development of a device to protect these internal tissues and increase patient safety.