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Camera Facilitating Surgery

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000220582D
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 188K

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Abstract

A method is needed to provide surgeons with easy and reproducible insight into the access and correct location of implants into the middle ear.

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Title 

Camera Facilitating Surgery

Problem Addressed 

A method is needed to provide surgeons with easy and reproducible insight into the access and correct location of implants into the middle ear.

Novelty Statement

Described herein is a fixation system to mount and orient a middle ear implant, actuator, or other device that will be surgically implanted. During the surgery a dedicated (temporary) camera can be mounted in the same fixation system.

Description (Components, Process)

During the surgery a small, camera is mounted temporarily in the fixation system that is used later on to hold the (middle ear) implant, actuator, or other device that will be surgically implanted.

The temporary camera is connected to a computer. The computer offers an advanced user interface (UI) that provides direct feedback to the surgeon. The UI shows the camera view as well as information relating to the depth angle, orientation, simulated projection of the implant, etc. It can simulate the length and geometry of different parts and position of the medical device and/or any connectors or prosthesis that can be attached to the implant.

This allows the surgeon to use the camera to find the correct position for the device that is being implanted. After finding the correct position, the surgeon can remove the camera and insert/place the implanted device.

Ultimately, the system could be associated with drilling a hole in the footplate. The solution also helps inexperienced surgeons find the correc...