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Caseload growing for surgical robots December 25, 2011. Story by: Laura Ungar
Doctors say patients have less pain, faster recovery
Faced with surgery to remove a cancerous bladder last month, Anthony Towns was given a choice — a traditional operation in which his surgeon removes the bladder by hand, or a less-invasive procedure using a robot.
“It made sense to me by robot,” said Towns, the first patient at University Hospital and one of the first in the state to have a robotic cystectomy. “You bleed less, have less scars. And I was really trying for something less painful.” The 47-year-old Louisvillian is part of a fast-growing but controversial trend — robotic surgery.
Intuitive Surgical Inc. of California, the nation’s largest surgical robot company and maker of the da Vinci Surgical System used for Towns’ operation, said its robots were used in 278,000 procedures in urology, gynecology, cardiology and other specialties in 2010, up 35 percent from 2009. All hospital systems in Louisville offer robotic surgery, as do many others throughout Kentucky and Indiana........
Wilmington newborn is world's youngest to get robotic surgery December 23, 2011. Source: WRAL.com
Robotic surgery means a small, young patient can go home from UNC Hospitals without any visible scars.
Covidien Endo Stitch Cuts Operating Time and Costs
In Study, Covidien Endo Stitch Cuts Operating Time and Costs December 23, 2011
In a recent study, the Endo Stitch automated suturing device from Covidien was shown to lower mean hospital costs and operating room (OR) time during total laparoscopic hysterectomies treating benign conditions. In the study, the device reduced overall hospitalization costs by approximately $1800 and cut OR time by roughly 40 minutes, on average, when compared to those same procedures performed with robotic assistance.
To get some perspective on the automated suturing device for laparoscopic surgery, Medgadget spoke with Stuart Hart, MD, FACOG, FACS, co-director of the University of South Florida Center for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, who has used the device for years and helped present the study results at the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists 40th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology in late November 2011.....read more
New Infrared Robotic Procedure Gives Hope to Kidney Cancer Patients Posted: December 22, 2011
For most patients with kidney tumors, the protocol was, remove the whole kidney. But now, thanks to the Porter Robotics Institute (PRI) surgeons can now remove just a portion of the kidney, for the same positive outcome, according to a press release at newswise.com.
Porter Adventist Hospital houses PRI, which, according to the press release, “is among a handful of centers in the country with advanced fluorescence imaging technology, called Firefly.” “The Firefly addition, along with our second da Vinci Si surgical system, will allow our surgeons even greater precision and flexibility in treating their patients with kidney cancer,” said Dr. Mark Jones, medical director of the PRI, in the press release.
This new technology, fluorescence imaging technology, combined “with real-time, 3D visualization and fully articulated instruments used by surgeons in the da Vinci Si Surgical System, can result in a higher quality of life and documented long-term survival benefits for patients with kidney cancer,” according to the press release.....read more
Dr. Douglas Iddings Selected For Patients' Choice Award 2011
DAVISON, Mich., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A select few physicians were honored with the prestigious 2011 Patients' Choice Award, and this year they include Dr. Douglas Iddings.
Only doctors who have received top scores by their patients and pass other quality measures are awarded the Patients' Choice Award. In fact, of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, just 5 percent were accorded this honor in 2011.
Every month, millions of patients across the U.S. access websites like Vitals (http://www.vitals.com) to share feedback about their experiences with their doctors. Patients rate various components of the care they receive, such as the accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice ranks the top reviewed physicians and looks at other quality measures to compile its yearly list.
Dr. Douglas Iddings commented on the recognition: "This is quite an honor for me. I am very pleased to have been selected and grateful to my patients who went out of their way to rate me and give me positive reviews."
Robotic Surgery with One Small Incision, U.S. First December 21, 2011
On Tuesday, December 20th, Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System was the first surgeon in the United States to remove a diseased gallbladder through a patient’s belly button with the aid of a new FDA-approved da Vinci Si Surgical System. With one incision, Horgan removed the gallbladder in 60 minutes. The patient returned home five hours after the groundbreaking surgery and reported minimal pain.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA-approval on the new operating platform specifically for cholecystectomy procedures, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, earlier this month.....read more
Mazor Robotics Enters US Spine Ambulatory Surgery Center Market December 20, 2011
--New Renaissance(TM) System Enables Spinal Endoscopy, Including Ambulatory, Minimally Invasive Treatment of Disc Diseases
Mazor Robotics Ltd (tase:MZOR), the leader in innovative surgical robots and complementary products for spine surgery, announced a purchase agreement with NSH Michigan, Inc. The Renaissance(TM) system will be installed at NSH Michigan, Inc.'s affiliate, the Lakes Surgery Center, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The Renaissance system was recently launched as the new generation of Mazor Robotics Guidance Systems.
With the Renaissance system already in use at leading U.S. hospitals specializing in spine surgery, this is the first Renaissance system installed in an ambulatory surgery center. According to National Health Statistic Reports, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. seek surgery annually for relief from chronic back pain resulting from spinal disc diseases, including herniations and protrusions.
Common spine procedures such as endoscopic discectomy are typically performed in spine surgery centers while other procedures such as spinal fusion are usually performed in hospitals. With new technology like the Renaissance system, more cases can be performed on an out-patient basis with minimal recovery time. There are approximately 3,300 ambulatory surgery centers in the U.S.....read more
Prostate Cancer Surgical Outcomes Optimized by Combining Open, Laparoscopic, and Robotic Surgery Methods December 16, 2011
A robotic surgical system mishap in Mumbai, India this week caught the attention of prostate cancer specialists and patients worldwide. Due to a rare "hitch" in the robot's functioning, surgery was halted just prior to incision, requiring the team to awaken the patient from anesthesia with his cancerous prostate still intact. Surgeons at the Asian Heart Institute attempted to restart the robot to no avail and subsequently concluded the prostate cancer surgery.
Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, uses a similar da Vinci surgical system and has never experienced such a problem, though he believes with a greater breadth of robotic surgery experience the interruption could have been avoided. "I know the da Vinci robot to be incredibly reliable; however," he continues, "it's important to remember that the robot is a surgical tool and is not intended to replace the abilities or on-the-spot judgment of an experienced surgeon."....read more
Swedish/Edmonds to host open house for new robot system December 15, 2011. Source: Edmonds Beacon
Local students and the general public will have the rare opportunity to operate the new robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgical System at Swedish/Edmonds on Dec. 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Swedish/Edmonds is holding a two-day open house to provide local student groups and the general public with the unique opportunity to operate the region’s newest da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system.
Swedish surgeons and medical staff will be on-hand to give demonstrations and provide information about the real world application of robotics in the field of medicine. Student groups from Mountlake Terrace High School, King’s Elementary and King’s High School will also be in attendance to experience the real life application of robotics in medicine. In addition, the two-day open house will serve as a collection point of submission forms for a contest to name the new robot.
Submissions for the naming contest are also being accepted online through Swedish’s Facebook page until Monday, Dec. 19. The winner of the naming contest will receive a $200 Visa gift card.
The open house takes place atSwedish/Edmonds Campus, Fourth Floor Auditoriums B & C, follow signage from the main lobby, 21601 76th Avenue W, Edmonds.
First surgery of its kind performed at Sisters of Charity Hospital December 14, 2011
Obesity affects an estimated 72 million people in the United States, or 34 percent of all adults over age 20. This staggering statistic has been due to a continuous climb since 1960.
Dang Tuan Pham, MD, a Catholic Health surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital, is the first physician in Western New York to successfully perform a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, using minimally invasive robotic technology.
“Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most challenging laparoscopic surgical procedures,” said Pham. “The enhanced precision of the da Vinci system offers several benefits for patients and enhances patient safety. It reduces the risk of complications, is less painful, and allows the patients to recover sooner than traditional gastric bypass surgery.”...read more
Intuitive Surgical Announces New Single-Site(TM) Instrumentation for the da Vinci(R) Si(TM) Surgical System Posted December 13, 2011
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec 12, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Intuitive Surgical, Inc. ISRG , the global leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, today announced that it received FDA clearance to market its Single-Site Instrumentation for laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures, the surgical removal of the gall bladder.
Single-Site Instrumentation provides da Vinci Si customers with a technology that enables cholecystectomy via a single incision, while providing the benefits of traditional multi-port da Vinci Surgery-- enhanced surgical precision, control and stability and 3D HD visualization.
The Single-Site suite of instruments and accessories consists of the Single-Site Port, specialized curved cannulae and 5mm semi-rigid instruments, which are compatible with any da Vinci Si Surgical System. The design of the instruments and the da Vinci System's Remote Center Technology are intended to reduce instrument crowding and external collisions typically associated with hand-held, laparoscopic single-incision devices.
All da Vinci Si Surgical Systems are compatible with Single-Site(TM) Technology. The standard da Vinci and the da Vinci S Systems are not compatible with Single-Site Technology.....read more
Surgical robots to fuel NASA satellites December 13, 2011
Robots used in surgery may soon refuel or repair satellites orbiting in space without human crews, if the work of a research team at John Hopkins University comes to fruition.
The research work, part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s project, uses a modified robotics console used for surgery, tech site CNET reported.
“When we looked into it, we found there are a lot of things from the research on the medical side could be used in space,” it quoted project head Peter Kazanzides, an associate research professor at John Hopkins’ Lab for Computation Sensing and Robotics, as saying. If the research works, satellites can be repaired or refueled without having to send out human repair crews.
The CNET report said John Hopkins was tapped to learn how to operate the fuel tanker in space from Earth because of its experience in robotically-enhanced surgery.
Kazanzides said a refueling mechanism will need to slice the tape that holds down an insulating blanket on satellites, then reapply the tape after refueling the satellite. “You have to cut away this insulating blanket flap which is like making an incision in a patient,” he said.
Recently, two John Hopkins graduate students initially tested the modified da Vinci system by remotely operating an industrial robot at a NASA facility.
After surgery, a robot may be at your side December 12, 2011
In quest for efficiency, savings, hospital is testing at-home mechanical monitors.
When Erin Tally took Aidan, her 2-year-old son, home from Children’s Hospital Boston on the day after his urinary surgery, she brought along a new friend: a 4-foot-6, 17-pound, two-wheeled robot that would help deliver care to her recovering child.
Over about two weeks that included five video consultations, the robot, made by Vgo Communications Inc. of Nashua, eliminated the need for Tally to drive Aidan into Boston every three days for post-surgical checkups.
With cameras, advanced audio gear, and a video screen on its “face,’’ the robot allowed Aidan and his parents to talk with nurses and doctors in Boston. They could see and communicate with Aidan and his parents, take close-up photos of his surgical scars for doctors to review, and help determine what type of medications he needed.
The Vgo device, priced at about $6,000, is part of a five-robot pilot program at Children’s Hospital, testing whether the devices can help monitor patients after they leave the hospital. Such teleconference devices are increasingly being used in limited ways across the nation, but the Children’s program is being conducted on a larger scale and is considered a first in health care.
“Eventually, I see a whole fleet of these robots being sent home with patients,’’ said Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of Children’s Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Research and Training Center. “With this technology, we’re going to be able to replace hospital monitoring with home-based monitoring.’’...read more
Mazor Robotics Signs Purchase Agreement for the First Renaissance System in the Houston, Texas Market December 12, 2011
CAESAREA, Israel, Dec 12, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Mazor Robotics Ltd. (tase:MZOR), the leader in innovative surgical robots and complementary products for spine surgery, signed an agreement for the purchase of a Renaissance(TM) system with Richard R. M. Francis, MD, of Spine Associates of Houston and the Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital, formerly known as Foundation Surgical Hospital, in Bellaire, Texas.
The Renaissance is Mazor's next generation robotic guidance system for spine surgery. Dr. Francis, a surgeon well known for expertise in correcting scoliosis and other deformities of the spine, plans to begin performing spine surgeries with the Renaissance system at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital before the end of the year.
"When I saw the Renaissance at NASS 2011, I was immediately impressed," said Dr. Francis. "After my due diligence I am convinced that the Renaissance system's exceptional accuracy and safety will enhance outcomes for my patients, particularly for those with advanced deformities and severe scoliosis."...read more
Transplant procedure helping local family December 10, 2011
Medical professionals are hoping advances in kidney transplant technology will make it even easier for those considering donation to make the leap and potentially transform a life.
In July, Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh unveiled a new minimally-invasive robotically-assisted transplant system that has already seen local residents receiving a much-needed kidney. Everett Sechler of Confluence underwent surgery to receive a kidney from his neighbor Sondra Waite on Tuesday, Oct. 8 using the new system. By that weekend, both were home and recovering.
Dr. Kusum Tom — who performed the surgery — said that the decrease in recovery time is largely due to advances in technology that reduce the surgery's pain and trauma by minimizing the number and size of the incisions needed to both remove and implant the kidney. For Tom — who came to Allegheny General Hospital in 2008 — the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is a wonder.
The robot allows her to sit several feet away from the patient and immerse herself in a high-resolution, three-dimensional view of the patient's insides. The da Vinci camera and robotic arm instruments are inserted into the patient through three half-inch incisions. A total of five incisions are needed during the operation, Tom said. Using hand controls and foot pedals to manipulate the robotic arms, the fully intact kidney is stapled off from the blood supply on one side and removed through a small, 3-inch lower abdominal incision. "The high-def camera inside the patient is like looking into binoculars. Remarkable clarity and detail," she said.
The process differs from conventional laparoscopic surgery because the new system eliminates hand-held instruments while integrating the monitor display. The robotic tools reduce the operator's movements, eliminating tiny tremors while allowing the surgeon to keep their eyes constantly on the display and patient. "It's a lot of training, but this system is a significant advancement," Tom said......read more
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New Insight into Robotic Surgery December 9, 2011
World renowned surgeon, Dr Mani Menon, has given new insight into robotic surgery in a public lecture held in Mumbai. Dr Mani Menon, director of Vattikuti Urology Institute at the Henry Ford hospital, Michigan, delivered a public lecture discussing ‘Surgery in 21st century: Surgeon-controlled robotics’ in Mumbai, India last month. Over 80 renowned specialty surgeons attended the lecture.
The lecture was part of a road show organised by the Vattikuti Foundation across six cities in the country. The visit aimed to generate awareness of robotic procedures in India.
The Vattikuti Foundation is a non-profit corporation working for philanthropic causes in education, healthcare, disaster relief and scientific programming. It began in Michigan and is gradually becoming international.
In the lecture, Dr Menon offered information regarding ‘surgical robots’. He said: “It was one of the best tools for a surgeon. There is no peering over the patient, no fear of trembling of hands, or worries over accuracy. Here the surgeon conducts the surgery virtually and the robot in turn translates the action on the patient....read more
Boris Family makes $5 Million Gift to Surgical Care at St. Joseph's December 9, 2011
For the second time this year, St. Joe's has announced a landmark gift from the Boris Family. This time, the founders of Mountain Cablevision have donated $5 million to support surgical excellence at St. Joe's; namely through the acquisition of the world's most advanced surgical robot.
This gift brings the family's cumulative giving to the Hospital to $11 million in the past six months alone. It's a pretty impressive tally but the Boris Family says it's just what Owen would've wanted. "Dad was a technology guy," explains Owen & Marta's son, Les. "He was intrigued by the ways in which technology could work hand-in-hand with medical leaders at St. Joe's to enhance the care of patients." "Our mom and dad wanted to help make that kind of advancement in healthcare possible through our family's philanthropy and we know that's just what this gift is going to achieve," added Les' sister, Jackie Boris-Work.
The Boris family's new $5 million gift will be used to acquire the da Vinci SI Surgical Robotic System, along with two state-of-the-art control consoles that allow two surgeons to work in tandem during a surgical procedure.....read more
Mazor Renaissance™ Spine Surgery
Mazor Robotics receives FDA approval to market Renaissance System December 9, 2011
Mazor Robotics newly approved 3D imaging integrated robotic spine surgery technology is making spine surgery errors a thing of the past.
Mazor Robotics, which develops technology to help surgeons more accurately and securely undertake spine surgery, has received approval from the FDA in the United States to market its Renaissance system with 3D imaging technology. The new system will make it far easier for doctors to plan and carry out spinal surgery – using the robot-based operating system while in the midst of surgery to accurately carry out the operation without using the pre-op 2D imaging that is usually used.
With the FDA approval, says the company, Renaissance is now a complete solution for spine surgeons to accurately plan and carry out operations – before ever picking up a knife. The system is based on (and supercedes) Mazor's original SpineAssist technology, which uses robot technology to plan precise locations for spinal fusion screw placement and related surgical interventions. Now, with the addition of 3D imaging, doctors will be able to dramatically shorten the time needed for completion of an operation, and enable doctors to perform operations under difficult circumstances, such as during emergency situations when it is impossible to get a good look at the area to be operated upon using the current 2D CT (X-ray computed tomography) imaging systems....read more
The ROBOCAST Project is developing a robotic system for assisting with keyhole neurosurgery
Dual-robot system designed to help with brain surgery By Ben Coxworth: December 7, 2011
In keyhole neurosurgery, a small "burr hole" is drilled in the patient's skull, and their brain is then accessed through that hole. The procedure is much less invasive than many other types of brain surgery, and can be used for things such as exploratory endoscopy, biopsies, blood and fluid sampling, cryogenic and electrolytic ablation (tissue removal), and deep brain stimulation. It is used to treat conditions including tumors, hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), Parkinson's disease, Tourette syndrome, and epilepsy. For a neurosurgeon, however, it can sometimes be extremely exacting work - a slip of even a fraction of a millimeter can cause permanent brain damage. That's why the European Union's ROBOCAST (ROBOt and sensors integration for Computer Assisted Surgery and Therapy) Project is developing a robotic system to help out.
The system consists of a human-computer interface with a haptic feedback control mechanism, an autonomous trajectory planner, a micro controller, a set of field sensors, and a robot - two robots, in fact.
The first, larger robot holds its smaller counterpart, and positions it around the patient's head as needed. It is able to move with six degrees of freedom (up/down, left/right, backward/forward), so it can place the smaller robot anywhere in three-dimensional space.
Once positioned at the burr hole, the little robot is then used remotely by the surgeon to insert the surgical instrument into the patient's brain - with some help from optical trackers, that is, which monitor both the end of the probe and the patient. Using a combination of sensors, the robot is able to modulate the position and force of the instrument, once it is inserted....read more
Frost & Sullivan Lauds BK Medical, Analogic Ultrasound Group for Its Cutting-Edge Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology (ART) Solution December 8, 2011
ART(TM) Represents the Industry's First Comprehensive Solution for Integrating Surgeon Controlled Ultrasound Into Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Based on its recent analysis of the surgical ultrasound market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes BK Medical, with the 2011 North American Frost & Sullivan Product Differentiation Award for BK Medical's Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology (ART(TM)), the industry's first comprehensive solution for integrating surgeon controlled ultrasound into robotic-assisted surgery.
"Launched in March 2011, BK Medical's ART solution includes an ultrasound system and transducers which are fully controllable from a robotic surgery console," notes Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Roberto Aranibar. "Frost & Sullivan believes that by streamlining workflow and providing a greater degree of accuracy, this solution overcomes the key challenges in using ultrasound during robotic-assisted surgery."
The ART solution consists of BK Medical's Flex Focus(TM) 700 ultrasound imaging system, its ProART(TM) transducer, its 3DART(TM) transducer and its RST(TM) Robotic Stationary Transducer Arm....read more
EDAP Confirms Robotic Ablatherm(R)-HIFU Position as 'Must Have' Complement to Prostate Cancer Surgery at Two Major Scientific Conferences December 8, 2011
Ablatherm-HIFU Featured in Eight Presentations at World Congress of Endourology (WCE).
Ablatherm-HIFU Focal Treatment Advantages Showcased at First Montreal Conference on Focal Therapy.
LYON, France, Dec. 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EDAP TMS SA (Nasdaq:EDAP), the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, announced that its best-in-class Ablatherm®-HIFU device and renewed lithotripsy product line were showcased at two recent international conferences.
Eight presentations that support Ablatherm-HIFU's efficacy for the treatment of localized prostate cancer were featured at the 29th World Congress of Endourology and SWL (WCE), held November 30 – December 3 in Kyoto, Japan.
At its booth at the First Montreal Conference on Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer held December 2 – 3 in Montreal, Canada, EDAP presented the new positioning for robotic Ablatherm-HIFU as the 'must have' complement to prostate cancer surgery with its exclusive Canadian distribution partner Maple Leaf HIFU....read more
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne was photographed in Covington on Nov. 8. Image by Ellis Lucia, The Times-Picayune archive
Jay Dardenne easing back to work after prostate cancer surgery December 6, 2011
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne was back at his desk on a limited basis Tuesday after Nov. 21 robotic surgery for prostate cancer. Dardenne said he was back in his Capitol Annex offices for the first time Monday for a "couple of hours" and "most of the morning" Tuesday.
Dardenne said he was diagnosed with the slow-growing prostate cancer in July and asked doctors whether the surgery could wait until after the Oct. 22 election. He defeated fellow Republican Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser in that race.
The cancer was discovered during a routine medical checkup, he said.
Dardenne encouraged "all men, no matter how healthy they may feel" to have an annual physical that includes blood test screening for prostate cancer.
Dardenne said he has a checkup schedueled for Thursday and hopes to get the all clear to return to work full time....read more
Titan Medical Inc. Announces Memorandum of Understanding With India Based Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited Posted: December 6, 2011
TORONTO, ONTARIO--Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") (TSX VENTURE:TMD) announced today that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited ("Apollo"), a major hospital chain based in Chennai, India.
Under the terms of the agreement, Apollo will test and evaluate the Company's Amadeus™ Next Generation Robotic Surgical technologies. Apollo will provide the Company with detailed feedback as appropriate.
This MOU is being facilitated by PrimeSource MedTech LLP, a leading medical device and biotechnology consulting company based in Mumbai and New York.....For complete article Click here
Monmouth Medical Center is First in New Jersey to Perform Two Groundbreaking Robotic Surgeries December 5, 2011
Single-Incision da Vinci Laparoscopic Hysterectomy and Partial Nephrectomy Utilizing Fluorescence Imaging Technology Offer Non-Invasive Approach and Better Patient Outcomes.
Monmouth Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to perform two groundbreaking robotic surgeries taking this innovative technology to the next level: a scarless single-incision laparoscopic hysterectomy and a partial nephrectomy (kidney removal) using fluorescent imaging technology. These innovative procedures offer patients a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery with better results. Monmouth Medical Center is the only hospital in the region employing two of the most advanced da Vinci robotic systems available.
Monmouth Medical Center paved the way in the urogynecology field by performing a hysterectomy utilizing a Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) with the da Vinci Robot. Martin P. Michalewski, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, a urogynecologist with Monmouth Medical Center, performed a SILS hysterectomy through the belly button (umbilicus), leaving no visible scar....read more
Thoratec May Entice J&J, Medtronic, Abbott, Oracle Says December 7, 2011
Thoratec Corp., maker of implantable heart pumps, may attract bids from Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic Inc. or Abbott Laboratories if the company seeks a buyer, said Oracle Investment Management Inc., a Thoratec investor.
Thoratec needs the resources of a bigger company to reach its potential in a market for heart-failure patients that may reach $10 billion in annual sales, Larry Feinberg, Oracle’s founder, said in a telephone interview today.
The Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund, controller of 3.12 million Thoratec shares, wrote to the company’s board yesterday urging it to retain an investment bank for an auction....read more
Arthur D. Smith Endourology Lectureship Awarded to Dr. Matthew Gettman December 5, 2011
KYOTO, Japan, Dec 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Matthew T. Gettman, M.D., program director of the Mayo Clinic's Department of Urology, has been awarded the 2011 Arthur D. Smith Endourology Lectureship. The award, known as the "Arthur" award, was given at the 29th World Congress of Endourology (WCE) in Kyoto, Japan, this week.
Gettman was chosen specifically for his academic contributions to the field of urology, particularly his extensive research and expertise in the fields of robotic and laparoscopic surgery. The Endourological Society's awards committee presents the Arthur award each year, and Cook Medical sponsors the award in honor of the lifetime achievements of Dr. Arthur D. Smith.
Dr. Gettman trained in urology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education before completing a endourology fellowship at the University of Texas and training in Austria and France as a Mayo Foundation Scholar. Since then, Dr. Gettman has authored more than 250 publications, including 128 peer-reviewed articles, and is currently an active member of the American Urological Association, the American College of Surgeons and the Endourological Society....read more
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne undergoes successful prostate cancer surgery December 5, 2011
BATON ROUGE, LA. (NBC33) — Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is recovering from surgery performed on November 21 to remove his prostate.
He was recently diagnosed with non-aggressive prostate cancer following a routine checkup. After weighing options he decided on robotic laparoscopic surgery at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Raju Thomas performed the surgery.
"Jay is doing very well. The cancer was detected early," Dr. David Hastings, Lt. Governor Dardenne's Baton Rouge urologist, said. "He is in excellent health and is expected to make a full recovery."
While resting at home, Lt. Governor Dardenne has been in daily contact with his office and is coordinating day-to-day decision-making with his executive staff.
"My family and I want to express our thanks to Dr. Hastings and Dr. Thomas, as well as the entire staff at Tulane," Lt. Governor Dardenne said.
In the Robotorium of Hackerman Hall, doctoral students Tian Xia and Jonathan Bohren use a da Vinci medical console (behind Bohren) to manipulate an industrial robot located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Photo: Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu
Medical robotics experts help advance NASA’s ‘satellite surgery’ project December 5, 2011
Johns Hopkins engineers, recognized as experts in medical robotics, have turned their attention skyward to help NASA with a space dilemma: How can the agency fix valuable satellites that are breaking down or running out of fuel? Sending a human repair crew into space is costly, dangerous and sometimes not even possible for satellites in a distant orbit.
One answer? Send robots to the rescue and give them a little long-distance human help. Johns Hopkins scientists say that the same technology that allows doctors to steer a machine through delicate abdominal surgery could someday help an operator on Earth fix a faulty fuel line on the far side of the moon.
A brief preview of this technology was presented Nov. 29, when two graduate students at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus in Baltimore used a modified da Vinci medical console to manipulate an industrial robot at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., about 30 miles away. The demonstration took place during a tour of Goddard by three members of Maryland’s congressional delegation: U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Reps. Donna Edwards and Steny Hoyer.
In this demonstration, the da Vinci console was the same type that doctors use to conduct robotic surgery on cancer and cardiac patients. It included a 3D eyepiece that allowed the operator in Baltimore to see and guide the robot at Goddard. It also provided haptic, or “touch,” feedback to the operator....read more
Market Research Study Forecasts the Size of the Orthopedics Devices Market Posted: December 5, 2011
About 25 in every 1000 people opt for an orthopedic surgery due to osteoarthritis. Such high incidence coupled with aging population and increasing awareness among people; is driving the growth of the global orthopedic devices market. Among the seven segments covered in the report, spinal devices are observed to be the fastest growing segment with a CAGR of 9.3% during the study period. Smart implants, customized implants, and tissue engineering have been identified as the future of orthopedics.
Continuous innovations in the implants technologies have helped the orthopedic industry to maintain a steady growth of 7% to 10% over the last decade and this trend is expected to continue in the years to come. Innovations in the design and efficiency of the equipment for spinal, hip, and knee replacement such as introduction of customized implants, smart implants with advanced sensors for real time data transfer, metal-on-metal, and metal-on-ceramic implants have helped to maintain the growth momentum. In future, novelties in the field of customized implants for individual needs, smart implants with microprocessors to deliver real time feedback, and other tracking devices are further expected to create niche segments for these technologies. In addition, tissue engineering and gene therapy techniques are going to add potential customers looking for preventive, rather than curative measures.....read more
Distinguished Lecture Series Highlights Simulation Training for Surgeons Indiana University at Fort Wayne News Release Posted: December 4, 2011
The Information Analytics and Visualization Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is hosting the upcoming Distinguished Lecture Series presentation by David T. Chen, Ph. D., Monday, December 12, from 10 a.m. to noon in Walb Union, Room G-08. Chen's presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Chen will discuss technologies for creating patient-specific surgical simulations. Chen's research shows by using imaging and haptic technology, surgeons can experience a virtual, touch-responsive simulation. Haptic surgery simulators provide force-feedback through active, motorized linkages to surgeons. Chen will relate experiences where he has developed different pieces of this vision. But he says the challenge still remains to define a workflow that is efficient enough so that all the stakeholders--radiologists, surgeons, device and insurance companies--can come together to deliver the best outcome for each patient.
The lecture series, which is sponsored by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science and the Department of Computer Science, is free and open to the public.
Titan Medical Inc. Completes Amadeus Composer(TM) Pre-Production Console and Video Tower Posted: December 3, 2011
Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") CA:TMD announced today that it has completed prototypes of the pre-production Surgeon Console and Video Tower, and Beta Patient Cart of its Amadeus Composer(TM) platform. The pre-production versions of the Surgeon Console and Video Tower are in the final phases of development and Titan plans to move forward to final design for manufacture and testing.
Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer of Titan Medical Inc., commented, "I am extremely pleased with the efforts and dedication of our engineering team and development partners in completing the Console and Video Tower of Amadeus Composer(TM) on schedule. This marks a significant advancement in Titan Medical's development cycle. We are now committed to proceeding to our next major milestone of tissue and animal feasibility studies by the middle of 2012."...read more
Novadaq to Present at the Canaccord Genuity 6th Annual Medical Device Conference Posted; December 3, 2011
Novadaq® Technologies Inc. (TSX:NDQ), a developer of real-time imaging systems for use in the operating room, announced today that Dr. Arun Menawat, the company's president and chief executive officer, will present Novadaq's corporate overview at the Canaccord Genuity 6th Annual Cardiovascular, Aesthetics & Metabolic Disorders Medical Device Conference at 3:20 PM PT on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, CA.
A webcast of the presentations can be accessed live on the Company's website at http://www.novadaq.com/ under the "Events" tab in the "Investors" section, and will be archived for 90 days.
FDA sets path for key new diabetes device December 1, 2011
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines to medical device makers developing a potentially revolutionary device for type 1 diabetes, saying they should speed its delivery to patients.
The guidelines reflect months of behind-the-scenes negotiations with patient advocates, medical device makers and researchers working to develop an artificial pancreas -- a complex system of pumps and sensors aimed at automating the care and treatment of type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes advocates had feared the FDA would set the bar too high, making regulations so cumbersome that it would delay access to diabetics in the United States.
"This guidance was developed in a way to account for innovation," Charles "Chip" Zimliki, who heads an FDA initiative to speed up availability of an artificial pancreas, told Reuters in a telephone interview.
He said the new draft guidance gives researchers and medical device makers a clear set of requirements for approving clinical trials that can show the technology is safe in real-world settings....read more
Robotics may impact future surgery December 1, 2011
In a new paper published online last month in The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, a system is presented for minimally invasive surgery performed with Haptic feedback and visual feedback aids for surgeons. Haptics refers to the sense of touch, specifically the perception of objects as such. In the new work, the case of prostate cancer is examined, due to rising concerns over the effectiveness of robot assisted surgery for this application.
The paper was written jointly by researchers at Hopkins and Robotics and ElectroMechanical Systems, Intelligent Automation, Inc., located in Rockville, MD.
There are several components to the system. First, a 3D map is generated for surgeons to reference while operating, complete with added information regarding material properties of tissue in order to identify tumors. Stereoscopic cameras are set up at specific positions to allow for correlation of their images into a 3D "cloud" of image data. This data set is cleaned and enhanced statistically by a computer and projected for the surgeon to see.
The system also uses force-feedback mechanisms to stop surgeons from entering inoperable regions. To do this, a region is first defined on the computer where the surgeon should not cut, such as regions too deep into an organ....read more
Diabetes breakthrough stalled in safety debate December 1, 2011
(Reuters) - It's a dream of medical science that looks tantalizingly within reach: the artificial pancreas, a potential breakthrough treatment for the scourge of type 1 diabetes.
Meant to mimic the function of a real pancreas, the artificial version is a complex device that combines a pager-sized continuous glucose monitor and sensor that tracks blood sugar with a pump that automatically delivers the correct dose of insulin at just the right time.
That technology could make a major difference to the three million Americans with the disease who must vigilantly monitor their blood sugar, even at night, and risk deadly consequences if they are slow to notice a dangerous change.
But it is caught up in America's long-running tug of war between supporters of more rapid medical innovation and those who seek better safety for new devices. A fresh confrontation is about to break open this week as the Food and Drug Administration lays out a path toward regulatory approval for such devices, expected as early as Thursday.
Advocates of the artificial pancreas fear the bar will be set too high in terms of how the devices can be tested in patients, to what lengths companies will need to go to prove they are safe and whether a change in even one of its components will require a whole new round of testing.
Based on the FDA's track record with an early version of these devices, they expect the guidelines could delay access to the technology for many years.
People on both sides of the debate have a personal stake in the outcome. Jeffrey Brewer, president and chief executive of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a powerful advocacy group, has a teenage son with type 1 diabetes.
He notes that medical device giant Medtronic has a very early version of an artificial pancreas called the Paradigm Veo insulin pump, sold in 50 countries but not in the United States.
The pump has an automated safety feature, called low glucose suspend, that shuts off the insulin flow when glucose falls dangerously low. The Veo, and newer devices being developed, are meant to be worn outside the body, but are connected to patients through a tiny catheter placed just under the skin....read more
Covidian Endo Stitch
Automated Suturing Device from Covidien Helps Minimise Operating Time and Costs December 1, 2011
Covidian has introduced Endo Stitch, which is an automated suturing device that can be used in the operation room for suturing after surgery. By using the Endo Stitch, the cost and the time consumed for operations such as laparoscopic hysterectomies etc., are reduced considerably.
The time taken for operations is reduced by as much as 40 minutes when compared to surgeries that are performed with robotic assistance. The performance details of the Endo Stitch were presented at the 40th Global Congress of the Minimally Invasive Gynecology of the American Association of GynecologicLaparoscopists (AAGL). The mean time reduction gained by using the Endo Stitch was 20 minutes when compared to the surgical procedures that did not use the Endo Stitch or were robotically assisted....read more
Stereotaxis Enters $20 Million Royalty Financing Agreement December 1, 2011
$15 Million Upfront and up to $5 Million in Milestone Payments.
Stereotaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: STXS) today reported that the Company has entered into a $20 million royalty financing agreement with Cowen Healthcare Royalty Partners II, L.P. ("Cowen Royalty"). The Company will receive $15 million upon satisfaction of closing conditions on or prior to December 5, 2011 and may receive up to an additional $5 million based on the achievement of certain milestones related to sales of the Stereotaxis robotic navigation system in 2012.
The agreement creates a loan obligation that will be repaid through, and secured by, royalties payable to Stereotaxis under its Development Alliance and Supply Agreement with Biosense Webster, Inc. (the "Biosense Agreement"). The Biosense Agreement relates to the development and distribution of magnetically enabled catheters used with Stereotaxis' Niobe® robotic system in cardiac ablation procedures.
Biosense Webster's Celsius® RMT and NaviStar® RMT families of catheters, including the industry leading Celsius® and NaviStar® RMT ThermoCool® catheters, are the only magnetic catheters accurately matched to the navigational software of the Niobe® system for optimal performance and highly precise catheter manipulation....read more
Antelope Valley Hospital Enters Partnership with USC in Robotic Urology Program Decmber 1, 2011
Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster has entered into a partnership with the Keck Doctors of USC to provide robotic surgery for urologic cancers using AV Hospital’s da Vinci Si surgical robot.
The local robotic urology program will provide advanced surgical options for patients of the Antelope Valley who will no longer need to travel out of town for care.
There are numerous benefits of robotic surgery including a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications, smaller incisions, less scarring, faster healing, decreased risk of injury to nearby organs, less blood loss, less pain, less need for pain medication and a quicker return to normal activity and work.
AV Hospital acquired the da Vinci surgical robot in 2010. Inderbir S. Gill, M.D. of USC, a recognized leader in the field of robotic and laparoscopic surgery for urologic cancers, will serve as the medical director of the AV Hospital Urology Center of Robotic Surgery.....read more
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