Ergonomic re-design of a surgical stapling device

Project Overview

Surgical staplers have undergone many design modifications including the recent addition of powered devices. Stapling devices are used both for intestinal resections and anastomoses as well as for vascular control. The users of these devices have also changed overtime with both the increase in female surgeons as well as an aging surgeon population.

Opportunities for improvements in device design for the increasingly diversified surgeon users are multiple. This project provides the opportunity for lab based and field study investigation of the ergonomic implications for the device users as well as potential for novel design modifications and/or solutions.

Sample devices - powered and non-powered.
Access to surgeons for interviews and demonstrations.

Past BME Design work:

J R Coll Surg Edinb. 1997 Feb;42(1):1-9.
Surgical staplers: a review.
McGuire J1, Wright IC, Leverment JN.

Surg Technol Int. 2015 Nov;27:97-101.
Current Developments and Unusual Aspects in Gastrointestinal Surgical Stapling.
Frattini F1, Amico F2, Rausei S1, Boni L1, Rovera F3, Dionigi G3.

Dr. Amy Liepert
University Hospital and UWSMPH
(608) 262-6246

Alternate Contact:
Mary Sesto
(608) 263-5697


Team picture

Team members from left to right: Andrew Fugate, Ellen Restyanszki, Therese Besser, Albert Anderson


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Contact Information

Team Members

  • Andrew Fugate - Team Leader
  • Albert Anderson - Communicator
  • Therese Besser - BSAC
  • Ellen Restyanszki - BWIG & BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Beth Meyerand - Advisor
  • Dr. Amy Liepert - Client