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$500 device has same functionality as a surgical robot


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FlexDex Surgical instrument capable of making small incisions and stitching in the body.

Mounts to a surgeon’s arm and operates like an extension of the arm.

Traditional handheld laparoscopic tools have a limited range of motion move in the opposite direction to the surgeon’s hands.

Functions without a motor or computer chip.

Developed by researchers at the University of Michigan.

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Minimally invasive surgery medical device technology that provides high dexterity.


Pediatric Surgeon at the University of Michigan and founder at FlexDex Surgical.


Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University if Michigan and Founder at FlexDex Surgical.


Public Research university.