Mini-Hexapod II

Minimally invasive cochlear implant surgery

  • Drilling a direct access to the cochlea instead of removing parts of the lateral skull base
  • Diameter of the drill canal: ≈ 2 mm


  • Targeting the cochlea with an accuracy better than 0.5 mm
  • Preserving vital structures such as the facial nerve and chorda tympani

Approach considered here

  • A bone-attached, passive, parallel kinematic device

Gough-Stewart platform (Hexapod) on the skull

Project Partners:

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Mechatronic Systems

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Thomas Rau |

About The VIANNA research team