Pooja Kulkarni designs Endogun

Symbiosis Institute of Design

Pooja Kulkarni (SID Alumni) the final year student of Master in Industrial Design in IIT-B, has designed a device to facilitate surgical process for removing gallbladder. The device would be used to hold the liver up while the surgery is in process which would eventually reduce the chances of human error and costs involved in surgery.


Pooja Kulkarni
Pooja Kulkarni (Image Courtesy & Info - My Medical Mantra)

She has designed a device called Endogun, it’s used for deploying Endoretractor — a gallbladder retraction device designed for laparoscopic cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder). The device reduces incisions, thus reducing the costs involved, chances of error and human engagement.

Depending upon the level of infection, experience of the surgeon and the devices used by the team, a laparoscopic removal of gallbladder requires on an average of 30 minutes. The surgery cannot be performed without holding the liver up and major risk in the surgery is of getting the liver damaged during the surgery. “Such device will be definitely useful for the surgical purpose. Currently, a person has to be assigned to hold the liver up while surgically removing the gallbladder. It would reduce the stress and the chances of errors. While performing the surgery, we have to be very careful in not damaging the liver. If the liver is damaged then it would start bleeding which may prove fatal for the patient,” said Dr Amol Wagh, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.

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