CUHK Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre - Driving Medical Innovation with Improved Laparoscope Design
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The applications of laparoscopic surgery, a kind of minimally invasive surgery, are on the rise. However, the surgical smoke generated by energy-based electrosurgical units (EUs) during the incision process often blocks the view of the surgeon and interrupts the surgical procedures. To address this problem, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Minimally Invasive Surgical Skills Centre (CUHK-MISSC) and Chow Yuk Ho Technology Centre for Innovative Medicine (TIM) have partnered with the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) to develop the “Surgical Smoke Evacuation Technology for Laparoscopic Surgery”, which enables a clear laparoscopic view and has pushed the boundaries of medical technology innovation in Hong Kong. It was granted the “Thailand Award for Best International Invention” by the National Council for Research of Thailand and a “Gold Medal with Congratulations of Jury” at the “45th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva”.
Minimally invasive surgery has been developed rapidly around the globe in the past decade thanks to the advancement in biomedical and engineering technologies. Professor Philip Wai-yan Chiu, Director of both CUHK-MISSC and TIM, pointed out that the key to medical innovation success rests on the cooperation between medical practitioners and engineering experts. “When medical practitioners encounter problems related to surgical equipment, they often turn to engineering experts for solutions using innovative technologies. This explains why we collaborated with the biomedical engineering experts of HKPC,” said Professor Chiu.
Despite the application of bladeless fan technology has become popular in recent years, its application in the surgical field is still limited. Professor Chiu praised HKPC’s biomedical engineering team for their expertise in medical devices R&D and promotion. In addition to providing innovative solutions to address the needs of medical practitioners, they also have ample engineering knowhow to turn conceptual ideas into practical applications. The project has demonstrated the seamless integration of medical science and biomedical engineering. He said, “I believe this project is only the beginning of our long-term partnership with HKPC, and I expect more cooperations to come.”