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The CorPath 200 System
SCAI: Robotic-assisted PCI is safe for patients, safer for operators
May 13, 2012
A robotic remote-control coronary intervention system demonstrated technical and clinical effectiveness comparable to manual operation, but the operator exposure to radiation was significantly lower, based on PRECISE, a late breaking clinical trial presented May 10 at the 35th annual meeting of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).
The CorPath 200 System (Corindus Vascular Robotics of Natick, Mass.,) allows for procedure control from an interventional cockpit, providing robotic-assisted placement of coronary guidewires and stent/balloon catheters. The system consists of a remote interventional cockpit and a bedside disposable cassette that enables the operator to advance, retract and rotate guidewires and exchange catheters.
“With the system, the entire procedure can take place without lead aprons, with the operators seated behind radiation-shielded panels and can manipulate the stent, guidewire or balloon through joysticks,” explained principal investigator Giora Weisz, MD, director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Also, the system can use automatic contrast injectors, which may save on contrast volume and potentially costs, he added.....read more
MScore Analyzes Robotic Surgery Simulator Performance
MScore Analyzes Robotic Surgery Simulator Performance
Posted on AARS: May 8, 2012.
Mimic Technologies, a company that builds the dV-Trainer, a da Vinci surgical robot simulator, recently released a software product to help assess how novice surgeons are using the simulator.
The company has been collecting data from experienced surgeons performing various tasks on the simulator, and the MScore application is able to compare a novice user of the dv-Trainer against this data set to provide an overall performance score.
The hope is that with better in-silico training coupled with performance feedback, fewer animals will be sacrificed for this task, and patients will have better skilled surgeons working on them.
Botched hysterectomy lawsuit claims Intuitive Surgical markets through "intimidation"
May 8, 2012
A new patient injury lawsuit wedged against Intuitive Surgical and its da Vinci robot is asking for $270 million, plus attorney's fees, for a botched hysterectomy, claiming that the device maker used "intimidation" to "force" hospitals to opt for robot-assisted surgery over safer options.
"Defendant sold it [sic] device through a calculated program of intimidation and market management, forcing hospitals and physicians to purchase it in order to appear to be competitive, and creating a fear in their minds that if they did not have this technology they would lose business to competitors," according to the legal complaint.
The lawsuit involves injuries that Patricia Mayfield, age 43, sustained following a hysterectomy performed with the da Vinci system performed at the Nelson Center for Women in Meridian Mississippi.Her physician, Dr. Virginia Nelson, allegedly gave Mayfield brochures and documents "propounding the benefit of da Vinci robotic hysterectomy over all other methods of hysterectomy.
"Less than 1 week after the procedure, Mayfield was returned to the hospital with a fever and "shaking chills," and doctors treated her for a pelvic abscess along the vaginal cuff. She underwent subsequent surgery to evaluate the abscess, and continues to have pain and discomfort years later, according to the complaint.....read more
Dignity Health Licenses Robotic Surgical Guidance System
From the MarketWire Press Release on April 30, 2012
Posted on AARS: May 8, 2012
Dignity Health announced today it has given exclusive licensing rights to Excelsius Surgical to develop and bring to market a robotic surgical guidance system that will allow physicians to perform less invasive spinal procedures. A prototype of the robotic surgical guidance system was developed by Dignity Health's Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.
Two of Excelsius Surgical co-founders Neil R. Crawford, PhD, lead investigator in Barrow's Spinal Biomechanics Lab, and Nicholas Theodore, MD, neurosurgeon and chief of the spine section at Barrow, developed the technology, which integrates state-of-the-art intra-operative digital imaging with a sophisticated robotic surgical assistant. The system enables neurosurgeons to perform robotically assisted, minimally invasive surgery for a variety of spinal procedures resulting in less trauma for the patient, as well as reduced radiation exposure for patients, operating room staff, and surgeons.
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Mercy Medical Center Redding Hosts a Women’s Health Event
Posted: May 4, 2012
Mercy Medical Center Redding (MMCR) is partnering with da Vinci® Surgery and the Office of Women’s Health to educate women in the North State on common women’s health issues and to empower women to take steps toward improving their health.
MMCR will host Women’s Works: Tools for a Healthier You May 8, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hospital’s Lower Level Auditoriums. The event will include a specially taped message to all event guests delievered by internationally known actress Andie MacDowell who encourages women to make health a top priority by making an appointment for an annual checkup.
Presentations will be given by Gregory Skipitis, MD, OB/GYN and Samuel Van Kirk, MD, OB/GYN on women’s health and the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, a state-of-the art minimally invasive surgical system.
The event will include a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, appetizers, prizes and more.
Advance registration required. Call 530.24.MERCY/530 246 3729 or visit redding.mercy.org to reserve your spot today.
Medical Device Developers - MD&M East Returns to Philadelphia in Three Weeks May 4, 2012. Source; MarketWatch
This year's Exposition and Conference Provides Medical Device Developers Direct Access to Hundreds of Suppliers, Educational Opportunities, and Exclusive Industry Events, all in One Convenient Location.
UBM Canon is pleased to announce the return of the Medical Design & Manufacturing East Exposition and Conference (MD&M East). The four-day conference and three-day exposition will be held from Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Don't miss your chance to hear how to apply new areas of FDA and international guidance to your company's product development process. Attend MD&M East conference, May 21-24, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and hear from local and headquarters, FDA, industry experts, and executives from Covidien, Abbott, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Edwards Lifesciences, Smith and Nephew and more.
Sixteen full-day sessions will cover all of your informational needs from pre-market submissions to maintaining compliant systems.
Local nurse's invention used for the first time at Highland Hospital Posted: May 3, 2012 A brand new piece of equipment was used for the first time ever at Highland Hospital Tuesday. It’s a tool for patients who undergo robotic surgeries. The device was also created by a nurse who works there. It is called the Alimed Trendelenburg positioner. The positioner works as a sort of harness for patients to keep them in place. For many surgeries that require the use of robotic instruments, the patient must be tipped almost completely upside down. But tried and true methods of making sure patients don’t slip when they’re in that position has never been created until now. Operating room nurse Tamra West spent the last four years working to get her idea patented and manufactured. Now thanks to her device, not only are patients more secure when they are on the operating table, but they are also more comfortable.
The devices are designed to be used only once. Doctors will use them and throw them out as soon as a surgery is complete. The company that makes the device, Alimed, is going to be distributing them to hospitals across the world......read complete story
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QUAN: Surgical Robots Move Beyond Human Limits
May 2, 2012
It's not science fiction: Patients who need surgery for everything from prostate cancer to sleep apnea today face a strong likelihood that the operating team will include a robot. Quantum International Corp. QUAN is working hard to deliver robots capable of surgical precision and speed far beyond human limitations.
Quantum International is currently preparing a list of possible targets for joint venture or acquisition that stand poised to usher in a new era of medical robotics. QUAN's leadership has the marketing and development expertise to help early-stage robotics firms develop and deliver incredible new robotics innovations to market. The company plans to announce its initial business targets in the red-hot robotics space soon.
Quantum International Corp. is working to develop the next generation of robotics technology to compete in a booming global industry alongside Hansen Medical, Inc. HNSN, MAKO Surgical Corp. MAKO, Covidien COV, Varian Medical Systems Inc. VAR, and Accuray Incorporated ARAY
Dignity Health Licenses Robotic Surgical Guidance System
Posted: May 1, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/30/12 -- Dignity Health announced today it has given exclusive licensing rights to Excelsius Surgical to develop and bring to market a robotic surgical guidance system that will allow physicians to perform less invasive spinal procedures. A prototype of the robotic surgical guidance system was developed by Dignity Health's Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.
Two of Excelsius Surgical co-founders Neil R. Crawford, PhD, lead investigator in Barrow's Spinal Biomechanics Lab, and Nicholas Theodore, MD, neurosurgeon and chief of the spine section at Barrow, developed the technology, which integrates state-of-the-art intra-operative digital imaging with a sophisticated robotic surgical assistant. The system enables neurosurgeons to perform robotically assisted, minimally invasive surgery for a variety of spinal procedures resulting in less trauma for the patient, as well as reduced radiation exposure for patients, operating room staff, and surgeons.....read more
New virtual Surgical Theater created in Cleveland will help surgeons perfect surgeries
May 1, 2012
CLEVELAND - University Hospitals neurosurgeons are on the cutting edge of life-saving surgery, thanks to help from Israeli Air Force officers. Together, they created the only Surgical Theater in the world. It simulates surgery before the patient even enters the operating room doors.
The Surgical Theater is about as high-tech as it gets and its inception was by a chance meeting. University Hospitals experts and the Air Force officers believe the meeting was a fateful one, that the two were put together to help save lives.
It all started about three years ago, when University Hospitals Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Dr. Warren Selman happened to be getting his daily cup of coffee at a local shop, and overheard a man talking about once being in the Israeli Air Force as an engineer. The man mentioned he was working locally with a fellow Israeli Air Force fighter pilot to help their company at the time, Lockheed Martin, develop advanced and mission specific realistic flight simulators. The flight simulators give pilots the chance to practice a mission before it's executed.
As he continued to listen to the man, Dr. Selman immediately thought of his patients at University Hospitals. He envisioned that same technology helping brain surgery patients, specifically those who have an aneurysm......continue reading
U of M Opening New 3D Medical Graphics Lab
Posted: May 1, 2012
The new Laboratory for Surgical Modeling, Simulation and Robotics will open today at the University of Manitoba. The new state-of-the-art, $220,000 laboratory was created to meet the increasing need to integrate technology into clinical practice and education, with a mission to create and promote a safer medical experience.
The lab includes rapid-prototyped models for education and dissection, haptic models (computer-generated sense of touch), mixed reality surgical simulation and other technologies.
The lab is located in the Thorlakson Building at the Health Sciences Centre at 820 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Live cases from South Miami's Center for Robotic Surgery
Look In On Us: Live Cases from South Miami's Center for Robotic Surgery
Date: May 16, 2012
Time: 9.00 AM EDT
On Wednesday, May 16, watch three LIVE cases from first incision to closure from South Miami Hospital’s Center for Robotic Surgery. Procedures will feature advanced techniques in general, gynecologic and thoracic surgery. South Miami Hospital surgeons are paving the way for future generations of robotic surgery, and the Center is one of the busiest in the world in terms of volume.
The case schedule for the day will be as follows:
9:00am - Robot-Assisted Lobectomy using the “Dylewski Method” with Mark Dylewski, M.D.
12:00pm - Fully Robotic Single-Port Cholecystectomy with Jorge Rabaza, M.D.
3:00pm – Removal of Fibroid Uterus Using a Vessel Sealer with Ricardo Estape, M.D.
Viewers are invited to e-mail discussion questions and comments during the procedures. All procedures will be available for live viewing via Flash, iPad and iPhone.
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