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Radio host and anti-crime activist Curtis Sliwa discusses fears and myths associated with prostate cancer at a free Staten Island University Hospital screening. Photo Courtesy of SIUH
Radio host Curtis Sliwa slays fears of prostate cancer June 27, 2011
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa knew he was in trouble when he passed out last April in a public restroom from the side effects of his prostate cancer treatment. The longtime WABC personality realized he could no longer continue the holistic approach he had taken since his diagnosis one year prior.
As per his doctor’s request, Sliwa decided to have radical robotic surgery, a treatment that would remove his prostate.
One day before the procedure, Sliwa announced on air that he would not be hosting his WNYM morning show the next afternoon. This was the first time that audiences were made aware of his illness.
“I wanted it to be in a conversational way, not alarming,” he said, during a prostate cancer awareness event last week at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), Ocean Breeze. “This was a subject that no man wanted to talk about.”
Sliwa, founder and CEO of the anti-crime nonprofit The Guardian Angels, was back on the air four days after the surgery and found strength in his radio show. “For me, laying down and not being able to do anything was totally emasculating,” he said.
Sliwa’s latest prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening came back cancer-free. Today, six weeks later, he makes it his duty to ease the fears of men who are caught up in the myths of prostate cancer side effects and to encourage them to go for a screening.....read more
Robotic Surgery for children June 26, 2011
Dr. Danielle Sweeney from childrensurology talks about the different procedures and benefits performed with the assist of the daVinci surgical robot for children.
National Robotics Roundtable Applauds President for Robotics Initiative June 24, 2011
Obama Announces Investments to Create Jobs, Improve U.S. Competitiveness
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following President Obama’s visit today to the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University, organizations constituting the National Robotics Roundtable applauded the administration’s new manufacturing and robotics initiative and touted the role robotics and unmanned systems will play in creating jobs, strengthening the economy and ensuring American competitiveness in the global marketplace. The Administration’s National Robotics Initiative is part of a $500 million dollar project to boost America’s high-tech manufacturing sector.
“We are pleased to welcome President Obama to Carnegie Mellon University today. The steps announced by the President will advance U.S. leadership, spur new industries and create new jobs,” said Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University. “Robotics is at the heart of the race for 21st century global economic leadership, as current and emerging robotic innovations will become increasingly vital to keeping us healthy, safe and prosperous in the next decade and beyond. Now, more than ever, it’s important that industry, academia, and government work together to ensure our economic security and global competitiveness.”
Robotics and unmanned systems have the potential to extend our human reach and expand our human capacity in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, defense and security, healthcare, transportation, agriculture and natural resource management. Meanwhile, robots are already at work addressing a number of our nation’s most critical needs, including reinvigorating the U.S. manufacturing base, protecting our citizens and soldiers, preserving our environment, making surgery less invasive, exciting our kids about math and science, and enabling people with disabilities to lead normal, productive lives.
The research team behind a robotic snake-like device for surgery called i-Snake® have won a prestigious award at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
The team from the Hamlyn Centre at Imperial College London are developing the device with support from a Wellcome Trust Strategic Translation Award. They took home the Best Medical Robotics Paper Award at this year's annual gathering of the robotics community.
The paper, entitled 'An articulated universal joint based flexible access robot for minimally invasive surgery', introduced the key design features of the joint mechanism used by i-Snake®. It incorporates a unique hybrid tendon-micromotor arrangement that enables fully controllable articulation of the robot while maintaining large inner channels for imaging probes and surgical instruments.
Dr Jian-Zhong Shang, who presented the paper at the conference, described the detailed mechatronic design of the system, as well as results from animal experiments using the robot to perform surgical sterilisation procedures.
The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) Best Medical Robotics Paper Award is sponsored by Intuitive Surgical to recognise outstanding work in the area of medical robotics and computer-assisted interventional devices and systems, with specific emphases on technological innovation and clinical efficacy....read more
BK Medical Shows New, Revolutionary Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology (ART) at World Robotic Symposium 2011
Industry's Only Ultrasound Solution for Robotic-Assisted Surgery to be Demonstrated at World Robotic Urology Symposium in Conjunction With Society of Robotic Surgery's 2nd Annual Event.
PEABODY, Mass., Jun 23, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- BK Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation ALOG +0.35% , will showcase its new Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology(TM) (ART(TM)), the industry's first complete ultrasound imaging solution for robotic-assisted surgery, at the Sixth Annual World Robotic Urology Symposium (WRUS) in conjunction with the Society of Robotic Surgery's second annual event, June 27-29 in Miami, Florida.
The revolutionary technology includes the Flex Focus(TM) 700 Ultrasound System, specialized transducers, and tools designed specifically for robotic-assisted surgery. This new premium performance ultrasound solution from BK Medical may benefit surgeons performing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) procedures and robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN) procedures.
"The 3D endocavity transducer and new ultrasound tools have the potential to aid both experienced and novice surgeons alike to help define anatomy of the bladder neck and apex during radical prostatectomy," said Vipul Patel, M.D., director, Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital and director, urologic oncology, and associate professor of urology at the University of Central Florida. "We are beginning to use ultrasound intraoperatively for RAPN procedures with success."...read more
Healing Arthritic Knees With a Robot -- Research Summary June 22, 2011
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder. It develops as the articular cartilage in the knee begins to deteriorate. When this happens, the joint space between the bones narrows. In severe cases, the bone ends rub against each other and wear away. People with osteoarthritis may have a hard time walking, finding it painful. Stiffness also characterizes the disease. It affects more than 15 million people in the United States alone. (SOURCE: Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) CAUSES/SYMPTOMS: Aging joints, previous injuries and obesity are common causes for osteoarthritis. Symptoms include joint pain, aching, stiffness, muscle weakness, limping and loss of motion. This “wear and tear” disease can stop people from enjoying life and the activities they love. NEW MAKOPLASTY TREATMENT: A new surgery technique known as MAKOplasty uses a robot to help surgeons buff out osteoarthritis and custom fit an implant. MAKOplasty uses GPS technology, a 3-D screen and a robot to guide the surgeon’s hand. Before the resurfacing is performed, a 3-D image of the knee is created pinpointing exactly where the arthritis is so that only the diseased tissue is removed. The incision made (4-6 inches) is smaller than total knee replacement (8 inches), and recovery time is faster. Most patients are able to walk out of the hospital the same day as their surgery. BEST CANDIDATES: Makoplasty is best for those living with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. It suits those who would like a less invasive surgery with a faster recovery time than total knee arthroplasty. Most patients recover in a matter of weeks compared to total knee replacement surgery that can take months to recover. For more information Click here
Saint Clare’s new $14 million Surgical Pavilion includes LED surgical lights, real-time video integration, and the latest in robotic surgery. The lighting system improves visibility by eliminating shadows and reducing eye strain while the new $2 million robot will offer training through NJ’s first hospital-owned simulation technology. Credit Saint Clare's Hospital
Saint Clare's Hospital Celebrates Facility Opening June 21, 2011
Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville celebrated the opening of its new Surgical Pavilion on Monday, June 20, and recognized a $1.5 million gift from the Bott family of Flanders. The technologically-advanced $14 million Surgical Pavilion is slated to open in July.
The following is a press release from St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville:
With the most advanced systems in LED surgical lights and operating room ceiling-mounted Equipment Management Systems from TRUMPF, Saint Clare’s will be the first in the state and only the second in the country with this combination of advanced technologies.
Additionally, real-time integrated video and communications systems from Black Diamond Video will place Saint Clare’s in the company of renowned health care organizations with the same technology, such as Cleveland Clinic, Duke, Mass General and Yale, among other select hospitals nationally.
Our surgeons will also have access to the first hospital-owned simulation equipment in New Jersey for the latest in robotic surgery with the da Vinci Si Dual Console Surgical System, cutting-edge technology which has shown to decrease blood loss and offer a shorter recovery time for patients....read more
Kevin McKidd and Sarah Drew, (Dr. Owen Hunt and Dr. April Kepner on Grey's Anatomy) visit the Hadassah's robotic surgery laboratory.
Grey's Anatomy actors practice medicine in Israel June 20, 2011. Israel Today Magazine
Actors from the popular American medical television series Grey's Anatomy got a chance to try their hand at some of the most advanced robotic surigical techniques in the world when they visited Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital on Friday.
Kevin McKidd and Sarah Drew, who play Dr. Owen Hunt and Dr. April Kepner, respectively, were given the opportunity to practice complicated procedures while visiting Hadassah's robotic surgery laboratory.
McKidd and Drew were joined by actors from two other popular television series, Rookie Blue and Raising Hope.
The group of American actors was in Israel at the initiative of America's Voices in Israel, an organizatino that exists to bring influential figures and opinion molders to the Jewish state in order to counter widespread misconceptions and outright lies regarding life in and the policies of Israel.
Last month, America's Voices in Israel brought cast members of the FOX series House - including Lisa Edelstein and Omar Epps - for a similar visit. The House actors were also given the chance to practice real medicine at Israel's advanced medical facilities.
Viking Systems, Inc. is “One to Watch” June 20, 2011
Viking Systems, Inc. (VKNG) is a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery. The Company actively markets and sells the only stand-alone, FDA cleared, cost-effective 3D system for use in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. In addition, they manufacture advanced two-dimensional (2D) vision systems for targeted configurations and channels, and 2D cameras and components, sold through strategic partner and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) programs.
The Company’s Viking 3DHD Vision System delivers state-of-the-art 3D vision with natural depth perception and tactile sensation during minimally invasive surgery (MIS). It delivers the single most critical benefits of robotic technology, which is 3D vision. However, it delivers this benefit without the high cost of equipment, high procedure costs, extensive training or a long learning curve.
The Viking 3DHD has applications in urologic, gynecologic, bariatric, cardiac, neurologic and general surgery. The Company released their 3DHD Vision System in the fourth quarter of 2010. They started shipments in December of 2010. In May, Viking Systems, Inc. reported that their 3DHD Vision System was used in the first human surgery utilizing Terumo’s Kymerax™ Precision Drive Articulating Surgical System.
Professor Gunter Janetschek, Medical University Salzburg (Department of Urology) on May 10, 2011, performed two successful procedures. The first case was a nephrectomy and the second case was a partial nephrectomy. Both surgeries were successful and the patients are doing well.....continue reading
New study uses virtual reality tools to accelerate development of next-generation natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery
Troy, N.Y. – Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have secured a $2.7 million grant to develop the first-ever virtual reality simulator for next-generation "scarless" endoscopic surgery.
The four-year study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks to accelerate the development of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery, or NOTES. This emerging surgical technique shows promise for operating in the human abdomen with no external incisions, no external scarring, less pain, and potentially a lower risk of post-operative infection and immobility.
In NOTES, a flexible endoscope is inserted through a natural orifice, such as the mouth, anus, or vagina. A small internal incision in the stomach, vagina, bladder, or colon then allows the endoscope access to the abdominal cavity. Potential NOTES procedures, for example, are removal of the pancreas or appendix through a patient's mouth.
While "scarless" procedures are promising, the development of tools, techniques, and platforms are currently based on extensive animal testing. Rensselaer Professor Suvranu De, who is leading this new study, said NOTES will benefit greatly from computer-based modeling and simulation – which in recent decades has redefined the way most engineering systems, from aircrafts to microprocessors, are designed. To accomplish this, De's team will develop a touch-sensitive virtual reality simulator for NOTES. The system will build from De's NIH-funded work on creating simulation technology for laparoscopic surgery.....continue reading
Fathers’ Day, Men’s Health Week, and Men’s Health Month Advice on Reducing the Risk of Dying From Prostate Cancer June 19, 2011
June is Men’s Health Month, with June 13-19 being International Men’s Health Week that leads up and includes Father’s Day on June 19th. Prostate cancer treatment expert Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, is urging men to use this time of increased awareness of men’s health issues to pay closer attention to their overall health and well-being. ”Diseases specific to men, such as prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can be treated and cured with proper medical treatment,” said Dr. Samadi. He continued, “Especially in the case of prostate cancer, early detection is essential in the successful treatment of the disease.
During this month of heightened awareness about the health issues facing men, I would like to stress the importance of seeing your doctor for routine checkups and PSA tests; especially for men over the age of 50. Those men with risk factors for the disease should start their prostate screening at age 40.”....read more
Medical Education For The Future June 18, 2011
San Diego, California (NAPSI) - A patient lies unconscious in a room prepped for emergency care. Doctors and nurses work diligently to revive the young victim, a car crash survivor, whose life is on the line. He has several internal injuries and the emergency team is doing everything it can to save him.
This could be a day in the life of the emergency room at Hartford Hospital, but in reality, these are physicians in training who are inside a simulated emergency room, working on a robot, or Sim-Man. And it is part of a greater push to come up with innovative, new ways to train surgeons.
Right now, residency programs have tomorrow’s doctors shadow today’s. Eventually, new surgeons must perform hands-on operations themselves, so it’s important that they become experts in their field without “practicing” their skills on actual patients.
It is how this simulated emergency room came to be called the “Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation” (CESI). And it is part of one Connecticut hospital’s quest to revamp the future of medical education.
Through CESI, HartfordHospital is training surgeons the way the Federal Aviation Administration trains pilots: by using realistic, lifelike simulators.
Federal laws have—and continue—to limit the total number of hours residents and students can train, making it challenging to fit much-needed training into a short amount of time. At CESI, surgeons in training perform frequent, safe, realistic, hands-on surgeries using high-definition simulators.
Doctors at the Controls of a Robot.
As robotic surgery becomes more and more common, it’s more important than ever that doctors have a place to hone their skills. Because of that, centers such as CESI will become increasingly important.
Inside CESI, physicians who are just starting out can perfect their surgical skills at the controls of an actual surgical robot, and operate using a video game−like simulation. The simulator assesses the surgeon’s performance, offering individualized feedback and guidance, letting each person know what she or he needs to work on.....read more
Free Seminar: Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy and Pelvic Reconstruction Posted: June 17, 2011. Source: West Florida Hospital.
Date & Time: Tuesday June 21 2011, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Location: Scenic Hills Country Club, Community Room, 8891 Burning Tree Rd., Pensacola, FL
Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy: The da Vinci® Si HD surgical system and the area’s only all private rooms make West Florida Hospital the easy decision for your surgery. Presented by: Matt Reynolds, M.D., OB/GYN and Michael Coyle, D.O., Urogynecologist
Learn how the new da Vinci® Si HD surgical system has dramatically improved hysterectomy surgery and other gynecological procedures.
Registration is required. To register, please call 494-3212.
GYN Oncology of Miami Offers Personalized Care Including Robotic Surgery June 16, 2011
Drs. Nicholas C. Lambrou and Troy A. Gatcliffe are pleased to announce the opening of GYN Oncology of Miami. Fellowship trained in gynecologic oncology, Drs. Lambrou and Gatcliffe are specialists in the surgical and medical care of women's reproductive cancers.
The new practice provides comprehensive gynecology services to women in South Florida and the Caribbean region from two convenient office locations in the Medical Arts Buildings of South Miami and Baptist Hospitals.
Dr. Lambrou, who serves as medical director for the group, is among the top ten robotic GYN cancer surgeons in the U.S. and has been practicing in the Miami are for 10 years.
Highlights of this sub-specialty group include:
1. Advanced minimally invasive robotic surgery
2. Comprehensive gynecologic cancer care
3. Gynecologic cancer chemotherapy expertise
4. Innovative surgical approaches to complex benign gynecologic problems
The University at Buffalo was well-represented and -recognized at the 36th annual Inventor of the Year Award Dinner, a ceremony hosted by the Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association to acknowledge outstanding and creative inventors.
Thenkurussi "Kesh" Kesavadas, PhD, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Khurshid A. Guru, MD, director of robotic surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and UB clinical assistant professor of urology, received the Creative Entrepreneur of the Year award. They co-founded Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, a pioneer in the development of robot-assisted surgical simulators designed to reduce surgical error and make robot-assisted surgical education economically feasible.
The awards were presented in May at a dinner at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
The Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association is a group of patent attorneys from Western New York who recognize accomplished inventors in a variety of fields....read more
Language of surgery. Photo: Carol Reiley
Using Robots to Train the Surgeons of Tomorrow June 13, 2011
How can the skill of a surgeon be measured? A patient's body has no buzzer that alerts the surgeon when mistakes occur during an operation. There is no Yelp-like website that ranks a surgeon based on user reviews. It is surprising that people can spend less time selecting a surgeon for an operation than they might selecting a restaurant for dinner or a mechanic to fix their car.
According to a study from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, surgical complications, including postoperative infections, foreign objects left in wounds, surgical wounds reopening, and post-operative bleeding, resulted in a total of 2.4 million extra days of hospitalization, $9.3 billion excessive charges, and 32,000 mostly surgery-related deaths in the United States in 2000.
In the past few years, several research groups, including our team at Johns Hopkins University, have been working to analyze and automate the training process using modern robotic surgical tools. Our goals are to create an objective, standardized method of surgical training as well as to reduce the time and cost of having an experienced surgeon in the training loop.
With the advent of technologies such as robotic surgical systems and medical simulators, researchers now have the tools to analyze surgical motion and evaluate surgical skill. Our group is studying human-machine interaction for surgical training and assistance in multiple contexts with increasing levels of complexity. The first level involves a system that understands what the human and environment are doing. The next level of interaction is for machines to provide assistance to a human operator through augmentation. The last level is to have a robot perform a task autonomously. We'll describe the state of research in each of these areas.
For complete article by Carol E. Reiley & Gregory D. Hager Click here
Robotics in Orthopedic Surgery: 6 Points on the Present and Future June 13, 2011
Robotic and computer-assisted technology is now available for use during orthopedic and spine procedures. There are many concerns associated with the efficacy and efficiency of this technology, especially since it costs hospitals a great deal of money to acquire. Here, orthopedic and spine surgeon leaders discuss six points on where the technology is now and where it will likely head in the future.
1. What robotic and computer-assisted technology is capable of now 2. Applying evidence-based research to robotic technology. 3. Marketing the technology. 4. Patient demand for robotic surgery 5. Dealing with the technology expense 6. Will robotic technology still be around in 10 years?
Mass. bill would allow videotaping of surgeries June 12, 2011 Source: Associated Press
BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would give patients the right to have their operations videotaped if they pay for it.
The measure would let licensed medical videographers tape the procedures. They would not have to be in the operating room at the time. A copy of the surgery would be given to the hospital for its records. Hospitals that refused would face a $10,000 fine.
The bill is scheduled for a Statehouse hearing Tuesday before the Public Health Committee.
Another bill set to be heard at the same time would create a special commission to investigate the use of robotic surgery in Massachusetts and develop a training protocol....read more
Rush to robotic surgery raising flags June 12, 2011
The slick marketing for the da Vinci robot trumpets that the "future of surgery is here." A recent radio ad in Buffalo even went so far as to suggest the device might be miraculous, a level of hype not usually seen in health care.
To be sure, Intuitive Surgical’s hugely successful -- and costly -- system for robot-assisted surgery looks futuristic. A physician sits at a console, staring into a 3-D monitor with magnification while manipulating hand and foot controllers that operate tiny instruments attached to robotic arms situated over the patient and inserted into the body through a few small incisions.
Advocates prefer the robot over traditional surgery or laparoscopy, the minimally invasive procedure in which the surgeon operates through tiny holes while standing over the patient. They tout advantages that include a clearer view and more precise movements in tight spaces, both of which contribute to shorter hospital stays, less blood loss and less pain after the operation. But the competitive rush to buy robots -- there are five in Buffalo -- has placed the devices at the center of a debate over the adoption of new, costly technology before it’s known if the advance is better than existing approaches or if the benefits outweigh the expenses.
The da Vinci can cost as much as $2.5 million and requires annual maintenance contracts of $100,000 to $130,000, as well as about $2,000 for single-use tools in every procedure.
Proficiency with the robot requires lengthy training, and operations take more time and cost more. Despite encouraging early results, it remains unclear if long-term outcomes for robotic surgery are better than conventional approaches....read more
Da Vinci Si Robot Continues to Redefine Standards of Care at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center June 9, 2011
The first robotic case was performed with Da Vinci Si Robot at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. The launch of this cutting edge device came ahead of schedule.
Robot assisted surgery is aiding today's surgeons to operate at a whole new level of efficiency and safety. New robotic surgeries are being developed almost daily. For St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center’s Robotics Program, the case of Robotic Brachytherapy Seed Implantation represents a success from the collaborative efforts of many surgeons and radiation oncologists.
The robotic technique, under the guidance of the Institutional Review Board, was successfully transitioned to humans in 2010, with the preliminary results being reported in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery (Blasberg, JD, Belsley S, Schwartz, Evans, A, Ashton RC, Jr. Bhora, F, Connery, CP. Robotic Brachytherapy and Sublobar Resection for T1 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in High Risk Patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Feb; 89(2):360-7.)...read more
Robotic Surgery Simulation Posted: June 8, 2011
Attendees at the 2009 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando had a chance to try their hand at robotic surgery. They practiced using robotic arms from Florida Hospital Celebration Health and the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement. Gayle Pascal Brown from WESH 2 had the scoop.
World Robotic Symposium 2010 Recap Posted: June 8, 2011
The World Robotic Symposium hosted by the Global Robotics Institute and the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement. Vipul Patel, MD the World Robotic Symposium Chairman and Urology course director performed a robotic prostatectomy. Dr. Arnold Advincula the Director of the World Robotic Gynecology Congress also performed a robotic-assisted laparoscopic myomectomy.
Carolinas HealthCare System expands robotic surgery June 8, 2011
Five Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals have installed the latest in robotic technology, allowing for reduced time in surgery and more complex procedures to be performed.
Previous-generation surgical robots produced camera views for the surgeon that didn’t include digital zoom capabilities. The new units produce high-definition, three-dimensional images and have arms with nearly twice the range of motion.
The hospitals equipped with the technology are Carolinas Medical Center, CMC-Mercy, CMC-University, CMC-NorthEast and CMC-Pineville.
All are using the robots for urological and gynecological procedures. In addition, CMC-Mercy will add bariatric surgeries at the end of June.....read more
Columbus hospital plans robotic surgical center June 8, 2011
St. Francis Hospital plans Robotic Surgical Center of Excellence
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- St. Francis Hospital has filed a letter of non-reviewability with the state to purchase a da Vinci® Si Robotic Surgical System. With the addition of the da Vinci® Si Robotic System, St. Francis Hospital plans to establish a Robotic Surgical Center of Excellence and recruit gynecologic oncologists and urologists trained in the use of robots for surgery.
“Establishing a Robotic Surgical Center of Excellence requires more than just acquiring the equipment,” says Robert Granger, President and CEO, St. Francis Hospital. “It also requires a commitment to develop expertise within the physician community. St. Francis and the physicians of OB/GYN Physician Partners, OB/GYN Associates and St. Francis Center for Surgical Care are committed to fully developing the potential of this new technology.”
The da Vinci® Si Robotic System can be used in many specialties, including colorectal, general surgery, gynecology and urology, as well as head and neck. Many St. Francis physicians, especially gynecologists, have expressed interest in robotic surgery. The patient benefits of this technique are numerous—shortened recovery time, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay and reduced rates of infection....read more
Robotic Surgery Adoption Is Prompting More Men To Choose Prostatectomy June 8, 2011
Study Presented at Annual American Urological Association Meeting Coincides With Decrease Prostate Cancer Incidence In United States
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ -- The rapid adoption of robotic prostatectomy in the US is leading more men to choose surgery as their primary treatment for prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the annual American Urological Association meeting and co-authored by Dr. David Samadi. Interestingly, this finding occurred amid a national decrease in prostate cancer incidence. "This means that more surgeons and hospitals are adopting robotic surgery technology and more patients are readily embracing it above other prostate cancer treatment options," explained Dr. Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
The data showed that with the rapid adoption of robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP), prostatectomy volume in the United States increased by almost 50% from 2005 to 2008 after remaining unchanged from 1997 to 2004. RALP made up 15% of all prostatectomies in 2004 and increased to more than 80% in 2008. The study co-authored by Dr. Samadi coincides with research from other institutions concluding that men are more likely to have prostate cancer surgery as hospitals adopt robotic technology....read more
What do you get a surgical robot for its 5th birthday? June 7, 2011
Seattle Children’s is celebrating five years of its pediatric robotics program. And the hospital has posted a new video showing the dexterity of one of its robots.
The video shows a “surprise” birthday party for the hospital’s da Vinci robot, thrown by the other devices in the operating room. The robot, recently named Blinky the Surgeonator by Children’s patients, received some funny gifts.
Children’s is not the only Seattle hospital to use videos to showcase their surgical robotic device. Swedish Medical Center made videos this spring showing a robot doing some non-surgical things, like making and flying a tiny paper airplane. Surgeons from the Swedish Orthopedic Institute also showed off their new robotic-assisted technology by streaming live a knee-replacement surgery on the internet.
Greater McHenry County to see robot-assisted surgery June 7, 2011. source: NORTHWEST HERALD.
McHENRY – Patients in greater McHenry County soon will have access to robot-assisted surgery close to home, thanks in part to a grant from the Centegra Health System Foundation.
The foundation’s board of directors approved a $500,000 grant to help Centegra Health System buy a da Vinci Surgical System, a technological advancement that is helping Centegra and its affiliated physicians improve surgery, Centegra officials said in a news release.
“We were able to assist Centegra Health System with this important purchase because we received financial donations from members of the community,” said Gail Rudolph, vice president of development for the foundation. “Because of their generosity, the people of our region will be able to have new, state-of-the-art surgeries close to home.”
About the Centegra Health System Foundation: The foundation helps build financial resources and grants funds for Centegra operations such as EKG transmitting devices, prenatal monitors, professional education, state-of-the-art TomoTherapy cancer treatment, charity care, wellness programs, patient transport and more.
Titan Medical Inc. Appoints Dr. Li-Ming Su to Its Medical Advisory Board June 7, 2011
(Marketwire) --Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") (TSX VENTURE: TMD) announced today that it has appointed Dr. Li-Ming Su, M.D., to the Company's Medical Advisory Board.
Dr. Li-Ming Su is the David A. Cofrin Professor of Urology, Associate Chairman for Clinical Affairs and the Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery in the Department of Urology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Urology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery in Hopkins' Brady Urological Institute.
He joined the urology staff at Johns Hopkins after completing his urology residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell University Medical College and fellowship training in endourology (specializing in laparoscopy, robotics and stone disease) at Johns Hopkins. His main clinical interests include minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of kidney and prostate cancer.
His areas of surgical specialty include robotic partial nephrectomy, nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy, pyeloplasty, nephroureterectomy and adrenalectomy.
He has earned a number of honors and awards in urology and robotic surgery. Additionally, his publishing accomplishments include 74 refereed publications, 8 non-refereed publications, two authored books on robotic urologic surgery and prostate cancer, 21 book chapters, and 122 abstracts.
Mazor receives FDA, CE approval for new spinal surgery robot June 6, 2011
Mazor Robotics Ltd. (TASE:MZOR) has obtained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and EU CE Mark certification for its Renaissance product, the next-generation version of its robotic spinal surgical device, SpineAssist.
The launch of the Renaissance is part of Mazor's marketing strategy. The company has sharply raised the price of the SpineAssist in the past year, positioning it as a premium product that not only offers a quick return on investment, but also brings in new patients to hospitals with the device. Intuitive Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq: ISRG), which markets its da Vinci surgical system, a robotically assisted minimally invasive surgery device, has employed a similar marketing strategy.
The Renaissance device could help Mazor support the higher price for its product and improve its positioning against competing procedures. The Renaissance is also designed to support robot-assisted brain procedures, for which the company has already obtained CE Mark certification. Since the Renaissance can support both spinal and brain procedures, Mazor will easily be able to ask a premium price for the device. The SpineAssist is current priced at $500,000 each....read more
Renaissance spinal robotic surgical guidance system
Mazor’s New Renaissance Robotic Spinal Surgery System June 6, 2011
Renaissance features an entirely new design and human interface, as well as next-generation hardware and software technologies. These are designed to increase surgical safety as well as extend the range of clinical applications, enabling osteotomies, transfacet and translaminar-facet implant placements, in addition to procedures such as spinal fusions and scoliosis corrections currently performed with Mazor Robotics’ technology. Renaissance also serves as a platform that will support future clinical applications, such as robotic-guided cranial surgeries.
Continuing Mazor Robotics’ commitment to safety, Renaissance reduces radiation protocols for preoperative CTs by up to 50%, which means patients will be exposed to significantly less radiation. The Company also collaborated with surgeons on developing surgical tools and technological enhancements for Renaissance that further reduce the potential for human error.
Hardware and software tools enable a variety of spine procedures:
• Open, MIS, and percutaneous posterior thoracolumbar approaches • Scoliosis and other complex spinal deformities • Pedicle screws – short and long fusions • Transfacet screws and translaminar-facet screws • Osteotomies • Biopsies
Axilum Robotics Posted: June 5, 2011
was founded in April 2011 in Strasbourg, France, as a spin-off company from the medical robotics research group of LSIIT (Research Unit of the University of Strasbourg, CNRS and INSA), based on a fundamental patent in medical robotics.
Its mission is to develop and commercialize robotized solutions to assist Health Care Professional with medical procedures. The first project of Axilum Robotics is a robot to assist psychiatrists and neurologists for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
The project was an award winner at the national contest for creation of innovative technology companies organized by the French Ministry of Research in 2009 and in 2010 and has been certified through the Life Science cluster Alsace Biovalley in 2011.
Located at IRCAD in Strasbourg, Axilum Robotics is working with its partners to transfer medical robotic technology research into a growing industry in Alsace.
Axilum Robotics will hold a booth at the 4th International Conference on Transcranial and Direct Current Stimulation / 14th European Congress on Clinical Neurophysiology (ECCN) congress in Rome (Italy), June 21st-25th 2011 View or download .pdf file for April 11, 2011 Press Release
Robotic Prostatectomy Safe for Patients With Glaucoma From Medscape Medical News June 2, 2011
A policy of routinely denying robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) to prostate cancer patients if they have a history of glaucoma or ocular hypertension may be unnecessary, according to new data released here at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting.
The results show a complete absence of overt clinical sequelae in patients with these preexisting ocular diseases who underwent RARP when perioperative factors were optimized as much as possible.
"While prostate cancer patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension are commonly denied RARP because of concern that increased intraocular pressure [IOP] during the procedure may cause blindness, the risk is largely theoretical," Ronney Abaza, MD, director of robotic urologic surgery and codirector of the Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery at the Ohio State University Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, told Medscape Medical News.
"It does not make sense to deprive patients of the benefits of RARP when their resting IOP with proper treatment may be just as good as yours or mine. We routinely send patients to their ophthalmologist preoperatively precisely to ensure that their IOP is well-controlled, and provided that good control is established, there is currently no evidence that these patients are at increased risk of blindness from a transient elevation of IOP compared with other patients," Dr. Abaza said.
He reviewed outcomes in 830 patients in whom he performed RARP over a recent 2.5-year period, 20 of whom had preoperative glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Although only a small number of patients had these ocular diseases, this series is the first to report outcomes with RARP specifically in "this population of patients in whom controversy exists as to whether or not they should undergo the procedure."...read more
SOURCE: SynCardia Systems, Inc.
Female Army Veteran Gets Second Chance at Life With SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart After Being Referred to Hospice Care June 2, 2011
Told It Was Too Late for Transplant, Patient's Husband Convinced Doctors to Send Her to VCU Medical Center in Richmond to "Give Her a Chance"
TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire) - In 1992, Army veteran Margaret Daugherty, then 22, was blessed with a donor heart. Following the transplant, she was able to return to a normal, healthy life for 18½ years. However, in December 2010, Margaret was admitted to the local VA hospital in Lexington, Ky, her donor heart barely functioning. She had received a pacemaker that August, but her condition had continued to deteriorate.
Her doctors had hoped she could undergo a second heart transplant, so she was transferred to a transplant center in Nashville, Tenn., but her liver, kidneys and lungs were failing. With tears in his eyes, Margaret's cardiologist told her husband, Brian Younglove, that there was nothing more they could do. He recommended they return home and make Margaret comfortable in hospice care.
Not ready to give up, the couple had heard of Total Artificial Hearts being implanted at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond for patients who were gravely ill and needed a transplant. "I said, 'Send her to Richmond and give her a chance,'" said Younglove. "My thought was, put her on the table, and if she dies on the table, she dies fighting."
Margaret's doctors contacted Dr. Gundars Katlaps, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Richmond VA for placing a heart pump. He then referred her to VCU due to severe biventricular failure (failure affecting both sides of the heart). She arrived in Richmond on Dec. 17, 2010. "She was in profound heart failure," said Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at VCU. "She could barely speak. We were very concerned about what was going to happen to her kidneys."
Margaret, who had been on dialysis, had swollen to 220 pounds from her normal 140 pounds due to the excessive fluid building up in her body. Three days after her arrival in Richmond, she was implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart....read more
Mazor Robotics signs distribution agreements for SpineAssist in The Netherlands and Italy Posted: June 2, 2011
Mazor Robotics Ltd. announced that it has signed agreements in Italy and The Netherlands for distribution of Mazor’s flagship product, SpineAssist, a surgical robotic system that enables surgeons to conduct spine surgeries in a safe and accurate manner.
The agreement in Italy was signed with AB Medica, one of the leading distributors of medical robotic equipment in Europe. Headquartered in Milan, the company has introduced a significant number of innovative technologies to the Italian healthcare industry, including robotic surgical systems.
In The Netherlands, Mazor signed a distributorship with InSpine and they have already completed a system sale to the Bergman Clinic in Amsterdam, a leading private medical center.
SpineAssist allows surgeons to place implants into a patient during spine surgeries, enabling them to perform minimally invasive procedures with greater accuracy and less radiation. It is also used in spinal deformity corrective surgeries such as scoliosis operations, which are considered the most challenging spine procedures. The system consists of a robot that is mounted on the spine during surgery and a workstation that runs advanced surgical planning software.
“SpineAssist is currently the only robotic system in the world that provides surgical guidance for spine surgeries, redefining the standard of care that surgeons can provide for their patients,” said Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor Robotics....read more
Research and Clinical Trials Posted: June 1, 2011
Robotic Surgery Research at Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery
The Ohio State University is a national leader in robotic surgery. In addition to clinical excellence, Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery is advancing the future of robotic surgery by researching ways to improve current techniques and developing new robotic procedures.
Standard operating practices for Urologic Robotic Surgery Posted: June 1, 2011 From the AUA Education and Research, Inc.
Computer assisted surgery using remote tele-presence manipulators is widely referred to as robot assisted or robotic surgery. Since the term is used extensively in the press as well as medical journals, the term “robotic surgery” will be used in this document.
The purpose of this document is to formulate standard operating practices for institutions to use during the process of credentialing of urologists for privileges to perform robotic surgery. The robotic approach involves the application of robotic technology primarily during laparoscopic surgery.
Media Advisory: Learn About UB's New Downtown Research Facility and Much More at UB Partners Day May 31, 2011 Updated: June 1, 2011 University at Buffalo news release
Annual event to feature workshops, awards luncheon, and keynote address by head of Empire State Development
The event, which takes place on Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center will showcase many highlights one of which being the announcements of the Partners Day Honorees among whom will be:
Thenkurussi "Kesh" Kesavadas, PhD, UB professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Khurshid A. Guru, MD, director of robotic surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and UB clinical assistant professor of urology, who will receive the UB Faculty Entrepreneur Award.
The researchers co-founded Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, a pioneer in the development of robot-assisted surgical simulators designed to reduce surgical error and make robot-assisted surgical education economically feasible....read about full day event
Major Scientific and Clinical Conference to Take Place August 2011 Posted: April 1, 2011 Updated: June 1, 2011
CHICAGO, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/- The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR) is a non-profit organization founded by faculty from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Angiogenesis Foundation (Cambridge, MA) in 2010.
Created to develop a formal, clinically-based, educational curriculum in wound healing for physicians, the goal of the ACWHTR is to bring the practice of wound healing into alignment with other medical specialties.
Leaders from 10 major University medical programs are now members of the ACWHTR educational committee. The first meeting of the ACWHTR will take place in Chicago on August 4 and 5, 2011 and will be co-hosted by the UIC Department of Surgery and the Angiogenesis Foundation.
This two-day, scientific and educational program will gather leading researchers, clinicians, and government officials in a unique, interactive setting. The inaugural meeting will be unlike traditional wound meetings in both content and venue. The UIC conference venue provides an academic setting, and includes live cases from both the operating room and wound clinics as part of its agenda. Friday afternoon tours of the UIC Robotic Surgery Laboratory and the St. James Center for Comprehensive Wound and Disease Management are also part of the agenda.
Contact: UIC Section of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair Tel: 312-996-3253 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With HPV-Related Head and Neck Cancers Rising, Focus on Treatment and Vaccination June 1, 2011
A form of head and neck cancer associated with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus is on the rise, especially in men, the WSJ reports. Fast-rising rates of oropharyngeal cancer — tumors in the tonsil and back-of-the-tongue area — have been linked to changes in sexual behavior that include the increased practice of oral sex and a greater number of sexual partners.
But HPV-positive cancer has also been reported in individuals who report few or no sexual partners. It may also be possible for the virus to be transmitted to an infant via an infected mother’s birth canal. An HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for girls because the virus can cause cervical cancer.
The rise in HPV-positive head and neck cancers is leading to a new focus both on treatment of the disease, and whether recommending routine vaccination for boys could prevent oral infections and cancers. (A CDC advisory panel said in 2009 that it was fine for boys to get the vaccine, but recommended against routine administration.)
Eric Genden, chief of head and neck oncology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, tells the Health Blog that when treated appropriately, patients with HPV-positive cancers have an 85% to 90% disease-free survival rate over five years. By contrast, patients with HPV-negative head and neck cancers, which are often associated with smoking and drinking, typically have more advanced disease when the cancer is detected and face a five-year survival rate of only 25% to 40%.
HPV-induced head and neck cancer responds well to almost all forms of cancer therapy including surgery, external beam radiotherapy and chemotherapy. At Mount Sinai, the use of robotic surgery and radiation –with no chemotherapy required — resulted in three-year survival rates of 90% and significantly improved quality of life for patients, its studies show. Robotic surgery is less invasive than non-robotic tumor surgeries, minimizing complications and recover time.
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