Minimally invasive instrumentation for soft tissue robotic surgery

Surgical work and example of robot instrument

Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, have significantly decreased blood loss, postoperative morbidity and length of hospital stay. Robot-assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has offered refined accuracy and more ergonomic instruments for surgeons, further minimizing trauma to the patient. On the other hand, training surgeons in minimally invasive surgical procedures is becoming increasingly long and arduous.

Project aims

This project is funded by the Bristol Urological Institute via North Bristol NHS Trust, and focuses on designing novel instruments for robotic surgery with increased dexterity that will provide more natural manipulation of soft tissues.

Diagram displaying surgical instrumentation

The proposed system will not only reduce the training time for surgeons but also improve the ergonomics of the procedure.

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Theme Leader

Project team

  • Antonia Tzemanaki
  • Professor Sanja Dogramadzi
  • Prof. Tony Pipe
  • Prof. Chris Melhuish


Professor Sanja Dogramadzi
Bristol Robotics Laboratory,
University of the West of England,
Coldharbour Lane, 
Bristol, BS16 1QY
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81301

Raj Persad or David Gillatt 
Bristol Urological Institute
Southmead Hospital
Bristol BS10 5NB
Telephone: +44(0) 117 32 35690

Page last updated 13 April 2017