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Philips will distribute Corindus robotic heart surgery system
August 24, 2012
Tiny medical device maker Corindus Vascular Robotics has scored an A-list partner - the company announced that Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) has agreed to distribute Corindus’ first FDA-approved product, a robotic-assisted system for the minimally invasive treatment of obstructed coronary arteries, which is known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The financial details of the exclusive distribution agreement were not disclosed. Philips, whose Philips Healthcare division is headquartered in Andover, Mass., owns a minority share in Natick, Mass.-based Corindus.
Corindus won clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its robotic-assisted CorPath system in July. The system is designed to allow doctors to perform the heart procedures, designed to reopen blocked arteries, from a remote cockpit location.
This protects doctors from repeated radiation exposure, since typically the procedures are performed using X-ray guidance. In the past, doctors have relied on heavy lead aprons to protect them.....complete story
Thyroid surgery costlier with robotic system
August 22, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Surgery to remove part of the thyroid gland is twice as expensive when it's done with the help of a robot rather than by a surgeon alone, according to a new study.
Because robotic surgery isn't currently approved in the U.S. to treat thyroid conditions such as cancerous and non-cancerous nodules, it's considered "off-label" by the Food and Drug Administration - but some surgeons still do the procedures.
The new research suggests using the tool doesn't provide any ultimate cost benefits that would make the initial investment worth it, researchers reported this week in the Archives of Surgery.
For the new study, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee compared the cost of standard thyroid surgery when performed by two experienced surgeons to using a robot for the procedure.
Dr. James Broome and his colleagues factored in the price of the robotic system - spread out over the number of times it would be used in five years - as well as the length of the procedures.
They found the average cost for thyroid surgery using the robot was $5,795, compared to $2,668 for standard surgery. (Neither price tag factors in the cost of the operating room or staff salaries, which the researchers figured would be the same between the two operations.)....complete story
Children's Medical Center to broadcast two corrective bladder surgeries live on the internet
Posted on AARS; August 21, 2012
Children's Medical Center will help improve medical care for children around the world by broadcasting two surgeries live on the internet to help train doctors on the latest corrective bladder options.
In a unique outreach effort, Children's Urology Department will show "Robotic vs. Open Surgery" in this worldwide broadcast intended for pediatric urologists and pediatric surgeons. Two surgeries - one a traditional, open operation and the other performed using the da Vinci robot - will be broadcast to demonstrate the latest techniques for correcting neurogenic urinary incontinence for children with spina bifida and related conditions. Both surgeries will feature bladder neck reconstructions along with appendicovesicostomies - using the appendix to create a channel leading from the bladder to the outside of the body.
Dr. Warren Snodgrass, chief of Children's Urology Division and a professor and chief of Pediatric Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, will perform the open surgery. Dr. Patricio Gargollo, director of Children's Pediatric Urology Minimally Invasive and Robotics Surgery and an assistant professor of Pediatric Urology at UT Southwestern, will perform the robotics surgery.
Urologists interested in learning the latest surgical skills can watch both surgeries live on the internet on Sept. 22 for a fee of $300. To register, go to www.childrens.com/CME or call (214) 456-2735. The course will provide up to 10 credits for physicians who watch the broadcast.
The traditional open surgery will begin at 7:30 a.m., while the robotic surgery will begin about 11:45 a.m.
It sounds like a snarky joke some surgeons might tell, but administering regional anesthesia may no longer require a brain—or even hands.
Canadian inventors have created a robotic, ultrasound-guided system for delivering nerve blocks. In a recent study, they said, the robot, called Magellan, scored a 100% success rate for blocks when clinicians assisted with the procedure. But the researchers are developing a computer algorithm that can eliminate the need for human interaction.
“This study and this device are world firsts,” Thomas Hemmerling, MD, lead developer of the robotic system, told Anesthesiology News. “Manually operated robotic nerve blocks are feasible and we are working on fully automating the Magellan system.
”Dr. Hemmerling, associate professor of anesthesia at McGill University in Montreal, presented data on the Magellan at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (abstract 43).....read more
Robotic Surgery Success Studied
August 16, 2012
A summer school for students keen on robotic surgery and medical imaging is in London
Sixty-five students from Canada the U.S. and as far away as Japan and Denmark are in London studying its success in fields related to robotic surgery and medical imaging.
Terry Peters from the Robarts Research Institute and Rajni Patel, the director of engineering at CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics), are organizing the North American Surgical Robotics Summer School.
The summer school alternates between Europe and North America, and universities like Johns Hopkins in Baltimore have already played host in previous years. The fact that the school has come to London Health Sciences Centre and CSTAR shows that in robotics, London is one of the leaders in the field....read more
Poor Technology & Training Leads to Surgical Robot Litigation
Posted on AARS; August 11, 2012
Intuitive Surgical is facing multi-district litigation with their da Vinci robotic surgical products. Dr. Francois Blaudeau, a practicing attorney and gynecological surgeon with The Center for Advanced Gynecological Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama, spoke with The Legal Broadcast Network about the lawsuit facing Intuitive Surgical, as he was one of the first to file a lawsuit with the manufacturer......read more
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Pittsburgh, PA based firm wants to bring its robot to U.S
August 10, 2012
One month ago today, an orthopedic surgeon in Belgium performed the first partial-knee replacement on a patient using a hand-held "smart drill" developed by a team of robotics, mechanical engineering and software development specialists at Blue Belt Technologies Inc. in the Strip District.
If the success of that operation is any indication, the Navio PFS system could soon be introduced to the U.S.
Already approved for use in Europe, the Navio PFS system will be formally introduced to the entire European orthopedic community next month at the British Orthopaedic Association meeting in Manchester, England.
Blue Belt president and CEO Eric Timko says the company has already applied for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and hopes to have that by year's end "with full commercialization in the U.S. in 2013.
"With the Navio system, the standard surgeon's orthopedic drill is placed inside a holder equipped with robotic and navigation software.
The combination gives the surgeon real-time information about the positioning and anatomy of the patient's knee joint, as well as three-dimensional visualization on a computer screen. That, in turn, helps surgeons avoid cutting excess bone or damaging surrounding tissue as they shape the bone so the implant will fit well.....read more
Gift creates robotic surgery training center at MVH
August 8, 2012
A Dayton-area businessman’s donation will fund the opening of a center to train doctors in robotic surgery techniques at Miami Valley Hospital.
Hospital officials hope The Brethen Center for Surgical Advancement in Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery will open by Thanksgiving. The center is named in honor of Robert Brethen, a Kettering resident and the chairman and CEO of Celstar Group, Inc., a Dayton-based holding company. The donation was made through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.
Initially, the center will be used to train surgical residents at Miami Valley Hospital and other surgeons within the Premier Health Partners network, said Dr. Keith Watson, who will oversee training gynecology residents at the center. The hospital trains six obstetrics and gynecology residents a year, as well as residents in general surgery. In total, the center will train 20 to 25 surgeons a year. Eventually, it will be opened up to train surgeons from other systems, hospital officials said.....read more
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CancerPlans.com Helps Cancer Patients Afford Robotic Surgery
August 7, 2012
CancerPlans.com announced a new study on the benefits of TORS (trans-oral robotic surgery), conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at the Eighth International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer. TORS improved survival rate drastically for both smokers and non-smokers with head and neck cancer, as well as permanently destroying tumors and preventing metastasis.
Cancer insurance, provided by CancerPlans.com, is a supplemental insurance policy that provides a lump sum benefit upon first diagnosis of cancer. Patients can use cancer insurance benefit money to pay for cutting-edge treatments like robotic surgery, as well as for alternative medicine, deductibles, co-pays, or living expenses. As a stand-alone policy, cancer insurance does not require any type of prior health insurance.
About CancerPlans.com: As an independent, nationally licensed insurance agency, CancerPlans.com provides information about supplemental insurance policies, allowing customers to find the best cancer or critical illness insurance provider for their needs. The site’s proprietary technology allows customers to process application forms and communicate with insurance providers in a single online process......complete story
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Robotic surgery vs. radiation therapy
August 2, 2012
Study will find which better for throat cancer
In the first trial of its kind in the world, doctors in London, Ont., are comparing robotic surgery and radiation therapy to find out which method helps throat-cancer patients retain speech and swallowing functions - two very important functions that can have a serious effect on quality of life for cancer survivors.
Dr. Anthony Nichols and Dr. David Palma of the London Health Sciences Centre are working with 68 test subjects who have cancer of the back of the throat (also known as oropharyngeal cancer) and measuring the swallowing functions of each patient one year after treatment.
Because the cure rate for oropharyngeal cancer is pretty good, Nichols said, he and Palma want to focus on how to improve patients' post-treatment quality of life.....read more
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'Gallbladder Disease-Causes & New Surgical Treatment Options' presented at Burnam Brook
Posted: July 24, 2012
Updated: August 2, 2012
If you have ever had a gallbladder attack, you know what pain really is. That's why gallbladder removal is performed on nearly one million Americans every year making it a fairly common procedure. Now there is a new surgery technique that uses one simple incision, often made around the belly button to reduce the appearance of a scar.
Kerri Murray, MD, FACS, a general surgeon with the Bronson Medical Group-Battle Creek is one of only two area surgeons who performs this unique robotic procedure. She will present 'Gallbladder Disease-Causes & New Surgical Treatment Options' on Wednesday, August 8 at Burnham Brook. Dr. Murray will discuss how certain foods and lifestyle can aggravate or cause gallbladder issues and how a new computer-assisted robotic, single-site surgical procedure can provide multiple patient benefits.
The program, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek. A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Murray's presentation at noon.
Seating is limited. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event by calling the seminar registration line at 877-462-2247
Robotic Surgery Industry to Boom
Worth $1.53 Billion by 2018
August 1, 2012
From humble beginnings, robotics has become woven into medical care in a major way. It is involved in patient care solutions, surgical procedures, and other critical functions.
Through the increasing use of robotic technology in medical practice, we’re now able to make more accurate incisions, reduce patient stay within hospitals, and greatly ramp up precision.
And by 2018, this sector is estimated to become a booming $1.53 billion industry.
Global Industry Analysts, a leading market research concern, has come out with a report analyzing the use of robotics in medical procedures. They discovered a booming industry that is quickly gaining widespread acceptance and for which the demand is rapidly increasing.
Yet despite the obvious promise of robotics, the report noted, startup costs are high, and that’s preventing a more widespread adoption of robotic technologies into medical solutions. Small operators find it impractical to acquire both the technology and the regulatory approvals.
Another issue is that different cultures have viewed robotic involvement with humans differently. The rates of adoption and the degrees of acceptance of robotics in our lives vary across nations and cultures. Nevertheless, most countries are eager to experience the benefit of robotics in medical solutions.
In the U.S., advanced healthcare is seen as the next big frontier as the baby boomer generation progressively exits the workforce. The current economic downturn has thrown in some setbacks. Investors are wary of more speculative industries. But the report still expects the industry to surge.....read more
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