SINGAPORE: A new innovation to simplify the process of removing large or complex kidney stones has been developed by a team of staff from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), said a joint press release on Tuesday morning (Sep 19).
The team, in collaboration with the National University Hospital (NUH), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Invivo Medical, created a mechanism called a Percutaneous-Access-to-Kidney-Assist Device (PAKAD) that can reduce X-ray exposure, risks of complications and shorten recovery periods for the patient.
Traditionally, the surgery is done by inserting a long and hollow needle through the skin to reach the kidney stone, before an endoscope surgical instrument is inserted through the aid of the needle passage to fragment and remove it.
This procedure is complex, as the surgeon has to use free-hand techniques to locate the stone and, according to the press release, is usually carried out by a senior surgeon.
With the help of the PAKAD, the needle is systematically adjusted, guided and stabilised into alignment with the targeted stone.
This device was one of the innovations showcased at this year's edition of TechInnovation, an event which convenes technology providers and seekers to explore collaborative opportunities through open innovation.