A Steerable Drill for Minimally-invasive Surgery

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In conventional core decompression of osteonecrosis, surgeons cannot successfully reach the whole area of the femoral head due to the rigidity of the instruments currently used. To address this issue, this invention is a steerable drill using a continuum dexterous manipulator (CDM) and flexible cutting tool passing through the lumen of the CDM. Effective curved-drilling parameters, as well as drilling trajectory. Moreover, the invention can perform S-shape drilling as well as multiple-branch drilling. 
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A Steerable Drill for Minimally-invasive Surgery PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty PCT PCT/US2018/012162   1/3/2018     Pending
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