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Enhanced Surgical Feedback System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247023D
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 166K

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Abstract

A method of providing complex feedback to surgeons by monitoring multiple simultaneous sensory inputs and biomimics the expected processes with digitally generated and enhanced, sensory outputs.

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Enhanced Surgical Feedback System

Summary:

A method of providing complex feedback to surgeons by monitoring multiple simultaneous sensory inputs and biomimics the expected processes with digitally generated and enhanced, sensory outputs.

Description:


• Surgeons would like to have better 'feel' of tissue that has been lost due to various technologies and other design decisions.


• Technology is also enabling the ability to more accurately sense things that could help a surgeon better understand the tissue and device issues.


• There have been little or no ability to balance the desire to feel the natural tissue and enable greater use of the technology sensing in the OR.


• Giving the surgeon better 'feel' and feedback could allow better control, improving surgical times, and ultimately patient outcomes.


• The mechanical sounds within an OR are hard to distinguish and generating a new one that is agreeable and understandable is not desired.

A device that combines a harmonic transducer, an input control switch and haptic feedback managed by a microprocessor that can collect surgeon and device sensor inputs, calculate a method of communicating the relevant information and directing it back to the surgeon through haptic and other feedback both on the device itself and within the environment as desired.


• A harmonic device with a control switch to activate and a haptic feedback mechanism internally to the device.


• A microprocessor connected to the harmonic transducer signal to monitor and understand responses from the device during use.


• A program that monitors the feedback of harmonic signals and other external sensors, such as the sound of the patients beating heart and creates a 'user feedback' signal.


• A haptics feedback system, consisting of a vibration system and/or a small audio speaker, located within the switching area of the device the hand of the user is in contact that can 'play' a portion of the user feedback signal.


• An additional audio signal that may be played on a bone conductive headset for the user, which allows the user to hear the other sounds and personnel in the OR in a natural, unencumbered way. This headset then provides precise feedback from the system to improve device use and help the user manage their and the device's performance without removing their focus from the surgical field.


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• An optional lighting feedback system that directs the surgeons to focus on specific areas of the device or tissue or enhances the nature of the procedure.


• A surgeon puts their finger on the switch of the device. This provides a voice notification through the headphones confirming the setting for the device, the default being cauterizing and cutting.


• The surgeon moves their finger forward on the switch and feels a small 'click' as well as hears a click from the device they're holding.


• Immediately after the click the surgeon hears the heartbeat of the patient amplified a bit throug...