It would not be surprising in the next couple years if we start
seeing high-resolution, high-quality scopes that small,” he said.
While the technology behind the new instrumentation is
becoming more supported with data, one common problem
remains – surgeons confuse this version of mini-laparoscopy
with the one from the 1980s. “To me that’s part of the
hurdle,” Wetter said. “It is getting more popular, but it needs
momentum to reach the other surgeons,” Chung agreed.
Some companies have tried renaming it, but the name
it was introduced by has stuck. Some of the other names
• B.O.S.S.I. (Big Operations with Small Surgical
Instruments): This was termed by Wetter.
• MicroLap: This brand name, registered by CareFusion
for its mini-laparoscopic instruments, is an abbreviated
version of microlaparoscopy.
• MiniLap: This brand name, registered by Teleflex for its
instruments, is an abbreviated version of mini-laparoscopy.
• MIST Instruments: This was the brand name from the
company that invented mini-laparoscopy instruments, which
was later sold to U.S. Surgical, which became Covidien.
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Camran Nezhat, circa 1980, performing videolaparoscopy with one
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