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Clemson students work with GHS to find answers to surgical problems

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Students work with GHS clinicians to identify and solve common surgical obstacles (Courtesy: Clemson University Bioengineering Dept.) Students work with GHS clinicians to identify and solve common surgical obstacles (Courtesy: Clemson University Bioengineering Dept.)
Conventus, developed by grad student Alan Marrioneaux and other students, could help ACL, knee and other surgeries become simpler (FOX Carolina) Conventus, developed by grad student Alan Marrioneaux and other students, could help ACL, knee and other surgeries become simpler (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Some Clemson students spent the summer finding ways to make your next trip to the operating room a little easier. 

Clemson Bioengineering's DeFINE program is a partnership with Greenville Health System. For six weeks, Clemson undergrads sit in on different surgeries and other procedures and help identify different obstacles and problems facing surgeons in the operating room. For example, ways to make surgical screws more failsafe, ways to better image the brain and how to create faster, more efficient surgical instruments. 

This year about 15 students participated in the program. Seniors go on to develop solutions to the needs found during the session. 

"The goal is for patients getting better more quickly, making the operating time reduced, making it be less painful for the patient," said John Desjardins, associate professor with Clemson's Bioengineering Dept. He has a research office at Greenville Health System's Patewood Campus. 

Students work directly with clinicians identifying problems that need to be solved. 

Students who have gone through the DeFINE program have gone on to get patents for some of their inventions. One student, Alan Marrioneaux, helped develop a tool to help doctors drill into two places at once during knee surgery. The apparatus, called Conventus, has gone through several different stages of development. 

Doctors and patients may start seeing students' inventions in operating rooms in the near future. 

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