Minimal invasive technology

Minimal invasive technology is organised around fundamental enabling technologies that focus on specific clinical applications such as needle biopsies, endovascular applications and arthroscopy. These techniques have the advantages that the patient recovers faster, has less pain and can resume regular activities. Next to that the nursing staff working hours are reduced, as the patients will have a shorter stay at the hospital as well. The focus is on affordable and easy-to-use instrumentation enabling the interventionist to access all parts of the body.

Minimal invasive technology core(s):



The Navigate

In minimally invasive interventions, a thin, hollow needle is inserted to facilitate local diagnosis or bring treatment precisely to where it is needed. However, getting the needle to the right spot is a challenge. The NAVIGATE project promises to help doctors to quickly and efficiently guide needle … Lees meer

Steerable Shaft Actuated Tip Articulation (SATA) Punch

The Steerable SATA Punch, which leaded to a patent and spin-off called Surg-on Medical, is the first fully detachable and therefore reusable arthroscopic cutter that has a sideways articulation range of 110 degrees. By rotating the shaft this innovative punch allows orthopedic surgeons to reach all … Lees meer

Surgical trainers

In minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon uses telescopic tools that enter the body through a small incision. One of these instruments is a tiny camera, allowing the surgeon to see what he’s doing, albeit in an indirect way. Surgeons could practice their hand-eye coordination, but did not get any f … Lees meer

From 15 to 1 instrument in knee surgery: the Steerable punch

The steerable punch reduces the instrument set a surgeon currently uses for key-hole knee surgery from 15 to 1 instrument. Punching the loose part of a knee cap requires a precise approach. Currently a surgeon has a set of about 15 punches, each with a specific angle.  Multiple instrument insertions … Lees meer