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Titan Medical Inc. Completes Beta Console and Commences Early User Study March 31, 2011
Titan Medical Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TMD) announced today that it has completed its Beta Console and industrial design prototypes and commenced an early user study. The initial testing will include review of ergonomics and console functionality through various methods by key opinion leaders in robotic surgery. The Company expects to complete the study by the end of April....read more
Singularity University's FutureMed Program is Coming in May. Posted: March 31, 2011
Singularly University, the renowned Silicon Valley playground for interdisciplinary thinkers and doers, has placed its crosshairs on medicine with the launch of FutureMed, an executive education program exploring how exponentially improving technologies will change the future of health and medicine.
FutureMed is a five day immersive program taking place at NASA's Ames Research Park in Mountain View, California. Participants will live and be hosted on the Ames campus from May 10th - 15th, and the 8am-10pm days will include a mix of lectures, interactive workshops, demos, site-visits, un-conferences, and various social events.
Faculty include the likes of Peter Diamandis, Dean Ornish, and Tim O’Reilly, and the tracks will cover topics ranging from robotic surgery, artificial intelligence, and medical decision making, to mobile and web-enabled care delivery.
If you’d like to join in on the fun, Singularity University has offered Medgadget readers $1,000 off the program fee. Use the referral code “Medgadget” during registration to apply the discount.
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U.S. Navy submarine sonar tech targets strokes March 30, 2011
Retired U.S. Navy sonar experts have helped create a novel portable device to detect, diagnose, and monitor strokes. The brain-imaging system uses a simple headset and laptop--and decades of submarine technology--to home in on brain activity that signifies trouble.
The headset is equipped with six highly sensitive accelerometers. Instead of peering out through the rounded bow of a submarine, they are oriented inward toward the brain.
The brain's machinations (veins expanding and contracting, aneurysms wobbling) each have their own unique vibrations that cause slight skull pulsations. The headset sensors measure these movements to look for irregular blood flow in much the same way submarines measure motion and generate signals that are processed, analyzed, and matched to objects......View or Download .pdf file for complete article
The sensor-equipped headset measures skull pulsations that could indicate irregular blood flow.
Major Scientific and Clinical Conference to Take Place August 2011 Posted: March 29, 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
NYU Langone offers new imaging technique to advance robotic surgery for patients March 29, 2011
First center in the world to use fluorescence imaging technology
NYU Langone Medical Center completed its first surgery this month using a new near-infrared fluorescence imaging guided system available on the da Vinci Si Surgical System ,the most advanced robotic surgical system in the world. The result is a greatly enhanced visual field, allowing finer assessment and more precise operations. NYU Langone is the first in the world to utilize the enhanced imaging guidance system for selective arterial clamping during kidney sparing surgery for patients with kidney cancer and is among small select group of hospitals in the country and the only one in the northeast to have this technology.
The specially designed camera and endoscopes allow surgeons at NYU Langone's Robotic Surgery Center to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a unique fluorescence dye that is activated by near-infrared light....read more
Prostate Cancer Survivor's Story of a Robotic Prostatectomy Redo Performed by Dr. David Samadi Highlights the Need to Pick an Experienced Surgeon March 28, 2011
When performed by a surgeon experienced in the da Vinci System, robotic prostatectomy has a prostate cancer cure rate of 97%. Moreover, 87% of patients regain sexual potency and 96% regain urinary control. These statistics are well beyond those associated with traditional laparoscopic and open prostatectomy surgeries.
However, the da Vinci surgical robot is only part of the equation. It is only a tool and, as such, it is only as effective as the surgeon operating it. One patient who can tell you this first hand is Steve of Annapolis, Maryland who had the procedure performed at two different hospitals by two different surgeons, resulting in two vastly different experiences.
Having been cured of his prostate cancer through the care of robotic surgery expert, Dr. David B. Samadi, at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Steve decided to share his story.
This symposium offers an extensive update on the advancements and current applications within robotic surgery. This forum provides the opportunity to discuss the impact of innovative robotic interventions and techniques that enhance patient outcomes. The multi-disciplinary panel of regional experts consisting of Urologic, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology, Colo-Rectal and Thoracic Robotic Specialists, will address the benefits of robot-assisted surgery.
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Tulane Doctor Performs New Robotic Throat Cancer Surgery Posted: March 26, 2011
Dr. Paul Friedlander, MD, FACS, a surgeon at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, is performing a new, less-invasive form of robotic surgery to treat head and neck cancers.
The technique, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, uses the latest Da Vinci® three-dimensional, high-definition robotic equipment to make an incision through the mouth to remove tumors without a visible scar.
Traditional open surgery to remove throat cancer typically requires a long incision through the jaw and throat and often requires a significant recovery time.
The new approach has fewer complications, faster recovery, quicker return of speech and swallowing functions, and patients can often avoid chemotherapy following radiation treatment. Patients can be released from the hospital within a day for the new procedure compared to a week to 10-day stay following the traditional technique, Dr. Friedlander said....read more
BK Medical introduces new ultrasound imaging solution for robotic surgery March 25, 2011
BK Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation, has introduced Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology, or ART, a complete ultrasound imaging solution for robotic surgery.
This technology includes the Flex Focus 700 Ultrasound System, specialized transducers, and tools designed specifically for robotic-assisted surgery. ART is a premium performance ultrasound solution that may benefit surgeons performing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) procedures, and robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN) procedures.
The new ART solution includes the premium performance Flex Focus 700, the 3DART high-resolution endocavity transducer (8838), the RST Robotic Stationary Transducer Arm for securing the endocavity transducer during procedures, and the first dedicated robotic transducer, ProART.
The new 3DART endocavity transducer is....read more
Robotic Spine Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, Orthopedic Spine Center Can Provide Improved Results and Decreased Failure Rates for Surgical Patients March 25, 2011
Dr. Nitin Bhatia and Dr. Samuel Bederman are the first team in Orange County to perform complex spine surgery using robots.
Dr. Nitin Bhatia and Dr. Samuel Bederman at the UC Irvine Spine Program have performed the first series of robot assisted spine surgeries in Orange County, California. Using this technology, these physicians can decrease complication rates and improve outcomes for their spinal surgery patients. Drs. Bhatia and Bederman are world-recognized leaders in robotic spine surgery and are the first team of surgeons to perform these surgeries in the western United States.
"UC Irvine has a long history of pioneering robotic surgery including the DaVinci robot system. The addition of the Mazor SpineAssist surgical robot further enhances UC Irvine's leadership in this field," said Dr. Bederman.....Complete Story
Dr. Randy Fagin of St. David’s will lead Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery institute opens March 25, 2011
St. David’s HealthCare this week launched the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.
The institute will provide training, treatment and research in robotic surgery, said Dr. Randy Fagin, who will lead the institute.
The institute is the first of its kind in the world, Fagin said, in that its focus “goes beyond the operating room to include research and training related to the consistency and quality of patient care through the Robotic Institute University.”
The Robotic Institute University will train surgeons, administrators and support staff directly or indirectly involved in robotic surgical procedures....read more
Professor Gunter Janetschek, Urological Surgeon, Comments on Viking Systems' 3DHD Surgical Vision System at the European Association of Urology Congress in Vienna; First Human Surgery Using Combined Systems Expected in May in Salzburg March 25, 2011
Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG), a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, reports on developments from the European Association of Urology Congress in Vienna.
During the Congress, the Company's 3DHD Vision System was used by Professor Gunter Janetschek, Medical University Salzburg, Department of Urology, to make a three dimensional video of a reanastomosis of a urethra in an anatomical model utilizing Terumo's Kymerax Precision Drive Articulating Surgical System.
The video, which was presented in Viking's booth at the Congress, showed the benefits of the combination of 3D vision and articulating instrumentation, and drew a tremendous amount of attention from surgeons interested in alternatives to more expensive robotic solutions. The system was a combination of Viking's 3DHD Vision System and Terumo's Kymerax Precision Drive Articulating Surgical System....read more
Summa Health System training residents on robot March 24, 2011
AKRON -- Summa Akron City hospital is attracting surgical residents with hands-on training in robotic surgery.
Doctors who are still learning their skills can practice actual surgery with a robot while under the watchful eye of a staff physician.
During surgery, the doctors sit at the robot controls across from each other, maneuvering the surgical arms like a video game. However, the staff doctor has ultimate control.
"The attending surgeon or the one in charge of the surgery actually has the ability to completely lock out the resident from doing any portion of the procedure by just using a foot pedal, similar to driver's ed," says Dr. Thomas Mendise.
There's also a telestrator where the doctor can draw lines on the video monitor and the resident will see it in their viewfinder on the robot control then they can follow the lines to do a procedure. Source WKYC-TV
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ART Includes Industry's First Ultrasound Transducer for Robotic-Assisted Surgery
BK Medical Introduces Revolutionary Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology (ART) for Prostate Imaging at European Association of Urology Congress
PEABODY, Mass., March 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BK Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (Nasdaq:ALOG), introduced Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology™ (ART™), the industry's first complete ultrasound imaging solution for robotic surgery. This revolutionary technology, which includes the Flex Focus™ 700 Ultrasound System, specialized transducers, and tools designed specifically for robotic-assisted surgery, was introduced at the 20th Annual European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Vienna, March 18-22.
ART is a premium performance ultrasound solution that may benefit surgeons performing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) procedures, and robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN) procedures....read more
Cookeville MDs hope to develop robotics center March 24, 2011
Physicians in Cookeville hope to develop what they call the state's first "robotics center of excellence."
It would bring together five specialties: cardio-thoracic, gynecology, urology, general surgery and E-N-T, or ear-nose and throat. Doctors in those fields are currently being training or plan on being trained on robotics surgery technology.
Doctors hope the robotics center will be operational this year. With a planned multimillion-dollar expansion at the hospital, a room will be solely dedicated for a robot and robotic procedures....read more
Singularity University looks at impact of technology on the future of health and biomedicine Posted: March 23, 2011
(Nanowerk News) - FutureMed, an executive program for physicians, healthcare executives, innovators and investors focused on exploring the impact of rapidly developing technologies on the future of health and biomedicine, is being held May 10-15 at Singularity University on the NASA-Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley.
The five-day intensive FutureMed program includes lectures, workshops and site visits that are led by notable faculty from the fields of medicine, biotechnology and innovation. CME credit is available for clinicians. Faculty for the May program are being announced today.
Long-term study: Robot-assisted prostate surgery is safe March 23, 2011
In the first study of its kind, urologists and biostatisticians at Henry Ford Hospital have found that robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is safe over the long term, with a major complication rate of less than one percent.
The findings, published online this month by the journal European Urology, follow an earlier Henry Ford study that found nearly 87 percent of patients whose cancerous prostates were removed by robot-assisted surgery had no recurrence of the disease after five years.
"We have always felt that robotic surgery for prostate cancer was safe, but there have been no studies that have looked at long-term safety. This is why the Henry Ford study is so important," says Mani Menon, M.D., director of Henry Ford's Vattikuti Urology Institute....continue reading
New surgery society signs four year contract with ICS March 23, 2011
The recently-formed Society of European Robotic Gynecological Surgery has signed a contract with a PCO for four years.
The chosen partner of SERGS is ICS – International Conference Services, Denmark, which will now handle the new association and its upcoming congresses. ICS will develop the association towards a larger membership, increased sponsorship and more participants at its yearly meetings. ICS will also do all the operational work in connection with the congresses, the next one being in September 2011 in Belgium.
ICS managing director Per Ankaer said: “ICS is very happy that SERGS has chosen to work with ICS. ICS has been chosen due to the right combination of risk sharing and a proper business plan along with ICS’ many years of experience. SERGS is a new organisation with many specialists who, a couple of years ago, decided to form their own new association and ICS was the right partner with its innovative approach.”
Titan Medical Inc. Announces Non-Binding Letter of Intent with London Health Sciences Centre for Testing and Evaluation of the Amadeus Robotic Surgical Platform
Titan Medical Inc. Announces Non-Binding Letter of Intent with London Health Sciences Centre for Testing and Evaluation of the Amadeus Robotic Surgical Platform March 23, 2011
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire) Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") (TSX VENTURE:TMD) announced today that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent ("LOI") with London Health Sciences Centre ("LHSC"), located in London, Ontario, Canada, for testing and evaluation of the Company's Amadeus Robotic Surgical Platform.
Under the terms of the letter of intent, LHSC will test and evaluate Titan's surgeon console and its component sub-systems (including vision system, telecommunication system, hand controllers, simulated instrumentation, ergonomic interface) and will provide the Company with detailed reports. This testing and evaluation will take place in conjunction with CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), LHSC's world-leading program for the research, validation and training for emerging medical device technologies.
Dr. Reiza Rayman, President of the Company, commented, "We are excited to have established our first Canadian-based relationship with LHSC as we are nearing the completion of our clinical-grade next generation robotic surgical system. LHSC has pioneering history and leadership in robotic surgery, and we look forward to capitalizing on their expertise in minimally invasive surgery technologies."
Navy and Army Veteran James Davis with Danny Chu, M.D., F.A.C.S. PHOTO: Bobbi Gruner, PAO
Veteran does push-ups just two days after robotic lung surgery March 22, 2011
HOUSTON, TX – Surgeons at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) recently performed a robotic-assisted lung resection to successfully and rapidly treat a 59-year-old Veteran suffering from lung cancer.
A short time ago, Navy and Army Veteran James Davis moved back to Texas and wanted to obtain his police academy recertification so he could find work as a law enforcement canine handler. Two huge obstacles held him back: early-stage lung cancer and a potentially painful, three-month recovery from traditional open surgery.
Four months ago, the DeBakey VA established a Robotic Lung Resection Program, the first of its kind in the South Central VA Health Care Network. Primary surgeons Danny Chu, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate chief of the MEDVAMC Cardiothoracic Surgery Division and also a assistant professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Lorraine Cornwell, M.D., head of the General Thoracic Surgery Section at the MEDVAMC and also an assistant professor of Surgery at BCM, have been extremely pleased with the results.
“We have offered minimally invasive, lung resection surgery using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery since 2009,” said Cornwell. “However, the addition of the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System to these procedures has facilitated the more complex aspects such as the lymph node removal and the dissection around delicate blood vessels.”
In mid-February with the assistance of Cornwell at bedside, Chu removed the portion of Davis’ lung affected by cancer using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.
Davis was discharged home two days later. “I was very impressed with the care at the VA and feel fine,” said Davis. “Two days after leaving the hospital, I was doing regular push-ups for the training.”
“Mr. Davis’ recovery was quite remarkable,” said Chu. “He did not require any intravenous pain medications and quickly resumed not only regular, but rigious physical activity. Short recovery time is a definite advantage of using the minimally invasive technique with robotics.”
Less than a month after surgery, Davis is in the middle of his police academy recertification course.......
Mehran Anvari stands at the threshold of major medical changes that will profoundly affect the lives of people across Ontario, across Canada and perhaps everywhere.
What the Hamilton surgeon, inventor and educator sees from his vantage point is less invasive, more effective, more efficient and equitable care through technology
“I think that medicine has dragged behind,” he says. “I would say in the next five to 10 years, there will be a major revolution in the way people interact with their physicians.”
Within the year, the lab of which he is CEO and scientific director — a partnership of space-robotics giant MDA Corporation, the federal government, St. Joseph’s Healthcare and McMaster University, among others — expects to begin patient testing of a new image-guided robot that could propel the detection and treatment of breast cancer into the modern era, making it more effective and less traumatic.
The platform — called the Image Guided Autonomous Robot, or IGAR, uses more accurate, much smaller and more effective robotic probes in conjunction with far more sensitive scanning techniques to differentiate between benign lumps and cancerous tumours even at a very early stage.
It would retrieve biopsy samples with pinpoint accuracy, analyze them and treat early tumours without open surgeries. The result could be better outcomes and less pain for patients and savings for all by reducing postoperative hospital stays.
Since IGAR has yet to be unveiled, Anvari can’t say much more about it yet, but if the equipment and methods work as planned, he said they could also lend themselves to earlier detection and treatment of cancers in the lungs, liver, kidneys and prostate gland.....read more
Gynecologic Robotic Surgery and Training Programs at Akron General: An Update March 17, 2011
In 2008, Akron General Medical Center received an $850,000 research grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center to study the rate of skill change in surgeons newly trained on the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. The research study, which was the first of its kind, was of utmost importance to the Department of Defense because future national strategic preparedness might involve the ability to perform robotic surgery on short notice, possibly with the patient and the surgeon in different locations. Preliminary results were presented last spring at the World Robotic Gynecology Congress (WRGC) II, in Orlando Florida by Dr. Jenison. A final report will be presented this year at WRGC III.
“Through this research, we measured robotic surgical skill retention, degradation and reacquisition to help advance the body of knowledge in this field and develop better robotic education and training methods,” says Dr. Jenison, Principal Investigator of the study. Leading this research effort was Karen Gil, PhD, Akron General Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research, Department of Ob/Gyn.
Skill degradation was measured on the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and the Mimic dV-Trainer. The Mimic dV-Trainer was customized to simulate tests completed on the da Vinci robot, making it an ideal surrogate for training and testing purposes.
A final objective of the research study was to obtain information on characteristics of surgeons that may contribute to skill degradation including years of surgical experience, surgical specialty, level of laparoscopic experience and baseline level of skill following robotic training. The study was ongoing for one year and helped to establish Akron General as a leading regional robotics training center for gynecology.
“Dr. Jeffrey Zwart helped us to develop one of the first comprehensive robotic surgery training programs for ob/gyn residents in the nation,” says Dr. Jenison. “The curriculum has been accepted for presentation at the 2011 Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO and CREOG).” ...read more
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Robotic Surgery Expert Dr. David Samadi Travels to the Dominican Republic to Raise Awareness About Prostate Cancer Treatment and His SMART Surgery Technique March 16, 2011
International prostate cancer treatment expert, Dr. David Samadi, traveled to the Dominican Republic this week to speak at a conference about his revolutionary, SMART Surgery (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) for prostate cancer surgery.
At the conference, which was held at the Hospital Metropolitano Santiago (HOMS), Dr. Samadi talked about what he called "the operating room of the future" and made a call to the importance of countries and doctors working together "to learn from each other so that we may fight the war against prostate cancer more effectively."
The trip is another step forward in Dr. Samadi's journey to arm nations with the knowledge and skill to make death from prostate cancer a thing of the past.....read more
Minimally Invasive Laser and Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers Spring 2011 Patient Education Classes By Namou Kim, M.D.
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Doctors are treating sleep apnea with a type of robotic surgery typically used to remove cancerous tumors at the back of the throat. Image from MayoClinic.org
How To Beat Sleep Apnea? Cut It Out (Surgically) March 14, 2011
At 32, it just didn't make sense that Daniel Sheiner was exhausted literally from the moment he woke up. "It didn't get any better over the course of the day, and I knew that was not normal," Sheiner says.
A sleep study confirmed Sheiner had one of the worst cases of apnea his doctors had ever seen. After trying a number of different treatments, his doctors finally tried a surgery using robots to treat his stubborn apnea — with positive results.
'Gasping For Breath' According to Erica Thaler, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Sheiner's sleep study found that he woke up about 112 times every hour. That meant Sheiner stopped breathing for at least 10 seconds about two times every minute.
Sleep apnea is a chronic and common sleep disorder. People with this condition stop breathing while sleeping.
Like Sheiner, they often find themselves suddenly and repeatedly gasping for breath during the night. Their airway is clogged, sometimes because their tonsils and tonsilar tissue in the back of their throat are enlarged.
After a number of different treatments proved unsuccesful Thaler suggested a type of robotic surgery currently used to remove cancerous tumors at the back of the throat. Thaler was starting to perform it on sleep apnea patients, to remove tonsils and excess tissue.
"What the robot allows you to do is get into a small, confined space without using hands," Thaler says. "Human hands are huge, and robot hands are tiny, and yet they can do exactly the same thing if you control them remotely." So, about a year ago, Thaler performed surgery on Sheiner, removing both his tonsils and excess tissue.
Sheiner is one of only about a half-dozen patients to have had this robotic surgery for apnea.
The surgery Sheiner had isn't right for everyone according to Rashmi N. Aurora, a sleep specialist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and Chairwoman of the Standards of Practice Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine ....To read complete article Click here
Robotic Surgery Associated With Less Pain Than Laparoscopic Surgery for Endometrial Cancer Posted: March 14, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla -- March 8, 2011 -- The use of robot-assisted laparoscopy is independently associated with significantly less postoperative pain compared with standard laparoscopy in women being treated for endometrial cancer, researchers said here on March 7 at the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) 41st Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.
Mario M. Leitao, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, New York, sought to compare the pain medication use between the 2 procedures after noticing that the women who were treated with the robotic approach appeared to recover more quickly and be in less pain than those treated laparoscopically.
He and his colleagues reviewed the charts of all women who underwent robot-assisted or laparoscopic surgery for endometrial cancer from May 1, 2007, to June 19, 2010, at MSKCC. All women were offered intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV-PCA) as per the MSKCC protocol, where they could control the amount of pain medication they received by pushing a button on the IV-PCA machine....continue reading
Surgery gets more precise with robots March 13, 2011
A week ago in Chennai, media people met a thin young auto driver who had had a major heart surgery a few weeks earlier. The procedure involved replacing both the mitral and aortal valves in his heart, and would normally have left him with a scar that ran all the way down from his chest to his navel, and almost certainly still recuperating. Here he was, however, looking healthy albeit nervous, and showing us a small roughly 5 cm incision scar, and telling us how he was climbing stairs three days after the surgery. How come? It was because he had been operated on robotically.
The person behind the surgery was Dr Ravi Kumar R of the Chennai-based Chettinad Health City (CHC), and it was the first time in the world that a double valve replacement surgery had been attempted using robotics. Earlier, either the mitral or the aortal valve had been replaced using robotics, but this was a first for the simultaneous replacement of both. Robotics began with cardiac procedures in 2000 and has since spread to other fields like urology, gynaecology, and cancer.
Although robotic surgery is fairly widespread in the US, in India it is currently offered in just 4-6 hospitals, including Fortis-Escorts and AIIMS in Delhi, CARE in Pune, and CHC in Chennai.
According to Dr Sudhir Srivastava, CMD of the newly set up Fortis International Centre for Robotic Surgery (ICRS), there are plans to bring the latest robotic surgery procedures to India across the spectrum of heart, lung, urology, gynaecology, head and neck surgeries. Meanwhile, CARE has launched a Centre for Excellence in Minimal Access, and Dr Ravi Kumar says: “With spreading awareness, we could do 30,000 robotic cardiac surgeries a year in CHC alone.”...read more
Surgical robot acquisition increases rate of surgery to treat prostate cancer March 11, 2011
A new study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and Yale School of Medicine shows that when hospitals acquire surgical robotic technology, men in that region are more likely to have prostate cancer surgery. The study, "The Association between Diffusion of the Surgical Robot and Radical Prostatectomy Rates", was published this week in the online edition of the journal Medical Care.
"The use of the surgical robot to treat prostate cancer is an instructive example of an expensive medical technology becoming rapidly adopted without clear proof of its benefit," said Danil V. Makarov, MD, MHS, lead author and assistant professor, Department of Urology at NYU Langone Medical Center and assistant professor of Health Policy at NYU Wagner School of Public Health. "Policymakers must carefully consider what the added-value is of costly new medical devices, because, once approved, they will most certainly be used."
This is the first study determining the impact of surgical robot acquisition on the rate of surgery to treat prostate cancer and concludes that it increases surgical volume....continue reading
Viking's 3DHD System to be a Key Component of Alternative Surgical Robotic System Demonstration At European Association of Urology Annual Meeting March 18-22, 2011 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG), a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, announces that its 3DHD system has been selected as the vision component of an alternative, cost-effective surgical robotic system demonstration that will be featured at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Annual Meeting which will be held in Vienna, March 18-22. Terumo Corporation's Kymerax Articulating Surgical instruments and the ergonomic ETHOS Surgical Platform will also be featured in the alternative, cost-effective surgical robotic system demonstration....read more
Jan des Bouvrie and his wife Monique
Prostate Surgery After Radiation - Successful Salvage Robotic Prostatectomy Performed on Famous Dutch Interior Designer Jan des Bouvrie by Dr. David Samadi March 8, 2011
NEW YORK, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jan des Bouvrie, the renowned Dutch interior designer and host of the famous makeover design show "TV Woonmagazine" is back in Netherlands at his design studio, Het Arsenaal, having had a successful salvage robotic prostate removal procedure done after previous radiation therapies failed to eliminate his prostate cancer. With his life back to normal, he remembers with comfort the care he received from Dr. Samadi and his dedicated surgical team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
It takes a robotic surgery expert like David B. Samadi, M.D. to get the most out of what modern advancements in robotic assisted surgery can offer. Performing a salvage prostatectomy surgery on a patient who has undergone prior radiation therapy for prostate cancer treatment is a risky procedure, a fact that Jan des Bouvrie was well aware of. Very few surgeons are willing and capable of taking on the task. Jan des Bouvrie felt reassured by Dr. Samadi's experience and international notoriety as the best at what he does, with further reassurance coming from the fact that 96% of Dr. Samadi's patients regain continence and 85% regain sexual functions after a robotic prostate cancer removal procedure. A prostate cancer survivor, Jan des Bouvrie, tells his story about his trip to New York City and his experiences with Dr. Samadi.
"My decision to go to New York for a robotic prostatectomy received criticism from several Dutch urologists; however, taking unnecessary chances with a deadly disease like prostate cancer was simply not an option for me. My search for the most experienced surgeon in the world continued pointing towards Dr. Samadi, who has performed over 3,200 successful prostate cancer surgeries. The fact that Dr. Samadi is fellowship trained in open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery also impressed me. Considering the above, I flew out to New York with my wife Monique to have the surgery performed on February 12, 2011." Cured of prostate cancer, the relieved designer is now back at his home in Amsterdam, only 10 days after the operation. "The prostate cancer is gone, and I'm back to the 'drawing board,'" says Jan. For complete story Click here
St. Peter’s opens new cardiac center March 7, 2011
St. Peter’s Health Care Services will unveil its new Cardiac & Vascular Center on March 7.
The Albany hospital said the facilities, part of its new patient care pavilion, are among the most advanced in the nation. They include one of the only 29 “hybrid operating rooms” in the world. This means the room is equipped to handle multiple procedures, both open and minimally invasive, at the same time. Albany Medical Center is the only other area hospital with such a facility.
“It is set up to do procedures we haven’t even developed yet,” said Elmer Streeter, spokesman for St. Peter’s. He said the room contains 12 large, flat screen monitors that will allow a surgeon to view a patient’s angiogram or other images during a procedure.
St. Peter’s cardio-vascular units had been scattered on four floors of the hospital. Now, most surgical, imaging and recovery units will be on the first floor of the patient pavilion. In addition to the “hybrid” room, there are three other dedicated cardio-vascular surgery rooms and four rooms dedicted to robotic surgery....read more
Spartanburg doctor is first in SC to use new robotic procedure March 5, 2011
A Spartanburg surgical oncologist recently became the first doctor in South Carolina to remove early cancerous tumors from the lungs with a minimally invasive technique that dramatically reduces patients' pain levels and recovery times.
The new robotic-assisted technique, already used by doctors in a handful of states, has shown enough promise to begin drawing the interest of surgeons across the state.
Christophe Nguyen, who practices at the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System's Gibbs Cancer Center, had performed minimally invasive thoracic surgeries before implementing the total port-access, robotic-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy.
The technique, made possible by a robotic surgical system, allows Nguyen to gain access to a tumor through several small incisions between the ribs. He then removes the tumor by slightly enlarging one of the incisions....read more
Robotic tool eases weight loss surgery for local patients March 4, 2011
Unlike science fiction movies that are filled with scenes of gigantic robot arms piercing human flesh for some sinister purpose, the surgical team at a hospital in Margate is using a robot system to increase the ease of patient care by adding one procedure at a time.
Surgeons at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida began last month using the da Vinci Surgical System to perform sleeve gastrectomies, cutting down significantly on recovery time and the potential for infection and problems mostly unrelated to the surgery itself.
Dr. Paul Wizman, a bariatric surgeon and medical director of the bariatric program at the hospital, said the robot is a significant step forward in medicine because the da Vinci System is the closest to having actual hands inside of a human body.
Sleeve gastrectomies, unlike total gastric bypass or Lap-Band surgery, involve actually altering the body by removing about two-thirds of the stomach, cutting it from the size of a football to the size of a banana, said Teresa McDill, a Nova Southeastern medical student apprenticing with Wizman....read more
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The Duke of York visits Imperial to witness healthcare innovations March 3, 2011
His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, visited Imperial College London on Wednesday 2 March 2011 to learn about the College’s pioneering healthcare innovations in the UK and internationally. He heard about the College’s international partnerships, visited early-stage companies in the Imperial Incubator and learnt about developing robotic technologies to enhance surgery.
Hosting The Duke of York, the Rector of Imperial College London, Sir Keith O’Nions, explained that the university’s application of its work to industry, commerce and healthcare has been central to its mission since its foundation in 1907.
“Universities carry the weight of many expectations in today’s world. At Imperial all three strands of our mission – education, research and translation – are interwoven and hold equal weight. But arguably it is the translation of our core activities – broadening the reach and impact of our education and research – that brings most value to society. We are proud that The Duke of York is keen to hear about some of the results of that focus for the College.”...continue reading
New ‘frozen smoke’ may improve robotic surgery, energy storage March 1, 2011
A spongy substance that could be mistaken for packing material has the nanotechnology world buzzing.
University of Central Florida Associate Professor Lei Zhai and postdoctoral associate Jianhua Zou have engineered the world’s lightest carbon material in such a way that it could be used to detect pollutants and toxic substances, improve robotic surgery techniques and store energy more efficiently.
The new material belongs to the family of the lightest solid, also known by its technical name of aerogel or its common nickname of “frozen smoke.”
Zhai’s team worked with UCF professors Saiful Khondaker, Sudipta Seal and Quanfang Chen to create multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) aerogel. Carbon nanotubes are so small that thousands fit on a single strand of human hair. And using the nanotubes instead of silica (major material in sand), the foundation for traditional aerogel, increases the materials’ practical use.
For the first time, even the tiniest pressure change can be detected and tracked. Strips of MWCNT aerogel could be used in robotic fingers and hands to make them super sensitive and give them the ability to distinguish between holding a power saw or a scalpel — a distinction necessary for use in surgery....continue reading
Henry Ford Hospital sees improved results for more kidney patients through robotic surgery March 1, 2011
Robotic surgery offers the same or better results than minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures for treating kidney disease, and can potentially help more patients because it is not as difficult for surgeons to learn, according to a new study led by Henry Ford Hospital specialists.
The findings come at a time both when chronic kidney disease is becoming more common, and while occult – or hidden – damage to kidney function has been overlooked in more than a fourth of patients with small kidney tumors, according to earlier studies.
This chronic renal insufficiency – a condition in which damaged kidneys fail to remove enough waste from the bloodstream in the form of urine – has been linked to cardiovascular disease and other illnesses leading to hospitalization and sometimes death.
Standard treatment for small kidney tumors has traditionally been radical nephrectomy – surgical removal of the entire kidney, part of the ureter, the adrenal gland, and some surrounding tissue. But with improvements in 3D imaging scans, surgeons have been able to more precisely locate these tumors, allowing them to remove only the diseased portion of the kidney. The result of such partial nephrectomy has been an overall drop in related cardiovascular problems and death.
Yet, the Henry Ford researchers note, most kidney tumor patients still undergo radical nephrectomy, often because their surgeons haven't mastered advanced laparoscopic – or "keyhole" – surgical techniques.
But, according to the new Henry Ford study, robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) may help solve this. Ford pioneered the use of robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System in place at its Vattikuti Urology Institute.
Lead researcher Dr. Craig Rogers is the Director of Renal Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital and has performed hundreds of robotic kidney surgeries. He performed the first robotic radical nephrectomy in Michigan in which all ports were placed through a single small incision. He said at the time, "I control every movement made by the robotic arms....read more
Conference boosts hospital’s robotic surgery reputation March 1, 2011
Leading experts in ground-breaking field for city prostate cancer meeting.
An international conference for the treatment of prostate cancer by robotic surgery will be held in the Galway Clinic this month with the world’s leading experts in the ground-breaking field set to attend.
The major symposium further cements the Galway clinic’s position as one of the leading centres in Ireland for robotic assisted radical prostatectomy.
There will be live surgery performed by Prof Vipul Patel from the Global Robotic Institute in Florida, who is one of the most experienced robotic radical prostatectomists in the world having performed over 4,000 procedures.
The meeting will explore all aspects of robotic surgery of the prostate gland and discuss the use of robotic surgery in other urological problems such as kidney and bladder cancer.
There will also be a talk about the pathways of training in robotic surgery, while one of the papers will explore how robotic surgery is funded in different healthcare systems throughout the world.
The conference is being convened by Consultant Urologist David Bouchier-Hayes, who is the clinical project leader of the team in the Galway Clinic which introduced robotic prostate surgery to Ireland.
Prostate cancer is an increasing medical problem with a predicted 275% increase in the number of diagnosed cases in Ireland by 2020.
Health First Ball to Benefit Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program Posted: February 8, 2011 Updated: March 1, 2011
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Health First Foundation has announced that the proceeds from this year’s 29th annual benefit ball will fund a “dual console” for the new robotics-assisted surgery system at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
The event will be held Saturday, April 16, in the Clemente Center at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
This year’s ball theme is “An Evening of Modern Art & da Vinci Robotics: Where Art & Medicine Meet.” Guests attending this black-tie affair will enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment aimed at raising funds the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System....read more
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