As opposed to the traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgery uses very small incisions to carry out the procedure, which offers patients several benefits such as smaller incisions, less pain and faster recovery times. Since the advent of endoscopy in the 1980s, increasing number of surgical procedures has been performed using minimally invasive approaches. In 2018, nearly 15 million laparoscopic procedures are performed every year, globally and the U.S. alone contributes to 32% of the number, i.e. around 4,800,000 procedures.
70% of laparoscopic surgery requires intraocorporeal suturing. Despite advancement in surgical techniques and the availability of newer surgical tools, laparoscopic intracorporeal suturing and knot-tying remains the universal challenge and the most difficult skill in laparoscopic surgery, the complexity of laparoscopic suturing continues to be the barrier to greater adoption of minimal invasion surgeries. LapKnot aims to simplify the intracorporeal knot-tying process and to optimize the surgical sutures in laparoscopic practices.