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Jury rejects claim in robotic surgery lawsuit
May 23, 2013
A jury in Port Orchard has ruled in favor of the maker of a surgical robot in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
The family of Fred Taylor claimed Intuitive Surgical was negligent in the training of the doctor involved in the 2008 surgery that went bad. The operation, at Harrison Hospital in Silverdale, to remove Taylor's prostate used the da Vinci robotic surgical system.
The retiree suffered multiple complications during and after the 14-hour surgery. Taylor died in 2012.
Taylor's family claimed the company's warnings and the surgeon's training in the use of the da Vinci system were inadequate, but the 12-person jury found no negligence and rejected a claim for more than $8 million.
The family previously settled with the hospital and the surgeon, who is still practicing but not using the robotic system.....read more
IMRIS Announces US Patent for Microsurgical Robot Concept
May 22, 2013
IMRIS Announces US Patent for Microsurgical Robot Concept, Key patent includes claims on haptics, MR compatibility and image-guidance
WINNIPEG, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - IMRIS Inc. (NASDAQ: IMRS; TSX: IM) today announced the allowance of a US patent defining the foundational technologies for its SYMBIS™ Surgical System - a minimally invasive and MRI-compatible microsurgical robot system.
Currently under development at IMRIS, the SYMBIS Surgical System is an image-guided, micro-neurosurgery robot that will combine surgeon-directed robotic arm manipulation with integrated high-definition 3D anatomical and MR imaging views to enable delicate brain micro-surgery.
The system is being designed to work inside an intraoperative MRI within the VISIUS® Surgical Theatre and provide a virtual extension of the surgeon's hands through robotic instruments with haptic feedback, motion refinement and intricate dexterity for use in the narrow surgical pathways of cranial neurosurgery.....read more
Intuitive Surgical Issues Urgent Medical Device Warning Notification
Posted on AARS: May 22, 2013
After an extensive consumer outreach campaign, launched by trial lawyers Daniel Becnel and Dr. François Blaudeau, Intuitive Surgical has finally issued an urgent release citing problems with the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical system. This is a potentially landmark development in an ongoing struggle for those who have been allegedly harmed by the daVinci Robot, and for hospitals who use the system currently.
For the past seven months, trial attorneys Daniel Becnel and Dr. François Blaudeau have been tirelessly working to compel Intuitive Surgical to stop marketing the daVinci Surgical Robot due to many issues with the device they believe are potentially harmful to patients.
“We commend Intuitive Surgical for stepping up, and taking responsibility for the medical problems associated with the da Vinci Surgical Robot. This is a huge step towards innocent people being protected,” stated Dr. François Blaudeau.
Dr. François Blaudeau and Daniel Becnel hired Legal Communications Group to launch a national consumer outreach campaign to educate patients and doctors about the many adverse problems allegedly linked to the da Vinci Surgical Robot. This national campaign informed unsuspecting consumers and patients throughout the country on the potential risks of robotic surgery, and gave victims a place to seek help.
Over 15,000 patients, consumers and doctors contacted the “badrobotsurgery.com” helpline and were given important facts. Unfortunately, thousands of patients who called the helpline claim to have already been seriously injured after being operated on with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System......read more
Taylor Family v.s. Intuitive Surgical trial update
May 20, 2013
Closing arguments got underway Monday afternoon in the trial that's being watched by doctors and hospitals nationwide.
Fred Taylor of Bremerton and his wife Josette loved being on the go in their retirement years. When Fred needed prostate surgery in 2008, he agreed to a procedure with the Da Vinci robot which is billed as safer, less painful and with faster recovery than traditional surgery.
It was a disaster for 67-year-old Fred Taylor, who was left with memory loss, incontinence, a torn rectum, kidney and lung damage and a stroke. He survived for four years, but the life he'd known was over.
After Taylor died, his wife and children sued Intuitive Surgical, makers of the Da Vinci robot, alleging they misled Taylor's doctor into thinking using the robot was so easy he only needed one day of training at the company's headquarters and two supervised operations before going it alone on Fred Taylor.
Josette’s attorneys are urging jurors to award her and her family $ 4 million in damages to compensate them for the company's negligence.
Intuitive's attorneys blame Taylor’s doctor, claiming he was told not to use the robot on obese patients like Taylor for his first unsupervised surgeries.
The company also says that and traumatic injuries occurred after the robot was turned off and the doctor had switched back to traditional surgical methods.
The trial continues Tuesday with attorneys for Intuitive Surgical presenting their closing arguments.....
Partnerships with industry help advance practice of surgery.
The 007 Room at the Center for the Future of Surgery is the spot at the UCSD School of Medicine where future medical devices come for testing under wraps.
“As you can imagine, the future happens there." “That is a room where we develop new surgical techniques, where we test-drive new devices and where we team up with industry to develop the devices of the future," said the center’s director, Dr. Santiago Horgan.
Researchers have tested projects by companies such as Olympus, Stryker, Torax and Gore Medical through the public-private partnership.
The surgery center and its 007 room are part of the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, which opened at the University of California San Diego in September 2011.
The building has quickly become the home of medical education for the school. Its surgery center, which takes up about half of the overall structure’s lower level, has offered state-of-the-art training available to all types of surgeons — from residents just entering their medical specialties to veteran doctors looking to sharpen their skills and learn new techniques.....read more
Center for the Future of Patient Care
Artificial skin may help heart patient
May 18, 2013
Zhenan Bao, a professor at Stanford, has developed a heart monitor thinner than a currency note and no wider than a postage stamp. The flexible skin-like monitor, worn under an adhesive bandage on the wrist, is sensitive enough to help doctors detect stiff arteries and cardiovascular problems. The devices could one day be used to continuously track heart health and provide doctors a safer method of measuring a key vital sign for newborn and high-risk surgery patients.......how does it work
Blue Belt Technologies Announces Implant Co-Marketing Partnership with DJO Surgical
May 17, 2013
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic solutions for orthopedic surgery, announces an implant partnership with DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company.
Blue Belt’s NavioPFS orthopedic surgical system provides smart planning and robotic-controlled bone preparation tools to the orthopedic operating room for initial use in unicondylar knee replacement. The NavioPFS system is built with an open-implant architecture, allowing Blue Belt to partner with implant manufacturers to provide an array of options to surgeons for use with their patients.
DJO Global is a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management....complete story
Dr. Vipul Patel
Dr. Vipul Patel on the future of robotic surgery
May 16, 2013
Dr. Vipul Patel, one of the top minds in the field of robotic surgery, has performed more than 6,000 robotic prostatectomies — that’s more than anyone else in the world. As someone who has seen the development of surgical robotics from the start, he’s in the perfect position to look forward to what the future holds for surgical robots, the surgeons who control them and the tough diseases they treat.
Surgical robots will take on new tasks Over the last 10 years, robotics has transformed minimally invasive surgery, especially for urology and gynecology, Patel says. He predicts that trend will continue for the next decade, and that general surgery and orthopedics are up next for a surge in robotic treatment. “There’s already a robot for spine surgery, called Renaissance™ Surgical Guidance System by Mazor Robotics, so orthopedic surgeons are using minimally invasive procedures,” he says.
Surgical robots have also helped orchestrate hip replacements. As robotics spreads its reach into more surgeries, the procedures themselves will continue to become more precise. Patel hopes to see improved image guidance during robotic surgery.
The next step is intraoperative imaging during surgery, Patel says. He says more intraoperative imaging will help surgeons better treat prostate cancer, for example, by allowing them a better view of where tumors are and more easily avoid damaging vital nerves and vessels......continue reading
Upcoming event from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital Hong Kong, China
Posted on AARS: May 16, 2013
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Robotic Liver Resection
Date: May 24, 2013
Surgeon: Dr. CN Tang (Hong Kong, China)
Time Zone America / Chicago
08.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Time Zone Europe / Rome
03:00 am - 05:00 am
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09:00 am - 11:00 am
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SRC and Clinical Robotic Surgery Association to Launch Center of Excellence Program for Robotic Surgery
RALEIGH, NC and CHICAGO, IL (April 15, 2013) –
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) and the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA) today announced the joint development of a global Center of Excellence in Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery (COERALS) program. Consistent with the quality and safety ideals held by both organizations, this designation program will identify, cultivate, support and recognize minimally invasive robotic surgery surgeons and facilities that achieve defined standards for excellence in general surgery and related specialties: upper gastrointestinal, hepatopancreatobiliary, thoracic, colorectal, vascular, transplant, otolaryngology, endocrine, oncology and bariatric.
CRSA and SRC will develop the set of standards and criteria for evaluating providers performing robotic surgery, and SRC will independently manage all operational aspects of the program. A vital component of COERALS will be a comprehensive surgical outcomes database and patient registry that will provide clinical data and support research efforts to improve patient safety, care and surgical outcomes. The database will be developed by SRC and powered by its proprietary BOLD™ application framework. BOLD is the largest global database for bariatric surgery with more than 500,000 patient records, and will support outcomes data collection for AAGL’s Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology program....read more
Intuitive Surgical Flags ‘Potential Issue’ With Robot
May 10, 2013
Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, has issued an "urgent medical device notification" alerting hospitals that it has "identified a potential issue" with one of the robot's instruments that can cause internal burns.
According to the notification, obtained by CNBC, "micro-cracks" in some models of Intuitive's monopolar curved scissors can cause leaks that "may create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury." The notification added, in bold type: "These micro-cracks may not be visible to the user."
The company issued a statement Friday confirming the notification.
As part of the notification, the company included a list of six Precautions and Warnings for Usage of the EndoWrist Monopolar Curved Scissors.....complete story
Intuitive Trainer Denies Robot Surgery Training Was Watered Down
May 8, 2013
Intuitive Surgical Inc. didn’t cut corners in a training program for surgeons to use its robots and met all the objectives submitted to federal regulators, a witness testified in a wrongful death case against the company.
Kate Lederer, a training specialist with the Sunnyvale, California-based company, said she continued teaching “in explicit detail” all the 23 skills listed on a checklist for surgeons contained in a document submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when the company sought clearance in 2000 for its da Vinci robotic surgical system.
Lederer rebuked the accusation by lawyers suing the company that the program had been “watered down” so that surgeons could be more quickly certified.
The trial in state court in Port Orchard, Washington, now in its fourth week, is the first of at least 26 lawsuits against Intuitive alleging injuries tied to the da Vinci system. The robots were used in more than 300,000 U.S. operations last year.....read more
Russell Dickey, M.D
USMD Surgeon Becomes First in D/FW to Perform Single-Site Hysterectomy
May 9, 2013
A surgical team at USMD Hospital at Arlington performed the first da Vinci(R) Single-SiteTM hysterectomy in North Texas. The entire operation is performed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scar-less.
Recently approved by the FDA, this revolutionary surgery offers the traditional benefits of robotic surgery such as a shorter recovery time, low blood loss, minimal pain, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction. The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
Led by Russell Dickey, M.D., the team performed the hysterectomy using Single-Site(TM) instruments on a da Vinci(R) System. Dr. Dickey is one of a small group of surgeons in the entire country who has received training to perform the surgery. The minimally invasive procedure is traditionally performed laparoscopically or robotically using multiple incisions, or by one large incision in an open surgery. Using robotic assistance, Dr. Dickey performed the procedure through an incision of approximately one inch.
"Neither robotic surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the uterus is a significant advancement in how surgeries will be performed in the future and the role of robotic technology in the operating room," said Dr. Dickey......read more
New study shows robotic surgery warm-up improves surgical performance.
Brief surgical practice in virtual reality reduces errors and improves robotic surgery skills, according to a new UW medical study.
Led by Thomas Lendvay, M.D., co-director of Seattle Children’s Robotic Surgery Center, the study spanned 51 residents and experienced surgery faculty from UW Medical Center and Madigan Army Medical Center. The warm-up lasted three to five minutes, and surgeons with a range of experience operated on a surgical robot.
Time spent while operating and cognitive errors decreased in the surgeons who practiced, compared to a control group of surgeons that did not warm up. Overall surgical performance increased 10 percent, while more experienced surgeons improved the most.
Hansen Medical to Exhibit Magellan(TM) Robotic System at 8th Annual European Symposium of Vascular Biomaterials in France
May 6, 2013
(Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Hansen Medical, Inc. (HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that it will be exhibiting its Magellan(TM) Robotic System at the8th Annual European Symposium of Vascular Biomaterials (ESVB) from Friday, May 10th to Monday, May 13th at the Strasbourg Hilton in Strasbourg, France. (Booth 5)
The Company's Magellan Robotic System is installed at Hopital Civil Strasbourg and has been utilized in numerous successful cases since that time.
Additionally, Francis Macnamara, Hansen Medical's Vice President of Advanced Technology, will be delivering a presentation at the conference titled, "Basics about the Remote Endovascular Catheter Navigation Magellan System" at 8:15 AM on Saturday, May 11th.....read more
SonaCare to Introduce HIFU Surgical Ablation System with Robotic Laparoscopic Probes
Published: May 4, 2013 by azorobotics.com
Posted on AARS: May 9, 2013
SonaCare Medical, a leader in minimally invasive high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology, announced today that it will launch the FDA-Cleared Sonatherm® HIFU Surgical Ablation System at the the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA), in San Diego, May 4-8, 2013 (booth #3611).
A state-of-the-art laparoscopic HIFU surgical ablation system, Sonatherm is the only HIFU system 510(k) cleared for the laparoscopic or intraoperative ablation of soft tissue. Sonatherm uses HIFU energy to ablate a wide variety of soft tissues from the ultrasound focal point back to the surface of the targeted tissue. The Sonatherm system consists of a transportable console, two high frequency robotic 11mm laparoscopic probes, each equipped with multiple robotic transducers that image (6.5 MHz) and treat (4.0 MHz), along with Sonachill for water degassing and circulation. A number of published studies evaluating the ability of Sonatherm to deliver laparoscopic HIFU in soft tissues of the kidney have shown strong clinical results.
"Sonatherm overcomes the difficulties that other ablative technologies have in delivering energy into the desired target by combining ultrasound imaging and therapeutic focused ultrasound into a single unit that can be introduced through a standard 12 mm surgery access port, with an easy-to-use intuitive single screen control interface," said Mark Carol , M.D., Chief Development Officer for SonaCare Medical. "Unlike other forms of thermal ablation, Sonatherm does not require puncturing the target with a needle, which can cause bleeding. It is the only ablation system capable of using integrated ultrasound imaging for targeting and monitoring of the treatment. Sonatherm uses the same skill sets urologists have been practicing for decades and can be applied to a wide range of clinical conditions.".....continue reading
Sony Electronic's New 3D Viewing Equipment for Integration with Robotic Surgical Systems
May 8, 2013
Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division is unveiling new 3D viewing and recording products that can give urology surgeons and their teams the benefits of added depth and enhanced visualization.
Combining medical displays and a recorder, the advanced Sony 3D solution is designed for easy integration with da Vinci® S and SI robotic surgical systems that are widely used throughout the medical industry.
Sony will demonstrate this technology at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, May 4-8, 2013, in San Diego (Sony booth #18050).
“Robotic surgery relies on the cohesiveness of the entire surgical team, and the Sony 3D solution has unequivocally improved the workflow in the O.R. when using the da Vinci system,” said Dr. John Valvo, attending physician at Rochester General Hospital and Executive Director of the Polissini Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery.
“By having the 3D monitor in the O.R., the assisting surgeon can now see exactly what the primary surgeon is viewing on the console, allowing the assisting surgeon to further anticipate what is needed during the procedure. In addition, the entire O.R. staff can also benefit by seeing this view.
”Sony’s new 3D products include: the LMD-2451MT 24-inch medical grade 3D display, LMD-4251TD 42-inch 3D display for reference, training and education, and the HVO-3000MT 3D medical grade recorder. The Sony displays delivers superb image quality for both 2D and 3D applications, while the HVO-3000MT video recorder allows users to capture 2D and 3D video from the robotic system for post-op review and for use in training and education.....read more
FDA Grants Premarket Approval (PMA) For The SEDASYS® System For Healthy Patients Undergoing Sedation During Routine Colonoscopy And EGD Procedures
May 3, 2013
Sedasys, a Division of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted PMA approval for the SEDASYS® System, the first computer-assisted personalized sedation (CAPS) system.
The SEDASYS System is indicated for the intravenous administration of 1% (10 mg/mL) propofol injectable emulsion for the initiation and maintenance of minimal-to-moderate sedation, as defined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Continuum of Depth of Sedation, in ASA physical status I and II patients greater than or equal to 18 years old undergoing colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) procedures......read more
Alvin Goh (right) and a trainee discuss surgical education techniques
Surgery Training Should Use Array of Approaches, Study Suggests
May 3, 2013
By developing a new way to compare techniques for teaching robotic surgery, doctors at The Methodist Hospital and the University of Southern California report in an upcoming issue of the British Journal of Urology International that surgeons training in robotic surgery learned best when three different teaching methods were used.
Performances in each of three simulation environments – virtual reality, inanimate tasks, and in vivo training -- were compared.
"There is no validated or standardized curriculum in existence for training in basic robotic surgical skills at present," said urological surgeon Alvin C. Goh, M.D., the study's principal investigator and director of robotic urological surgery programs at The Methodist Institute for Innovation, Technology, and Education (MITIE). "To our knowledge, our study is the first in a single setting to simultaneously correlate the performance of expert and novice/trainee surgeons across inanimate, virtual reality and particularly, in vivo platforms."......read more
IMRIS establishes SYMBIS(TM) Surgical System Advisory Board
May 1, 2013
Three internationally prominent surgeons to consult on neurosurgical robot commercialization
IMRIS Inc. (NASDAQ: IMRS; TSX: IM) ("IMRIS" or the "Company") today announced the establishment of the SYMBIS™ Surgical System Advisory Board, comprised of three internationally recognized surgeons in the fields of neurosurgery and robotics. The advisory board will provide guidance in the development, clinical study, training and commercialization of SYMBIS - a minimally invasive, MRI-compatible neurosurgical robot.
"The development of a neurosurgical robot is a complex endeavour, requiring close collaboration with surgeons and institutions having extensive experience in robotic surgery," IMRIS CEO David Graves said. "We are honored to have the support of these three surgeons to collectively help guide us on the path towards commercialization of the SYMBIS surgeon-directed robotic system."
The SYMBIS Advisory Board members are:
Garnette Sutherland, MD, FRCS(C) of Foothills Medical Center at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
David Roberts, MD, FAANS, of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover and Lebanon, NH.
Melvin Field, MD, of Orlando Neurosurgery, Winter Park, FL.
Advances in minimally invasive procedures are helping doctors repair brain aneurysms. Watch a live webcast of a minimally invasive brain aneurysm repair on Thursday, May 23 at 4 p.m. EDT from Baptist Health Neuroscience Center in Miami, Florida.
The webcast will feature medical director of interventional neuroradiology Italo Linfante, M.D., who performed the procedure; Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D., medical director of Baptist Health Neuroscience Center; and Jack Klem, M.D., medical director of cerebrovascular surgery. Guilherme Dabus, M.D., medical director of the fellowship program in interventional neuroradiology, will also be part of the webcast.
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