It is based on a Master-Slave topology in which the surgeon sits at the master console and operates the robotic manipulator from a distance. The robot mainly comprises of three sub-modules; Surgeon Console Module (SCM), Control & Sensing Module (CSM) and Robotic Manipulator & Platform (RMP). The SCM forms the Master Console, whereas the Slave Robot comprises of CSM and RMP modules.
Recently, robotic assistance has been found to be very useful in MIS due to their extra degrees of freedom and high precision compared to a human hand. Currently the most commonly used MIS robot is the da Vinci Surgical Robot, which costs about Pk. Rs. 160 million. Again, due to this hefty cost, it is not affordable by most of the medical schools and training centers in a developing country like Pakistan. To overcome this limitation, we propose to develop a cost-effective MIS robot, dedicated towards surgeon training purposes. The cost effectiveness is expected to be attained due to the local design and manufacturing and the fact that the robot would not require a rigorous testing phase (which usually takes 70-80% of the engineering design time and cost) since it is only developed for training purposes.
Why Choose SurgBot™
It has huge impact on society which can be broadly classify into two categories (a) direct beneficiaries ‘surgeons’, and (b) indirect beneficiaries ‘public and government’.
- A low cost solution will cater the issues of affordability by public sector organizations and small scale hospitals and surgical training colleges and institutes.
- Surgeons can learn to perform robotic surgery in a safe environment.
- The autonomous nature of the system allows junior surgeons to learn the skills without the need of expert surgeons
- A flexi surgical training robot will provide training aid for all kinds of robotic surgery.
- SurgBot™ trainer will eventually make the concept of remote surgeries a reality, where surgeons in urban areas can utilize remotely controlled robots to operate upon patients in remote rural areas.
- Patients being operated by robotic surgery will be befitted with reduced trauma, lesser blood loss and faster recovery.
- Lesser hospitalization stay will save the recurring budget of hospitals.
Two Patents have been filed under this project:
- “SLIP RING DEVICE WITH HOLLOW INNER CORE”
- “Mechanical Interface for Virtual Laparoscopic Surgical Simulator”
SurgBot™ is an outcome of R&D Project titled “Development of Tele-Surgical Training Robot and Simulator” funded by National ICT R&D fund and being executed at SMART Lab of NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) in collaboration with Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi.