Modular robots for minimally invasive surgery


A.H. Vilchis-González, J.C. Ávila-Vilchis, R.G. Estrada-Flores, R. Martínez-Méndez, O. Portillo-Rodríguez, M. Romero-Huertas



This article concerns the aspects that have to be taken into account for mechanical design of modular robots to be used as a surgical tool in MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) interventions. For this purpose, several works concerning modular, reconfigurable and auto-reconfigurable robots are presented. Materials and surgical devices that are used for MIS are taken into account as a reference for modular and reconfigurable robots design considering regulations on medical devices and technology. The information presented in this document is oriented to abdominal ablations in laparoscopic interventions.