Flexible Surgical Stapling Device
The Natural Orifice Linear Cutter (NOLC) enables surgeons to perform procedures through the gastrointestinal tract (GI) without cutting or puncturing the skin of the abdominal wall. This has the potential to advance laparoscopic surgery, as well as the emerging Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) field. NOTES has been previously limited by the lack of small, precise, remotely controllable devices, which can effectively and predictably close internal incisions. The NOLC combines a 12 mm-wide surgical stapling device with a flexible shaft. Powered digital controls within the NOLC give the surgeon precise command of the stapling instrument at the end of the shaft, acting like a tiny robot to do remotely what surgeons have done previously with sutures and manual staplers.