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Mesa View Regional Hospital
MVRH Announces Partnership with Las Vegas Urology February 28, 2011
Kapua Conley, CEO of Mesa View Regional Hospital, has announced a strategic partnership that will bring an accomplished urologist to Mesquite. MVRH, which is located in Mesquite and services the Virgin River and Moapa Valleys, is welcoming Dr. Alex Lesani from Las Vegas Urology. This partnership will allow patients to receive urology treatment at MVRH, instead of making the drive to Las Vegas or St. George.
Mesquite patients will now have access to state-of-the-art urology treatment, including cutting-edge robotics technology. Dr. Lesani is the only urologist in Southern Nevada with fellowship training in laparoscopy and robotic surgery.
Last month, MVRH announced a similar arrangement with the Nevada Heart and Vascular Center. Conley says the goal is to bring specialists from a variety of different fields to MVRH and increase patients’ access to specialized care.....complete article
ABC’s ‘Private Practice’ features Sunnyvale company’s da Vinci surgical robot February 27, 2011
On TV, but like in real life, a patient with extensive cancer was told she had months to live. But the doctor said there might be one last treatment.
“I did some research and found a new protocol…on this machine, the da Vinci… I’d be able to cut in ways that I’d never be able to do freehand,” Dr. Addison Montgomery said during a Jan. 6 episode of “Private Practice,” ABC’s popular medical drama.
The scene cuts away, and the dynamic Dr. Montgomery turns to speak to the patient’s desperate lover about the cancer surgery: “We got it. All of it,” she says triumphantly.
Told there were no treatments left for her advanced cancer, the patient got lucky. The da Vinci robotic surgical console saved the day, scoring one for robots.
Also scoring was the robot’s manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG). Some 7.8 million viewers watched the device save “Susan,” according to Nielson ratings.
It’s not the first time the da Vinci has played a starring role. The machines have made an appearance on other television programs as well, such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and even a James Bond movie years ago.
It’s called product placement, and although Intuitive Surgical never paid a dime, in 2007 companies paid a combined $2.9 billion to advertise their products in this seemingly unnoticeable way, according to the 2011 “Entertainment, Media & Advertising Market Research Handbook.”....continue reading
New York Prostate Cancer Expert Dr. David Samadi to Co-Direct the 1st International Robotic Prostatectomy Symposium in Florida Posted: February 26, 2011
Dr. David B. Samadi, a prostate cancer treatment and robotic surgery expert as well the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City will be co-directing the First International Robotic Prostatectomy Symposium this weekend in Miami, Florida.
Hosted by the non-profit organization Prostate Awareness Research and Treatment (P.A.R.T.), the event takes place February 25 and 26, 2011, at the famed Fontainebleau Hotel. The symposium will feature live broadcasts on difficult cases of robotic prostate cancer surgeries performed by worldwide experts, as well as educational workshops led by urological experts. Simultaneous English to Spanish translation will be broadcast throughout the symposium.
"The event promises to be invaluably informative for urologists and other healthcare professionals who wish to learn more about this innovative surgery," said Dr. Samadi, a urologic oncologist who is also the creator of the SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) Surgery. The technique combines Samadi's open radical prostatectomy and laparoscopy skills with his oncologic expertise and unique robotic surgical experience....read more
# USC professor Inderbir S. Gill, chairman and executive director of the USC Institute of Urology. Photo/Philip Channing
USC Urologists Pioneer Zero-ischemia Robotic Kidney Cancer Surgery February 25, 2011
USC urologists have developed a new method of robotic surgery for kidney cancer, which could help reduce organ damage.
A worlds first, this novel robotic and laparoscopic technique was reported in 15 initial patients in the January issue of European Urology. Current techniques of kidney-sparing surgery (termed partial nephrectomy) require the kidney blood flow to be stopped by clamping the renal artery while the tumor is being removed. Stopping renal blood flow negatively can affect kidney function.
USC’s novel robotic technique, called “zero-ischemia”partial nephrectomy, allows uninterrupted blood flow to the kidney during the entire operation. By removing only the tumor and saving the rest of the kidney without stopping its blood flow, kidney damage is minimized, leading to superior kidney function.
Pioneered by Inderbir S. Gill, professor, chairman and executive director of the USC Institute of Urology, this technique involves renal artery micro-dissection. “We use delicate robotic neurosurgical aneurysm micro-bulldog(s) to control specific, pre-terminal renal artery branches, which directly supply the tumor,” Gill said. “Thus, blood supply to the rest of the kidney stays untouched.” Gill added that meticulous anesthetic techniques for controlled reduction of blood pressure were employed as needed....continue reading
There have been a few letters recently testifying to the extraordinary care patients have received; however, there is a cautionary tale to amazing technology. My own tragic experience with amazing technology was coincident with TIME magazine's advisory report: "Robotic Surgery" and what Dr. Oz called "Surgery Lite."
My appendectomy, like many now, was performed with laparoscopy, removed through one virtually undetectable incision to my navel — no pain, no infection, no scar. The injury I suffered was to my throat from intubation — for anesthesia, yes, but also to inflate and provide light for the robotic instrument removal.
A dislocated tendon and vocal cord paralysis has left me unable to speak above a high raspy whisper. I must say I'd rather my appendix have come out the "old-fashioned way" and recover as my dad did, resting on the couch for five days, than to be left unable to talk for the rest of my life.
Often the less invasive approach is safer; however, there are forces such as marketing and physician pride that may shadow or occlude a broader discussion with a patient (age and medical history) about the more traditional or conservative options.
Porter’s Healthy Woman program
Porter Health System’s Healthy Woman Program Presents “Just Say NO to Abdominal Hysterectomy” Posted: February 25, 2011
To help women learn more about the advantages of daVinci Robotic Surgery, Porter Health System’s Healthy Woman Program will present “Just Say NO to Abdominal Hysterectomy,” by OB/GYN Cheryl Short, MD. The program will begin at 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, March 2, at Porter’s Education & Rehabilitation Campus, 1401 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso.
The “Just Say NO to Abdominal Hysterectomy” program is free. To register for this program, learn more about Porter’s Healthy Woman program or to become a member, call 1.800.541.1861 or visit nwihealthywoman.com
Hospital 'Tweeting' a robotic surgery
Dr. Finkelstein will use a da Vinci robot
Updated: Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, 1:13 PM MST Published : Thursday, 24 Feb 2011, 5:00 AM MST
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Karen Finkelstein M.D. will perform surgery using the da Vinci robot at Presbyterian Hospital to hopefully find out what is wrong with Channing Huser. Starting at 5:30 a.m., Presbyterian will live Tweet during the surgery. Anyone can follow the robot surgery on Twitter: @PresHealthcare.
Doctors Begin Embrace of Technology from Social Media to iPads February 24, 2011 By Dick Weisinger
Doctors have always had a love for expensive high-tech medical equipment. Think multimillion-dollar proton-beam therapy centers, robotic surgery, and advanced imaging technologies. But when it comes to the mundane tasks of running their office as a business, doctors have been notorious for inefficient paper record keeping and illegible prescriptions and patient communications.
Texas Health Resources CMIO Ferdinand Velasco said that “physicians have gotten a bad rap for being resistant to change, but they’re embracing iPhones and iPads because of their ease of use and mobility.”
A number of health-care-oriented mobile applications specifically targeting physicians and health care providers is listed below:
Applications that provide guidance for drug interactions
Applications for writing prescriptions and automatically forwarding the information to a pharmacy
Applications for transferring imaging data from labs and clinics to offices and hospitals
Applications that act as various medical calculators
Applications that can provide surgery checklists
Dr. Adrian Dan, a Summa Health System surgeon, and his team perform a robotic splenectomy – the first robotic surgery of its kind in Summit County – in January
Canal Fulton woman's robotic surgery a first Posted: February 24, 2011
AKRON, OH — Bonny Jacobson is a survivor, and she has the scars to prove it. The scars — at least the ones from her most recent surgery — may not look like much, but they have a pretty good story behind them. The scars represent the four tiny incisions from a splenectomy performed last month at Summa Hospital. What makes Bonny’s story unique is that her splenectomy was the first in Summit County done entirely with the help of robotic technology.
Bonny’s spleen had to be removed because of a non-cancerous cyst that was continuing to grow. Traditional splenectomy surgery would have been difficult for Bonny because of scar tissue from previous surgeries on her abdomen.
“They saved my life,” Bonny said of robotic procedure. “I have had so many surgeries and complications – I’m just a mass of scar tissue. … This was the only way they could have done the surgery.”
Bonny’s surgeon Dr. Adrian Dan is no stranger to the use robotic technology in the operating room. He’s performed robotic surgeries before and has been on the forefront if using robotic technology in the operating room since his residency at the Cleveland Clinic. The technology, he explains, has opened up new opportunities for surgeons and has allowed doctors to set new standards of care. In Bonny’s case the use of the robotic technology in the surgery allowed him to perform a splenectomy with little discomfort for the patient.....Full Story
Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery: Experience Matters Posted: February 24, 2011
According to the results of a study presented at the 2011 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, a surgeon may have to perform well over a thousand robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgeries before becoming fully proficient at the procedure.
Treatment options for early-stage prostate cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, and active surveillance (close observation but no treatment until the cancer shows signs of worsening).
Previous studies of robotic-assisted prostate surgery have suggested that it doesn’t take long for surgeons to learn how to perform the procedure safely. Achieving the best possible cancer outcomes, however, may require a greater amount of experience.
To assess the number of robotic-assisted prostate surgeries that a surgeon must perform before becoming fully proficient, researchers have closely watched the learning of the skill by three surgeons over the duration of 6 years. The three surgeons worked at high-volume centers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Weill Cornell in New York City, and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
A key outcome that was considered in the study was the rate of positive surgical margins. A positive surgical margin means that cancer is found at the edge of the tissue that was removed during surgery; it may be a sign that not all of the cancer was removed.
The rate of positive surgical margins declined as surgeons gained experience. The lowest rates of positive surgical margins (<10%) came after a surgeon had performed more than 1,600 robotic-assisted prostate surgeries.
First Robotic Assisted Pneumonectomy in New York Performed at New York Methodist February 23, 2011
Richard Lazzaro, M.D., chief of thoracic surgery at New York Methodist Hospital, recently performed the first-ever robotic assisted pulmonary pneumonectomy in New York City. A pneumonectomy is most often used to treat lung cancer when less radical surgery cannot achieve satisfactory results.
The procedure involves the removal of the lung that contains the cancerous legion. "Ninety-six percent of pulmonary lobectomy procedures are still performed through open incisions," said Dr. Lazzaro. "Recent studies have shown that lung cancer patients treated with MITS have a better chance at long-term survival than patients who have undergone open surgery."...read more
Singapore Introduces New Robotic-Assisted Procedure for Lung Cancer Surgery Feb 23, 2011 - (ACN Newswire)
The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) recently completed the first robotic-assisted lobectomy in Southeast Asia.
For the very first time in the region, the diseased lobe of a lung was removed using a sophisticated robotic system - the Da Vinci Si Dual. This new development also made NHCS one of about 25 centres in the world to offer the robotic-assisted lobectomy surgery to its patients.
In the recent five years, NHCS has been performing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for most early-stage lung cancer patients. This is a minimally invasive approach which operates through four small incisions with speciallong instruments, with no need to spread the ribs.
However, the VATS method has its limitations. It involves operating on the lung from outside the chest cavity while looking at a two-dimension image on a computer screen. As a result, the perception of depth is lost. The techniques are further limited by the long and stiff instruments with poor maneuverability. The operating surgeon also relies very much on the assisting surgeon holding the camera to capture good images from inside the chestcavity.
NHCS started its robotic-assist minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery (RAMICS) programme in 2006 with funding from the SingHealth Endowment Fund. The programme has grown from strength to strength and now includes procedures such as internal mammary artery harvest, removal of the thymus gland, mitral valve repair, closure of congenital heart defects and most recently the lung lobectomy.
Kinect SDK to be available this Spring for free February 22, 2011
Microsoft yesterday announced that an SDK for its motion-based camera controller Kinect will be available for free this Spring. The Kinect SDK will give developers access to Kinect’s audio technology, a programmable platform, and direct control over the unit itself.
“The community that has blossomed since the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 in November shows the breadth of invention and depth of imagination possible when people have access to ground-breaking technology. Already, researchers, academics and enthusiasts are thinking through what’s next in natural and intuitive technology.
For example, in January I mentioned Craig’s talk at the Cleveland Clinic, where he highlighted students at the University of Washington’s Biorobotics Lab using Kinect with a commercially available PHANTOM Omni Haptic Device to explore how robotic surgery could be enhanced by incorporating the sense of feel,” said Steve Clayton, editor of Next at Microsoft Blog....read more
Small Incision Total Knee Arthroplasty
ORLive Broadcast: Small Incision Total Knee Arthroplasty Posted: February 22, 2011
When: March 1, 2011 Time: 5.00 PM EST Sign in for Live Broadcast
This minimally invasive procedure allows for the capabilities of a faster recovery time, decrease in hospital stay, and improved range of motion utilizing a mutli-disciplinary medical and surgical approach. Join us as Mercy Hospital presents an advanced technique for total knee replacement.
Fortis Healthcare Press Release Posted: February 21, 2011
Fortis Healthcare and world-renowned Dr. Sudhir Srivastava to jointly launch fortis International Centre for Robotic Surgery in India Fortis Healthcare Ltd has informed BSE that Fortis Healthcare Ltd and International Centre for Robotic Surgery (ICRS) have jointly announced a state-of-the-art robotic surgery centre, christened 'Fortis International Centre for Robotic Surgery' (Fortis ICRS).
Fortis ICRS centres will be set up across the Fortis network, starting with Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi, followed by Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and tier II cities like Mohali and Jaipur.
In this regard, the Company has issued a Press Release dated February 17, 2011 titled "Fortis Healthcare and world-renowned Dr. Sudhir Srivastava to jointly launch fortis International Centre for Robotic Surgery in India"
Fortis, ICRS to invest Rs 100 cr for robotic surgery centres February 20, 2011
NEW DELHI: Fortis Healthcare along with ICRS plans to invest over Rs 100 crore to set up nearly ten robotic surgery centres across the country in the next two years.
Christened as Fortis ICRS, the centres will offer the full spectrum of robotic heart, lung, urology, gynaecology, general, head and neck surgeries.
"Fortis Healthcare and ICRS will set up 6-10 ten robotic centres across India in the next two years. An investment of over Rs 100 crore is expected to be made in setting up of Fortis ICRS," Fortis Healthcare spokesperson told PTI.
The company has joined hands with the International Centre for Robotic Surgery (ICRS) that will enable the hospital chain to offer advanced robotic surgery at its facilities.
Initially, the facility will be available at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in the national capital, followed by Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and tier-II cities like Mohali and Jaipur.
"The first centre at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi will be ready to start robotic surgery, beginning March 10, 2011. We expect that 6-10 centres will be operational in about two years time," the spokesperson said.
As per the collaboration, Fortis will offer an established network of multi-specialty hospitals, while ICRS would provide medical talent in the area of robotic surgery, education, medical innovations and consultancy.....continue reading
Photo: Richard Rhodes, M.D. Courtesy of Texas Health Resources
Innovative Technology: Less Pain, Shorter Recovery Time After Joint Replacement Surgery Posted: February 20, 2011
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is the first hospital in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to provide robotically assisted joint replacement surgery.
Allowing patients with osteoarthritis of the knee to benefit from a less invasive option, robotic-assisted partial knee replacement lessens the amount of postoperative pain patients experience after surgery. Hospital stays are shorter — one to two days versus three days or more — and patients are often able to resume daily activities sooner than after a traditional joint replacement surgery.
“The joint that is achieved after a robotically assisted partial knee replacement is a much more natural-feeling joint that is less mechanical and has increased stability,” says Richard Rhodes, M.D., orthopedic surgeon on staff at Texas Health Allen. “The long-term results for the robotically assisted procedure are also much more reliable because the increased implant precision improves the longevity of the implants, so they will not wear out as quickly as implants placed during a traditional partial knee replacement.”...read more
Taking Regional Surgical Care to the Next Level February 20, 2011
Aria Health is revolutionizing regional surgical care through the use of the da Vinci Si Surgical System at its Torresdale campus.
Aria Health offers the largest variety of robotic surgical options in the area, providing robotically assisted thyroid removal, urological and gynecological procedures, general surgery and thoracic surgery.
“The most unique aspect of our robotic surgery program at Aria Health is the diversity of the surgical services that are provided,” says Clifton Hall, M.D., Director of the Department of Anesthesiology at Aria Health. “The robotic system is essentially being used across the entire spectrum of surgical services at Aria Health. Aria Health is committed to staying on the cutting edge of medical care, and the addition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System has allowed us to provide patients with services that are unparalleled in our area.”...read more
Riverview Medical Center Celebrates Five Years of CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery PRLog (Press Release) –Feb 17, 2011
Red Bank, NJ - In 2005, Riverview Medical Center became home to the one of the most revolutionary radiosurgical technologies in the world: the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System. It offers a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the brain, as well as other sites including prostate, lung, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney.
The treatment – which delivers beams of radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy – offers new hope to patients worldwide. In its continuing mission to bring ground-breaking, preventative and life-saving treatment to patients, Riverview, part of Meridian Cancer Care, was among the first to bring the CyberKnife to the New York-New Jersey region. Riverview now stands as one of a limited number of medical facilities in the U.S. to host the CyberKnife System....read more
Learn about robotic surgery Posted: February 17, 2011
Free event March 3
The Health, Happiness to You group (H2U) of Los Robles Hospital invites the community to a free meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Thurs., March 3 at the East Campus, 150 Via Merida, Westlake Village.
The principle presenter at 4 p.m. will be Dr. James Pero, a urologist trained in robotic surgery. He will speak on “New Robotic Surgery at Los Robles Hospital.”
Reservations are due by March 1 by calling (805) 370- 4888.
Analysis: Leave Robotic Prostatectomy in the Hands of Experts February 16, 2011
Use of robotic prostatectomy has mushroomed in the United States, but new data suggest it is best left in the hands of expert surgeons.
A multicenter analysis of 3,794 cases of robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) performed by three experienced surgeons found that at least 1,500-1,600 cases were needed to achieve a positive surgical margin (PSM) rate of less than 10%, which is widely accepted in the surgical literature as a sign of excellence.
"We recommend that this operation should not be done by all urologists in small community hospitals, but should be focused and concentrated into those high-volume centers of excellence where the operation can be done by surgeons doing a large number of cases, very frequently, in order that they can achieve the best possible cancer-control results for their patients," lead author Dr. Prasanna Sooriakumaran said during a Feb. 15 press briefing for a symposium on genitourinary cancers.
Of the roughly 90,000 radical prostatectomies performed each year in the United States to treat prostate cancer, more than 70,000 are robot assisted and more than 70% of these are performed by surgeons who do fewer than 100 cases of RALP per year, he said.
The growing popularity of RALP was stoked by reports that the learning curve with regard to safety is around 25-40 cases. There is no good evidence in the literature, however, as to how long it takes to achieve expert level or optimal results for the patient, said Dr. Sooriakumaran, a visiting fellow in urology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
The researchers divided the cases based on surgeon experience, beginning at fewer than 50 cases and progressing to more than 1,000 cases performed....read more
Research Presented at 2011 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Highlights Advances in Management, Treatment of Prostate Cancer Posted: February 16, 2011
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — the New studies on the screening and treatment of genitourinary cancers were released today in advance of the fourth annual Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, being held February 17-19, 2011, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
The results of three studies were highlighted in a media presscast ( press briefing via live webcast ):
• Large screening study shows reduced risk of prostate cancer death for men with low initial PSAs: A large prostate cancer screening study of middle-aged and elderly men showed that an initial Prostate-Specific Antigen ( PSA ) score of 3.0 ng/ml appears to be an appropriate minimum cut-off level to determine the need for biopsy. Few men in the study with low first-time PSAs below 3.0 developed prostate cancer and died from the disease, and the findings may help better target testing for those at risk.
• Proficiency in robotic-assisted prostate surgery requires experienced specialists: In a study to determine the surgical learning curve for robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy ( RALP ) operations, a retrospective analysis of the results of nearly 3,800 procedures showed that it took more than 1,600 prostate cancer surgeries for surgeons to become proficient at the RALP procedure and be able to remove the cancerous prostate consistently with its edges clear of cancer.
• Dutasteride helps slow early-stage prostate cancer growth: A new study has shown....read more
Dr Arvind Kumar, professor of surgery at AIIMS
AIIMS hires robots for all departments February 15, 2011
Robotic surgery is becoming increasingly popular in Delhi
The first robotic surgery in India was conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the year 2008. But with improved technology, all the departments of the institute have adopted robotic surgery.
"In this kind of surgery, there is no need to dissect the entire chest as they do in open chest surgeries nor is there a need to break the rib bones or the sternum bone for conducting the operation. In this robotic operation, only three incursions of one centimetre each need to be done in the left chest, which prevents heavy bleeding and reduces the rehabilitation period by seven times," said Dr Arvind Kumar, professor of surgery at AIIMS....continue reading
Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
International Prostate Cancer Treatment and Robotic Surgery Expert Dr. David Samadi Discusses Newly Detected Prostate Cancer Genome February 15, 2011
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - Scientists have decoded the complete genetic blueprint of prostate cancer tumors and have discovered new prostate cancer genes. This discovery has highlighted many defects in the genome that could affect the behavior of prostate cancer. "This breakthrough could affect prostate cancer treatment options and may help doctors learn how to distinguish between highly aggressive tumors that need immediate treatment and tumors that can be merely be observed," said Dr. David Samadi.
The study, which was published in the journal Nature, was spearheaded by scientists at the Broad Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Scientists studied the complete genomes of prostate tumors from seven different men and compared them to normal tissue samples to compare the differences. What they found was that prostate cancer didn't have a large number of discrepancies, but large, significant blocks of rearrangements. Genomic rearrangements occur when a piece of DNA from one part of the genome breaks off and attaches to a different location in the genome.
Researchers found more than 100 rearrangements, much more than had been seen in any other form of cancer. The rearrangements were much more common than previously imagined, but also exhibited certain patterns. These patterns are important for prostate cancer, but they could give fundamental clues as to how the genomes got rearranged in the first place. "Previously, scientists would never have imagined so many genomic alterations because they didn't have the right tools to search for them," said Dr. Samadi, a robotic surgery expert who perfected his SMART Surgery (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) through years of practice....read more
USICON 2011 Stresses on Robotic Surgery February 14, 2011
Many topics were discussed and deliberated upon at USICON – like the role of robotics in urology, the subject of uro-oncology, and renal transplantation
'USICON 2011', the 44th Annual Conference of Urological Society of India (USI) was held in Kolkata after a gap of about 16 years. Robotic surgery was the focus area of this year's event. With rapid changes in technology are accompanied by rapid changes in healthcare. Now robotic surgery is being touted as the next big thing, and according to Dr Prokar Dasgupta, Senior Academic Urologist within the Division of Immunology, Infection and Inflammatory Diseases (DIIID), Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London School of Medicine and a pioneer of robotic surgery in the UK, it is much more efficient, minimally invasive, and greatly precise.
Dr Kim Mammen, Secretary, USI said, “The four-day conference featured discussions, scientific sessions and submission of scientific papers on urological related topics ranging from andrology to infertility, from oncology to stones and from pediatric urology to minimally invasive techniques, etc. International experts in the field of urology were also present on the occasion. Nearly 1800 doctors from India and abroad shared their knowledge and experience during the course of the event.”...continue reading
First Robotic Throat Cancer Surgery in Canada February 14, 2011
LONDON, Ont. - A 72-year-old retired homebuilder from Sarnia, Ont., is the first Canadian to have throat cancer removed by a robot.
Gildard Legere said Monday he feels fine two months after the operation. The procedure eliminates the need for major throat and neck incisions, a feeding tube and protracted radiation or chemotherapy.
"I feel great," the non-smoker told reporters at London Health Sciences Centre in southern Ontario. "I couldn't feel better."
He said he had no qualms about becoming a first in Canadian medicine.
"I didn't want to have all those tubes (for eating after surgery)," he said. "I'm back to eating normally and they (doctors) gave me a lot more life," said the New Brunswick native.
On Dec. 3, just back from robotic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania, doctors Kevin Fung and Anthony Nicholas performed Legere's surgery with the DaVinci robot.
A day later, Legere, who had been having trouble swallowing before the surgery, was eating chocolate pudding. Later that month, he needed to have his lymph nodes surgically removed. Legere has since been declared cancer-free....read more
Exactech Announces Product Lineup for Exhibit at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting February 14, 2011
Management to Present at Investor Conference
GAINESVILLE, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Exactech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXAC), a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products for hip, knee, shoulder, spine and biologic materials, today announced its schedule of upcoming investor events.
Exactech President David Petty will present at the 2011 Canaccord Genuity 6th Annual Musculoskeletal Conference on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 in San Diego, California at 1:20 p.m. Pacific Time. The investor conference includes companies in orthopaedics, biologics, regenerative medicine, wound care, dental, ENT, imaging, robotic surgery and tissue sculpting. Exactech’s presentation to investors will also be available via audio webcast at hawkassociates.com .
Exactech will then host investor and financial analyst meetings at the company’s technical exhibit showcasing new product offerings and demonstrations for orthopaedic surgeons during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, February 16-18, 2011. Exactech will launch a number of new products, present clinical results and provide hands-on exposure to new instrumentation at its AAOS exhibit.
Men Over 70 Reap the Most Benefit From PSA Testing, According to International Prostate Cancer Treatment Expert Dr. David B. Samadi February 10, 2011
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 10, 2011) - According to a study by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, men over the age of 70 have higher risk factors for prostate cancer, which generally leads to poorer outcomes. However, Dr. David B. Samadi is quick to advise his over-70 patients that the PSA is still the best early defense for prostate cancer.
"I'm very hopeful that the findings could lead to revised testing guidelines for PSAs which are currently the best diagnostic tool for the disease," said Dr. Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy, prostate cancer treatment, and robotic surgery expert, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
The research, which was published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology, demonstrated that the exact science behind this trend is unknown. "The findings show that as men get older, parameters consistent with more aggressive prostate cancer become prevalent," said Dr. Samadi. But the research could have a definitive impact on current screening and treatment recommendations.
Researchers studied the medical records of more than 12,000 men and found......read more
At MMVR; Sensable Showcases Touch Enabled Innovations In Medical Simulation WILMINGTON, Mass., Feb 08, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE)
Sensable will showcase innovative Touch Enabled medical simulation and practice applications created by its customers using Sensable's Phantom(R) force feedback haptic devices and OpenHaptics(R) software toolkit at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) event in Newport Beach, California starting today, February 8, 2011.
As medical education embraces advanced simulation to better train the next generation of clinicians, Sensable and its customers show how adding the sense of touch can turn static computer-based learning into highly realistic training experiences whose realism make them appropriate for clinical skills building and competency testing -- with zero risk to patients....read more
Health First Ball to Benefit Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program Posted: February 8, 2011
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Health First Foundation has announced that the proceeds from this year’s 29th annual benefit ball will fund a “dual console” for the new robotics-assisted surgery system at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
The event will be held Saturday, April 16, in the Clemente Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
This year’s ball theme is “An Evening of Modern Art & da Vinci Robotics: Where Art & Medicine Meet.” Guests attending this black-tie affair will enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment aimed at raising funds the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System....read more
Dr. Paul Friedlander, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Tulane. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
Tulane Doctor Performs New Robotic Throat Cancer Surgery February 7, 2011 by; Keith Brannon
Tulane University School of Medicine surgeon Dr. Paul Friedlander is one of the first in the state to perform a new, less-invasive form of robotic surgery to treat head and neck cancers.
The technique, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, uses the latest da Vinci three-dimensional, high-definition robotic equipment to make an incision through the mouth to remove tumors without a visible scar. Traditional open surgery to remove throat cancer typically requires a long incision through the jaw and throat.
The new approach has fewer complications, faster recovery, quicker return of speech and swallowing functions, and patients can often avoid chemotherapy following radiation treatment. Patients can be released from the hospital within a day for the new procedure compared to a week- to 10-day stay following the traditional technique, Friedlander says.
“This is a huge technological leap in terms of treatment,” says Friedlander, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology. “Robotic-assisted surgery for tonsil and tongue cancers provides us with greater vision and precision, and significantly improves the patient’s quality of life by avoiding the large external incisions and longer recovery times associated with the traditional approaches.”....read more
Robots could soon possess hand gesture recognition in the emergency room (Source: Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
Researchers Equip Robotic Surgery "Nurses" With Gesture Recognition February 4, 2011
Purdue University researchers are developing a system that controls robots working in the hospital through hand gesture recognition.
Juan Pablo Wachs, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University, along with researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel, are developing a system of robotic scrub nurses and computers that can obey commands through the use of hand gestures in a hospital setting.
Research on the vision-based hand gesture recognition system started years ago by researchers at Washington Hospital Center and Ben-Gurion University, which included Wachs when he was a research fellow and doctoral student. Now, Wachs is working to develop and continuously improve the system at Purdue University.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center - Only Non-Teaching Hospital in Region to Offer Colorectal Cancer Patients Robotic Surgery. ST. LOUIS, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Missouri Baptist Medical Center now provides patients with a new, minimally invasive surgical treatment option for colorectal cancer - robotic surgery with the da Vinci(R)-S(TM) Surgical System. Eric D. Lederman, MD, a board certified general and colon and rectal surgeon, performed the first da Vinci robot-assisted colorectal surgery at Missouri Baptist in late 2010. He is one of only four surgeons in Missouri who can perform this surgery robotically.
Colorectal cancer - cancer of the colon or rectum - is the third most common form of cancer for both men and women in the U.S. Annually, 140,000 people are diagnosed with the disease, causing 60,000 deaths. Colorectal cancer begins when normal cells in the lining of the colon or rectum begin to change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor. Sometimes it spreads to lymph nodes or other organs.
According to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, colorectal cancer requires surgery in nearly all cases for complete cure.....read more
New York Prostate Cancer Treatment Expert Dr. David Samadi of RoboticOncology.com Discusses the Safety and Cost-Effectiveness of Robotic Surgery February 2, 2011
According to researchers at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, robotic surgery is not only safer for patients, but also cost-effective for hospitals as opposed to conventional surgery. "Researchers found there was no difference in the outcomes between elderly and younger patients after robotic surgery," said Dr. David Samadi, a prostate cancer treatment specialist and robotic prostatectomy expert, who is also the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
"The bottom line is that robotic surgery is highly beneficial for the patient because they have a shorter hospital stay and very little pain and this is the same for the whole spectrum of patients," said Dr. Samadi, who's performed over 3,100 successful robotic prostate surgeries in his practice.
Published in the Journal of Robotic Surgery, the study compared an open radical surgery, specifically a hysterectomy, with a robotic radical hysterectomy, and the relative expense to the hospital. The average cost of the open surgery was over $11,000, which included the hospital stay, surgeon and anesthetist fees, medications and other expenses. The robotic surgery cost just under $10,000, which factored in the expense of running the robot. A surgical robot, like Intuitive's DaVinci, costs from $1.5 million to $4 million. If the robot is used more frequently, the average cost per surgery goes down to just under $9,000.
So what makes robotic surgery so much safer and cheaper?.....read more
Single-incision robotic surgery is taking off
February 2, 2011
Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), also called single-port access (SPA), or single-site (LESS) have been widely popularized recently, having claimed less pain and faster recovery.....
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