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February is American Heart Month
Join the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women in the Awareness of Heart Disease and Women
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.
In 2010, the American Heart Association set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20% while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020.
Donations to the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women fund research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Donate Today Online
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"A little film about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself" -- Elizabeth Banks
Doctor to discuss new type of knee surgery
February 29, 2012
FALL RIVER — People with knee pain are invited to learn about innovative robotic arm assisted technology that is changing the way Fall River-area orthopedic surgeons are treating the disease.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Bullis of Coastal Orthopaedics will present “Innovative Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: MAKOplasty” on Thursday, March 1, at Saint Anne’s Hospital, from 6 to 7 p.m.
The program will include a presentation by Bullis, an up-close look at MAKOplasty’s robotic arm technology, and a question-and-answer period. Participants also can meet with Bullis and arrange for a personal consultation. Light refreshments will be available.
The event is free, but early registration is requested, to register online for this or an upcoming event Click here or call 855-GO2-MAKO (855-462-6256)
The new MAKO robotic surgery device debuted today at Inova Loudoun Hospital.
New Robotic Surgery Tool Comes To Inova Loudoun
February 29, 2012
The newest member of Inova Loudoun Hospital's surgical team made its grand entrance today.
The MAKO RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System performs minimally invasive partial knee surgeries. The system is the first in Loudoun County and becomes the second MAKO in use in the Washington, DC, region, joining Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
Hospital employees were on hand Wednesday morning at Inova Loudoun's Lansdowne campus allowing guests to test out the new device, which will actually participate in its first surgery at Inova Loudoun tomorrow.
MAKO allows doctors to perform partial, not total, knee replacements, where the compartment in need of remedy can be replaced without needing to replace the entire knee. These procedures have a faster recovery time than total knee replacement surgeries and perhaps most importantly, the MAKO robot produces has more accurate result in its surgeries.
The MAKO robot allows doctors to maneuver the device to insert the replacement compartment within one-tenth of a millimeter of the affected area. The robot is sensitive enough that it does not allow the device to move beyond a certain point of where the replacement compartment is to be placed.....complete article
Robotic surgery is safe for complicated procedures of the pancreas
From The Designated Geek HealthCare Info
Posted on AARS: February 29, 2012
A study of 30 patients suggests that robot-assisted surgery involving complex pancreatic procedures can be performed safely in a structure at high volume, according to a report published online today, which will be published in the March print Archive Surgery, one of the JAMA / Archives journals.
Robot-assisted pancreatic surgery continues to evolve, and new technologies can reduce operating time while minimizing the time associated with docking of the robot and the loading and removal of needles from the abdomen, the authors write.
Although no specific complications have been attributed to long operating times in this cohort of patients, larger series of patients and reduce the time of operation can demonstrate the basic advantages of Robotic-assisted surgery more convincing . These include shorter hospital stays, fewer wound and pulmonary complications and reduced recovery time in the short term and reduced rates of intestinal complications and long term.....continue reading
Lisa and Eric Chamberlain say their immersion in all things anatomy-related was like going to medical school.
From Special Effects in Hollywood to physical model making for medical training.
Posted: February 29, 2012
They were working in Hollywood special effects when someone suggested that they take their model-making talents and put them to use making lifelike body parts for medical training. That’s how Eric and Lisa Chamberlain entered an exciting new field with a world of growth potential. They’ve become a leader in that realm because of something they’ve taken from their days working on Arnold Schwarzenegger movies — what Lisa called a “propensity for invention.”
Eric and Lisa Chamberlain were part of a team that designed the camera system for sequences in movies like The Matrix, where, for example, the character played by Keanu Reeves leaps in the air and appears to suspend there while the point of view rotates 360 degrees around him to reveal a series of improbable, hyper-slow-motion activities, such as bullets flying at and past him., and, as it turned out, this was to be their last real work in Hollywood special effects. Indeed, by that time (1998), their talents with model making — on display in several other movies, including Judge Dredd, Eraser, and Starship Troopers — had caught the attention of someone in a completely different field: the making of physical models (body parts) for medical training.
That individual, Mark Curtis, a subcontractor who did staff training for medical-device makers, eventually gave the Chamberlains a few projects, such as one to build a human leg on which individuals could practice saphenous vein dissection.
Fast-forwarding through the ensuing 12 years — and a steep learning curve on the broad subject of anatomy (more on that later) — the Chamberlain Group, the company formed by the couple, has become an industry leader in physical model making. Its customers include medical-device makers such as Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, and Intuitive Surgical, as well as medical care providers ranging from Johns Hopkins to the Lahey Clinic to Baystate Medical Center.....read more
Women in medicine to be honored at Rosa Parks Women of Courage Breakfast
Posted: February 28, 2012
Breakfast will be held Monday; tickets must be purchased by Wednesday.
This year’s fifth annual Rosa Parks Women of Courage Breakfast is honoring four women in medicine. Event chairperson Lisa Thomas-Cutts said that each year they honor women from different fields in the community, who are selected through a nominations committee.
The breakfast, sponsored by SISTERS Inc., a charity outreach effort of the Gamma Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, will be held 7-9 a.m. March 5. Tickets are $25 and deadline to purchase is Wednesday......Click here for more information
March 20 - 22, 2012. Click on Image to register.
Medical innovation summit to focus on biomedical innovation for children
February 28, 2012
The University of Michigan is hosting a three-day summit, “Achieving Global Biomedical Innovation for Children” March 20-22 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel, focusing it's attention on the widespread shortage of medical technologies to help sick children.
Because fewer children than adults get sick, companies have in the past projected a small profit potential for investment in pediatric medical device, diagnostic, and therapeutic research.
But research and development companies, manufacturers, and academic researchers have shown increased interest in pediatric product innovation in recent years. In addition, money set aside by Congress in 2007 has spurred pediatric medical device innovation among institutions around the country, including the University of Michigan.
The event will convene experts from diverse sectors. Speakers will include corporate research and development leaders, government officials, scientists, researchers, doctors, and manufacturers. They will share pediatric product success stories, strategies for overcoming commercial barriers, and design solutions to emerging pediatric clinical markets.....read more
Blue Belt Technologies Receives CE Mark for Navio PFS System
February 24, 2012
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing the next generation of "smart" surgical instruments providing precise robotic control for use initially in orthopedic procedures and then for other surgical specialties including neurosurgery, spinal and otolaryngology ("ENT"), announced today that it has received CE Mark for the Navio™ PFS System.
Blue Belt's Navio PFS System incorporates patented technology to provide additional control to surgeons via an intelligent, handheld, cutting tool coupled with powerful surgical planning and navigation software. The Navio PFS System provides the surgeon with a layer of safety and enhanced accuracy while performing bone shaping tasks through less invasive incisions......complete article
ProPep Surgical Begins Clinical Study of Its ProPep Nerve Monitoring System with Dr. Naveen Kella
February 23, 2012
The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is the first real-time nerve identification system specifically designed for use during robotic surgery.
ProPep Surgical, a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company, announced today it has initiated a clinical study of its ProPep Nerve Monitoring System with Dr. Naveen Kella, Director of Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital and partner at Urology San Antonio.
The purpose of the study is to quantify the value of using ProPep’s Nerve Monitoring System during robotic prostatectomy for both surgeons and patients in predicting urinary continence and erectile function outcomes following surgery.....read more
The ARTAS System
Using robots to restore hair for balding men
February 22, 2012
The FDA recently approved using robots to restore hair for balding men.
Restoration Robotics is marketing the ARTAS system an interactive, computer assisted system utilizing image-guidance to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting. Through its design and ease-of-use, ARTAS has the potential to solve most of the technical challenges inherent in the manual FUE technique. The System is operated under the direction of a physician.
The ARTAS System combines several features including an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches and a computer interface. After the System is positioned over the patient's donor area of the scalp, ARTAS is capable of identifying and harvesting follicular units. The follicular units are stored until they are implanted into the patient's recipient area using current manual techniques.
It isn't cheap. In early January, the The New York Times reported that the surgery lasts four to eight hours and costs $12,000 to $15,000.
Laser surgery to treat cataract
New Delhi, February 22, 2012
A bladeless robotic laser technology is now available in India to treat cataract, a condition where the lens of the eye clouds and hampers vision.
The femtosecond laser cataract removal technique, which had received the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval in 2010-end, has better results in terms of vision quality and surgical precision than the earlier forms of surgery.
In the earlier technique, the incision in the cornea is made through a hand-held blade -- breaking cataract into pieces, sucking those pieces out of the eye and placing an artificial lens manually.
“The new technique is entirely machine-assisted and more accurate,” said Dr Mahipal S Sachdev, chairman, Centre for Sight group of super-specialised eye hospitals, which conducted 10 such procedures since they got the machine a week ago......read more
The Wisconsin Heart Hospital Becomes the World's First to Use the Leonardo 3D Vision(TM) System
February 21, 2012
WAUWATOSA, Wis., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 3D Surgical Solutions, LLC and Wheaton Franciscan-The Wisconsin Heart Hospital Campus announced that the first case ever using the Leonardo 3D Vision(TM) System was successfully conducted in a surgical robotic procedure. This revolutionary system provides stereoscopic 3D visualization to personnel at the bedside -- as well as the entire surgical robotic team -- during the surgery. The Leonardo 3D Vision(TM) System was used in conjunction with the daVinci® Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical®).
"Today's case demonstrates a culmination of years of research and development that bring a new level of 3D visualization to the operating room," said Dr. Husam Balkhy, Chairman, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Director, Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at The Wisconsin Heart Hospital.
Dr. Balkhy and his medical team utilized the Leonardo 3D Vision(TM) System while performing a beating heart Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass (TECAB).....read more
The 2013 ASA Membership
The 2013 ASA membership cycle is now open!
The 2013 ASA membership cycle is now open! Members should log into the members only area to initiate sponsorship of new candidates.
Please note that a candidate’s electronic membership application must be completed and submitted online by March 1, 2012, and all support letters uploaded by a candidate’s sponsors and up to three additional Fellows by March 31, 2012, in order for the applicant’s name to be read at the 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.
ASA 132nd Annual Meeting. April 26 - 28, 2012
American Surgical Association 132 Annual Meeting Date: April 26-28, 2012 Location: Fairmont San Francisco San Francisco, CA
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Research and Markets: Analyzing Robotics in Healthcare - The Latest Tool of Choice for the Healthcare Industry
Posted: February 20, 2012
Research and Markets (researchandmarkets.com) has announced the addition of the "Analyzing Robotics in Healthcare" report to their offering.Robots have emerged as the latest tool of choice for the healthcare industry. From being used to perform minimally invasive surgeries to performing dental surgeries, robotics has become an integral part of the healthcare industry.
There are many applications of robotics in the healthcare industry, ranging from general surgery to cardiac surgery to even gastrointestinal surgeries. The uses of medical robots are many and wide, and these are being incorporated into daily usage in the healthcare industry by doctors and researchers alike.
There are many types of functions that medical robots are able to perform. From lending support to a surgeon's hands to actually performing the surgery, there is no limit to the range of functions that these medical robots are capable of.
Aruvians Rsearch analyzed the robotic surgery industry through its research report Analyzing Robotics in Healthcare. This research offering is a cutting edge compilation of the many uses of medical robots....read more
Family of man who died after surgery awarded $7.5M
Posted: February 19, 2012
Juan Fernandez died after a robotic surgical procedure went wrong during surgery on his spleen. A jury has now awarded his family $7.5 million.
During surgery in January of 2007 to remove the spleen, attorneys for the Fernandez family argued doctors using a robotic system to perform the surgery accidently punctured the lower intestine nearly a foot away. But by the time another doctor discovered the problem two weeks later it was too late to save Fernandez....continue reading
Hyundai Heavy to build surgery robots
February 19, 2012
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. on Friday opened a laboratory dedicated to building surgical robots within the Asan Institute for Life Sciences, the company said.
The center, run by medical professors at the Asan Medical Center, will focus on localizing high-tech robotic equipments used for surgeries on joints and ligaments.
In the opening ceremony of the laboratory Friday, the company announced plans to develop high value-added medical robots especially for brain and spine surgeries in collaboration with Asan Medical Center. In October the two signed an agreement to work in partnerships to lead the market for medical robotics in which 30 medical professors, including chief of Asan Institute for Life Sciences Kim Choung-soo, will participate.
The shipbuilder has been investing in the area as one of its growth engine projects to diversify its source of income. It targets a 60 percent share in the global market for artificial joint surgical robots in 2016 by raising 200 billion won ($178.6 million) in sales. Hyundai Heavy currently is the world’s fifth-biggest medical robots developer with a 9 percent market share.
The global market for medical robots is projected to grow to $1.3 billion in 2016 from an estimated $790 million for last year, ABI Research, a New York based think tank said.....complete article
Oscar Robertson (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NBA, college legend Oscar Robertson raising awareness after cancer fight February 16, 2012 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Oscar Robertson is stepping back into the spotlight. After living quietly in Ohio, the NBA Hall of Famer is bringing awareness to an issue affecting people who might have never heard his name: Prostate cancer. Robertson was stricken with the disease about a year ago. "I got on the Internet and found out about cures like radiation and some kind of process called protons," Robertson recalled. "I talked to lot of doctors about it and decided I'd rather have mine taken out." Robertson sought a non-invasive procedure and doctors in Ohio eventually steered him to Dr. Vipul Patel, a renowned urologist in Orlando. The most experienced surgeon worldwide over all surgical specialties, Patel had performed more than 3,500 robotic prostate surgeries. The procedure was performed and he was able to go home the next day. Now approaching a year following the surgery, Patel said Robertson is cancer-free and has an excellent prognosis going forward. Robertson is serving as honorary chairman at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation's gala in Orlando next month.....Complete article
St.Vincent Doctor is First in Indiana to Use Robotic Surgical Procedure for Cervical Insufficiencies February 15, 2012
Dr. James Sumners at St.Vincent Women’s Hospital is the first surgeon in Indiana, and is among a select group of physicians in the United States, specializing in Robotic-assisted transabdominal cervical cerclage (RoboTac) surgeries, a treatment of cervical insufficiency (CI), which often causes a woman to have a miscarriage or a preterm birth during the second and third trimesters. The abdominal cerclage, a more permanent solution, involves stitching at the very top of the cervix, inside the abdomen. This surgery, while proving successful, requires several overnight hospital stays and a slower recovery. Today, Dr. Sumners is the leader in Indiana to offer a Robotic-assisted transabdominal cervical cerclage (RoboTac) by using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. The da Vinci® robotic surgical system enhances surgical capabilities by providing greater visualization and precision for the surgeon and a more rapid recovery for the patient. The robotic procedure provides Dr. Sumners with an alternative to traditional surgery by manually operating a robot to allow a more complex and delicate procedure.....read more
Lawmakers Bid to Close Loopholes on Malfunctioning Med Devices February 15, 2012; By JG Preston, Project Consumer Justice We have all heard the horror stories. Artificial hips that grind and pop inside the human body. Internal heart defibrillators meant to save lives that instead go haywire and cause harm. Organ pumps that end up performing like a reject fuel-injection system. Woven mesh surgical patches for mending bladder and other organ tears that end up failing. But now a group of federal lawmakers are stepping up to take on medical device manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration, the gatekeeper for deciding if such devices go on the market. A report from Safety Research & Strategies Inc. details how four members of Congress are attempting to tighten the rules that were eased during the Bush Administration to allow medical devices on the market with far less strict review. Some types of devices can now make it to market with no clinical testing or proof of efficacy. Astonishingly, 90 percent of medical devices do not require proof that they have been clinically tested and found to be safe and effective prior to being cleared by the FDA for distribution or sale, according to Consumers Union. The group is also pushing for a better system to monitor and track devices on the market so problems can be quickly identified and patients alerted......for complete article Click here
Evergreen Healthcare the first in the Puget Sound to perform robot-assisted general surgery February 13, 2012
Currently, da Vinci-assisted surgeries are largely used for urological and obstetrical procedures such as prostatectomies and hysterectomies. At Evergreen, surgeons began extending the da Vinci system to also perform abdominal laparoscopic and bariatric procedures. Last October marked the first time in the Puget Sound region that the da Vinci system was used for a gall bladder removal procedure, but the patient wasn’t as impressed by that milestone as he was by the fact he went home the same day and needed no pain medication. Dr. Michael Towbin, who performed the gall bladder procedure, began adapting the system for further general surgery. Dr. Towbin says the da Vinci offers several advantages, starting with its ergonomics. He says the wrist controls can do more than the human wrist, which means the surgeon can get different angles and approaches to anatomy, and the high-definition camera provides 3D images magnified several times for incredible accuracy....read more
From TransAnal Minimllay Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) To Robotic Transanal Surgery (RTS) Posted: February 12, 2012 Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) was pioneered in 2009 by Drs. Atallah, Albert, and Larach in Central Florida. The technique uses a SILS port (single-port), which was meant for single incision laparoscopy. However, we decided to apply this transanally to achieve access within the rectum. This permits surgeons to perform local excision of benign polyps and well-selected, early stage cancers. The inventors of TAMIS - Dr. Larach, Atallah, and Albert - equally share credit for its development. It was Dr. Larach who developed the concept of using laparoscopic instruments transanally. Next, Dr. Atallah used an existing Covidien SILS port to perform the first TAMIS. This was performed on June 30, 2009 at Florida Hospital - Winter Park. The results confirmed that TAMIS was a viable option, and not long after this, the first benign neoplasm was resected by Dr. Albert, and then the first pT1 Adenocarcinoma was resected by Dr. Atallah & Albert. On February 21st, 2010 Drs. Atallah, Albert, and Larach published their series of six patients in Surgical Endoscopy, entitled: Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery: A Giant Leap Forward. This was the first report of using a single-port transanally to perform surgery anywhere in the world. This novel technique has now been widely accepted as a feasible method for transanal excision. By 2012, Drs. Albert, Atallah, deBeche-Adams, and Larach had completed TAMIS resections on more than 60 patients -- far more than any other center in the world. Currently, there are two FDA-approved single ports which may be used to perform this procedure in the United States: The SILS Port (Covidien) and the GelPOINT Path Transanal Access Platform (Applied Medical). In Europe, and elsewhere, the Ethicon single port device has been used. Radically different than other approaches to transanal surgery, TAMIS is considered one of the most significant developments to impact colorectal surgery in the past quarter-century.
• In January 2012, Drs. Eduardo Parra-Davila, Sam Atallah, and Teresa deBeche-Adams perform the world's first robotic transanal surgery (RTS) for resection of a rectal neoplasm.......See Video below
This video explains how Robotic Transanal Surgery evolved from concept to reality, including our early success and failures with this technique. It shows our first dry lab and cadaver experiments and shows the first time RTS was tried on a patient at the Global Robotics Institute in Celebration, Florida. The shortcomings and limitations were eventually overcome. Two months after filming this in November, 2011, we were able to successfully perform resection of a rectal neoplasm
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is the First Community Hospital in California to Perform Robotic Assisted Surgery with Flourescence Guided Imaging February 11, 2012 Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) was the first in the area to perform robotic assisted surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System in 2005, and now has become the first community hospital in California to provide the most state-of-the-art technology available for minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery with the installation of the da Vinci Si, 3D, HD Surgical System with Fluorescence Imaging. Adam Hickerson, M.D. performed the first minimally invasive prostatectomy at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center utilizing the new near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided system on Monday. The patient recovered well and return home on Wednesday. Dr. Hickerson is among a small group of surgeons in the southwest trained on this technology. This technology helps in identification of the vessels and the nerves surrounding the prostate in efforts to increase potency and continence, in hope to cure disease with minimal side effects.....For complete story Click here
NJOP to Honor Dr. David B. Samadi for Exceptional Commitment and Contributions to the Organization February 10, 2012
the National Jewish Outreach program will hold its Eighteenth Annual Dinner at the Grand Hyatt New York. The dinner will honor Dr. David B. Samadi, an outstanding individual whose invaluable contributions have enabled NJOP to provide thousands of Jews with a greater connection to Judaism.
Born and raised in Iran, Dr. David B. Samadi had a Jewish upbringing quite different than the typical American experience. Rather than going to Yeshiva, which was unheard of in the Islamic country, Dr. Samadi attended a Catholic school, and lessons on his own religion were delivered by his father during the 45-minute drive to school. Dr. Samadi was forced to leave his homeland after the Revolution of 1979 made living as a Jew in Iran virtually impossible, but that did nothing to shake the deep connection to Judaism that had already been established in Dr. Samadi's consciousness.
Today, Dr. Samadi is the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and the Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City....read more
Prostate Size May Clarify Prostate Cancer Diagnosis February 9, 2012
New post-prostatectomy study sheds light on prostate size as potential indicator of cancer aggressiveness; may lead to stronger prostate cancer diagnostic tools.
Despite great strides in reducing prostate cancer deaths1 experts are continually challenged to develop better diagnostics for the accurate assessment of prostate cancer2 severity level once the disease is detected.
New findings published in the Journal of Urology point to prostate size as a possible indicator of whether or not a man's prostate cancer is likely to develop aggressively. A smaller prostate with a higher PSA level3 they found, may mean a more destructive form of the disease.
Prostate cancer presents a great paradox to researchers and specialist alike. Some experts urge against the proactive treatment of prostate cancer, claiming men are far more likely to die with the disease than from it. Others, like Dr. David Samadi4 Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, urge removal of a cancerous prostate, citing prostate cancer as the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men......read more
Sensable Customers Showcase Touch-Enabled Surgical, Medical Simulation and Robotics Innovations at MMVR Conference February 8, 2012 From Virtual Operating Rooms to Brain Surgery Simulators, Leading Research Institutions and Companies are Enhancing Results by Incorporating the Power of Touch with Haptics. Sensable's customers will feature prominently at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) Conference in Newport Beach, California beginning tomorrow, where they will showcase innovative haptically-enabled surgical, medical simulation, rehabilitation and robotic applications developed using Sensable's Phantom(R) force feedback haptic devices. Sensable is the de facto leader in the force-feedback haptics market, with a rich patent portfolio and over 10,000 systems installed worldwide. Sensable's Phantom haptic devices demonstrate the power of touch to transform biomedical innovation across a wide variety of computing platforms, use cases and delivery models. At MMVR this week, Sensable and its customers will show how adding the sense of touch is changing the way surgeons are trained in fundamental skills, learn advanced subspecialty skills, perform minimally invasive surgery, and achieve proficiency even in geographies where training facilities or access to cadavers are lacking....read more
Stanmore launches personalized Savile Row knee replacement system February 7, 2012 Stanmore Implants announced the launch of its Savile Row system, a personalized knee implant system. The approach combines robotic bone preparation with CT scan data to design a knee implant exactly matched to the patient, according to a news release. This personalized type of knee design, called a Unicondylar knee, replaces only the worn part of the knee joint, leaving the healthy and functional tissue in place. Minimal bone is removed, which offers faster recovery and improved function compared with more invasive procedures. Surgeons can directly review and approve each implant using an online design service, the release noted. Once the knee is designed and manufactured, a robotic arm is used in surgery to place the implant, ensuring that the surgeon accurately prepares the bone surface to match the implant.....read more
Northside performs state’s first single-incision robotic surgery February 7, 2012 In a news release Tuesday, Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs GA, which has performed more robotic procedures than any other hospital in the Southeast, announced it earlier this month performed the state’s first Single-Site surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System. The procedure, a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), was performed Feb. 2 by Iqbal Garcha, M.D., general surgeon. Only a handful of hospitals in the country have performed this minimally invasive technique. The patient's name was not released. In a traditional laparoscopic and robotic surgery, surgeons make several small incisions for the instruments and camera needed to perform the procedure. However, in Single-Site (single-incision) surgery, surgeons use a single 2- to-2.5-centimeter incision, often at the bellybutton, to reduce the appearance of scarring. Performing single-incision surgery via robotic-assisted technology allows surgeons to provide patients with procedures equivalent to traditional single-incision surgery, but with the advantage of 3D high-definition visualization of the surgical site, and the precision and versatility afforded by robotic instrumentation.....read more
Robotic surgery improves sleep apnea February 7, 2012 NEW YORK - (CBS) - As many as 12 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which can cause all kinds of health problems ranging from depression to impotence to a heart attack. A new surgery uses robotic technology to help people get some much-needed rest. Surgeon Jeffrey Ahn at NY Presbyterian/Columbia is using robotic tools to go through a patient's mouth, cutting out excess lymphoid tissue. The technology lets him operate in a place that until now was difficult to reach with human hands. "This is really an amazing technology that boosts the ability of the surgeon," said Ahn. It's only recommended for those who've tried everything else, from a breathing mask to partial surgeries.
Judy Oderwald was one of those sufferers.......read her story here
Methodist Hospital Buys Preclinical Vascular Robotic System from Hansen Medical February 6, 2012 The Methodist Hospital from Houston, Texas has purchased a preclinical vascular robotic system from Hansen Medical that specialises in flexible catheter robotics to conduct preclinical endovascular research. The vascular robotic system employs the Sensei-X Robotic Catheter System which is now being sold in Europe and in the US. Under this system, the distal tips of the inner leader catheter and outer sheath can be individually controlled robotically. The standard guidewires can also be controlled robotically. The vascular robotic system can be subsequently used with most 6F therapeutic devices that are presently available in the market. In 2010, around 20 endovascular procedures have been successfully completed through the use of a previous version of the vascular robotic system. Hansen Medical has received CE approval for another vascular robotic system called Magellan Robotic System and NorthStar Robotic Catheter. US FDA approval for Magellan Robotic System is presently pending.....read more
San Antonio doctors perform the city's first robot surgery for throat cancer February 6, 2012 At San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital, surgeons performed a groundbreaking procedure on Saturday, February 4, 2012. It was the city’s first robotic surgery for throat cancer. Head and neck surgeon Dr. Nathan Hales removed a cancerous tumor from the back of a woman’s throat without having to go through her lip or jaw. The da Vinci robot is positioned over the patient. Using delicate instruments, doctors are able to operate through the mouth, speeding recovery. “Instead of a seven to 10 day hospital stay, which is pretty average after a big resection, the average hospital stay after a robotic resection is three or four days,” Hale stated. The robot procedure takes about an hour compared to six to 12 hours for an open surgery. Patients are able to eat and drink the next day instead of waiting for up to a week. With no complex reconstruction necessary, Hales expects this to become a popular choice for people facing throat surgery....read more
Study Asks: How Informed Should Your Patients Be? Posted: February 6, 2012
Surgeons’ Outcomes Matter to Patients; Legal Obligations in Flux San Francisco—Should surgeons disclose their volumes and outcomes during the informed consent process? For years, it’s been a question hotly debated by surgeons, patients and jurists. Legally, there’s no resolution on the matter. Now, the results of a new survey presented at the 2011 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons suggest that surgeons do have an ethical obligation to disclose information about their experience during informed consent discussions. The disclosure may one day be legally mandated in some jurisdictions, said the study authors. In a survey of more than 380 patients, nearly 80% said that they believe a surgeon’s experience is essential information that patients need in order to make an informed decision about elective surgery. Interestingly, the 85 surgeons who completed the same survey felt differently than the patients: Only 55% thought that this information was essential to patient decision making. The study hits on a long-standing debate in surgery about whether surgeons should be required to disclose their volumes and outcomes when obtaining informed consent.....for complete story Click here
Robotic surgery finds favor with doctors, patients February 3, 2012
Betty Iverson is among local pioneers for a new kind of robotic surgery but considers it just another operation. Wednesday, a surgical robot resembling something from a science fiction movie removed her diseased gall bladder through an incision in her navel with Dr. William Norwood at the robot’s controls. Single-site gall bladder removal is the most recent evolution in technology that appeared 25 years ago. The growth in robotic surgery led to a professional society and medical journal just for that specialty. Iverson, 67, has been through a hernia repair operation, a hysterectomy and removal of a lump in her breast. “I just found out two weeks ago that I needed gall bladder surgery,” the 67-year-old said before her surgery. “Dr. Norwood told me they’re going to do robotic surgery. He said I’ll be able to go home the same day if nothing else happens.”....read more
Hartford Hospital marks surgery milestone By Hartford Hospital - February 3, 2012
HARTFORD, CT - Pioneer robotic surgeon Dr. Joseph “Peppie” Wagner performed Hartford Hospital’s 5000th robotic surgery February 2nd at 8:30 am. The patient, Litchfield native Daniel Clark is recovering well. In 2003, Dr. Wagner brought robotic surgery to Hartford Hospital, which became the first hospital in Connecticut to bring the da Vinci Surgical System into the operating room.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. I was in Germany for the world’s first robotic surgery, and saw the first procedure in the US in Detroit. Here at Hartford, we performed our first case in 2003,” said Dr. Wagner. “There have been a lot of changes in robotic surgery over the past 12 years. But now in the US — 80-90 percent of prostatectomies are done with the robot. It has become the standard of care.”...read more
Boston Children’s Hospital Is Sending Some Patients Home With Sleek New Robots February 2, 2012 Sure, it can’t give you a sponge bath, but doctors are now repurposing robots originally designed for telecommuting to keep an eye on recovering patients at home so they can leave the hospital sooner. Your robot nurse will see you now.
For the last four months, Boston Children’s Hospital has been sending some of its young patients home with a sleek, two-wheeled robot called VGo (VEE-go). With a camera, audio equipment, and an LCD screen, VGo is essentially a teleconferencing system on wheels, and doctors at Boston Children’s are using it to check in on their young patients from afar.
“We realized that one of the most expensive parts of surgical care is the hospitalization,” says Dr. Hiep Nguyen, director of Robotic Surgery Research and Training at the hospital. “For most patients, they do not need such a high acuity of care but they simply could not go home without risking potential complications. We felt that there must be a way of providing transitional care.”
With a VGo, Nguyen can send patients home earlier and provide that care remotely. He doesn’t have to call a patient back into the hospital to check on surgical scars--he can get high-resolution images from the robot. He can also use it to talk a parent through a simple procedure (removing a temporary stent, for example).
Boston Children’s has been using five of these $6,000 robots in its initial pilot program and so far the results are promising. Nguyen says he was surprised by how accepting families were of the technology. Erin Tally, the mother of a young urinary surgery patient who was sent home with a VGo, told the Boston Globe, “It was kind of comforting to know it was there.”...read more
Crab-like robot to remove stomach cancer February 2, 2012
Inspired by Singapore's famous chili crab dish, researchers have created a miniature robot with a pincer and a hook that can remove early-stage stomach cancer endoscopically.
Dr Lawrence Ho from Singapore's National University Hospital, who helped design the robot, said it helped remove early-stage stomach cancers in five patients in India and Hong Kong, using a fraction of the time normally taken in open and laparoscopic surgeries.
Dr Louis Phee, associate professor at Singapore's Nanyang Technological Institute's school of mechanical and aerospace engineering, helped design the robotic system with Dr Ho. The system consists of a master console and a slave robotic manipulator that holds a grasper and a monopolar electrocautery hook....read more
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