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Fund Raising Program to Build Theatres for Performing Robotic-Assisted Surgery May 31, 2011
The North-east's urological cancer charity (UCAN) is planning to raise funds worth £2.5million by launching the ‘Transform Today’s Surgery with Tomorrow’s Technology’ campaign to introduce advanced technologies for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS).
The funds will be utilized to construct a theatre suite at ARI that will feature two in-built operating theatres capable of carrying out robotic-assisted surgeries. The human surgeon can vary a few parameters such as patient’s position, lighting, and temperature in these theatres.....read more
With HPV-Related Head and Neck Cancers Rising, Focus on Treatment and Vaccination May 31, 2011
A form of head and neck cancer associated with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus is on the rise, especially in men, the WSJ reports. Fast-rising rates of oropharyngeal cancer — tumors in the tonsil and back-of-the-tongue area — have been linked to changes in sexual behavior that include the increased practice of oral sex and a greater number of sexual partners.
But HPV-positive cancer has also been reported in individuals who report few or no sexual partners. It may also be possible for the virus to be transmitted to an infant via an infected mother’s birth canal. An HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for girls because the virus can cause cervical cancer.
The rise in HPV-positive head and neck cancers is leading to a new focus both on treatment of the disease, and whether recommending routine vaccination for boys could prevent oral infections and cancers. (A CDC advisory panel said in 2009 that it was fine for boys to get the vaccine, but recommended against routine administration.)
Eric Genden, chief of head and neck oncology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, tells the Health Blog that when treated appropriately, patients with HPV-positive cancers have an 85% to 90% disease-free survival rate over five years. By contrast, patients with HPV-negative head and neck cancers, which are often associated with smoking and drinking, typically have more advanced disease when the cancer is detected and face a five-year survival rate of only 25% to 40%.
HPV-induced head and neck cancer responds well to almost all forms of cancer therapy including surgery, external beam radiotherapy and chemotherapy. At Mount Sinai, the use of robotic surgery and radiation –with no chemotherapy required — resulted in three-year survival rates of 90% and significantly improved quality of life for patients, its studies show. Robotic surgery is less invasive than non-robotic tumor surgeries, minimizing complications and recover time.
Media Advisory: Learn About UB's New Downtown Research Facility and Much More at UB Partners Day May 31, 2011 University at Buffalo news release
Annual event to feature workshops, awards luncheon, and keynote address by head of Empire State Development
The event, which takes place on Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center will showcase many highlights one of which being the announcements of the Partners Day Honorees among whom will be:
Thenkurussi "Kesh" Kesavadas, PhD, UB professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Khurshid A. Guru, MD, director of robotic surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and UB clinical assistant professor of urology, who will receive the UB Faculty Entrepreneur Award.
The researchers co-founded Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, a pioneer in the development of robot-assisted surgical simulators designed to reduce surgical error and make robot-assisted surgical education economically feasible....read about full day event
From The American College of Surgeons; Surgery News May 2011
• Minimally Invasive Procedure Tames Severe C. difficile • Pancreatic Resection Achieved Robotically and more...
Twins Sandy and Jim Presly
Twins Sandy and Jim Presly win cancer battle after being diagnosed with deadly disease on the same day May 27, 2011
IDENTICAL twins who have shared a string of the same ailments told how they discovered on the same day that they were suffering from cancer. Both are now free of the disease but their experiences of treatment could not have been more different.
When Sandy and Jim Presly, 62, were diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, Sandy had advanced robot-assisted surgery and was well again in days. But Jim took six months to get back to full health after going under the surgeon's knife in a routine operation.
They told of their battles as UCAN, the Urological Cancer Charity, launched a £2.5 million bid to bring Scotland's first robot-assisted surgery unit to Aberdeen.
Sandy said yesterday: "Whatever happens to me, I know that, sooner or later, it's going to happen to Jim. "When he was diagnosed, I knew there was a strong possibility I had it too." Jim called his brother as soon as his doctor delivered the news and Sandy was diagnosed a short time later.
Jim was in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for four days for his operation and medics had to recycle three-and-a-half pints of his blood during the procedure.
Sandy, who now lives in Cambridge, was in the hospital in England for 48 hours and felt fully recovered within a week. He said: "There was no pain. Jim needed morphine but there wasn't even a thought of that with me. "It would have been nice if my brother could have had the same. There was just no comparison."
Jim, who lives in Methlick, said: "I have tremendous admiration for the surgeons and I imagine I had the best skills I could get. But it's a crying shame that people in Scotland don't have the robotic facility available to them."
Ucan yesterday launched the campaign to raise the cash to bring the technology to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.....continue reading
Eastside Medical Center first in Atlanta market to acquire the newest technology in robotic surgery Posted: May 26, 2011
State-of-the-art da Vinci SI and Skills Simulator Offers Major Advancement in Minimally-Invasive Surgery Platform
Eastside Medical Center is the first healthcare facility to receive the da Vinci SI in Gwinnett County and the first facility in the Atlanta market to acquire the da Vinci Skills Simulator, offering the most advanced and state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology to patients today.
“We are excited to offer this technology to our patients,” says CEO, Kim Ryan. “This significant advancement in our robotic-surgery platform will bring unparalleled skill to our operating rooms, leading to superior clinical outcomes and a higher degree of patient satisfaction.”
The da Vinci Skills Simulator, which just became available in January, is a state-of-the-art computer that addresses the need for a realistic training environment for robot-assisted surgery. This new training technology can be thought of as a flight simulator for surgeons, with close approximation of the “touch and feel” of the actual da Vinci robotic surgical system. The device offers a variety of exercises designed to give surgeons the opportunity to gain extensive training in robotic techniques.
Lancaster Regional advances robotic surgery system May 25, 2011
Lancaster Regional Medical Center recently invested more than $1 million to upgrade its da Vinci robotic surgery system, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The new da Vinci SI system boasts enhanced 3-D capability and an optional dual console that allows a second surgeon to provide assistance. New ergonomic settings and a simplified user interface also have been added for greater surgeon comfort and to enhance operating room efficiency, according to Lancaster Regional.
"This acquisition complements LRMC's dual goals of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients and providing our community access to the latest advancements in surgical technology," Bob Moore, the hospital's chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Since the new system went live April 25, it has been used for 34 procedures, said Danielle Gilmore, director of marketing....read more
The Australian invention helps the heart to function by taking the hard work out of beating.
Aussie heart booster trials a success May 22, 2011
AN Australian invention that "turbo boosts" each heartbeat to overcome cardiac failure is expected to soon return home after successful results from the first human trials in the US.
The C-Pulse has been billed as a low-risk and cost-effective way of improving heart function, reducing hospital admissions and heart transplants for more than a million Australians with heart failure.
Unlike an artificial heart machine or heart transplant, the C-Pulse helps the heart to function - rather than replacing it - by taking the hard work out of beating.
The heart machine, manufactured by Sunshine Heart, has been implanted in 20 people in a US feasibility study.
It is yet to be approved in Australia, but inventor, Dr. William Peters, a former Melbourne heart surgeon who started work on the product in 1999, said it was hoped the device would be aimed at patients with class III moderate-to-severe heart failure in Australia early next year....read more
Crouse Hospital to Test Titan Medical Surgical Robotic Platform May 20, 2011
Titan Medical and Crouse Hospital have entered into a non-obligatory memorandum of understanding (MOU). Crouse Hospital is a 506 bed critical care hospital situated in Syracuse, NY, which has agreed to test and analyze the Titan Medical’s Amadeus, the next generation surgical robotic platform and provide comprehensive feedback reports.
Crouse Hospitals, located in Central New York provides maternity care services and specializes in neo-natal intensive care. The hospital also has two surgery facilities specializing in ambulatory surgery programs. Titan Medical specializes in the manufacture of robotic surgical technologies and has developed the Amadeus robot that would enable surgeons to use surgical instruments from a remote location....read more
Medical technology to be demonstrated Posted: May 20, 2011
Bartlesville area residents will have a hands-on opportunity to experience breakthrough medical technology at the Washington Park Mall this weekend.
From noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the public is invited to join Dr. Michael Glass, one the state’s leading robotic surgeons, to view demonstrations and gain information on the da Vinci Si HD Robotic Surgery System.
According to Leslie Buford, community relations director at OU Medical Center in Edmond, individuals interested in robotic surgeries will be able to “play” with the state-of-the-art da Vinci brand robot. “They are able to control the robot and see how it operates,” said Buford. “A lot of kids who try it have a better time controlling it, since they’re used to playing video games.”...read more
Lei Zhai, associate professor with joint appointments in UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry. Photo: Jason Greene
'Frozen Smoke' Research Up for Global Award May 19, 2011
A UCF scientist specializing in nanotechnology has earned a national award and is a contender for a new kind of 'Nobel Prize' for sustainability. Lei Zhai, an associate professor with joint appointments in UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center and Chemistry, has been nominated for a Katerva Award.
The award is described as an open-source 'Nobel Prize.' Organizers, which include experts in a variety of fields, scour the world looking for cutting edge research that is creative and offers potential solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.
Zhai’s Frozen Smoke project, which received international media coverage, fits the bill. His work infuses carbon nanotubes into the world's lightest carbon material. The results could lead to advances in robotic surgery, detection of pollutants and even increased battery capacity....read more
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Research Presented At American Urological Association Meeting May 18, 2011
Among those presenting at this year's American Urological Association meeting are physician-scientists from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The meeting has been taking place May 14-19, at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Former astronaut Dave Williams is Southlake Regional Health Centre's new CEO
Former astronaut new Southlake CEO May 18, 2011
A former astronaut is taking the helm at Southlake Regional Health Centre.
McMaster University professor of surgery Dr. Dave Williams, who also worked with research and development in the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics and has logged more than 687 hours in space, is the new president and CEO of Southlake.
“I really enjoyed my time at McMaster and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, helping stretch the boundaries of opportunity in robotic surgery,” Dr. Williams said. “I am now looking forward to a new frontier with the Southlake Regional Health Centre and its patients in Newmarket.”...read more
Titan Medical Inc. Appoints Dr. Carlo Camargo Passerotti to Its Medical Advisory Board May 18, 2011
(Marketwire) - Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") (TSX VENTURE: TMD) announced today that Dr. Carlo Camargo Passerotti, M.D., PhD was appointed to the Company's Medical Advisory Board.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Passerotti as the first international member on our renowned group of medical advisors," said Dr. Reiza Rayman, President of Titan Medical Inc. "His presence and expertise will considerably expand our future global clinical activities and add an important international perspective, mainly in South America, to our team."
"I am pleased to join Titan Medical's Advisory Board," said Dr. Passerotti. "Titan's novel robotic surgery platform sets out to overcome the shortfalls experienced with robotic surgery devices currently being used in surgery. This is an exciting period in the company's phase of growth and I look forward to assisting in both the technology and clinical development of Amadeus and to positioning it for success in the clinic."
Dr. Carlo Camargo Passerotti currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Urology at the Sao Paulo State University, the Director of Robotic Surgery at the Hospital Alemao Oswaldo Cruz, and the Director of Research in Urology, 9 of July University, Sao Paulo Brazil. Dr. Passerotti earned both his M.D. and PhD at the Federal University of Sao Paulo and continued a Fellowship in Pediatric Urology and Robotic Surgery at Children's Hospital Boston, where he developed laparoscopic and robotic skills. He has earned a number of honors and awards in urology, pediatrics and robotic surgery and has several published papers in leading peer-reviewed journals....About Titan Medical Inc.
Endometriosis treated with less invasive technique May 18, 2011
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KGO) -- Another health issue facing millions of women is endometriosis. It's a condition that often leads to infertility. Doctors at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View tackled a particularly challenging case recently and they used minimally invasive, robotic surgery.
Surgeon Camran Nezhat, M.D., pioneered many of the minimally invasive techniques used by doctors worldwide to treat endometriosis. The patient your about to meet realized the severity of her disease within the last couple of years as she and her husband struggled to conceive.
The patient came to El Camino Hospital in Mountain View from Portland, Oregon, hoping doctors here can change her life.
"To my knowledge, this is the first time the procedure is being attempted to be done by minimally invasive robotic surgery," said Nezhat.
It's the most complicated case of endometriosis Nezhat has ever seen. The abnormal growth of the endometrial lining of the uterus has taken over the major blood vessels in the patient's pelvis and abdomen, invading her nervous system and essentially strangling the ureter and causing irreversible damage to one of her kidneys. She's been told by other doctors she will never have children....read more
Hospitals Misleading Patients About Benefits of Robotic Surgery, Study Suggests May 18, 2011
An estimated four in 10 hospital websites in the United States publicize the use of robotic surgery, with the lion's share touting its clinical superiority despite a lack of scientific evidence that robotic surgery is any better than conventional operations, a new Johns Hopkins study suggests.
The promotional materials, researchers report online in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, overestimate the benefits of surgical robots, largely ignore the risks and are strongly influenced by the product's manufacturer.
"The public regards a hospital's official website as an authoritative source of medical information in the voice of a physician," says Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the study's leader. "But in this case, hospitals have outsourced patient education content to the device manufacturer, allowing industry to make claims that are unsubstantiated by the literature. It's dishonest and it's misleading.".
In the last four years, Makary says, the use of robotics to perform minimally invasive gynecological, heart and prostate surgeries and other types of common procedures has grown 400 percent.....continue reading
Scottsdale Healthcare Offers Free Events on Robotic Knee Surgery Posted: May 17, 2011
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – If knee pain interferes with your mobility and quality of life, find out if a minimally invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure is right for you during one of the free community events at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital located at 7400 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale onFriday, May 20 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Orthopedic surgeon Stefan Tarlow, MD will discuss a minimally invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to restore the feeling and motion of a natural knee while resulting in a faster, less painful recovery.
Dr. Tarlow performs this procedure at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, one of only 67 locations worldwide to offer it. This is a free event and seating is limited. Registration is required by visiting azkneereplacement.com or calling 480-882-4636.
Intel Capital funds Sudhir Srivastava Robotic Surgery and July Systems May 16, 2011
Bangalore: Intel Capital made their fresh investment in Sudhir Srivastava Robotic Surgery Centre, which is the provider of advanced robotics to medical care in India. It has also made investment in July Systems, a mobile media company and U.S.and Sri Lanka-based open-source application development software company WSO2.
The fund will be utilized to launch 8-10 centers throughout India and to advance the use of robotic platforms for tele-training, tele-mentoring and tele-surgery by Sudhir Srivastava Robotic Surgery Centre, which is the provider of advanced robotic surgery procedures for speciality areas such as cardiac, urology, thoracic, gynecology, orthopedics, head and neck and general surgery in customized conditions. July Systems plans for investing the fund in technology, operations and expanding its team.
Intel Capital is a VC and PE division of Intel Corporation and it is their first investment in the health care sector in India. source: siliconindia news
Thenkurussi Kesavadas, PhD, of the University at Buffalo and Khurshid Guru, MD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute with their Robotic Surgical Simulator, or RoSS
Surgeon-Engineer Team Debuts Procedure-Specific Modules for Robot-Assisted Surgery May 16, 2011
Newswise — BUFFALO, NY — Two life-sciences entrepreneurs are launching the first procedure-specific software modules for robot-assisted surgery. Through a combination of simulation and haptic technologies, these first-of-their kind training modules guide novice surgeons’ hands through every step of four key robot-assisted surgical procedures, helping users to become proficient in these highly complex operations — toward the goal of ensuring patient safety and improving surgical outcomes.
Khurshid A. Guru, MD, Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), and Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, PhD, Director of the Virtual Reality Lab and a Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB), created Hands-on Surgical Training (HoST) to harness the didactic potential of their proprietary Robotic Surgical Simulator, or RoSS.
The new modules, the first procedure-specific software applications for robot-assisted surgery, are available for four commonly performed minimally invasive, robot-assisted procedures: prostatectomy — removal of the prostate gland; hysterectomy — removal of the uterus; cystectomy — removal of the bladder; and complex extended lymph-node dissection.
The four HoST modules will be publicly demonstrated for the first time at the annual conference of the American Urological Association in Washington, DC, May 14-17....read more
A real hospital experience for ‘House’ cast at Tel Hashomer May 13, 2011
Actors, producers from hit medical TV series test robotic tools used in cutting-edge medical procedures at Sheba Medical Center.
Life is imitating art for the cast members of the FOX television series House during their stay in Israel. On Wednesday, actors Omar Epps, Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer and Amber Tamblyn, along with House creator, executive producer and lead writer David Shore, visited the medical simulation ward in Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer....read more
Swedish Robotic-Assisted Surgical Program Grows, Continues to Gain Momentum SEATTLE, May 11, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
• Swedish adds a new virtual reality training simulator to help surgeons practice on the robotic-assisted system • Swedish becomes the first medical provider on the West Coast to use a fluorescent imaging device to highlight tissue during a robotic-assisted surgical procedure, • Swedish will have a robotic-assisted surgical system at its new medical center in Issaquah (opening in November)
As one of the first medical centers in the Northwest to perform robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is home to the fastest growing, most comprehensive and experienced robotic-assisted surgical program in the region. Swedish established the multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted surgical program in 2005 and has since performed more than 3,400 robotic-assisted surgeries -- more than any other program in the region. This fall, Swedish is adding a fourth robotic-assisted surgical system to advance its pioneering use of this minimally invasive surgical technology for patients at its new hospital under construction in Issaquah....read more
Fort Sanders Regional Hosts Live Robotic Surgery Telecast
Hundreds of surgeons and Obstetricians and Gynecologists from around the globe recently witnessed a live roboticallyassisted surgery for endometriosis, telecast from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. The surgery telecast was part of the World Symposium of Endometriosis (WSE) being held in Atlanta. The WSE is the largest international conference specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the common condition endometriosis. Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists’ Gynecological Obstetrician L. Michael Fields, M.D., performed an endometriosis resection (endometriosis removal) with the da Vinci surgical robotic system.
Dr. Fields, who was assisted during the telecast by Dr. Robert McKeown of Fort Sanders Regional, developed the robotic endometriosis procedural technique that was demonstrated for the WSE Conference attendees. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to your endometrial lining grows outside the uterus.
The tissue may grow on the surface of pelvic organs or in other abdominal areas. It can cause severe pain, bleeding and is one of the top three causes of female infertility. Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting more than 5.5 million American women. Dr. Fields is a pioneer in using robotically assisted surgery to treat endometriosis.
The benefits of robotic surgery include less pain and a quicker recovery. For endometriosis patients the precise movements of the robotic system can also help preserve normal tissue and decrease the chance of future complications. The enhanced visualization of the 3-D viewing fi eld allows the surgeon to better see the abnormal tissue. Dr. Fields and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center were selected to host the telecast because of their level of experience in robotic surgery technology. The hospital serves as an EpiCenter training facility for robotically assisted procedures.
Harvard Health Letter Features Questions and Answers from Harvard Doctors May 5, 2011 Boston, MA (PRWEB)
Have a health question? The May 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter may have an answer. The fourth annual all-Q&A issue of the newsletter answers readers’ questions about everything from robotic surgery to baggy eyes to uterine fibroids. All of the answers come from doctors and faculty at Harvard Medical School or the Harvard School of Public Health.
The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $29 per year. To subscribe click here or call 877-649-9457 (toll-free).
London cardiac surgery team perform world first operation May 3, 2011
There’s been another world first at the London Health Sciences Centre.
Using the DaVinci robot, the cardiac surgery team successfully performed an emergency surgery to repair a hole in a patient’s heart caused by a pacemaker malfunction. Normally, this type of surgery would require open-heart surgery.
“The use of robotic surgery allows us to continually improve our surgery techniques and treat patients who are considered high risk for traditional surgery in a less invasive way,” said Dr. Bob Kiaii., Viola's surgeon. “The robot gives me the manual dexterity needed to perform surgeries that require precision like this one.”
After a two-day stay at the hospital, Addison went home....read more
Titan Medical Inc. Announces Testing Results for Beta Console Early User Study May 3, 2011
Titan Medical Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TMD) announced today testing results for its Beta Console early user study. Key opinion leaders in urology and cardiac surgery participated in the initial study and provided their feedback.
The Beta Console prototype was tested through task-based simulations and bench models that cover common robotic surgical maneuvers, such as clutch and camera movement for the surgeon to explore the functionality of the console. During the study, the Beta Console sub-systems, including the console workspace, graphical user interface (GUI), 3-D HD vision system, hand-grips, intelligent arm rest, camera, endoscope and haptics feedback, were reviewed as well.
John R. Valvo, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Robotics, Division Head of Urology at Rochester General Hospital, commented, "It was with great anticipation I recently beta tested Titan's new robotic operative console. It did not disappoint. Using suggestions from surgeons in the field, the engineers from Titan have listened and have done a remarkable job as an initial offering. Robotic surgery is really about information. This console allows the surgeon to be totally immersed in the most critical data to successfully navigate the operative experience more precisely and safely. I'm sure further modifications will build on what promises to be an outstanding look into the future."
Hiep Nguyen, M.D., Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital Boston, added...continue reading
TowerJazz and Medigus Release Second Generation of World’s Smallest Camera for Medical Disposal Endoscopic Devices
Based on advanced CMOS image sensor, camera breaches 1 mm diameter threshold, lowers cost and enables a variety of medical procedures.
Targets fast growing market for disposable endoscopy cameras, estimated at over half a billion dollars in 2011; 4M units annually increasing to 7M units in 2015
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Medigus Ltd. (TASE: MDGS), a leading developer of endoscopic and visualization medical devices, and TowerJazz (NASDAQ: TSEM) (TASE: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, today announced successful sampling of the second generation of TowerJazz's CMOS imager that serves in Medigus' line of disposable miniature cameras.
The image sensor, a high performance product at a low cost, combines superb sensitivity, high resolution and dynamic versatility, allowing customers a variety of potential medical applications in growing markets such as cardiology, bronchoscopy, gastroenterology, gynecology, and orthopedic and robotic surgery.
The use of disposable cameras eliminates the need for the very expensive and time consuming sterilization process commonly associated with endoscopic procedures....continue reading
Surgeon David Jayne claims the robot gives him greater accuracy than if he were operating the instruments himself. Action Press/Rex Features.
Curing bowel cancer the £1.6m robot! How these four-armed machines could improve survival rates and cut risks Posted May 2, 2011
Welcome to the future of bowel-cancer surgery being pioneered at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
While robotic surgery has been used for some time to remove prostate and gynaecological tumours, and in heart and even brain surgery, this is the first time such procedures have been attempted on colorectal cancers.
Now experts at Leeds plan to examine rates of survival and recurrence of the disease by comparing outcomes after robotic and conventional keyhole surgery in 400 patients.
The £1.2 million study is one of the first of its kind to be co-ordinated by the Clinical Trials Research Unit, based at Leeds University, in association with hospitals in Singapore, South Korea, Europe and America.
About 38,000 people a year are diagnosed with bowel cancer and the majority have surgery, which provides a cure in 90 per cent of cases if caught early. In later stages, around half of patients are still well five years after surgery....read more
Robotic surgery removes hard-to-reach throat cancer May 1, 2011
Robotic surgery has become a mainstream tool for removing an ever-increasing variety of head and neck tumors. Now, a team of surgeons from Mayo Clinic has found robotic surgery can treat cancer in narrow, hard-to-reach areas beyond the tongue at the top of the voice box.
Some patients were able to avoid further treatment with chemotherapy or radiation, and most could resume normal eating and speaking.
'We've known it's useful for tongue base and tonsil cancers, but we wanted to assess its effectiveness in the larynx,' says Kerry Olsen, otolaryngologist and study co-author at Mayo.
The investigation of trans-oral robotic surgery (TORS) followed a group of patients for up to three years following removal of tumours affecting the area of the larynx above the vocal cords. Most of the patients had advanced-stage disease, according to a Mayo statement.
The results showed TORS effectively removed cancer, with 'clean,' disease-free margins, and was easier to perform than the approach of trans-oral laser microsurgery via a laryngoscope....read more
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‘Meet MAKOplasty’ knee event to be held at White’s of Westport April 25, 2011 Updated: May 1, 2011
Learn more about MAKOplasty at a special “Meet MAKOplasty” event Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at White’s of Westport.
Attendees at this free event can meet area surgeons who have been specially trained in MAKOplasty, learn about osteoarthritis and find out how this treatment option is changing the way doctors can help patients with early or midstage osteoarthritis.
Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this program, but advance registration is requested by calling Saint Anne’s Hospital Orthopedic Care, toll-free, at 1-855-462-6256.
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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Singularity University's FutureMed Program is Coming in May. Posted: April 1, 2011 Updated: May 1, 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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Major Scientific and Clinical Conference to Take Place August 2011 Posted: April 1, 2011 Updated: May 1, 2011
CHICAGO, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/- The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR) is a non-profit organization founded by faculty from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Angiogenesis Foundation (Cambridge, MA) in 2010.
Created to develop a formal, clinically-based, educational curriculum in wound healing for physicians, the goal of the ACWHTR is to bring the practice of wound healing into alignment with other medical specialties.
Leaders from 10 major University medical programs are now members of the ACWHTR educational committee. The first meeting of the ACWHTR will take place in Chicago on August 4 and 5, 2011 and will be co-hosted by the UIC Department of Surgery and the Angiogenesis Foundation.
This two-day, scientific and educational program will gather leading researchers, clinicians, and government officials in a unique, interactive setting. The inaugural meeting will be unlike traditional wound meetings in both content and venue. The UIC conference venue provides an academic setting, and includes live cases from both the operating room and wound clinics as part of its agenda. Friday afternoon tours of the UIC Robotic Surgery Laboratory and the St. James Center for Comprehensive Wound and Disease Management are also part of the agenda.
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