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Origami-Inspired Tools Making Surgery Less Invasive

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Engineers at Brigham Young University are developing surgical instruments inspired by origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. The tools in development are so small that the incisions required to accommodate them would be able to heal without sutures. The origami-inspired designs involve fewer parts, enabling them to be both simpler and smaller. A robotically-controlled forceps designed by the team, is small enough to enter through an incision only 3mm in size! The researchers hope that someday these small instruments will enable surgeons to manipulate parts of the body as small and delicate as nerves. The tiny tools will also make surgeries less invasive, meaning less pain and faster healing time for patients.



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