Robot-assisted vitreoretinal surgery

H.C.M. Meenink, R. Hendrix, G.J.L. Naus, M.J. Beelen, H. Nijmeijer, M. Steinbuch, E.J.G.M. Oosterhout, van, M.D. Smet, de

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

20 Citations (Scopus)


To improve the time efficiency of current vitreoretinal surgical procedures and to enable new procedures demanding increased accuracy, a robotic system to assist in vitreoretinal procedures has been developed, extending human capabilities beyond current limitations. The robotic master–slave system is compact, lightweight and easy to set up. A combination of high-precision mechanical design and high-performance controller synthesis facilitates high accuracy down to 10 µm, tremor filtering, motion scaling, automated instrument changing an ergonomic body posture for the surgeon and haptic feedback. First functional tests with the demonstrator system show a short setup time, an intuitive usage and good ergonomics. With a knife and a pick, a successful peel of the inner shell membrane of the chorioallantoic membrane of a chicken egg has been achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical robotics : minimally invasive surgery
EditorsP. Gomes
Place of PublicationCornwall
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-0-85709-130-7
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials


Dive into the research topics of 'Robot-assisted vitreoretinal surgery'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this