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Intuitive Robot Performs More Precise, Less Invasive Surgeries
January 31, 2014
Gaby Fleischman with CBS News Miami reports from Jackson Health Systems South Florida.......read transcript
Robotic Operation for Heart Valve Reconstruction
January 27, 2014
Operation holds promise for patients with infective endocarditis
A potentially fatal bacterial disease of the heart, infective endocarditis frequently affects the heart's tricuspid valve, often resulting in permanent tissue damage. But a reconstructive technique, in which the valve is repaired with a bioscaffold on which new tissue can grow, can give some patients a new lease on life—a lease that has been extended to patients at Temple University Hospital, in Philadelphia, thanks to the pioneering work of T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Surgery, Section Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, and Chief of Robotics at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM).
Dr. Guy is one of only about a dozen cardiovascular surgeons in the United States who has performed complete tricuspid valve repair procedures using CorMatrix®, an extracellular matrix (ECM) material. In 2013, he became one of the first to perform the reconstruction endoscopically using robotic techniques. He delivered a video presentation of the pioneering procedure on January 27th at the 50th annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), held in Orlando, Florida......read more
LIVE SURGERY: Robot-assisted laparoscopic right hemi-hepatectomy for colonic liver metastasis
Posted on AARS: january 27, 2014
Tune in on the Clinical Virtual University website from 3 to 6 pm (HKT) on January 29 to have the opportunity of watching a procedure performed by Dr. CN Tang at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital of Hong Kong.
Register for free and get access to every future live event that will be streamed on CVU plus several recordings of past events!
Robot-assisted laparoscopic right hemi-hepatectomy for colonic liver metastasis
Mimic Technologies Inc. Releases Xperience Team Trainer™ for Robotic Surgery Simulation
January 24, 2014
Mimic Technologies Inc. debuts the new Xperience Team Trainer robotic surgery simulator at the 14th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), January 25-29, 2014, San Francisco.
The Xperience Team Trainer is the first system exclusively designed to help the robotic surgeon’s first assistant gain experience and refine skills in a simulation environment. The new simulator functions as a complementary hardware unit for the dV-Trainer® simulator, featuring two movable laparoscopic tool ports for use by the first assistant. This enables the first assistant and console surgeon to safely train together outside of the OR.
Within the robotic surgical environment, cooperation between the console-side surgeon and first assistant is critical for efficient, effective performance. A high level of teamwork requires precise verbal communication and the ability to anticipate and react to one another’s movements during common procedural tasks.
“As the saying goes, ‘Separation is in the preparation,’” said Jeff Berkley, CEO and founder, Mimic Technologies Inc. “The first assistant’s role in influencing procedures is crucial, and perhaps underappreciated. Giving the console-side surgeon and the first assistant the chance to train together should be a tremendous asset for institutions looking to maximize patient safety and overall efficiency in robotics.”....read more
Stryker plans full knee replacement trial for Mako robotic surgery platform this year
January 23, 2014
Stryker Corp., announcing its 4th-quarter and 2013 results, says it's planning to launch a clinical trial of its newly acquired Mako robotic surgery platform in full-knee replacements during the 1st half of this year.
Stryker (NYSE:SYK) said it's planning to launch a trial during the 1st half of this year to evaluate its newly acquired Mako robotic surgery platform in full-knee replacement procedures.
Stryker, which also announced its 4th-quarter and 2013 results after the market closed yesterday, said it's also working to integrate its existing orthopedic implants into the Mako system, but was chary of providing specifics.....read more
Healthcare Education Website Announces 20 Most Innovative Surgeons Alive Today
January 21, 2014
A new article by Healthcare-Administration-Degree.net features the 20 Most Innovative Surgeons Alive Today. The article profiles 20 ground-breaking surgeons around the world with emphasis on their educational backgrounds and medical accomplishments. The Healthcare Administration Degree Programs website provides free information and guidance regarding schools and careers in the medical industry.
The 20 surgeons named in the article are noted for significant advances in various fields of medicine including transplants, cardiovascular medicine, tissue regeneration, robotic surgery, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and more. They have worked to develop minimally invasive surgical techniques and scientific devices to the benefit of thousands of patients around the world.......read more
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RTI Helps DLR MIRO Lab See the Future of Remote Operation on a Beating Heart
January 14, 2014
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired) - Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the real-time infrastructure software company, today announced that MIRO Lab, an advanced robotic assistance research laboratory at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC) within the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is leveraging the RTI Data Distribution Service (DDS) middleware solution to support minimally invasive robotics surgery (MIRS).
RTI Connext™ DDS is used to connect the surgeon to multiple remote operating instruments, view moving objects with a stabilized camera and, most importantly, enable a haptic feedback loop that connects the surgeon's touch -- the most important of surgeons' skills -- to remote surgical instruments. This new technique provides surgeons with a wealth of possibilities, including minimally invasive, open-heart surgery.
Connext DDS delivers high performance, distributed communications software for MIRO Lab's mission-critical, decoupled systems architecture. Connext DDS provides the communications infrastructure to facilitate coordination between the DLR MIRO robots, the endoscope, the surgeon's robot controllers and the user interfaces.
"Connext DDS is the perfect tool because it enables us to create our vision of a versatile robotic surgery system for research," said Stefan Jörg, research engineer of robotics and mechatronics center at DLR. "Its simple, data-centric architecture delivers a wonderful high-performance research platform with an extreme degree of flexibility and adaptability.".....read more
SurgiQuest Reaches Over 100,000 Procedures Worldwide
January 13, 2014
SurgiQuest, Inc., a leading provider of innovative access technologies for minimally invasive surgery (MIS), today reported that surgeons have successfully used the AirSeal® System in more than 100,000 procedures worldwide.
SurgiQuest's patented AirSeal® Access System optimizes the laparoscopic environment and provides unparalleled stability in the abdominal cavity during MIS. Unlike conventional insufflation and trocar systems, the Company's breakthrough integrated platform ensures stable pneumoperitoneum, continuously evacuates smoke and plume when energized medical devices such as electro-cautery, laser or ultrasound are used, and provides valve-free access to the abdominal cavity during both robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Recent clinical data suggests that use of the AirSeal system is associated with less post-operative pain, reduced pain medication use, and improved parameters for both intra-operative ventilation and hemodynamics.
"The AirSeal System has become my standard of care for use in robotic prostatectomy procedures," said Vipul Patel, M.D., the Medical Director of Florida Hospital's Global Robotics Institute and the world's most experienced robotic surgeon. "We are extremely pleased with the clinical benefits that it provides to our patients and with the improved efficiency we have seen in our robotic procedures since deploying the AirSeal System."
"Reliability in surgery is key. When it comes to creating a stable surgical environment, AirSeal truly sets itself apart from other technologies," said Arnold P. Advincula, who is the Vice Chair of Women's Health and Chief of Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.....read more
TransEnterix Enters Next Phase of Development of SurgiBot? System
January 13, 2014
Multiple surgeons perform general surgery procedures in pre-clinical testing
TransEnterix, Inc. (OTCBB: TRXC), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of flexible instruments and robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery, today announced that multiple surgeons have used SurgiBot, the company's patient-side minimally invasive robotic system, to successfully complete general surgery procedures in the porcine model. The procedures performed in the pre-clinical testing included cholecystectomy and sleeve gastrectomy.
Dr. Michel Gagner, who is president of the 2014 World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders, is among the surgeons participating in the pre-clinical testing."SurgiBot has promise as a patient-side robotic system for precise dissection during many types of surgical procedures," Gagner said. "As an experienced laparoscopic surgeon, I appreciate the benefits of robotic precision, strength and ergonomics while remaining in control of the operative site in the sterile field. The system also allows the surgeon to control multiple instruments and a camera and therefore reduce reliance on other assistants during procedures."
The company plans to submit a 510(k) application for clearance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the SurgiBot system later in 2014......read more
Moving robot surgery from labs to hospitals
January 9, 2014
What if, in a few years from now, human surgeons were only needed for the most delicate operations, leaving more common tasks to robots? This not-so-fictional future is the dream of Dr Paolo Fiorini, who coordinated the EUROSURGE project, which ultimately targets the commercialisation of newly developed technologies in this sector.
Resources are becoming a more pressing concern every year for hospitals across Europe, while an ageing population, and higher expectations, are increasing the demands on healthcare services. Technology is one of the ways that we can hope to "square the circle" of improving the quality of care during surgery, while ensuring that such services remain accessible for patients.
In this context, investment in robotic surgery has become a growing trend in EU research. Soon, researchers expect to bring to market technologies that could perform surgical interventions automatically, or even robotic arms performing such interventions under the supervision of an actual surgeon located thousands of kilometres away. But while this all sounds very exciting, there is still a long way to go before such technologies reach your nearest city hospital.
Paolo Fiorini, a former scientist at NASA, has spent more than 20 years bridging gaps between research institutions and pushing for the commercialisation of newly developed technologies. His latest project goes by the name of EUROSURGE, which aims to build a pan-European community of researchers, simplify software development, and create an online platform that would act as the voice of scientists in this sector.
In an exclusive interview with the research*eu results magazine, Dr Fiorini explains the difficulties currently faced by EU scientists and his hopes for the future of this promising area of research.....read more
ProPep Surgical and HealthTronics Announce Collaboration to Market the ProPep Nerve Monitoring System Within the United States
January 8, 2014
ProPep Surgical, a privately held, Austin-based medical device company developing intraoperative nerve monitoring technologies for laparoscopic and robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery, announced today it signed an agreement with a subsidiary of HealthTronics, Inc., a leading national provider of urological products and services, to sell the ProPep Nerve Monitoring System within the United States.
The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is an electroneurodiagnostic device that measures and displays muscle activity for electromyography (EMG) applications during robotic and laparoscopic prostatectomies.
This device is designed as an adjunct to the current open or laparoscopic prostatectomy in which a nerve location technique is used. It is not designed to replace the surgeon's expertise in the location of nerves of the pelvic region. Each surgeon's skill determines whether these nerves are spared regardless of any aid.
The Pep Electrode Introducer is indicated for use to provide temporary percutaneous placement of EMG monopolar needle electrodes during minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures.....read more
Globus Medical Announces Acquisition of Robotics Developer Excelsius Surgical
January 8, 2014
Globus Medical, Inc. (NYSE: GMED), a leading musculoskeletal implant manufacturer, today announced that it has acquired Excelsius Surgical. Excelsius Surgical is developing a next generation surgical robotic positioning platform for spine, brain and therapeutic markets. The Excelsius Surgical system is a robotic surgical aid for navigating and facilitating surgical access, implant sizing, positioning and placement, and is designed to enable surgeons to perform procedures more quickly and with greater accuracy, safety and reproducibility than is currently available in the marketplace today.
"We are very excited by the strategic fit and potential of Excelsius Surgical. Our product development efforts focus on products designed to minimize tissue disruption, blood loss and surgical complications, and we believe that the use of advanced technology solutions, such as the Excelsius Surgical system, will enable surgeons to consistently achieve better surgical outcomes," said David Paul, Chairman and CEO of Globus.
The Excelsius Surgical robotic positioning system is being designed to integrate intra-operative digital imaging with a sophisticated robotic surgical assistant that maintains anatomical positioning during the surgery with sub-millimeter accuracy. The technology was developed in conjunction with Dignity Health's Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. Co-founders Neil R. Crawford, PhD, Associate Professor of Spinal Biomechanics at Barrow, and Nicholas Theodore, MD, neurosurgeon and Chief of Spine Surgery at Barrow, led the development of the technology......complete article
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Facing Suits By Insurers Concerning Da Vinci Lawsuits
Januaty 6, 2014
As da Vinci robot lawsuit (davincirobotlawsuithelp.com) filings continue to mount in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that two insurers for Intuitive Surgical, Inc. recently filed suit in California Federal Court seeking to rescind policies that cover product liability claims involving the da Vinci Surgical System.
According to a complaint filed by Navigators Specialty Insurance Co. on December 16, 2013, in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Intuitive Surgical allegedly failed to disclose tolling agreements it had reached with a number of da Vinci lawsuit claimants to extend the statute of limitations in those cases. (Case No. 5:2013cv05801)
In October, another insurer, Illinois Union Insurance Co., filed a similar lawsuit in the Northern District of California that accused Intuitive Surgical of failing to disclose the number of da Vinci robot lawsuits that have been filed against the company. That lawsuit also alleged that Intuitive concealed tolling agreements pertaining to some of those cases. (Case No. 5:2013cv04863)........read more
TMCP presents latest information on robotic surgery
Posted on AARS: January 6, 2014
On January 13, 2014 The Medical Center of Plano will present “The Revolutionary Robot” as the topic at their Focus on Men’s Health and Spirited Women monthly seminars. The presentation will provide a look at one of the most popular surgical treatment options, and also feature insights from various surgeons, as they explain how robotic assisted procedures have affected their fields.
There will be a panel of four surgeons representing bariatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery. Dr. Sheetal Patel, Dr. Arlene Jacobs, Dr. Thomas Hoang, and Dr. Warrett Kennard will explain the benefits and advantages their patients have experienced after robotic assisted surgical procedures. Benefits attributed to robotic assisted surgical procedures include: more precision during the procedure, less trauma and pain, less blood loss, lower risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, and less scarring. These benefits can lead to a faster recovery time for the patient, and also allow for a reduced exposure to possible infection.
This will be the perfect opportunity for potential patients, or those who are simply interested in learning about these innovative surgical procedures. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be held in The Medical Center of Plano’s auditorium, located at 4001 W. 15th Street, Suite 315, in Plano. For reservations, please call (214) 473-7317.
NAGPUR: Dr Aashay Kekatpure, a young orthopaedic surgeon from the city, has been invited as a research professor in robotic shoulder and elbow surgery at the prestigious Asan Medical Centre (AMC) at Seoul in South Korea. He is the first foreigner and Indian to be appointed on the coveted post. His mentor, along with a team comprising Kekatpure, will be using robots to conduct arthroscopic shoulder surgeries - the first time such a procedure will be performed in the world.
"I already had a stint at the AMC from December 2012 to May 2013 as an advanced shoulder and elbow fellow and published four papers in international journals. I have been invited by the centre as a research professor in robotic shoulder surgery, a fast-emerging branch in orthopaedic surgery, for a period of one year. I am delighted to be a part of the team which will be performing the first robotic endoscopic shoulder surgeries in the world," Dr Kekatpure told TOI.
Dr Kekatpure took up the fellowship at AMC, Seoul. It was here that his mentor and guide Jeon In-Ho decided to switch to robotic shoulder surgeries as a specialized branch. Two engineers were already on the job designing and developing the robots during the fellowship period, Dr Kekatpure said.
Dr Kekatpure said his mentor Jeon In-Ho and his team are planning to build a robotic set-up in the field. He has already used rigid arthroscopes with 30 and 70 degrees field of vision for such surgeries in his six months stay at the centre.......read more
Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine
Robotic Tool for Scoliosis Surgery
January 3, 2014
Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, commonly found in children. At Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, doctors are using a robotic tool to make scoliosis surgery safer and more precise.
Two years ago, Madison Shaffer, a typical almost-13-year-old, was diagnosed with moderate to severe scoliosis and needed surgery.
“It not only twists and you see a C or an S shaped curve, but it twists like a spiral staircase,” said Dr. Meagan Fernandez, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon with Geisinger Health System.
Dr Fernandez used Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ Guidance System to perform Madisons' surgery. The device, about the size of a small soda can, allows her to pre-plan the procedure on a computer, more accurately than free-hand.
“With any new technology or medicine, you want it to be safe, first and foremost, you want it to be effective, and you want it to be cost-effective. This affords all three of those things,” Dr. Fernandez said.
Surgeons still do the surgery, she points out. This technology simply adds a level of precision by pinpointing the spot where a screw will be inserted. Once screws are in place, a rod is used to straighten out the spine until it fuses.......read complete article
The tool used here for spinal surgery is from Mazor Robotics
Hospital sets talk on robotic system
Posted on AARS: January 2, 2014
MILLBROOK — Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie will host a free seminar Jan. 15th at 6.00pm about its newest robotic system.
The program will be held in the Ambulatory Surgery Center, 21 Reade Place, 4th floor.
Dr. Frank Lombardo, orthopedic surgeon of the Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, will lead the discussion.
For more information and to register, call 845-483-6088.
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