Date of Award

6-2019

Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Bioengineering

First Advisor

Jennifer Currey

Second Advisor

Shane Cotter

Third Advisor

Takashi Buma

Keywords

Laparoscopic procedures, Surgical Complicatuons

Abstract

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.

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