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Learn about robotic surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Posted: June 27, 2012
Join Dr. Dean Cione, a surgeon at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, for a discussion about robotic surgery. The free lecture is at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28 in the Texas Health Plano Bluebonnet Room, 6200 W. Parker Road. To register, call 1-877-847-9355 or go to texashealth.org/advances.
Live MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement Webcast
On Tuesday, July 17th at 5:30pm EDT, watch orthopedic surgeon David Padden, MD, perform a MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement. Viewers are encouraged to email questions and learn more about the revolutionary technology. Viewer questions will be answered during a LIVE webchat immediately following the surgical portion of the webcast......
Italy hospital conducts first fully robotic liver procedure
June 25, 2012
A medical transplant centre on the Italian island of Sicily said Monday it had carried out the world's first partial liver transplant using only a robot to remove the organ of the donor.
According to a statement from the ISMETT transplant centre in Palermo, only the arms of a robot entered the abdomen of the 44-year-old donor looking to save his 46-year-old brother suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.
"This is the first case in the world performed entirely and exclusively with the robotic technique, requiering only five keyhole incisions and one nine-centimetre (3.5-inch) incision" the centre said.
The procedure, known as hepatectomy, was performed in March but the news was held until the recipient was given a clean bill of health and discharged from the hospital, the centre said.
"In the past, some living donor liver transplants had been performed in the US using the robot," but were aided by a surgeon who inserted his hand through an incision to perform the surgery with the robot, the centre said.
The procedure lasted 10 hours and the two brothers recovered well, with the donor leaving the hospital after nine days and the recipient leaving a few weeks later......complete article
Robot assisted surgery to reverse tubal ligation
Posted: June 20, 2012
Kristen Presutti (33) is about to undo something she thought was a done deal. Six years ago, after the birth of her third child, she had her fallopian tubes surgically closed to prevent further pregnancies - a tubal ligation. But that was before she was divorced and fell in love again -- this time with Jerome Kramer. They'll be married this October and want to have a child together.
Her research led her from her home near Rochester to Schenectady and Dr. Nicholas Montalto, director of robotic surgery at Ellis Medicine. He tells me he's the only doctor between Buffalo and New York City doing the reversal with the assistance of robotic surgical technology....read more
Blue Belt Technologies' NavioPFS™ Surgical System Earns Frost & Sullivan's 2012 Global Orthopedic Surgery Technology Innovation Award
June 18, 2012
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. announced that its NavioPFS™ Orthopedic Surgical System has received the Frost & Sullivan 2012 Global Orthopedic Surgery Technology Innovation Award. The NavioPFS system represents the next generation in "smart" orthopedic tools with precision robotics, having an initial application in unicondylar knee replacement surgeries (UKR), for treatment of patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. NavioPFS combines a world-class surgical navigation suite with intelligent, hand-held instrumentation that enables surgeons to perform more consistent and accurate bone-shaping procedures, which are difficult to execute with traditional instruments.
The 2012 Global Orthopedic Surgery Technology Innovation Award represents a comprehensive review of Blue Belt Technologies, the NavioPFS Surgical System, competition, and competitive technologies. Analysts utilize unique methodologies to determine how best-in-class companies worldwide manage growth, innovation and leadership. Key criteria for the Technology Innovation Award benchmarked Blue Belt Technologies' performance against key competitors:
Uniqueness of Technology,
Impact on New Products/Applications,
Impact on Functionality,
Impact on Customer Value, and
Relevance of Innovation to Industry.
Award recipients will be honored at a banquet ceremony on September 12, 2012, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California....read more
Peter Mac and Epworth HealthCare first to train robotic surgeons in Australia
Peter Mac and Epworth HealthCare first to train robotic surgeons in Australia
Posted: June 15, 2012
In a first for surgical training in Australia, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Epworth HealthCare last week joined forces to deliver a mini-fellowship training program in robotic-assisted surgery for the benefit of prostate cancer patients.
Course Director, Urological Surgeon and Director of Academic Robotic Surgery Program at Peter Mac, Associate Professor Declan Murphy, says the course harnesses multiple new technologies, allowing surgeons to gain advanced surgical skills prior to adopting the technology in their own hospitals.
"We have seen huge growth in both the number of machines and procedures being performed in Australia. Robotic surgery accounts for over 70 per cent of all prostate cancer surgeries in Victoria and is also growing rapidly in New South Wales, where the first course participant surgeons are from," Mr Murphy said.
The course is aimed at experienced urological surgeons who are planning to offer robotic surgery to prostate cancer patients and who require advanced training to safely use this advanced equipment.
Director of the newly-formed, Epworth Centre for Robotic Surgery, Urologist Daniel Moon says, until now, the four-day intensive course has only been available outside Australia.
"This course comprises rigorous training exercises in theatres at both Peter Mac and Epworth, consisting of video and lecture based learning, ‘dry lab’ training - or practice surgery on constructed models, advanced computer simulator training akin to a flight simulator for pilots, and viewing of live surgical cases," he added.....read more
Mazor Robotics To Present at the Wells Fargo Securities 2012 Healthcare Conference
June 14, 2012
Mazor Robotics Ltd. (TASE:MZOR), a developer of innovative surgical robots and complementary products, today announced that Ori Hadomi, Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Wells Fargo Securities Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM ET. The conference will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston, MA.
Taking a cue from aviation, today surgeons are better prepared than ever before.
In some cases, simulated surgeries are becoming even more precise than the actual procedures. Surgical Theater is a new company that began with a chance encounter between co-founders Warren Selman, MD, a Cleveland neurosurgeon, and Moty Avisar, who was working at Lockheed-Martin on an advanced flight simulator for the Israeli Air Force.
“We were using satellite images of the next day’s mission to let pilots ‘pre-live’ it,” said Avisar. “Dr. Selman was looking for that kind of capability in the operating room, so we created a system that turns a patient’s CT and MRI scans into highly realistic, 3D images.
”Using sophisticated 3D glasses and robotic controls, the physician can rehearse tomorrow’s surgery, viewing an aneurysm from many angles.
“In the past, a surgeon had to choose from more than 100 aneurysm clips while performing the operation, sometimes taking a dozen iterations to find the right clip,” Avisar said. “By ‘pre-living’ it, the surgeon knows which clip to use in advance, reducing the chance for a stroke during surgery.
”For most of medical history, there was no such thing as a “do-over.” But now surgery simulations let physicians practice a procedure repeatedly – and even in collaboration. At HIMSS 12, Surgical Theater introduced its new Collaborative Theater, which lets multiple physicians not just observe but take part in simulated surgeries. “It’s a wonderful training tool,” said Avisar. “After Doctor 4 does a procedure, the session leader can say, ‘OK, Doctor 6, you take a turn.’ We’re helping to ensure that doctors are better prepared than they’ve ever been.”
Mazor Robotics Announces First Brain Cases Using Its Robotic Platform
June 11, 2012
Mazor expands clinically validated technology from spine into guided brain operations.
Mazor Robotics Ltd. (tase:MZOR), a developer of innovative surgical robots and complementary products, today announced the successful completion of the first robot-guided brain surgical procedures, which were performed with Mazor Robotics' technology. Neurosurgeons Dr. In-Se Kim and Prof. Robert Schonmayr performed the first three cases at HSK Hospital, (Horst Schmidt Kliniken GmbH) in Wiesbaden, Germany.
"As one of the first medical centers globally to adopt robotic technology for spine surgeries, we are very proud to also be the first to expand its use to brain surgeries," said Prof. Schonmayr. "We see great potential in the application of robotic technology to brain and spine surgeries. Our patients have been the best testament to its clinical success," added Dr. Kim.
In addition to its proven applications in spine surgeries, Mazor Robotics' technology is applicable in the brain for biopsies, shunt placements and neurostimulation electrode placement such as for deep brain stimulation (DBS). As a frameless treatment solution for brain procedures, the robot's precision, simplicity and safety profile have the potential to increase patient comfort, improve surgical accuracy and provide a less invasive approach, as well as potentially increase utilization of the installed base......read more
‘single-port laparoscopy bimanual robot’ (SPRINT)
Micro-robotics system could simplify abdominal surgeries
June 7, 2012
EU-funded researchers are developing micro-robotics and micro-system technologies to make abdominal surgeries less complicated, invasive and costly.
The team of researchers on the Araknes project (Array of Robots Augmenting the KiNematics and Endoluminal Surgery) is responsible for developing the technology, which can be used to operate on a wide range of conditions requiring abdominal surgery.
‘The idea is to set up a new generation of surgical robots that are less invasive and less bulky than current robots,’ said Prof Arianna Menciassi of the BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy.
Menciassi and a team of researchers from across Europe focused on an approach to abdominal surgery that integrates the advantages of traditional open surgery — also known as keyhole surgery — and robotic surgery. Supported by €8.1m (£6.5m) in funding from the European Commission, the team has developed two pieces of technology over the last four years.
A tele-operated robotic system dubbed the ‘single-port laparoscopy bimanual robot’ (SPRINT) has been designed to replicate the hand movements of a surgeon. However, the system is unique because it can operate through a single incision (usually the patient’s navel), whereas existing robotic solutions require several incisions to be made to the abdomen.....read more
FCC to Look into Possible Problems Using Wireless Medical Devices
June 6, 2012
Studies show that mobile medical devices, such as the ability to recieve dialysis at home for kidney disease patients, could save as much as $197 billion over the next 25 years while improving patient care.Wireless devices are changing the face of healthcare. But with all their flair, there are also flaws.
That’s why Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials will meet with leaders in the medical community on Wednesday to discuss challenges that come with implementing wireless medical devices.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and senior executives from Philips, Qualcomm and Medtronic, as well as start-ups such as MedApps, Telcare, TheCarrot and WellDoc, will all participate, as well as officials from the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Department, Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health, according to a press release.
Challenges concerning wireless medical devices include maintaining reliable connectivity, ensuring interoperability between different devices and preventing interference.
The FCC voted last month to set aside radio frequency spectrum for wireless medical devices that can monitor a patient's body, known as Medical Area Body Networks (MBANs), according to a story at modernhealthcare.com. MBANs are wireless sensors that are placed on a patient's body to capture clinical information, which is wirelessly transmitted to a nearby “hub” device and then forwarded on to a patient monitoring system. The vote made the United States the first country to set aside spectrum for the devices, according to the press release.....read more
Hansen Medical to Exhibit Recently FDA Cleared Magellan(TM) Robotic System at National Meeting of Vascular Surgeons
June 6, 2012
Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics and the developer of robotic technology for accurate 3D control of catheter movement, today announced it will exhibit its Magellan™ Robotic System at the 2012 Vascular Annual Meeting® of the Society for Vascular Surgery® from June 7-9 at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. The Company recently announced receipt of 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Magellan Robotic System, including the catheter and accessories, and will commence initial launch activities in the U.S. immediately.
The Magellan Robotic System is designed to simplify and enhance catheter navigation and therapeutic intervention through a variety of clinical cases in the peripheral vasculature. The Magellan Robotic System results in a new standard for peripheral vascular intervention with the potential to deliver revolutionary lesion access, precise distal tip control, solid catheter stability and consistent procedural efficiency....read more
QUAN 'Follows the Money' in Robotics
June 5, 2012
Quantum International Corp. (nasdaq: QUAN) is working to develop the next generation of robotics technology to compete in a booming global industry alongside Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (nasdaq: ISRG), iRobot Corporation (nasdaq: IRBT), Medtronic, Inc. (nasdaq: MDT) and Dover Corp. (nasdaq: DOV)
QUAN is targeting emerging innovations across a broad spectrum of robotics development. The potential for new technologies such as cloud robotics and smartphone-controlled automatons to dramatically increase robotic capabilities to improve our lives is attracting a great deal of attention from investors.
QUAN has initiated discussions with multiple cutting-edge robotics firms regarding agreements to help fund, market and develop exciting new robotics products, said CEO Robert Federowicz.
"Our status as an emerging company in this space allows Quantum International to be nimble in allocating our assets," he said. "Rather than get locked into a single robotics niche, Quantum is targeting innovators across a broad range of robotics sectors for potential partnership and acquisition in order to deliver the best odds of success to our shareholders.
"QUAN plans to announce its latest targets as soon as preliminary agreements can be signed. The company is working diligently to capitalize on the global boom in robotics that has experts projecting the industry to reach $70 billion by 2025.....read more
Rye YMCA offers talk on arthritis June 20
Posted: June 6, 2012
Dr. Andrew D. Pearle will present a free lecture on the future of treatment for knee arthritis at the Rye YMCA June 20.
Titled Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: Knee Arthritis in 2012 and Beyond, Pearle will discuss treatment options and how robots are refining those treatments.
The lecture will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Pearle is an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery and specializes in sports medicine and robotic surgery. He also is a team physician for the New York Mets. Pearle was the first surgeon in New York City to perform a surgeon-controlled robotic arm-assisted knee resurfacing procedure.
The lecture is free, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, call 212-774-2878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAKO Surgical Corp. to Present at the William Blair & Company 32nd Annual Growth Stock Conference
Posted: June 6, 2012
MAKO Surgical Corp. MAKO +1.97% announced today that Maurice R. Ferre, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, and Fritz L. LaPorte, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MAKO, will present at the William Blair & Company 32nd Annual Growth Stock Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm CT.
A webcast will be available and may be accessed by visiting MAKO's website at www.makosurgical.com under the Investor Relations section. A replay of the webcast will be available immediately after the conclusion of the presentation.
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