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Luna Innovations and Intuitive Surgical Extend Relationship
March 28, 2012
Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA) announced today that it will be extending its development work through 2012 under its development and supply agreement with Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISRG), as they work towards the integration of Luna’s shape and position sensing technology into Intuitive’s medical robotic products.
This extension is to the multi-year development and supply agreement the companies entered into in June 2007, under which Luna would supply and license to Intuitive its fiber-optic based shape sensing and position tracking system for use in Intuitive’s products.
Luna has made great leaps in advancing its shape sensing technology and will continue these efforts through 2012 as Luna and Intuitive aim towards commercialization......read more
Intuitive Surgical's Guthart: "The first rule of being disruptive is having people who believe they can change the world"
March 28, 2012
MassDevice discusses innovation, robotic surgery and Silicon Valley culture with Intuitive Surgical CEO Gary Guthart.
Gary Guthart knows a little something about disruptive innovation. The 45-year old CEO of Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) has been working to change the way minimally invasive surgery is performed since his days on the research team at SRI (formerly Stanford Research Institute).
That group of Silicon Valley pioneers helped lay the foundation for the computer-enhanced surgery technology that helped launch the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intuitive. Named head of engineering in his early 30s, Guthart worked his way up the ranks at ISRG under predecessor Lonnie Smith, who took a seat on the board in early 2010 when Guthart took over the corner office.
So far Guthart has delivered, increasing top-line performance 34% in his 1st year and opening up the da Vinci robot for several additional procedures. If the da Vinci truly changes the face of surgery, as the company claims it can, it will likely be under Guthart's watch.
Click here to read the discussion with Gary Gurthart
How can we let medical research funds wither?
March 28, 2012. chicagotribune.com
By Dr. Eric G. Neilson, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Not long ago, a friend of mine was describing his successful surgery to replace an abnormal heart valve. Never seriously hospitalized before, and grateful for a new lease on life, he marveled at modern surgical and medical care. How was all this possible, he asked. My answer was simple. It is the fruit of biomedical research.
The pump oxygenator that kept my friend alive while his heart was stopped, the miracle of modern replacement valves, the selection of the correct blood type to prime his artificial pump during surgery, the availability of blood thinners to keep his blood from clotting on the valve, the use of antibiotics to sterilize his bloodstream during surgery, and the lifesaving care he received for transient arrhythmias in the intensive care unit are all products of decades of investigation.
To whom do we owe such astonishing results that are repeated every day in many other medical settings for treatment of breast cancer, AIDS, diabetes and the miracle of dialysis, just to name a few? We owe it to taxpayers who support government-sponsored research through the National Institutes of Health.....read more
Dr. Samadi’s Prostate Cancer Treatments Popular Among Italian Men
March 27, 2012
The international prostate cancer expert Dr. David Samadi, is currently offering prostate cancer treatments for Italian men.
Dr. Samadi, being introduced in Profumi D'Italia featured his international robotic surgical expertise, and emphasized on robotic capabilities. Dr. Samadi appreciates the excellent visibility and dexterity involved in robotic surgery, which will ultimately result in success, if performed with both skill and proficiency.
Each week, international patients and their families especially from Italy travel to New York, where Dr. Samadi will perform his one and a half hour- robotic prostatectomy surgery. The patients need to spend just a single night at the hospital including the entire surgical procedure as well as post-surgical treatments.
Dr. Samadi's Unique SMART Prostate Surgery has been offered to more than 3,800 prostate cancer patients with less blood loss ensuring rapid recovery.
Some of the outstanding features of Dr. Samadi’s prostatectomy surgery include:
• Restoration of urinary control after prostate surgery in just 2-3 months for over 96% of Dr. Samadi's patients: the adjustments done with the dorsal vein complex ensures post-surgery urinary function.
• Ensuring zero PSA level for 97% of Dr. Samadi's patients who remain prostate cancer-free after surgery.
• Ability to regain 85% of sexual potency in 12-24 months following prostate cancer surgery.
Former Vice President Richard B. Cheney doing ‘exceedingly well’ after heart transplant
Posted: March 27, 2012
Cheney, 71, had the operation at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, where surgeons had implanted a battery-powered “left-ventricular assist device” (LVAD) in 2010.
“He’s doing terrific,” said Jonathan Reiner, Cheney’s longtime cardiologist at George Washington University Hospital, which does not have a transplant program. Reiner said he saw the former vice president Sunday morning and “he joked with me. He was doing exceedingly well.”
The transplantation is the latest chapter in the semi-public chronicling of Cheney’s life with coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
Cheney’s chance of surviving for years with a good quality of life is high, although his predicted longevity depends on how one looks at his medical history.
For example, according to data compiled by the Texas-based International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation, about 60 percent of people age 70 and over at the time of their heart transplant live at least six years. About 80 percent of people getting transplants because of heart damage caused by coronary disease survive that long. About 70 percent of people who have the kind of mechanical device Cheney did — a continuous-flow LVAD — survive at least six years after they get a new heart. (The data describe the experience of people who got surgery from 2002 to 2009).....read more
MUHS and Persistent Systems, Hosts National Consultation for Promoting Research in Instrumentation and Robotics for Surgery
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik, along with Persistent Systems Ltd (PSYS) the leader in outsourced software product development services Company and Precision Automation & Robotics India Ltd. today announced that they are hosting a two days exclusive conference for Promoting Research in Instrumentation & Robotics for Surgery.
The two day conference will be held at Persistent Systems, Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune office on April 07 and 08, 2012.
The consultation will bring together a multi-disciplinary community of eminent surgeons, physicians, engineers and computer scientists to discuss latest advances in the field of surgical robotics and medical instrumentation. The sessions will emphasize on promoting collaborative research in this field and will also brainstorm regarding India's preparedness for building indigenous surgical instrumentation and robots.
Some of the key speakers attending the consultation are Dr. Ramakant Panda (Asian Heart Institute and Research Centre, Mumbai), Dr. Hemant Bhansali (Consultant Laparoscopic & Thoracoscopic Surgeon), Mr. Imran Shaikh (LENITZ Medical Solutions Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Nandkumar S (Perfint Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.), Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar (Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute), Dr. Kavi Arya (IIT, Bombay), Dr. M. Manivannan (IIT, Madras) and many more.
The full name of the new device is the Kymerax precision-drive articulating surgical system.
Robotic Prostate Surgery using the Kymerax robotic system first of it's kind in Britain.
Stuart Ellis, 52, a cancer patient in Britain is having his prostate removed by surgeons using the Kymerax robotic system, a hand-held robot, developed by the Japaneese Terumo corporation, the first procedure of its kind in the country.
The hospital says the robotic device allows surgeons to combine the touch and feel of traditional surgery with the greater accuracy and dexterity of articulating instruments.
While being used for prostate surgery, surgeons can also use the device for gynaecology, urology and gastrointestinal surgery.
Neil Oakley, the leading urology surgeon at Stepping Hill, who is undertaking the operation, said: "Our team is very excited about this latest technology and it's an honour to be the first in Britain to carry out a prostatectomy using this device. "It's the fusion of maintaining the feel and touch during an operation with the greater robotic articulation that makes it so special.
The robot is said to be more flexible than the human wrist
The device is more flexible than the human wrist and it is claimed allows more precise stitching, which aids post-operation recovery. The tip of the robot is able to move in many directions unlike more traditional rigid keyhole surgery instruments.
Oakley said, "This robot can do things not physically possibly with a human wrist and gives you the best of both worlds."
Mr Ellis, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month, said: "Being told you've been diagnosed with cancer is not a pleasant experience, but it's good to know something positive for other people is coming out of this.
"This illness seems to have affected so many close family and friends, it's great to feel involved in the fight back, in however small a way. If this means other cancer patients in the future can get quicker treatment with the most advanced technology, then I'm proud to be part of it."
The robotic instrument is said to cost around 95% less than larger devices currently used to perform keyhole surgery - each costing about £1.8m.
Blue Belt Technologies to Showcase Navio PFS System at CAOS UK 2012 Conference in Glasgow, UK
March 22, 2012
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing the next generation of "smart" surgical instruments providing precise robotic control for use initially in orthopedic procedures and then for other surgical specialties including neurosurgery, spinal and otolaryngology ("NET"), announced today the recently CE Marked* Navio PFS System for partial knee replacements will be featured at the Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery (CAOS) UK conference being held on April 19-20, 2012 at the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Center in Glasgow, UK. The company is looking forward to demonstrating their exciting new technology that brings together the next generation in robotic precision with a powerful intra-operative planning, navigation and visualization software suite.
"A new wave of computer assisted instruments for orthopaedic surgery has arrived. Navio PFS is one of the greatest new tools we look forward to using in the operating room," said Mr. Fred Picard M.D., organizing faculty member of the CAOS UK conference. Throughout the meeting, Blue Belt personnel will be providing hands-on demonstrations of the new technology for the partial knee replacement application.
* The Navio PFS system is not currently available for sale or distribution within the United States and has not been approved by the U.S. FDA.
AT&T has given $1 million in seed money to the MD Anderson telesurgery program.
AT&T seeds MD Anderson telesurgery program with $1M
March 22, 2012
Dallas-based AT&T Inc. has contributed $1 million to seed a telesurgery program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
AT&T’s contribution will help MD Anderson launch a five-year plan to extend its specialized surgical expertise to rural and underserved communities in Texas, build new collaborations and develop mentoring programs that advance cancer surgery.MD Anderson is one of the first cancer centers in the nation to explore the evolving field of telesurgery.
The contribution was announced today at DeBakey High School for Health Professions in Houston and The Woodlands High School, which are participating in the AT&T/Junior Achievement Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative. The students shadowed surgeons at MD Anderson, saw robotic surgery technologies and learned how robotics have changed surgery in the past decade.
As with telemedicine, which uses advanced communication technology to allow physicians in locations around the globe to exchange clinical information and discuss patient care, telesurgery will link a surgeon performing a procedure with another surgeon to coach, observe or teach from a distance. Using cameras connected to robotic surgical instruments, both sets of surgeons will work through the cancer surgery....read more
Southmead Hospital first to use robot to create new bladder for patient
March 21, 2012
A BRISTOL hospital has become the first in the UK to use a robot to create a new bladder for a cancer patient.Urologists at Southmead Hospital used their surgical robot to turn part of the small bowel into a new bladder.
The keyhole procedure was carried out inside the body, starting with the removal of the disease-affected bladder. The whole operation took just over five hours and the patient has recovered well.
The bowel removal and reconstruction, known as a radical cystectomy and neo-bladder is now being carried out at Southmead Hospital by consultants Edward Rowe and Anthony Koupparis.
They learnt how to carry out the procedure, which involves creating a cylinder from tissue from the small bowel and attaching it to the tubes from the kidney and the urethra so they can pass urine normally, by watching a case in Coppenhagen - one of only two other places in Europe currently carrying out the procedure....read more
USMD Hospital at Arlington Surgeons Among First to Perform Single-Site Robotic Surgery
March 21, 2012
Augustus Lyons, MD, a general surgeon at USMD Hospital at Arlington, is among the very first surgeons in the United States to perform a robotic-assisted cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) using a single incision through the belly button. The first single site procedure done in Tarrant County, and only the second in the DFW area, was done on March 20 at USMD Hospital at Arlington.
USMD Hospital at Arlington is one of only two hospitals in the DFW area to offer this groundbreaking surgery made possible through a new FDA-approved single-site advancement to the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.
Each year, about one million people in the United States undergo gallbladder removal surgery. Of that number, 40% of these patients are women, ages 18 to 44. Thanks to the latest breakthrough in robotic-assisted surgery, patients can now have their gallbladder removed in about the same amount of time as a lunch break, and be home in time for dinner with minimal discomfort and potentially no visible scar.
In December of 2011 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. received FDA-approval on the new operating platform for the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System specifically for cholecystectomy procedures. The system enables surgeons to reduce the traditional 4 to 6 incisions to one incision that is less than an inch in length....read more
SAGES 2012 roundup: Audience sees more hope than hype for robotics
March 20, 2012
By: Charlotte Tsui
As in years past, SAGES organized a debate around robotic surgery at this year’s conference. The debate, titled "Robotics: Hope or Hype?", was made up of two “pro” surgeons (Dr. Mark Talamini of UC San Diego and Dr. Richard Satava of University of Washington) and two “con” surgeons (Dr. Nathaniel Soper of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Dr. W. Scott Melvin of Ohio State University ). Each physician was provided eight to 10 minutes each to justify their position, and the four treatises were promptly followed by an open-forum question-and-answer session.
Robotics—a widely debated topic—can quickly evoke strong opinions, as well as mixed feelings. The rise of robotics has been stepwise: its first ascent can be traced to urology (where robotics has found widespread use for prostatectomy), then gynecology (specifically, hysterectomy), and now, general surgery, where one of the more discussed applications is colorectal surgery.....continue reading
Is There Sex After Prostate Cancer?
March 20, 2012. By David Samadi MD & Marc Siegel MD. Source: forbes.com
A man who is about to have his cancerous prostate removed is a man focused on one extremely important question. Will he ever be able to have sex again?You might think that the answer is one of statistics, of finite probabilities, of precise science. But it isn’t.The answer is as much about the art of medicine as it is about the science.
The answer is about who performs the surgery, what technique they use, and how experienced they are in doing it. What is the exact surgical approach and what results have they had? For all the discussion recently about one treatment or surgery being more cost effective than another, when it comes to the prostate the reality for a man is not about cost at all, it’s about that ability to achieve an erection.
It is undeniable that the Davinci robot (where the surgeon sits at a computer and operates robot arms) enables him to expose the prostate with a smaller incision, to remove it with little or no blood loss. But operating a fine instrument like the Davinci is like driving a Lamborghini, unless you know what you are doing, you might be better off with a simpler machine.
When it comes to enabling a man to retain or recover the ability to have sex, the main problem is that the prostate is encased in nerves that stimulate the penis to become erect. Previous nerve-sparing techniques were revolutionary in their time, and they were sometimes successful, but it is literally like waving a knife in the dark and hoping to avoid nicking a crucial nerve with it. Even the most experienced surgeon is not always successful.
The SMART technique, Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique, offers an advantage that has led to a very high success rate at male potency. SMART’s goal is to take the prostate from the nerves rather than trying to dissect the nerves from the prostate.....continue reading
Carlisle woman undergoes world's first robotic ALIF spine surgery
March 16, 2012
A Carlisle woman and her physicians at PinnacleHealth hospital in Harrisburg made history this week for being the first in the world to perform a robotic-assisted Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion surgery.
Surgeons used the da Vinci Si Surgical System, a device already used in a number of different types of surgeries but none involving the spine. The system allows surgeons to see the inside of the body on a three-dimensional plane, providing multi-angle views.
ALIF is a common surgery for various conditions, such as degenerative disc disease. The surgery stabilizes the anterior lumbar (lower) spine by fusing the bones together permanently, either with a bone graft or an implantable cage. The new robotic approach to ALIF surgery offers a minimally invasive alternative to the traditional surgery, which typically involves a longer hospital stay and more blood loss.
“Instead of approaching the spine through a relatively large abdominal incision, we were able to use the da Vinci robot to expose the spine and then use its better imaging capabilities to replace the disc."......read more
Juan Fernandez, who died after robot-assisted surgery. (Handout / March 15, 2012)
U. of I. will pay $6 million in man's death after robotic surgery
University of Illinois trustees have agreed to pay $6 million of the $7.6 million awarded to the family of a man who died in 2007 after a robotic surgery at the university's Chicago hospital.
Juan Fernandez of Chicago died in February 2007 of complications following the procedure to remove his spleen performed at the University of Illinois Medical Center.
A lawsuit filed by his family claimed hospital staff failed to find and treat an injury that occurred during the surgery in time to save Fernandez.
According to court testimony earlier this year, the surgery was the first the surgeon had performed using the robotic equipment.
Trustees voted Thursday at their regular meeting to approve the settlement.
Florida Hospital acquires robotic Renaissance system March 12, 2012 Mazor Robotics announced that Florida Hospital has purchased a Renaissance system. Renaissance is Mazor Robotics’ next generation surgical guidance system for spine procedures. The system will be installed at Celebration Health hospital, part of the Florida Hospital system. Nizam Razack will be the first surgeon in Florida to perform cases with the Renaissance. His first cases are scheduled for mid-March. Florida Hospital, comprised of 7 hospitals across Central Florida, treats more patients than any other hospital in the USA and is a member of Adventist Health System. Adventist Health System operates 43 hospitals in ten states making it the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care system in the United States. Home to Florida Hospital’s Global Robotics Institute and Nicholson Center, Celebration Health is an international destination for patients seeking advanced medical treatment as well as for physicians who wish to be trained on state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques. Celebration Health played a leadership role in the broad adoption of surgical robotics in urology and gynecology...read more
Jupiter Medical Center hosts first annual Previvor Conference
Posted: March 10, 2012
The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at Jupiter Medical Center invites the public to its first annual Previvor Conference, Saturday, March 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Admiral’s Cove Clubhouse, located at 200 Admiral’s Cove Blvd in Jupiter.
A previvor is an individual with a predisposition to cancer, but who hasn’t had the disease. Previvors include people who carry a hereditary mutation (BRCA), a family history of cancer, or some other predisposing factor. BRCA mutations have been found in people of every ethnicity. People of Eastern European Jewish Ancestry have the highest known incidence of BRCA mutations and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Anyone with family history of cancer or predisposing factors should be informed.
The physician panel of experts at the Previvor Conference include David Lickstein, M.D., Board Certified, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon; Gene Manko, M.D., Board Certified, Gynecologist & Fertility Specialist; Elisabeth McKeen, M.D., FACP, Board Certified, Medical Oncologist and John A.P. Rimmer, M.D., FACS, FRCS, Board Certified, General Surgeon & Breast Specialist.
This education seminar about hereditary cancer risks is free with breakfast and lunch provided.
To register please visit jupiterbreastcare.com or call 561-427-0172. Seating is limited and registration is required for entry into Admiral’s Cove.
Prostate Cancer Inspires Veteran to Publish Wisdom Book
March 9, 2012. Source: PRWeb
Army veteran and retiree, Lt. Colonel Joseph Weinstein, aka Bob, fitness trainer, author and president of the Health Colonel Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, published his new book, 60 Wisdoms and Some Dumb Things, after Dr. David Taub, of Holy Cross Hospital successfully removed aggressive prostate cancer with da Vinci robotic surgery in January 2012.
Colonel Weinstein had just celebrated his sixtieth birthday when, in the fall of 2011 his wife, Grit, came down with what appeared to be the flu and so he accompanied her to the Holy Cross Medical Group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and saw Dr. Kassandra Bosire.
While there, he decided to get a routine blood test with a PSA test to determine if there may be indicators of health issues with the prostate. The results came back with an extremely elevated PSA value. A second test confirmed the elevated PSA. Dr. Bosire then referred him to Dr. Taub for further examination.
Dr. Taub performed a biopsy and diagnosed him with aggressive prostate cancer and recommended complete removal of the prostate. Dr. David Shrivastava of the Cleveland Clinic confirmed that complete removal of the prostate was the best solution. On January 17, 2012 the cancerous prostate was successfully removed using da Vinci robotic surgery.
60 Wisdoms and Some Dumb Things recaps some of the life lessons Colonel Weinstein has learned and is still in the process of learning. “How we treat each other and our attitude both rank very high.” His new book is available everywhere books are sold in print and as eBook.
Beaumont first to perform new robotic surgery for testicular cancer
posted: March 9, 2012
ROYAL OAK — A surgical team at Beaumont Hospital performed Michigan’s first robotic-assisted nerve sparing retroperitoneal lymphadenctomy for testicular cancer.
The procedure was led by urologist Sanjeev Kaul, M.D., a robotic surgical specialist, who said the medical team is pleased with the outcome.
“We removed all the lymph nodes in the abdomen while protecting the patient’s nerves,” Dr. Kaul said, adding that nerve function is critical for ejaculation and overall sexual health.
Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, or RPLND, is considered to be one of the most difficult operations in urology. A traditional open surgery for testicular cancer requires a large abdominal incision with a hospital stay of seven to 10 days and a recovery of two to three months. The robotic procedures require five small incisions or ports with a hospital stay of two days.
Dr. Kaul said only two other medical centers in the United States have reported robotic-assisted nerve sparing surgeries for testicular cancer -- one in Los Angeles and the other in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ohio State Surgeons Pioneer Removal Of Skull-Based Tumors Through The Nose And Mouth
March 6, 2012
Surgeons at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC– James) Cranial Base Center have developed a minimally invasive technique to reach and remove skull-based tumors through the nose or mouth, sparing patients from considerable pain from traditional open surgery, and allowing for a quicker recovery.
The procedure combines endoscopic endonasal surgery with minimally invasive robotic surgery to treat many tumors that are difficult to reach, including those considered to be inoperable. The endoscopic endonasal approach is a minimally invasive skull base technique that gives surgeons access to the base of the skull, intracranial cavity and top of the spine by operating through the nose and paranasal sinuses.
“Under normal circumstances, a patient’s face would be cut open or even peeled back to reach such a tumor,” said Dr. Daniel M. Prevedello, director of Ohio State’s Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery Program.
Prevedello is one of only a few neurosurgeons worldwide trained to conduct the endoscopic endonasal procedure.
Using tiny surgical instruments, a brain surgeon and an ear-nose-and-throat surgeon work through both nostrils while using the robot through the mouth. High-definition cameras and high-tech equipment similar to a GPS map of the brain allow them to find and remove tumors – all through the patient’s nose and mouth.
The surgical team has successfully performed the combined techniques to treat two patients with different types of tumors......complete article
Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Creates Initiative to Improve Patient Care
March 6, 2012
Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Expands Across Texas to Enhance the Delivery of Care in da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center announced today that it has partnered with three Texas hospitals to create an initiative to help improve patient care and enhance the delivery of care in da Vinci robotic surgery. As part of the initiative, Medical City in Dallas, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital in San Antonio and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare in El Paso will be affiliates of the Austin-based Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery in the delivery of da Vinci surgical services.
These Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery affiliates will now be part of the collaborative performance enhancement initiative led by the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center. This partnership is a first-in-the-world initiative that creates a collective capability among member hospitals aimed at improving the care delivered to patients, as well as enhancing best practices of surgeons and hospital team members involved in the delivery of da Vinci surgical services.....read more
Is Robotics the Future of Vitreoretional Surgery?
March 5, 2012
In conventional vitreoretinal surgery, surgeons create two insertion points in the eye to insert trocars. Surgical instruments are then inserted through the trocars to reach the target area. Because vitreoretinal surgeons work on very small and delicate tissues such as the macula or retinal veins, achieving high accuracy and precision in this surgery is very difficult to achieve due to the poor maneuverability of surgical instruments, surgeons’ hand tremors, and limited visual information.
In the January 2012 issue of the International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Japanese researchers from the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, reported on the results of their study to develop a microsurgical robot for vitreoretinal surgery. The goal was to demonstrate that robotics may improve vitreoretinal surgery by steadying hand motion, thereby reducing negative outcomes.
The device consisted of a slave manipulator with a tool change mechanism for switching surgical instruments. The slave manipulator is controlled by the surgeon using a master manipulator consisting of multiple joints.
The robotic system was used by a surgeon to successfully perform microcannulation on a pig’s eye....read more
Robotic surgeries costlier but safer, study finds
March 5, 2012
Patients who have robot-assisted surgeries on their kidneys or prostate have shorter hospital stays and a lower risk of having a blood transfusion or dying -- but the bill is significantly higher, a study found.
The analysis, which appeared in the Journal of Urology, compared increasingly common robotic surgery with two other techniques for the same surgery and found that direct costs can be up to several thousand dollars higher for the robotic type.
Touted as less invasive and more efficient, robotic surgeries typically use a laparoscopic or "keyhold surgery" approach, in which tools and a tiny video camera are inserted into the body through one or two small incisions. Robotic surgery replaces a surgeon's hands with ultra-precise tools at the ends of mechanical arms, all operated by the surgeon from a console.
"I think the take home message is that robotic (surgery), looking at our study, had certain beneficial outcomes compared to open and laparoscopic procedures," said study leader Jim Hu at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.....read more
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSHRC) in Jeddah is organizing in collaboration with the Royal Irish College of Surgeons a three-day medical conference in Jeddah starting Monday, March 5th.
The conference, under the aegis of Executive Supervisor General of the KFSHRC General Foundation Qassim Al-Qasbi, will discuss the latest developments in surgical techniques and education. Eminent surgeons from European and Arab countries will participate in the event.
The conference will discuss 50 research papers covering future of keyhole surgery and its impact on surgical training, planning surgical training programs to suit the requirements of patients and the latest developments and techniques of surgeries involving the esophagus, liver, bile duct, pancreas, colon, intestines and rectum.
The conference will also discuss:
• The use of robots in surgery and its impact on the surgeon and patient
• Examine controversial topics including fat removal techniques
• Anesthetists will discuss the latest developments in their field and ways to minimize pain in post surgical states.
• Breast tumor surgery, laparoscopy in organ transplants, organ transplants in liver and bile duct cancer.
The conference will also feature a speech by Ahmad Al-Hassan on the impact of the Internet and other media on the cognitive functions of brain in multi-language speakers.
All are invited to attend the lecture on March 5th at 7 p.m. at Firouse Hall at the Meridian Hotel.
Dual Radiation Targeting System
Posred: March 4, 2012
A UB medical student and professor collaborated to invent a technology that today is used worldwide to increase surgical accuracy while reducing radiation exposure in the operating room.
In years past, accurate percutaneous placement of rods and screws in bone was a common problem for orthopedic surgeons, as was the risk of excessive radiation exposure to patient and surgeon during such image-guided procedures.
The solution to this set of problems was found at the point of a laser beam by Michael K. Landi, MD, while he was a medical student at UB in the early 1990s, and Robert Lifeso, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics.
Their invention, called the DRTS™ Platform (Dual Radiation Targeting System), is a laser targeting system for fluoroscopically guided procedures. It allows the surgeon to use a fluoroscope to visualize and locate a deep structure, turn off the X-ray radiation, and still have accurate guidance and position information to complete the procedure. In addition to increasing surgical accuracy, the system significantly reduces time in the operating room, as well as radiation exposure for operating room personnel and patients.....read more
Can you build a human body?
March 2, 2012
Technology has always strived to match the incredible sophistication of the human body. Now electronics and hi-tech materials are replacing whole limbs and organs in a merger of machine and man.
Later this year a team of researchers will try out the first bionic eye implant in the UK hoping to help a blind patient see for the first time. It is one of the extraordinary medical breakthroughs in the field, which are extending life by years and providing near-natural movement for those who have lost limbs.
Over the coming weeks, BBC news will explore the field of bionics in a series of features. We start with a selection of the latest scientific developments.
The Bionic Bodies series on the BBC News website will be looking at how bionics can transform people's lives.
Robotic surgery proves successful, less invasive way to treat HPV-related oral cancer
Posted: March 2, 2012
Over the past few decades, doctors have noted a surprising trend in cancer of the tonsils and base of the tongue. Though oral cancer previously appeared predominantly in elderly patients with a history of tobacco and alcohol use, it's increasing in younger patients: 30- to 50-year-old nonsmokers with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Fortunately, the newer form of cancer tends to be less aggressive, and the latest approach to treating the tumors can avoid the debilitating consequences of open neck surgery or extensive radiation.
Robotic surgery conducted through patients' mouths provides excellent results in removing squamous cell carcinoma at the back of the throat, especially in patients with HPV, a Mayo Clinic study published in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings found......read more
Dr. Eric Moore, a head and neck surgeon at Mayo Clinic and the studies lead author, provides an overview of the study and it's findings.
ASA 132nd Annual Meeting. April 26 - 28, 2012
American Surgical Association 132 Annual Meeting Posted: March 1, 2012
Date: April 26-28, 2012 Location: Fairmont San Francisco San Francisco, CA
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