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Robotic Surgery Techniques From the article by Neena Agarwala, MD, MSc, FACOG of OBGYN.net August 30, 2011
Robotic surgery is an emerging technology that is taking the surgical profession by storm. This article briefly lists gynecologic procedures applicable to robotics as well as some contraindications, tips for using the device in practice, and a short overview of training.
When to Avoid Robotic Surgery: Physicians should avoid using robotic surgery in the following instances: • If the patient has a medical condition such as cardiopulmonary disease, where risks of general anesthesia or the increased intraperitoneal pressure associated with laparoscopy or robotic surgery is unacceptable. • If morcellation is likely to be required and uterine malignancy is known or suspected. • If Trendellenberg positioning is dangerous or unacceptable for a particular patient. • In circumstances where anatomy is so distorted that a minimally invasive approach is not deemed safe. • If adequate training is not acquired by providers or trained providers are not present or accessible. Surgeons without the requisite training and skills required for the safe performance of such procedures should enlist the aid of colleagues who do or should refer patients to such individuals for their surgical care (see AAGL position statement). • If the patient must not be in a fixed position for a given length of time.
Gynecologic procedures applicable to robotics include: •Hysterectomy: (total and subtotal), Simple and complex (pelvic adhesive disease, endometriosis, fibroids), Cancer Staging (cervical and endometrial). •Reproductive Surgery: Myomectomy, Endometriosis resection, Ovarian cystectomy or transposition, Tubal reversal or reanastomosis, Muellerian anomalies. •Urogynecologic Surgery: Sacrocolpopexy, Uterosacral suspension
Benefits of Robotic Surgery: •Three-dimensional viewing for optimum viewing within the operative site. •Seven degrees of instrument movements allowing the surgeon to reach difficult spaces. •Ninety degrees of articulation making movements easier. •Intuitive movements and ergonomics providing increased precision, control, and range of microinstruments. •Tremor filtration, thus decreasing error. •Comfortable seating for surgeon, thereby increasing surgeon longevity. •Robotics minimizes need for multiple assistants due to improved access to and manipulation of organs, tissues, and nerves. • Telesurgery and telementoring making remote surgery a possibility.
Using Robotic Devices in Practice: Equipment apparatus size, draping and docking, and costs are some of the challenges of robotic surgery. Functional challenges include lack of haptic feedback, limited ability to exchange instruments, limited instrumentation, surgeon’s distance from the operative field and additional preparatory time. It is good practice to position the patient with arms padded and tucked on side, gel pads to prevent sliding and securing of shoulders and breasts to optimize ventilation. (see image)
Prior to surgery, bowel prep helps with both bowel mobilization and prevention of injuries. This also facilitates having less steep Trendelenberg position during surgery. I recommend a cleaning preparation with polyethylene glycol that just debulks the rectum and sigmoid. During the procedure, proper port placement is the key to successful outcome. Assess the surgical field and place ports accordingly. A midline port for the camera and two instrument ports on either side, at least 10 cm away, is recommended so that instruments do not clash. Then one or two additional assistant ports can be placed superior to and in between the camera and instrument ports. Never move instruments outside the visual field; slow and deliberate movements are advisable.....For complete article Click here
2011 Medical Innovation Summit to Showcase Latest Innovations in Cardiovascular Care Posted: August 25, 2011
Cleveland Clinic's 9th Annual Medical Innovation Summit When: Oct. 3-5.
This year's Summit will focus on the heart and breakthrough technologies that will help diagnose and treat cardiovascular ailments. Heart failure currently affects 6 million Americans and top executives, investors, entrepreneurs, clinicians and technologists will gather to share ideas on how to effectively treat this burgeoning problem, as well as a host of other cardiovascular conditions.
"Cardiovascular care remains the largest market in all of medicine," says Chris Coburn, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. "Its history of innovation includes some of the most important technologies ever developed – heart transplantation, the artificial heart, heart pumps, pacemakers, stents, angiography, and hundreds more. The Summit will pinpoint what is coming next in cardiovascular care and what is the future for new technology in the current health care environment."
The 2011 Medical Innovation Summit speakers will feature more than 50 top health care leaders, including the CEOs of some of the most important companies in the industry: Ian Read (Pfizer), Jeffery Immelt (General Electric), Omar Ishrak (Medtronic), David Snow (Medco), Raymond Elliot (Boston Scientific), Daniel Starks (St. Jude Medical), Gary Burbach (Thoratec), Ursula Burns (Xerox), John Castellani (PhRMA), Michael Mussallem (Edwards Lifesciences), Tim Ring (CR Bard), Doug Godshall (Heartware) James Greenwood (BIO), Steve Ubl (AdvaMed). Media moderators will include Bob Bazell (NBC) and Maria Bartiromo (CNBC).
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will bring a patient's perspective to innovations in heart health over the years.......read more
Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH
Rapid rise of robotic surgery in treating cancer, Stitzenberg quoted Posted: August 25, 2011
Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, is quoted in an article titled "Tracking the Rise of Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer" published in the August 9, 2011 issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin.
The article discusses the increased use of robotic surgery to treat prostate cancer and what the rise in the use of robotics may mean "for patients and the health care system."
Stitzenberg is an assistant professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
One Day vs. One Week: Gynecological Robotic-Assisted Surgeries Sending Women Home From Hospital Sooner August 24, 2011
Slashing your recovery time from six to eight weeks to a couple of days? It’s happening, for women having hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries, thanks to robotic-assisted surgery.
According to obstetrician/gynecologist Gary Besser, MD, the daVinci platform for robotic-assisted surgery is now allowing clinicians everywhere to offer surgical procedures to women for hysterectomies, myomectomies, and urological conditions that used to require months of healing and long stays in the hospital.
The Connecticut-based surgeon, who’s also an assistant professor at New York Columbia/Presbyterian, says that he now performs three to four major surgeries every day using robotic-assisted surgery. In the past, he says, he’d be lucky to do one.
What makes this kind of surgery so appealing, Besser says, is that surgeons can see everything so much better. “Everything’s magnified ten times,” he says. “And with HD3D, your visualization is just so much better.”....read more
Can we Cure Cataracts with Robotic Surgery? August 23, 2011
Cataracts are a cloudiness that develops throughout the normally clear crystalline lens of the eye. The cloudiness is not a surface phenomenon that could conceivably be removed from the lens. They are usually observed in older patients but can develop earlier due to certain chronic medical conditions.
Surgical treatment once involved a scalpel and sutures, but it is now routinely performed with extremely small incisions that heal without requiring suturing. The damaged lens is shattered with sonic pulses and replaced with a collapsible polymer that can be inserted through an incision much smaller than the final diameter of the lens. Cataract surgery is an intricate, precision operation that requires the full attention of a highly skilled surgeon.
But that requirement is changing. New femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, known by the acronym FLAC, enables incredibly precise laser entry into the ocular lens capsule. Ultra-fast energy pulses from the laser break the lens apart on a molecular level and a replacement lens is inserted into the capsule. Although the lens is still removed, it is thought that continuing advances in technology may someday essentially dissolve the cloudy lens and negate the need for physical removal.
Can laser cataract surgery be performed robotically now?
Yes, it can, but the cost is restrictive. FLAC is nine times more expensive than conventional cataract surgery.
All indications are that robotic FLAC surgery for cataract removal will become the predominant treatment option in the near future. It is already technically possible, and industry specialists expect it to become increasingly profitable for surgery centres and yet more affordable for middle class patients as the practice spreads.
New oncologists practicing at Boyd Cancer Center August 18, 2011
Three physicians with Oncology Hematology Care, Inc. (OHC) of Cincinnati are now seeing patients at CMH’s Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center.
They are Dr. Nancy Simon and Dr. Marcia Bowling, gynecologic oncologists; and Dr. Priya Rudolph, a hematologist/oncologist.
Dr. Nancy Simon, who has been with OHC since 1990, received her medical degree from the University of Michigan, where she also did a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She also did a fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham division of gynecologic oncology.
Dr. Marcia Bowling has been with OHC since 1986. She did her residency in obsterics/gynecology at the University of Massachusetts and her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Both Simon and Bowling are skilled in state-of-the-art robotic surgery.
Dr. Priya Rudolph, who has been with OHC since 2004, received her medical degree from Coimabatore Medical College, India and her doctor of philosophy degree from The Ohio State University. She did both an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Yale New Haven Hospital.....read more
Breakthrough in knee replacement surgery From CBS News, August 16, 2011
Do you think knee replacement surgery means a major operation, followed by weeks of excruciatingly painful rehab? Well, think again: A breakthrough procedure has some patients back on their feet and nearly pain-free the next day.
As CBS News Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports, developments in robotics are revolutionizing that surgery.
Dr. Eli Gang, CMO of Magnetecs, Ranked among America’s Best Doctors by U.S. News & World Report August 16, 2011
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Magnetecs Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of robotic catheterization control systems for minimally invasive surgical procedures, today reported that Dr. Eli Gang, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Magnetecs and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been ranked among America’s Top Doctors®, according to a peer survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
In the recently released survey, Dr. Gang ranked in the top one percent of physicians in the specialty of cardiology and heart surgery. The listing is published annually and compiled from surveys and interviews conducted with hundreds of thousands of physicians and healthcare professionals to identify the top specialists across the country. This peer nomination process is designed to help patients find the best physicians and to increase physician awareness of peers most worthy of referral.....read more
Banner Heart Hospital has expanded its robotic surgery program.
Banner Heart Hospital expands robotic surgery program August 15, 2011
MESA, Arizona – Banner Heart Hospital recently expanded its robotic surgery program to include thoracic surgeries and added two robotic surgeons.
Dr. Gyu Gang and Dr. Iva Smolens are now performing lung and chest surgeries at the hospital. Banner Heart Hospital has already performed more than 200 robotic heart surgeries, making it one of the premier places in Arizona for robotic heart procedures.
The surgeries are performed using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which translates the surgeon's actions into precise movements with the surgical robot.
With robotic heart surgery, patients who once faced several weeks in recovery following surgery can be back on their feet within days. Patients may experience reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, and a shorter hospital stay, among other benefits.
Archbold using daVinci Surgical System for lung cancer Posted: August 14, 2011
THOMASVILLE — Physicians at Archbold Medical Center are being recognized as the first in Georgia, and second worldwide, to surgically treat lung cancer using mesh brachytherapy and the daVinci Surgical System.
Archbold general and thoracic surgeon Dr. Edward Hall and radiation oncologist Dr. Steven Johnson of Archbold’s Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center performed the state’s first implant last month of Cesium-131 mesh brachytherapy in an early-stage lung cancer patient using the daVinci robotics system.
Officials say the technique offers a less radical surgical treatment for a large group of patients, which until now had limited hope of finding a cure for their disease.
“Archbold doctors now have another aggressive, effective treatment option for patients — one that has a direct impact on patient survivability that comes with improved quality of life,” said Dwight Babcock, CEO of Isoray Medical, the manufacturer of Cesium-131. “Archbold physicians marked several milestones with this procedure, representing another crucial leap forward in cancer treatment. “The importance of this new development cannot be overstated.”...read more
Two new Pasco County hospitals will feature WiFi, electronic records and other extras Posted: August 14, 2011
LAND O'LAKES — To hear the two hospital executives talk, you'd think a pair of resorts were about to open. Room service dining, picturesque views from bedrooms set in multistory towers and free WiFi were just a few of the amenities revealed Thursday at a meeting with community leaders. One will even offer a fitness center and a swimming pool.
The Medical Center of Trinity and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will bring state-of-the-art health care to Pasco in the next two years. The Trinity hospital, which is Community Hospital's reboot at a new facility on State Road 54, is expected to open by the end of November. The Wesley Chapel hospital, the community's first medical center, is on track to open in the Fall of 2012.
Thibaut van Marcke, chief operating officer for the Trinity hospital, and Brian Adams, chief executive officer for Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, spoke to members of the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations at the group's meeting Thursday night to offer a sneak peek into their hospitals' offerings. Here are a few of the highlights:
Medical Center of Trinity: • Medical services will include heart and vascular care, orthopedics, cancer care, women's health and da Vinci robotic surgery. • The emergency department will have 30 private rooms, with nine dedicated to pediatric care. • The hospital will have electronic medical records and observation areas where vital signs are taken and entered, allowing for faster treatment decisions. • It will have eight labor and delivery rooms for new moms......
Robotic Surgery: Clever Marketing or Life-Saving Technology August 13, 2011
Dr. David Samadi supports the use of robotic technology and urges patients to dig through the facts.
NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Robotics are helping surgeons make great strides in the medical arena, and the advanced technology used in robotic prostatectomy procedures delivers many benefits to both surgeon and patient. However, in recent news, there is some scrutiny on the frequency of its use. Further, some critics are cautioning patients against the mass marketing of robotic surgery and its benefits.
Dr. David Samadi is a prostate cancer treatment and robotic prostatectomy expert who agrees that in some cases the technology is being oversold, but still firmly believes in the benefits of robotic surgery.
Patient-level marketing about new technology and, specifically, robotic surgery is on the rise. Hospitals nationwide are spending large amounts of money to obtain the equipment for robotic procedures and, as such, are devoting significant resources to promoting it.
While dedicated to the care and treatment of patients, hospitals are still businesses that compete with one another. The latest technology, more skilled surgeons, and better facilities are all part of their marketing arsenal. A recent report in the Journal for Healthcare Quality primarily criticized hospitals for making too much of robotic surgery on their web sites. The study, designed to highlight the over-marketing of robotic surgery, accused hospitals of relying too heavily on the positive outcome statistics provided by the robot manufacturers, without disclosing the potential risks of robotic surgery.
"Surgical procedures do present some risk," reminds Dr. Samadi. "It's important for patients to thoroughly research the procedure, the surgeon and the hospital before making any decisions. There's so much information out there that it can be difficult to sift through it all. You must choose a surgeon you feel comfortable with."....read more
New Prostate Cancer Urine Test August 12, 2011
Combined with traditional PSA screening, new urine test of genetic markers may improve prostate cancer screening results.
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening is the universal standard for early detection of prostate cancer in men. The medical community, and even the press, routinely urge men to begin PSA testing at age 50, and even earlier – age 40 – for high risk men, including African Americans or those with a family history of prostate cancer.
Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, believes compliance with these early testing guidelines can save the lives of men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Now, another tool may soon be available to aid in the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System are exploring a new urine test designed to identify two genetic markers in men. These bio-markers, TMPRSS2:EG and PCA3, are known to be present in prostate cancer patients.
The first, caused by two genes switching places and then fusing together, is believed by some to be the cause of prostate cancer; however, it only occurs in approximately half of cancer patients. Therefore, screening for the second genetic marker, PCA3, is included in the urine test.....read more
Eye doctors trying out robotic surgery to cure cataracts August 12, 2011
Now, robots will perform cataract surgery. Femto-second laser, the latest innovation approved by the Food and Drug Authority (USA) in December 2010, brings added precision and safety in treating cataracts — the clouding of the natural lens of the eye, say opthalmologists.
So far, cataracts, mostly caused due to ageing were treated using Phaco-emulsification, where a small needle, introduced in the eye to break the cataract, would suck it out and then a new lens is implanted to improve the vision.
In the new technology, a cone is placed on the eye and the laser light is fired at the target in a pre-determined manner. Since it is computer-controlled, the accuracy in achieving the desired result is higher.
“In robotic surgery the surgeon’s skill may not necessarily be very high as the computer-fed programme performs the surgery with utmost precision,” said Dr Mahipal Sachdev, chairman and medical director, Centre For Sight.
“There are clinical trials going on in Hyderabad which have shown some great results in about 300-400 patients. We are hoping to procure the technology in Delhi by end-2011.”...read more
Dr. Christopher Stewart
Lecture on the benefits of robotic surgery for male urologic procedures to be held at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Posted: August 10, 2011
Dr. Christopher Stewart will present a lecture on the benefits of highly sophisticated robotic surgery for certain appropriate male urologic procedures from 6 to 7 p.m. on August. 23 in the lower level conference room 6 in the main hospital building of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center 5555 W. Thunderbird Road.
Stewart is a urologist and one of a few high-volume robotic surgeons in the Phoenix metro area performing advanced urologic procedures in a specialized operating suite at the hospital.
Stewart will be discussing the benefits of robotic surgery used for medical conditions such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, chronic obstruction of the kidney (UPJ obstruction) and bladder cancer.
The presentation will include video of the robot in action. Refreshments will be provided.
To register, call 602 230 2273 or click on image for on-line registration. Seating is limited.
Medical forum talks robotic surgery
Medical forum talks robotic surgery August 8, 2011
Robotic surgery and other minimally invasive surgical techniques will be the focus of the second series of the Sino-Luso International Medical Forum to be held in Macau on August 14-16.
The three-day forum will include keynote presentations and skills training programs, namely on tele-robotic arms that have been developed for surgeons to use in operation theatres.
Two simulation educationalists from Sweden and Australia will lead simulation-training workshops on laparoscopic surgery, in which operations in the abdomen are performed through incisions up to 1.5 centimetres. This technique can be used on diseases of colon, liver, urological issues, thyroid and kidney.
The event chaired by Macau University of Science and Technology’s Faculty of Health Sciences will include keynote speakers, surgical experts and trainers from Portugal, Sweden, Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau....read more
Eight Grade Students from Essex County Participate in Live Robotic Surgery Demonstration at NBIMC August 8, 2011
As surgeons perform more minimally invasive procedures with smaller incisions and decreased recovery times, robotic surgery is fast becoming the procedure of choice for many surgeons and patients.
Recently 27 eighth grade students from schools across New Jersey had the opportunity to observe the amazing world of robotic surgery through a live, interactive broadcast with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The Robotic Partial Nephrectomy procedure (removal of a portion of the kidney)was performed by Brent Yanke, MD, MPH, on Thursday, August 4 at NBIMC.
The College of Computing Sciences Capstone Open University at NJIT provides young people with unique real world learning experiences with an emphasis on interdisciplinary skills and strategic problem-solving methods.
As Dr. Yanke performed the hour and a half procedure in one of NBIMC’s operating rooms, students gathered in the auditorium to see a video feed directly from the robot, giving them the same view as the surgeon, all in real time. Dr. Yanke narrated his progress and students could ask questions with the assistance of Nick DeMayo, the Clinical Sales Representativefrom Intuitive Surgical Inc. who moderated the procedure and passed the questions to Dr. Yanke through a microphone system....read more
Transoral Robotic Surgery: All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth Posted: August 6, 2011
Head neck and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Yadro Ducic at All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth discusses the benefits of Transoral Robotic Surgery.
Dr.David Samadi addresses the Nation's Youth
Nation's Youth Witness Robotic Prostate Surgery Performed by Dr. David Samadi August 5, 2011
The National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF/MED) had invited Dr. David Samadi to participate in the 10 day residential program organised for outstanding high school students from the greater tri-state area. He addressed a group of 130 students who were academically excellent and invited them to witness a live robotic prostatectomy procedure.
The NYLF/MED creates an opportunity for outstanding junior and senior high school students, having a GPA of 3.0, where they are exposed to first hand healthcare procedures. The selection process for these programmes is based on nominations or recommendations from their teachers or students who had participated earlier. The program is being conducted for the past 18 years and has been successfully providing the students an opportunity to interact with top medical experts.....read more
Baptist plans health seminars August 5, 2011
Memory loss, skin cancer, how weight gain effects women's health and robotic surgery are among the topics Baptist Health Care will explore in a series of health seminars this month.
All events are free to attend, but reservations are required. For details, call 469-7897.
The schedule for Robotic Surgery seminars is as follows: » Aug. 10, Robotic Lung Surgery: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baptist Hospital, Medical Meeting Rooms, 1000 Moreno St. » Aug. 16, Robotic Lung Surgery: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Andrews Institute Athletic Performance & Research Pavilion, 1040 Gulf Breeze Parkway » Aug. 25, Robotic Lung Surgery: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baptist Medical Park, Azalea Room, 9400 University Parkway.
Coon Joint Replacement Institute Hip Surgery and Knee Surgery Seminar Draws Standing Room Only Crowd in Redding, CA August 4, 2011
A recent St. Helena Hospital Coon Joint Replacement Institute seminar, held on July 25, 2011, in Redding, CA, drew an audience of 230 individuals interested in minimally invasive hip, knee and joint replacement surgery offered by the renowned center, which serves Napa Valley and the San Francisco Bay area region.
“There was standing room only”, said Joshua Cowan, marketing vice president. “Many were happy former patients, others were prospective patients who had heard of Dr. Coon, and still others were clients who had one surgery with him, and wanted to come back to him for their second surgery.”
Dr. Coon specializes in minimally invasive robotic assisted partial knee and total knee replacement surgery. With his skilled hands and the precision of the robotic guidance system, patients may be up and on their feet the same day.
Dr. Coon holds the patent for the Quadsparing™ technique, and is one of two surgeons who co-designed the MAKO knee implants. He has performed over 7,000 joint replacements, and trains fellow surgeons around the world in this precision surgery....read more
Michelle Luthringshausen, MD
Expert Doctor in Chicago's Suburbs to Teach Robotic Surgery to Gynecologists Across the Country August 4, 2011
The most advanced robotic technology will soon be taught to many U.S. gynecologists at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill.
The suburban Chicago hospital, with expert surgeon Michelle Luthringshausen has been named an Epicenter by Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robot.
Dr. Luthringshausen has performed more than 200 robotic surgeries in the past four years, and will lead the advanced training center at NCH this fall. As the nation’s fourth female Epicenter surgeon, she focuses on benign gynecologic surgery, making the new Epicenter the first of its kind in the tri-state area of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.....read more
Diabetes: Computer security experts uncover vulnerability in insulin pumps August 4, 2011
Security experts uncover flaws in insulin pumps and other medical devices that could allow attackers to alter their functions and harm a patient.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Insulin pumps and other wireless medical devices may be vulnerable to software attacks, security experts noted at a computer security conference in Las Vegas today.
Security expert Jay Radcliffe, who is himself a diabetic, found that his insulin pump could be altered to respond to remote control operation that modified insulin flow.
"My initial reaction was that this was really cool from a technical perspective," Radcliffe told the Associated Press. "The second reaction was one of maybe sheer terror, to know that there’s no security around the devices which are a very active part of keeping me alive."
Luckily, as MassDevice reported last month, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Massachusetts are staying one step ahead of the game by developing wearable jammers that would defend medical devices from attackers' signals.
The vulnerability is serious and medical databases and hospital equipment have been targeted before, but the research team emphasizes that no incidents involving medical device hacking have been reported to date. The research is intended to address a potential problem before it becomes a real issue.....read more
The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System and the TomoTherapy® System.
Accuray to Showcase Cyberknife Robotic Surgery System at Joint AAPM and COMP Meet August 2, 2011
Accuray plans to showcase the TomoTherapy Radiation Therapy Treatment System and CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System at the Joint American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and Canadian organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) Meet for the year 2011.
Apart from showcasing these two surgical systems, Accuray will be entertaining a combined symposium that throws light on the best practices of quality assurance in radiation oncology. The AAPM/COMP meet will be organised in Vancouver between 31st of July and 4th of August.
As many as 60 topics related to CyberKnife and Tomo Therapy system will be presented at the expo. Some of the topics are ‘Helical TomoTherapy Commissioning and QA of Twin Peaks Linac versus Earlier Models’. This study was conducted at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in California. The study revolved around assessing the Twin Peak linear accelerator in TomoTherapy System against the previously used system.....complete article
Real-life drama series airs on WFAA-Ch. 8 beginning Aug. 3
Children's Medical Center Stars in Five-Part Documentary August 1, 2011
Beginning Aug. 3, "Children's Med Dallas," a five-part TV documentary airing on WFAA Ch. 8, will reveal behind-the-scenes stories of life at the nation's 7th-largest pediatric hospital.
The original dramatic series will air in 30-minute segments over five weeks during primetime on Wednesdays in August, with the final show airing in September. It gives viewers an unprecedented look behind the walls of Children's Medical Center, consistently ranked one of the nation's best.
The show features stories about physicians, nurses, caregivers and patients' families in surgical areas across the hospital, including heart, plastic and robotic surgery and a heavy focus on organ transplants. Some of the physicians featured on the show include Dr. Dev Desai, who performs kidney and liver transplants; Dr. Patricio Gargollo, a urologist who performs robotic surgery; Dr. Alex Kane, a plastic surgeon; Dr. Stephen Megison, a general surgeon and trauma surgeon and Dr. Joseph Forbess and Dr. Kristine Guleserian, both heart surgeons.
The documentary takes viewers into the families' personal, wrenching struggles, including those endured by the loved ones of Rylynn Riojas, a 2-year-old girl waiting for a new heart....read more
Children's Medical Center Series Grabs Viewers August 4, 2011
Nearly 100,000 viewers tuned in Wednesday night to see the debut episode of a groundbreaking five-part series focusing on Children's Medical Center (http://www.childrens.com/) on WFAA Ch. 8.
The original dramatic series, "Children's Med Dallas," will continue airing on Wednesday nights through August, revealing the tears and triumphs in behind-the-scenes stories of life at the nation's 7th-largest pediatric hospital. The show wraps up with an hour-long grand finale in September.
Wednesday's episode focused on the struggles of Presley Reed, then 2 years old, and infant Annabella Spears, both waiting for liver transplants. The show portrayed in harrowing detail the hopes and fears experienced by Reed's parents, Barbie Smith and Cody Reed, and Spears' parents, Shad and Alexa Spears. Cameras documented every step as Dr. Dev Desai, chief of pediatric transplantation, and the hospital team planned the delicate surgeries that may save the girls' lives.
The series features compelling stories about surgeons, nurses and families across the hospital, with a heavy focus on organ transplants. Physicians featured besides Desai include Dr. Joseph Forbess and Dr. Kristine Guleserian, both heart surgeons; Dr. Patricio Gargollo, a urologist who performs robotic surgery; Dr. Alex Kane, a plastic surgeon; and Dr. Stephen Megison, a general surgeon and trauma surgeon. Each physician also holds a faculty position at UT Southwestern Medical Center....read more
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From ORlive: Premiere Posted: July 26, 2011 Updated: August 1, 2011
Treating Esophageal and Lung Cancer: Advancements in Care (Five week series) When: July 27 through August 24
The physicians of NewYork-Presbyterian Cancer Centers are world leaders in the fight against thoracic cancer, and are committed to improving early detection, treatment, prognosis, and quality of life for patients with thoracic cancer.
In an effort to raise awareness and promote education, NewYork-Presbyterian presents a special multi-part program "Treating Esophageal and Lung Cancer: Advancements in Care".
The five week series begins Wednesday, July 27 and continues through Wednesday, August 24, with a different video premiering each Wednesday at noon Eastern.
"Treating Esophageal and Lung Cancer: Advancements in Care"
• 7/27 "Esophageal Cancer" at 12 PM EDT
• 7/27 "Tumor Board: A Panel of Experts Discuss Cancer Treatments" at 12 PM EDT
• 8/3 "Lung Cancer: Stage 1" at 12 PM EDT
• 8/10 "Lung Cancer: Stage 2" at 12 PM EDT
• 8/17 "Lung Cancer: Stage 3" at 12 PM EDT
• 8/24 "Lung Cancer: Stage 4" at 12 PM EDT
Registration now open for Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2011 Posted: July 20, 2011 Updated: August 1, 2011
Registration is now open for TCT 2011 (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics), the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, which will return to San Francisco, California, November 7-11, 2011.
TCT 2011 will once again provide "TCT in 3," a focused three day experience designed specifically for the busy interventional practitioner, which features a concentrated curriculum from Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11. Highlights include live cases, late breaking trials and practice management sessions.
The conference will also feature specific tracks for Cardiac Surgeons and Nurses and Technologists. TCT for Surgeons will provide valuable data and training on advancements in surgical techniques, such as lesser-invasive approaches, robotics, novel valves and repair procedures, use of intraoperative imaging, novel devices, and optimal pharmacotherapy, in order to improve outcomes for patients undergoing cardiac surgery....read more
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