Is Insufficient Training a Serious Problem With Robotic Surgery? Intuitive Surgical is currently facing various lawsuits involving improperly trained surgeons. In a Medscape interview, J. Kellogg Parsons, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Urology, Moores Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego, pointed out that “there is no standardized process for credentialing, teaching, proctoring, or obtaining hospital privileges for robotic-assisted surgery.” Both the Institute of Medicine and the FDA have recognized that the process by which new devices enter into practice needs to be revised......continue reading
Surgical Robot Market
August 21, 2013
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According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the study, "Existing open surgery can be replaced in large part by robotic minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Minimally invasive robotic surgery, new robotic radiation treatment, and emerging robotic surgical approaches complement existing surgery techniques. Soon, all surgery will be undertakes with at least come aspects of robotic surgery replacing or complementing open surgery."......read more
This Week at the World Robotics Gynecology Congress…
Posted on AARS: August 21, 2013
You are invited to join Mimic Technologies at the 5th World Robotics Gynecology Congress in Chicago, Illinois August 21-23.
Attendees of the event will have the opportunity to demo the dV-Trainer, the original robotic surgery simulator for the da Vinci® Si. Click here to schedule your demo.
This 3-Day event represents an evolution in surgical instruments, techniques, outcomes, and experience from some of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the world.
This year’s congress is designed for non-robotic, training and practicing robotic surgeons and allied health personnel as well as healthcare executives and administrators interested in advancing their knowledge in the role of robotics in pelvic surgery.
Researchers in Poland have created cardiac surgery robots
August 20, 2013
The 10 year old project at the Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development in Zabrze, Poland has built a medical robotics system for use in cardiac surgery with semi-automatic movements and a 3D virtual training system.
Called the Robin Heart tele-manipulator, the system is designed to use precision robotics to improve surgical accuracy and maneuverability.
The original robot and mechatronic tools have successfully completed the required laboratory tests and animal studies. Ensuring that all the vital electrical components of the robot system function properly and safely during the various stages of product development is a critical part of the research project.
Testing has to be undertaken in accordance with IEC 60601-1 Medical electrical equipment – Part 1: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance. The components also have to be regularly inspected and tested to make sure they comply with IEC 62353, the standard for in-service and after repair testing of medical electronic devices.
The team used a 288 automatic safety analyser supplied by Rigel, to test patient, enclosure and earth leakage as well earth continuity and insulation resistance.
SafeStitch Medical Announces Definitive Agreement to Merge with TransEnterix
August 14, 2013
MIAMI & RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE) SafeStitch Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: SFES), today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with TransEnterix, Inc., a privately-held, medical device company with advanced technology in the use of flexible devices and robotics for minimally invasive surgery.
Commenting on the merger, Dr. Jane Hsiao, Chairwoman of SafeStitch Medical stated, "We are excited about the breadth of the management team of TransEnterix. There are compelling advantages to innovative flexible technologies and robotics for less invasive surgical interventions, such as our proprietary trans-oral device. This merger will provide greater resources to help bring the pipeline products of the combined company to market and offer our shareholders an excellent opportunity to realize significant value of their investment."
Todd M. Pope, the existing Chief Executive Officer of TransEnterix, will become the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the combined company. Paul LaViolette, the current Chairman of TransEnterix, will serve as Chairman of the combined company's Board of Directors. Dr. Jane Hsiao, the current Chairwoman of SafeStitch Medical will remain a Director, and Dr. Phillip Frost, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OPKO Health, Inc. will join as a Director.......read more
George W. Bush fine now but may need surgery in future
August 9, 2013
Former President George W. Bush is out of the woods following the repair of a blocked artery, but he could face additional heart surgery down the road, according to leading urologist Dr. David Samadi.
"He's going to be under close surveillance. They're going to test him with a whole bunch of tests for his cardiac function and stress tests, make sure he'll be fine, and he'll move on," Samadi said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"The chances are that maybe in the future he'll need another one. but certainly, this was a big save."
Bush returned home Wednesday and is doing well after the heart surgery at a Dallas hospital Tuesday morning.
Doctors placed the metal stent — a small mesh-like tube — in an artery of the 67-year-old former president after a blockage was discovered during a routine physical.
Samadi recalled former President Bill Clinton being admitted to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in the '90s with his own heart troubles.
"It was the same exact phenomenon, where he also got the cardiac stent," Samadi said. "We are fortunate to be able to put these stents across vessels that have 80 [to] 90 percent blockage."........complete story
Robot treats brain clots with steerable needles
Published on Aug 7, 2013
A collaboration between Vanderbilt mechanical engineer Robert Webster and neurosurgeon Kyle Weaver has designed a special robotic system that uses tiny, steerable needles to suction out brain clots formed by intracranial hemorrhaging.........
dV-Trainer® Software Upgrade Provides Surgeons with Enhanced Performance, More Options for Robotic Surgery Simulation and Training
August 8, 2013
Mimic Technologies MSim™ 2.1 software upgrade enables dV-Trainer customers to perform tube anastomosis and tube closure exercises.
Mimic Technologies announced today the release of MSim™ 2.1, the latest simulation software platform for the dV-Trainer® robotic surgery simulator. MSim 2.1 is being provided at no cost to dV-Trainer customers worldwide.
Based on Mimic’s proprietary 3D simulation technology, the dV-Trainer provides the most realistic and life-like robotic surgery simulation for the da Vinci robot in the industry.
The MSim 2.1 upgrade expands and refines suturing and knot tying exercises on the dV-Trainer, improving realism and simulating a broader set of surgical tasks. Six suturing exercises are now fully integrated, giving researchers and institutions confidence that these can now be used in studies and curricula.
Tube closure and tube anastomosis exercises are available for the first time, providing dV-Trainer users the opportunity to develop more challenging, procedure-relevant suturing skills.
In total, the release brings more than 40 new features and functionality upgrades......read more
Blue Belt Technologies chases its goals in robotic surgical system business
August 5, 2013
Inside the Strip District offices of Blue Belt Technologies Inc. hangs a checklist of milestones for the 9-year-old maker of robotic surgical systems.
Many items have been checked off in the last year. Food and Drug Administration approval — December. First system sold — January. First human knee surgery — February.
Remaining goals include expanding to hip surgeries and having a recently approved line of replacement knees implanted in a person. All have the potential to drive significant sales, CEO Eric Timko said.
The market he's chasing — partial knee replacement surgery — is potentially worth billions of dollars a year. Total knee replacement surgery is among the most common procedures performed each year in the United States, with about 600,000 surgeries at a cost of about $9 billion, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Though less common, partial knee replacements are becoming increasingly popular among surgeons and could capture 20 percent to 25 percent of the procedure market, Timko said.
Blue Belt's robotic system, called NavioPFS, is a surgical tool and imaging system used to carve bone so that metal replacement knee implants can be fitted more accurately to a patient's joint......read more
Robot maker did not do enough to warn of possible complications during surgery, suit alleges
August 4, 2013
A Parlin woman has filed suit against Intuitive Surgical, claiming robotic surgery left her with chronic abdominal pain and severe bowel issues.
Sheena Wilson, 45, alleges Intuitive Surgical, the multibillion company that manufactures the da Vinci robot, knew of the possibility the electrical current from one of the robot's arms can "jump" from the tip of the device into the patient, possibly causing serious injury.
The suit, filed in federal court, further alleges that the company failed to tell surgeons and hospitals of this potential problem in a timely manner......read more
Robotic Whipple Procedure for Pancreatic Cancer
August 1, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. —
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cancer killer in the U.S. and the treatment can be brutal. However, doctors say advancements in robotic surgery can lessen the pain, speed up your recovery, and possibly improve your chances of survival.........Click here to read news story
DrugRisk Announces Launch of Da Vinci Surgery Resource Center
August 1, 2013
The prescription drug and medical device safety advocates at DrugRisk.com are announcing the launch of a new resource center for patients who have undergone surgery with the Intuitive da Vinci surgical robot amid recent safety warnings.
DrugRisk provides patients using popular medical devices with the latest warnings, recalls, studies and legal news to improve safety and awareness. Visitors can see if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.
The da Vinci robot was used in nearly 370,000 soft tissue procedures such as hysterectomies, gallbladder and thyroid removal and cancer surgeries last year*. The National Cancer Institute estimates the device is used in 80% of all prostatectomies......read more
Surgeons Mika Sinana (left) and Tom Lendvay (right), at the University of Washington, teleoperate a Raven IV located at UC Santa Cruz.
Raven: Robotic surgery for the masses
August 1, 2013
At $300,000. the Raven surgical robot is much more affordable than the current industry leader in robotic surgery, the $1.8 million Intuitive Surgical da Vinci. Perhaps even more significantly, its operating system is open source.
The Raven, developed in a partnership with the University of Washington and UC Santa Cruz, also adds capabilities that the da Vinci doesn’t have: portability and remote operation.
The major advantage of robotic versus conventional surgery is precise control of small surgical instruments that are inserted in 1 to 2 centimeter incisions, or “ports” in the patient’s body. A surgeon manipulates hand-size controls to move the smaller instruments while being guided by a video feed from cameras that are also inserted in the body. Minimally invasive robotic surgery cuts recovery time for patients.
Adding portability, remote operation and open source programing promises to bring these benefits more affordably to more locations as well as to extend the reach of surgeons who might not be able to visit their patients in remote areas........read more
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