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Robotic surgery 'effectively' removes hard-to-reach throat cancer Apil 30, 2011
Till now, robotic surgery was considered a mainstream tool for removing an ever-increasing variety of head and neck tumours. But, now a team of head and neck surgeons from Mayo Clinic has found that robotic surgery can treat cancer in the narrow, hard-to-reach area beyond the tongue at the top of the voice box.
"We've known it's useful for tongue base and tonsil cancers, but we wanted to assess its effectiveness in the larynx," said Kerry Olsen, Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist and senior author of the study.
The investigation of transoral robotic surgery (TORS) followed nine patients for up to three years following removal of supraglottic squamous cell carcinoma, which affects the area of the larynx above the vocal cords. Most of the patients had advanced-stage disease.
The results showed TORS effectively removed cancer, with "clean," disease-free margins, and was easier to perform than the approach of transoral laser microsurgery via a laryngoscope. The patients also underwent the surgical removal of their adjacent neck nodes at the same operation....read more
Health First Gala Supports Robotic Surgery Posted: April 28, 2011
MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Health First Foundation hosted their 29th annual benefit ball that will fund a “dual console” for the new robotics-assisted surgery system at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
The Gala event was held Saturday, April 16, at the Clemente Center on the campus of the Florida Institute of Technology.
This year’s Ball theme was “An Evening of Modern Art & da Vinci Robotics: Where Art & Medicine Meet.” Guests attending this black-tie affair enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment aimed at raising funds the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System....read more
European Robotics Forum meets in Sweden, aims to turn research into products April 28, 2011
The European Robotics Forum, held 6-8 April 2011 at the Aros Congress Center in Västeras, Sweden, drew over 340 roboticists from 26 countries to exchange ideas and network. “At the EURON/EUROP Annual Meeting last year in San Sebastian [Spain], we had more than 230 participants," noted Rainer Bischoff, the EUROP Coordinator. "This year, the overwhelming participation of the robotics community indicates that we are on the right track.”
Building on last year’s theme of “Closing the gap between industry and academia,” the focus this year was "Enabling innovation: from research to products." The structure of the Forum remained the same: three days dedicated to robotics starting with the industry driven EUROP, its members assembly, and workshops on the first day. The second day was organised jointly by both EUROP and EURON, and the third day was organised by EURON.
During the Forum, the finalists of the 2011 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award, in its eighth year, recognized unique collaboration between research and industrial partners leading to innovation with proven potential for significant economic impact. Martin Hägele, a jury member and head of the Department of Robot Systems at Fraunhofer IPA, commented: “The judges awarded the first prize to the Lightweight Robot developed by KUKA and DLR – German Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics – because, being developed over more than a decade, it is mature technology that could open up numerous robotic applications in our daily life, such as in manufacturing, services, and medicine.”
From the outset, the KUKA-DLR Lightweight Robot (LWR) was developed to imitate a human arm’s dexterity, sensing, and strength. Simultaneously it is also less dangerous and easier to program than existing robots, making it ideal for tasks which require close human-robot interaction. The LWR is more portable and energy-saving than robots with comparable payloads, making it particularly suitable for mobile robot applications.....read more
Olympic Medical board agrees to join forces with Swedish Medical Center April 27, 2011
In 2009 Swedish opened the first operating room in the US specifically designed for robotic surgery. Swedish officials say by utilizing their new da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons at Swedish are able to perform certain types “of complex, minimally invasive procedures with greater precision while speeding patient recovery.”
The board of commissioners of Olympic Medical Center voted unanimously today to join forces with Swedish Medical Center, the vast Seattle-based medical care conglomerate. By signing up Swedish as a “tertiary affiliate,” OMC will be able to provide a more extensive menu of health care options to peninsula residents.
Following almost a year of planning and research, the commissioners unanimously approved a “memorandum of understanding” spelling out the terms of the agreement....continue reading
Neurosurgeon Performs Brain Surgery Using Robotic Technology April 27, 2011
For the first time, a neurosurgeon in Quebec has completed a procedure by removing a brain tumor from a patient, utilizing a three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging and a robotic arm. Dr. David Fortin performed the innovative surgery at the Sherbrooke University Hospital last fall.
The successful operation was then made public, once the patient had completely recovered. Since then he has operated on four more patients with the help of the robot, which was named "Rosa", manufactured by Medtech, a French company.
Fortin revealed that the robot acts just like a third arm, which was reliable and precise for the neurosurgeon. The robotic arm improves the safety of the extended and protracted movements during the operation, eliminating the fatigue factor. The robotic arm was not only easy to use, but also much less invasive for the patient. According to Fortin, the patient’s quality of life would also be preserved. He had used the robot along with the three-dimensional MRI, which showed the complete circuitry of the brain and also gave real time data about the brain.
During the course of the surgery, the patient was woken up once for stimulating the brain. He mentioned that the complete tumor was removed only because of the three techniques and that a normal surgery would not have removed the entire tumor....read more
Dr. William Gross of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter
Local doctor uses new robot technology to treat sleep apnea April 24, 2011
Sleep apnea affects many people all over the country, but a new type of surgery, aided by a development in technology is helping to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea sufferers.
"The condition of sleep apnea is characterized by episodes of airway obstruction during sleep, leading to inadequate breathing and oxygen de-saturation during sleep," said Dr. William Gross of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter. "Symptoms can include severe chronic snoring, daytime fatigue and sleepiness, and morning headaches. If untreated, it is a major risk factor for hypertension, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. It is a lot more than just an embarrassment or nuisance."
The doctor is using a new type of technology — a robot, in fact — to treat sleep apnea.
The condition is most commonly treated by a breathing mask called CPAP or BIPAP, which is worn during sleep. However, some patients find this to be uncomfortable or impossible to use. If a patient cannot use CPAP, surgery, which involves removing the tonsils and trimming the uvula and palate may be considered, but it can be painful and not always successful.
The most common reason for failure of the surgery is that the airway may relax during sleep behind the back of the tongue. Because of this, many surgical procedures have been tried in order to alleviate airway obstruction at the back of the tongue, but none have provided a good combination of high-success and low-complication rates.
MMC and Gross investigated the possibility of utilizing TORS, transoral robotic surgery, but this method has been used by a very few physicians at this time as a potential solution to the problem of tongue-base airway obstruction....read more
Cost of RAPN vs. LPN Probed April 21, 2011
ORLANDO—Robot-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN) has more upfront costs than laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN), but these costs may decrease with time as surgeon and operating room staff experience increase, according to a new study.
In recent years, nephron-sparing surgery has become the standard of care for the treatment of small renal masses. However, partial nephrectomy remains underused. It is theorized that this underuse is due to a number of factors, one of which is the limitation of advanced laparoscopic techniques needed to perform partial nephrectomy. Robot-assisted surgery has eased the transition to minimally invasive surgery in the setting of prostate cancer and may also do so for partial nephrectomy, the researchers noted. But the cost of robotic techniques is an important barrier.
“If you are an experienced laparoscopic surgeon, you will not need the robot,” said study investigator Thomas Schwaab, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology/Immunology. “If you are an inexperienced surgeon who wants to tackle complex partial nephrectomy, the robot may make it easier and we simply wanted to look at whether it costs more money.”...read more
Rice wins $1.2 million for heart-valve tissue research April 20, 2011
NIH funds four-year study of new materials for growing replacement heart valves
A team of bioengineers from Rice University is bringing a promising new strategy for growing replacement heart valves closer to reality, thanks to a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The team hopes to use gel-like materials to generate three-dimensional patterns called scaffolds that can simultaneously mimic the complex structural and physical properties of heart-valve tissues and guide the behavior of tissue-forming cells.
Tissue-engineering researcher Jane Grande-Allen, the lead investigator on the grant, said researchers once believed that replacement heart valves would be one of the easiest and first tissues that could be grown in the laboratory. At just a millimeter thick, the rugged flaps of tissue in heart valves seemed simple enough when researchers first started trying to engineer them in the mid-1990s. "It's ironic because they turned out to be one of the most difficult and complex tissues of all," said Grande-Allen, associate professor in bioengineering at Rice.
Grande-Allen said it's been difficult for engineers to find synthetic materials that truly mimic the complex structure and mechanical properties of heart-valve "leaflets," the tough yet flexible flaps of tissue that form a tight seal to prevent blood from flowing backward each time the heart pumps. Having materials that can both mimic the leaflets' microscopic structure and act as a pattern for tissue-forming stem cells has been a missing link in growing replacement heart valves.....read more
New Test Detects Prostate Cancer More Accurately Than Traditional Screening Methods April 19, 2011
According to a research from Northwestern Medicine, a new PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening test for prostate cancer can more accurately identify aggressive forms of the disease and substantially reduce false positives, as compared to the two methods currently available. "This discovery is especially significant for men over 50 whose PSA levels put them in a 'gray zone,' where a biopsy may not be needed," said Dr. David B. Samadi Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
The new screening method, Prostate Heath Index, compares blood levels of three types of PSA, which can better differentiate between elevated PSA and other benign contributing factors. Elevated PSA levels may indicate the presence of prostate cancer but may also be caused by inflammation or enlargement of the prostate gland, or other conditions. It is this "gray area" that can result in unnecessary biopsies or prostate cancer treatment options.
"The PSA test has long been the standard test for prostate cancer, but has also been controversial in failing to detect aggressive cancers from slow-growing ones that would not have been life-threatening," said Dr. Samadi...read more
A robotic intubation system that inserts endotracheal tubes in patients is being tested on human subjects. (Photos courtesy McGill University Health Centre)
World's first intubation robot tested on human subjects April 19, 2011
Pretty much any time a patient is placed under a general anesthetic, a plastic endotracheal tube is inserted down their throat, in order to keep their airway open. The procedure is known as intubation, and has so far always been performed by hand. In this age of robotic surgery, however, it's perhaps not surprising to hear that surgeons at Montreal's McGill University Health Centre are now trying out a remote-control intubation system on human subjects.
The robotic system is called the Kepler Intubation System (KIS), and was developed by McGill Professor of Anesthesia Dr. Thomas M. Hemmerling and his team.
Intubation is a tricky process, and even experienced medical personnel can reportedly sometimes find it challenging. "Difficulties arise because of patient characteristics but there is no doubt that there are also differences in individual airway management skills that can influence the performance of safe airway management," said Hemmerling. "These influences may be greatly reduced when the KIS is used."
The system incorporates a joystick-controlled video-laryngoscope, which lets the user see inside the patient's trachea. They can then safely and precisely insert the endotracheal tube, steering it along the path of least resistance.
After a period of practicing on medical simulation mannequins, field testing of KIS on human patients has now begun....continue reading
CTE's biomedical science teacher Allison Hutchinson along with Lincoln High students as they watch the da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System on Monday in the Avera McKennan Hospital's cafeteria. photos by jay pickthorn/argus leader
High school students get high-tech look at surgery April 19, 2011
Skills simulator offers peek into engineering, medical futures
About 50 high school students got a feel for surgery Monday with Avera McKennan Hospital's new robotic skills simulator. Like a high-tech version of the board game "Operation," Career and Technical Education Academy engineering and health students steadied their hands to move and squeeze two claws. On a nearby screen, a corresponding set of tweezers picked up, stacked and dropped 3-D blocks. "It's actually very fluid, very easy to use," said Alex Grimes, a Lincoln High School senior taking engineering classes at the CTE Academy.
Avera recently bought the skills simulator along with the next generation da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic surgical aide. The hospital received its first robotic system in 2007 and now uses it to perform more than 250 robotic surgeries a year, lead surgical technologist Joni Scheier said.
But the skills simulator is something they've never had before. It will give doctors a chance to brush up on their skills with robotic surgery. "We'll use the module not to train the surgeon but to keep them proficient," gynecologic oncologist Dr. Luis Rojas said....read more
Early Results Promising for Robotic Pancreatic Resection April 18, 2011
SAN ANTONIO – Early data suggest that robotic-assisted technology may be the vehicle that helps drive pancreatic cancer surgery into the mainstream, thanks in large part to the improved dexterity and visualization capabilities the technology provides, according to Dr. A. James Moser.
After performing 50 robotic pancreaticoduodenectomies, he and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center believe robotic hepatobiliary-pancreatic (HPB) surgery is a reasonable and feasible approach for management of pancreatic cancer, Dr. Moser said at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
"The majority of patients [mean age 67 years] had had prior surgery, more than half had major medical comorbidities, and a quarter of them had multiple major comorbidities," said Dr. Moser. The first 34 patients underwent classic pancreaticoduodenectomy, and the rest had pylorus-preserving surgery, he said. The mean operative time was 576 minutes, and the median estimated blood loss was 400 mL....read more
First MAKOplasty® Knee Surgery at San Francisco Surgery Center Gets Patient Up and Walking One and a Half Hours After Procedure April 16, 2011
St. Helena Hospital's Coon Joint Replacement Institute's orthopedic surgeon John H. Velyvis, M.D., performed San Francisco's Surgery Center's first outpatient, robotic- assisted partial knee replacement surgery on a 64 year-old patient from Alaska who was up and walking one and a half hours after the procedure.
On April 5, 2011, St. Helena Hospital's Coon Joint Replacement Institute's orthopedic surgeon John H. Velyvis, M.D., performed San Francisco's Surgery Center's first outpatient, robotic- assisted partial knee replacement surgery on a 64 year-old patient from Alaska who was up and walking one and a half hours after the procedure.
The new MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing surgery resurfaces the damaged area without compromising the healthy bone and tissue surrounding it. Taking less than one hour, this minimally invasive procedure offers a smaller incision and a faster, less painful recovery than traditional knee replacement surgery.
The surgery was done in cooperation with Dr. Kevin R. Stone, who specializes in biological approaches to joint replacement. With this surgery, many patients are up on their feet the same day.....read more
Dr. Herbert J. Zeh III (foreground) and Dr. A. James Moser are shown executing a robot-assisted pancreaticoduodenectomy or Whipple procedure. Photo credit: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Robotic Techniques Show Promise for Pancreatic Procedures April 15, 2011
Robotic surgery is continuing to expand its reach, with widespread interest in the technology for endometrial cancer staging and recent exploration of its viability for complex pancreatic resections and reconstructions.
Gynecologic oncologists and pancreatic surgeons aren’t the only ones vying for time with the da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical) – the only such system currently on the market. Their experiences, however, offer perspective on some of the key issues – from operative time and cost effectiveness to training needs – that are being raised as robotic technology is adopted.
Pancreatic Surgery "Robotic-assisted pancreatic resections and reconstructions can be performed safely with postoperative complication rates and fistula formation comparable to results observed with open techniques," according to Dr. Herbert J. Zeh III, and Dr. A. James Moser, codirectors of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s pancreatic cancer center, who reported their results with 30 robotic-assisted major pancreatic resections and reconstructions, including 24 pancreaticoduodenectomies.....continue reading
Researchers Find Anatomic Differences After Robotic Surgery April 15, 2011
Anatomy of pelvis following robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) is different when compared to the anatomy of the pelvis following an open prostatectomy (OP), say researchers. These findings, which are the first to ever compare pelvic anatomy following RARP and OP surgery, may have implications for patients requiring post-operative radiation. The study currently appears on-line in Practical Radiation Oncology.
Prostate cancer is the most common non-cutaneous cancer diagnosed in men globally. In 2009, there were 192,280 new cases diagnosed, and 27,360 deaths from prostate cancer in the U.S. The surgical approaches to prostatectomy include open (OP), laparoscopic, and robot-assisted prostatectomy. In particular, robot-assisted prostatectomy has rapidly gained acceptance in the urologic community and is now in widespread and rapidly expanding use.
According to the researchers the pelvic anatomy post-RARP is considerably different from the pelvic anatomy post-OP. "The most clinically relevant differences observed in the current study were the superior mediolateral separation of the levator ani and the trend toward statistical significance in the separation of the bladder from the rectum, representing the anterior, posterior, and lateral borders of treatment volumes," explained lead author Ariel Hirsch, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at BUSM "Thus, careful attention must be paid in planning the posterior and lateral margins to ensure that coverage is sufficient in men who have undergone RARP. To that end......read complete article
Good Sam Hospital noted in robotics April 14, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Good Samaritan Hospital is on the cutting edge of robotic surgery. It is recognized as a regional leader. The Da Vinci robotic surgery is not new to the Miami Valley, but Good Sam has become a major player in the field. Dr. Bruce Bernie spoke live with our Marsha Bonhart about robotic procedures, so watch the video for more.
Surgical robot deployed in public hospital April 14, 2011
THE PETER MacCallum Cancer Centre has a new surgical robot which will reduce the time cancer patients spend in hospital for highly complex keyhole surgeries. Hospital stays for some patients will now be reduced from five days to overnight.
The da Vinci robotic surgical system at Peter Mac is the first such installation in a Victorian public hospital, although some private hospitals already have similar equipment.
Peter Mac has also established the Academic Robotic Cancer Surgery Program to take advantage of the new technology. This program will provide training and research opportunities for health professionals in the development of robotic surgery services.
A new statewide Robotic-Assisted Surgery Advisory Group will assist in the exchange of views and ideas on the use of surgical robots. Peter Mac purchased the da Vinci robotic surgical system with $3 million in donations from private benefactors. For complete article Click here
Titan Medical Inc. Signs Service Agreement with SenseGraphics AB April 13, 2011
Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") (TSX VENTURE:TMD) announced today that it has signed a service agreement with SenseGraphics AB, a leader in 3D and haptic software simulation.
Under terms of the agreement, SenseGraphics AB will develop novel and customized simulation software that will be integrated with the Company's next generation robotic surgical system, Amadeus(TM). Additionally, SenseGraphics will provide for Titan Medical a unique simulation program that will allow a real time 3D task and anatomy based simulation training program....read more
Micro-robot Operates Inside Eye April 12, 2011
Researchers in Switzerland are perfecting a robot small enough to be injected into your eye without anaesthetic. The team say their device could carry drugs to the exact position they are needed - or even carry out minor operations. Let's take a look.
Researchers in Switzerland have developed a robot so small it can be injected into the human eye. The robot could deliver drugs and perform eye surgery, even without anesthetic. Brad Nelson, professor of robotics and intelligent systems at the ETH Zurich institute of technology, says the microbot could lead to some novel treatments.....read more
San Francisco Surgery Center First to Offer MAKOplasty in an ASC April 11, 2011
San Francisco Surgery Center became the first ambulatory surgery center to offer MAKOplasty, a robotic arm-guided system for aiding in minimally invasive surgical treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a company news release.
MAKOplasty is currently offered at 29 hospitals in the United States. The procedure uses CT scan to generate a patient-specific three dimensional remodeling and reconstruction of the bone surfaces for optimal inter-component alignment. The technology focuses on just the portion of the knee affected by the osteoarthritis and allows the surgeon to resurface the damaged area without compromising healthy bone and tissue....read more
All About Women OB/GYN Clinic Founder Dr. Anthony Agrios Performs First Single-Incision Surgery in Area April 11, 2011
GAINESVILLE, FL--(Marketwire - April 11, 2011) - Innovative surgical techniques enable many possibilities for patient comfort and care. Dr. Anthony Agrios M.D, founder of the north Florida OB/GYN clinic All About Women Obstetrics and Gynecology (http://www.allaboutwomenmd.com/), recently performed an innovative single-incision hysterectomy procedure using the daVinci Surgery system. Prior robotic procedures required several small incisions. This single-incision approach however is the first of its kind to be performed in central and northern Florida.
Hysterectomies and other procedures available through robotic systems have been around for a long time. Robotic assisted surgery allowed OB/GYN surgeons to avoid large, potentially dangerous incisions. In recent years, though, researchers have been exploring single-incision approaches that serve to enhance robotic assisted surgeries even more. Rather than create several small incisions, OB/GYN surgeons can simply open one incision to complete the procedure....read more
West Coast’s first robotic surgery on spine April 11, 2011
Technology increases precision, enhances healing and improves results.
UC Irvine Medical Center’s Dr. Nitin Bhatia and Dr. Samuel Bederman have conducted the first robot-assisted spinal surgery on the West Coast.
They utilized a robotics system called SpineAssist to increase the precision of spinal implant placement in a Los Angeles woman who had undergone two previous operations, including a spinal fusion in 2007 to treat a degenerative disk. She had developed another herniated disk in her lower back that caused pain and sciatica. The goal of the SpineAssist procedure — a spinal fusion performed with screws and grafts — was to alleviate her discomfort and stabilize the spine...read more
Private plane crash kills 3 in Mississippi
McCOMB, Miss. (AP) Monday April 11, 2011 — The pilot of a private airplane that crashed and killed three people Sunday is being remembered as a respected surgeon and experienced pilot who used his plane to travel between homes in Mississippi and Texas and for flying to work in several cities.
Authorities said Dr. Taylor Pickett, 51, was traveling with his wife and her sister from New Orleans to McComb, Miss., about a 110-mile flight, when the plane went down a few miles from the McComb airport Sunday about 4:30 a.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The crash killed Pickett, his 22-year-old wife, Laura Pickett of Summit, Miss.; and her sister, 29-year-old Jacquelyn Ham of Meadville, Miss., according to Percy Pittman, a coroner in Pike County, Miss.
Dr. Pickett was a cardiologist and thoracic surgeon who worked for McComb's Mississippi Cardiovascular Institute before going to work in Texas. Yana Ogletree, a spokeswoman for Memorial Health System of East Texas, said Pickett was a part of the hospital staff and had a home in Lufkin, Texas. She said he also practiced at other hospitals in Texas and used his airplane for work and pleasure.
Pickett was the first doctor for Memorial Health System of East Texas to perform a robotic surgery on heart and lungs, Ogletree said. She said it was the first time the procedure was performed in the area and before then the closest place it was done was in Houston.
December 22, 2011 Today I came across this beautiful video created and posted on YouTube by Riley Pickett, Dr. Taylor Pickett's Daughter. I was so moved after watching it that I couldn't resist posting it on the all about robotic surgery website. (I hope Riley doesn't mind).
"A video I made in honor of my dad, Dr. Taylor Pickett, and his wife (my step-mom), Laura Pickett. I love and miss them very much!"
Amadeus® Robotic Surgical System
Amadeus could change the tune in medical robotics April 7, 2011
Hopes are high that the research going on in an Ancaster industrial park will help push robotic surgery into the medical mainstream.
Titan Medical Inc.(TMD:Venture) is working on an enhanced system for robotic surgery, a four-armed surgical platform that will allow a surgeon to “feel” the pressure exerted by surgical tools working deep in the body.
“Right now, you can see what you’re doing, but you can’t feel it,” says company president Reiza Rayman, a cardiac surgeon who holds a PhD in robotic telesurgery.
Titan’s surgical tools that are in development have a greater range of motion than what is currently available, and use electrical signals and motors to replicate touch.
“The tools need to be truly responsive and dexterous to enable a human operator to feel like his whole body is there.”
In its early stages, the instruments for robotic surgery were like chopsticks, says Rayman. Titan’s system will use multiple joints to approximate the movements of the human hand and arm.
Robotic surgery grows popular for pediatric patients April 7, 2011
Dr. Danielle Sweeney is the only certified pediatric specialist performing robotic surgery in Central Texas. She is a pediatric urologist who works closely with Dell Children's Hospital.
Dr. Sweeney spoke to KVUE about using robotic surgery in pediatric patients.
Research and Markets: Global Market for Robotics in Healthcare 2010-2014 - Emerging Nations are Driving Demand for Robotics in Healthcare April 6, 2011
TechNavio's analysts forecast that the Global Market for Robotics in Healthcare will reach $1 billion in 2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is Neuro-Robotic system to enable movement for paralyzed patients. The market for Medical Robotics has also been witnessing development in Pharmacist Robotics segment. However, the expensive nature of robotics surgery could be a challenge to the growth of this market.
Research conducted by Technavio reveals, that the global robotics for healthcare market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21 percent. The report, which focuses on America, EMEA and APAC indicates, that the market is currently driven by the surge in robotic surgery centers in emerging nations.
Robotics vendors have been targeting countries such as Japan and India. For example, Fortis Healthcare is investing $21.9 million in India to set up ten robotic surgery centers, reports Technavio analyst.
In spite of the need, FDA's restrictions on companies selling medical robot hinder the growth of this market. However, the development of pharmacist robots is expected to drive market growth.
The global robotics in healthcare market is marked by an increased focus on mergers and acquisitions. This makes the study an important one for companies to fully understand the potential in the market and formulate its own strategy.
Da Vinci robot perfects Operation board game on video April 6, 2011
We've seen the dexterous Da Vinci robotic surgery system put to work folding minute paper airplanes, and now it tries it claws on an operation. Well, not a real operation, but Operation the board game. Students at Johns Hopkins University took some time to put together a video showing just how accurate the device can be, pitting it against one of the most frustrating toys known to man.
Henry Ford Pioneers Robotically Controlled Ultrasound Probe April 5, 2011
Henry Ford Hospital was the first hospital world-wide to use a new, robotically controlled ultrasound probe to help remove a cancerous tumor from a kidney.
"We performed our first partial nephrectomy with the new robotically controlled ultrasound probe in January," says Craig Rogers, M.D., director of Renal Surgery at the Henry Ford Vattikuti Urology Institute.
"To date, we have completed more than 30 additional cases and there is no question that this is 'game changing' advancement for robotic surgeons," says Dr. Rogers, who has performed more renal surgeries - both for robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) and for total nephrectomy - than any other surgeon in the world....read more
From the Yorkshire Post
Robots do save lives... and I’m still here to prove it April 5, 2011
When university lecturer Chris Garbett was given the devastating news he had cancer he was told he would need surgery to remove the tumour.
But for the self-confessed “techie”, it was both a surprise and a comfort when his surgical team offered him the chance to become one of the first patients in the UK to have an operation for bowel cancer using a robot.
Nearly three years on, he is free of the disease but also playing an important part in a ground-breaking international trial led by researchers in Yorkshire to evaluate the effectiveness of robotic surgery in treating rectal cancer.
Experts plan to examine rates of survival and recurrence of the disease by comparing outcomes after robotic and conventional keyhole surgery in 400 patients at more than 20 sites around the world.
The £1.2m study is one of the first international trials to be co-ordinated by the Clinical Trials Research Unit, based at Leeds University, which has established a worldwide reputation from landmark work that has already led to significant change in NHS clinical practice for patients....read more
Robot surgery offers hope for women with fertility problems April 4, 2011
A New York fertility specialist has 'partially successfully' implanted a British woman's own ovarian tissue back into her body after treatment for breast cancer.
In an attempt to restore her fertility, Emma Leach, from London, underwent robotic surgery in the USA using tiny pieces of her ovaries that had been frozen five years previously, prior to receiving chemotherapy which rendered her infertile.
'Using [the robot] for an ovarian transplant had never been done before', said Professor Kutluk Oktay, director of the Institute for Fertility Preservation and professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at New York Medical College. 'The robotic arm mimics the movement of the hand but there is much more precision... There is no hand tremor. This allows the surgeon to do fine suturing at microscopic levels without having to put patients through invasive surgery', he added.
Leach's frozen tissue was flown to the USA from Britain, thawed, and stitched into one of her non-functioning ovaries via a keyhole incision. Technically, the operation was a success as some egg follicle growth and hormonal function were detected in the ovaries following the operation, indicating fertility. However, this was short-lived, most likely due to the small amount of tissue which was transplanted.
Professor Oktay, who will present his research at the Transatlantic Reproductive Technologies Network meeting this month, called the procedure 'a partial success'.... read more
Intuitive Surgical has $1.5B Opportunity in the Colorectal Surgical Market April 4, 2011
Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG), the developer of the da Vinci Surgical System, an advanced robotic surgical device, has a $1.5 billion opportunity in the colorectal market, according to Collins Stewart. The company left the SAGES conference increasingly confident that the next big procedure for its da Vinci system will be colorectal surgery and reiterated its Buy rating and $400.00 target.
Interestingly, the advanced robotic surgery device maker now generates about half of its revenues from recurring sources, which includes the sale of parts and attachments used in surgeries. As the firm continues to rapidly expand its installed user base, and an increasing number of surgeons are trained on its devices, these revenues should continue to expand and provide a solid barrier to entry....read more
Dr. Adam Huggins demonstrates how to adjust a part on the da Vinci robotic system, which will be used in surgeries at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. / DIPTI VAIDYA / THE TENNESSEAN
Robotic surgery spreads to smaller TN hospitals April 2, 2011
Summit Medical Center in Hermitage installed a da Vinci Surgical System last week. Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Williamson Medical Center in Franklin already have the technology, as do three other hospitals in Nashville.
Dr. Adam Huggins, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Summit, hopes to use the new da Vinci at his hospital for the first time later this month. Until now, he's been doing the procedures at Centennial, another TriStar Health System hospital. Summit invested about $1.75 million in the technology.
"Until the last year or two, robotic systems have mainly either been in place at very large hospitals or academic institutions," Huggins said. "What you are seeing now in the past year or so is robotic technology being employed by more community hospitals.".....read complete story
Luna Innovations extends relationship with medical robotics firm April 1, 2011
Roanoke-based Luna Innovations (LUNA) announced Thursday that it has extended its development agreement with a leading medical robotics company. The deal with Intuitive Surgical has been in place since 2007 and had been extended previously in January 2010, days before Luna emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Thursday's announcement said the extension was aimed at further integrating Luna's shape-sensing technology into Intuitive's products, which are used in robotic-assisted surgeries.
Luna, a nanotechnology and fiber optics company that has been hailed as a leader in high-tech biomedical economic development for Roanoke, employs about 200 people. Under the deal with Intuitive, Luna's shape-sensing system, which employs optical fibers as thin as a hair, could be used to assist surgeons in navigating medical instruments through a patient's body.
In 2009 a California jury found that Luna violated a 2006 agreement with Hansen Medical and shared Hansen's trade secrets when making the 2007 deal with Intuitive. The jury verdict of $36.3 million forced Luna into bankruptcy, during which Luna and Hansen reached a settlement that kept research agreements in place with both Hansen and Intuitive.
Imaging Technique to Advance Robotic Surgery for Patients Headline News: April 1, 2011
Near-Infrared Fluorescence Imaging Guided System Available
NYU Langone Medical Center completed its first surgery using a new near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided system available on the da Vinci Si Surgical System, the most advanced robotic surgical system in the world. The result is a greatly enhanced visual field, allowing finer assessment and more precise operations. NYU Langone is the first in the world to utilize the enhanced imaging guidance system for selective arterial clamping during kidney sparing surgery for patients with kidney cancer and is among small select group of hospitals in the country and the only one in the northeast to have this technology.
The specially designed camera and endoscopes allow surgeons at NYU Langone's Robotic Surgery Center to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a unique fluorescence dye that is activated by near-infrared light.
"Florescence imaging combined with the new 3-D HD camera scopes gives us clear anatomical landmarks to better map the patient's vascular anatomy - it's changing the way we perform surgery," says Michael Stifelman, MD, associate professor, Department of Urology and director, Robotic Surgery Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. "We can now perform complex kidney surgery in a more sparing manner using a minimally invasive approach. The imagery is so precise we can temporarily stop blood flow to only the part of the kidney needing dissection, allowing the rest of the kidney to remain perfused which prevents potential damage to the healthy tissue."
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