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FDA Approves Mazor Robotics’ Emerald Surgical Implants January 31, 2011
Mazor Robotics’ SpineAssist is a surgical robot, enabling surgeons to safely and precisely perform spine fixation procedures. The robotic system includes a robot and a workstation featuring the sophisticated surgical scheduling software. During the surgery, the robot is mounted on the patient’s spine. In multiple spine surgeries, the vertebrae are gripped by Emerald implants.
Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor Robotics, has stated that they are confident that their SpineAssist surgical system will fortify their position in the spinal procedures segment. He added that Emerald implants are exclusively developed to function along with the Spine Assist for effective assistance during spine surgery, helping both surgeons and patients.
The Emerald implant effectively endured all the regulatory and bio-mechanical conformity requirements of the FDA. In addition, top surgeons in Europe and the US also supported the development of this surgical implant. Marketing of Emerald is likely to begin in the second half of this year. Source: azorobotics
HIQA to probe robotic surgery January 31, 2011
The health safety watchdog HIQA is to carry out an assessment of robot-assisted keyhole surgery. HIQA says it is undertaking the probe at the request of the HSE.
Robot-assisted surgery is an advanced method of keyhole surgery which has applications in a wide range of surgeries in including procedures in urology, gynaecology, cardiology and diseases of the head and neck.
The assessment is to be carried out by an expert group under HIQA's director of Health Technology Assessment, Dr Mairin Ryan.
HIQA stressed that the request from the HSE (website) to investigate robotic surgery had not arisen from any clinical incident or adverse event with this type of surgery.
Dr Ryan told irishhealth.com that the health executive had asked HIQA to assess robot keyhole surgery in terms of evidence of its clinical benefit and cost-effectiveness and to assess the level of staff training that would be required with the equipment....continue reading
Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ, testing robotic arm for heart procedures January 30, 2011
Dr. Timothy Mahoney, an electrophysiologist, says it took a little more than a minute to get used to controlling a new robotic arm to guide a heart catheter being tested in a clinical trial at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Instead of maneuvering the catheter by hand, he used what he describes as a remote-control joystick. Mahoney had been told he wouldn't have the same kind of tactile feedback he gets directing the catheter by hand. That was not a problem, he said.
"There wasn't much loss I could appreciate using a robot versus doing it by hand," Mahoney said this past week, adding that there are numerous advantages.
Mahoney is one of a group of doctors in Morristown Memorial's electrophysiology lab participating in a trial for a robotic arm, called the Amigo, that one day might make it easier for physicians to treat irregular heartbeats and even install heart valves. He used it for the first time on a patient earlier this month.
The robot is made by company based in Mount Olive called Catheter Robotics Inc. and is being tested at about a half dozen sites across the country, including the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Memorial.
Doctors conducting the study say they expect the robot, if it passes the trial, to help keep the catheter more stable than they can by hand under some circumstances. And because they use a fluoroscope to help guide them through the heart, the robotic arm allows them to work far enough away so they don't have to wear a 15-pound protective lead apron for hours at a time....read more
Robotic surgery for bladder cancer January 29, 2011
Ken Patterson was diagnosed with stage three bladder cancer. "I couldn't believe it. I just kept asking if he had the right patient," he said.
Surgeon Carol Salem uses a robot to remove the cancer, take out the bladder and prostate. "It's a devastating diagnosis because as you can imagine, getting the tumor out is one thing, which includes the removal of the bladder and the prostate," she said.
Treating bladder cancer is traditionally done by creating a large incision from the pubic bone to the belly button. The robotic surgery requires an incision a third of that size and there's less blood loss. Both help lead to a faster recovery.
During Ken's surgery, Dr. Salem was able to build a new bladder out of his bowel - giving him control he thought he might never have again.
"When we do surgery robotically, we can spare the pelvic nerves," said Dr. Salem.
This surgery is not for everyone. Patients must have good kidney function and no cancer in the urethra.
For women, robot-assisted surgery can be used for removal of the bladder, uterus and ovaries.
First robotic lobectomy done at OP Medical Center January 28, 2011
Orange Park Medical Center says one of its surgeons has become the first in North Florida and South Georgia to perform a procedure called a lung lobectomy with robotic assistance.
Robot-assisted surgery is not new, however, using the robot for thoracic (chest) surgery is a relatively new surgical advancement for the treatment of lung cancer.
The surgical team was led by cardiothoracic surgeon Nathan Bates, who made three small incisions, about 8 millimeters long, in the side of the patient’s chest to insert the robotic-controlled tools he used to operate and a tiny high-definition camera that allowed him to see inside the patient’s chest.
The traditional surgery to open the chest and remove all or part of a lung, is called a thoracotomy. Since muscles of the chest wall are cut, patients usually experience significant post-operative pain and a long recovery.
"It’s a new way to do an old procedure," Bates says of using the robot. "We’ve always done lobectomies and lymph node dissections for lung cancer, but now we can use the robot and do it more minimally invasively."...read more
Corindus Vascular Robotics Announces FDA Conditional Approval for Pivotal Study to Evaluate Robotic-Assisted Placement of Coronary Guidewires and Stent/Balloon Catheters
NATICK, Mass. –January 26, 2011 – Corindus Vascular Robotics, a leading developer of precision vascular robotics, today announced it has been granted Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conditional Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of its CorPath® 200 System in delivering and manipulating coronary guidewires and stent/balloon systems in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) procedures.
With this approval, Corindus is authorized to begin its pivotal trial, CorPath PRECISE. The trial is a prospective, single-arm, multi-center, study, which will initially enroll 154 patients.
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Career Week at Mt. Laurel Elementary pairs robots with medicine January 25, 2011
Students get hands on with 'State of the Art' sugerical robot.
Mt. Laurel students experienced an out of the ordinary ‘Career Week’ presentation. Youngsters got a glimpse of how surgeons use a "State-of-The-Art" Robot to perform major medical procedures.
The school's principal believes the opportunity is opening student’s minds to broad possibilities.
“This is the age when kids are dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up. When they're thinking about what's out there -- this is something these kids would never dream of," said Angela Walker....read more
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Back in Action: Minimally Invasive Treatment of Spine and Neck Disorders. Posted: January 24, 2011
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Spine Center will perform live surgery on February 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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Forum to focus on using robotics, imaging and simulation in surgeries January 24, 2011
The symposium will be held at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) in Houston.
Held at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE) in in the new TMHRI building in the Texas Medical Center, "Computing, Robotic and Imaging for Surgery Platform" will provide a forum for new ideas to be exchanged in an interdisciplinary setting between surgeons and computational scientists.
"Computational surgery combines medical imaging, medical robotics, simulations and information technology in surgery. These disciplines are giving rise to a need for a new generation of engineers and scientists able to work with physicians and surgeons to develop new medical practices," said UH computer science professor Marc Garbey, who is co-hosting the conference with Dr. Barbara Bass, a surgeon and chair of the department of surgery at the Methodist Hospital. "This conference addresses the need in medicine for highly skilled collaborators to facilitate the rapid evolution toward computer-assisted surgery."....read more
Eddie Montgomery has been given a clean bill of heath after a cancer scare
Eddie Montgomery Is Cancer Free January 24, 2011
2011 brings good news for Eddie Montgomery who has been given a clean bill of heath after a cancer scare.
According to AOL’s The Boot. Montgomery’s doctor reports, “Mr. Montgomery underwent successful robotic surgery for prostate cancer in December. His cancer was completely excised, and he will not require further treatment for his prostate cancer in the future. Mr. Montgomery has benefited greatly from early detection of prostate cancer with PSA screening".
If it had not been for his son being in an accident in November, he may not have found out about his condition until much later. "My son had a four-wheeler wreck and trashed his shoulder in three places, so he had to go to a bone specialist," Eddie tells Country Weekly. "I'd been trying to exercise, get back to losing weight again, and was there talking to the bone specialist telling him how I'd been hurting in my hip."
The doctor offered to X-ray Eddie's joint, and when he did, he made an alarming discovery. "He X-rayed it and pulled me to the side, away from my son and said, 'I don't know about your hip, but you need to go to a prostate doctor immediately, because I see a shadow there,'" the singer recalls.
He underwent Robotic Surgery in december and was pronounced cancer-free in January.
"Montgomery Gentry" returned to the Grand Ole Opry over the weekend to make their first public appearance since Eddie underwent surgery last month.
The duo left for an eight-day USO tour to Seoul, South Korea and Okinawa, Japan yesterday. Before departing, Troy Gentry shared, “We couldn’t be more excited to start our year with a visit to the Opry and this USO trip to entertain our troops...read more
The last album the country duo released was Back When I Knew It All in 2008.
Doctors to demonstrate robotic surgery at Norwalk Hospital January 23, 2011
Anyone who imagines what it would be like to operate a robot will have the opportunity to do that during Norwalk Hospital's demonstration of the daVinci Robotic Surgical System at the Wilton Library Bruebeck Room, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 8.30 p.m., according to a news release.
Is Robotic Surgery Superior to Endoscopic and Open Surgeries in Thyroid Cancer? Posted: January 24, 2011
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic thyroidectomies have been performed using various approaches, and indications have expanded with the development of new surgical techniques and instruments. Endoscopic thyroid surgery using bilateral axillo-breast approaches have excellent cosmetic results and a symmetrical, optimal operative view. However, because of the two-dimensional view and the nonflexible instruments, these approaches are not easy to use in performing a central lymph node dissection (CND). Robotic surgery has drawn attention as a potentially safe and effective method for treating thyroid cancer. The aim of the present study was to determine whether robotic surgery is superior to endoscopic and open surgery through comparing technical aspects and surgical outcomes. METHODS: From October 2008 to December 2009, 302 patients had total thyroidectomies and CND with cancer less than 1Â cm. Patients were divided into three groups according to operation methods (open group; nÂ =Â 138), (endo group; nÂ =Â 95), (robot group; nÂ =Â 69). RESULTS: Young patients preferred the robotic and endoscopic surgery. The number of retrieved lymph nodes in the open group (4.8Â Â±Â 2.8) was not different from the robot group (4.7Â Â±Â 2.7) and the endo group (4.6Â Â±Â 3.7). The operative time of the robot group was longer than the open and the endo group. The total drain amount in the robot group was more than the open and endo groups; however, there was no difference in the length of hospitalization and complication rates. There were no differences between the open (0.8Â Â±Â 2.0) and robot groups (0.8Â Â±Â 1.4), but the endo group (2.4Â Â±Â 6.3) showed higher postoperative serum thyroglobulin off thyroid hormone (Off-Tg) when compared to the open and robot groups. CONCLUSIONS: Robotic surgery was equal to open surgery except with respect to operative time and was superior to endoscopic surgery in Off-Tg levels presenting completeness of the operation in thyroid cancer surgery. Because it has excellent cosmetic results and various technical advantages, it should be considered in young, low-risk patients with thyroid carcinoma less than 1Â cm. Source: BioPortfolio
'Robotic surgery needs multi-disciplinary approach in India' January 22, 2011
One of the most renowned urologists across the globe, Prokar Dasgupta feels robotic surgery needs to be made multi-disciplinary to reduce cost and increase its popularity in India.
"One of the most important reasons that prevented the bursting of robotic surgery in India, unlike in the US, is obviously the financial factor."
"In India, in order to make it more cost effective and popular, you have to make it multi-disciplinary. Multi-disciplinary groups have to come together," said Dasgupta, who is attached to King’s College, London.
One of the important advantages of robotic surgery is enhanced precision and reduced trauma to patient. The patient would experience less pain, trauma and bleeding, which means faster recovery.....continue reading
Technology Fights Cancer Without Needing to Make a Single Incision January 21, 2011
The Varian Novalis Tx™ performs “stereotactic body radiosurgery” in a matter of minutes and often in five or fewer treatment sessions, using precisely-shaped, targeted radiation beams to treat an array of malignant cancers and benign lesions.
Cancer specialists at South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Comprehensive Radiation Services are now using the medical industry’s most powerful and advanced radiation therapy technology to perform fast, precise, image-guided treatments for tumors and non-malignant growths without needing to make a single incision.
The technology, Varian Novalis Tx™, performs a type of radiation therapy called “stereotactic body radiosurgery.” In a matter of minutes, and often in five or fewer treatment sessions, it performs radiosurgery using precisely-shaped and targeted radiation beams to treat an array of malignant cancers and benign lesions, including brain, prostate, lung, spine, and liver cancers; even in previously irradiated sites.
"Prior to the Novalis Tx, a patient would have to be as still as possible for up to 60 minutes when receiving radiosurgery,” said Edward Mullen, MD, director of radiation oncology and co-medical director of Long Island Gamma Knife®. "That was inconvenient and uncomfortable, and the patient movement impacted treatment accuracy and effectiveness.”...continue reading
Robotic surgery to be main focus in USICON Kolkata, Jan 21 (PTI)
The USICON 2011, organised by the Urological Society of India, will be held here in Kolkata from January 21 - 24, 2011 with one of the main focus areas being robotic surgery. Dr. Shivaji Basu, organising secretary, said that there would be many topics discussed and deliberated upon at USICON like the role of Robotics in Urology, the subject of Uro-Oncology and Renal Transplantation.
Dr. Amit Ghose, the co-organising secretary, said in the last decade and a half, urology has undergone a sea change and the USICON conference will have national and international experts and urologists deliberating on various topics.
He said there are seven robotic surgery set-ups in India, out of which five are in Delhi and one each in Chennai and Pune. He said there is no robotic surgery facility in West Bengal, but doctors are trying their best to get one as the benefits are widely acknowledged....source
Aureon Biosciences’ Prognostic Tests Presented at the 2011 International Robotic Urology Symposium January 20, 2011
Several prominent urologic surgeons discussed their use of Aureon’s prognostic tests.
Today, Aureon Biosciences, Inc. announced that several prominent urologic surgeons discussed their use of Aureon’s prognostic tests, Post-Op Px™ and Prostate Px, at this year’s International Robotic Urology Symposium (IRUS) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At the conference, Dr. Vipul Patel, Medical Director of the Global Robotics Institute and Urologic Oncology Program, Founder of the Society of Robotic Surgery and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Robotic Surgery, performed live surgery and discussed how he incorporated Aureon’s Prostate Px+ risk assessment technology into his practice. Dr. Patel considers Aureon’s risk assessment information as he plans his surgical approach. Dr. Patel has helped establish programs at Cornell New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Yale University, Lahey Clinic, University of Miami, MD Anderson, Duke University, as well as programs in major institutions on every continent.
In a podium presentation on Saturday, Dr. Ketan K. Badani, Director of Robotic Surgery in the Department of Urology at Columbia University discussed an ongoing research project looking at the use of nerve sparing techniques in robotic prostatectomy. Dr. Badani’s research examined the potential utility of Aureon’s Favorable Pathology endpoint for Prostate Px+ for better surgical planning; there was a high degree of concordance between Aureon’s biopsy-based and post-prostatectomy tests. Dr. Badani was fellowship-trained in laparoscopic and robotic oncology with Dr. Mani Menon at the Vattikuti Urology Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where robotic prostatectomy was developed. Dr. Badani has developed enhanced nerve-sparing techniques to preserve sexual function after robotic prostatectomy without compromising cancer control....continue reading
Microsoft Kinect hack used to help robotic surgeons January 19, 2011
It's already been used to make giant shadow puppets, light sabres and give people robotic alter-egos, among a host of other applications.
Now a group of students at the University of Washington are using a hack of Microsoft's Kinect controller to help give robotic surgeons a greater sense of touch when they are performing operations. It's like a giant, high-tech version of the classic 1980s game Operation, in fact.
While robot-assisted surgery is far from new, what robots lack is the ability to tell their human counterparts when they have grazed a vein or are scratching bones. The team have changed all that by hacking the Kinect and combined it with gaming force-feedback - or haptic - technology to create a 3D model of a human body which tells them when they might be too close to a vital organ.
The code written for the Kinect lets it react to incursions by the robotic surgeon's scalpel into restricted areas of the body and sends information back to the joystick used to control the robot, stopping it from moving.
The Kinect's relatively poor resolution would need upgrading for the hack to work in real operations. Still, the university team say that a piece of hardware to do the same job would normally have cost as much as $50,000. By contrast, the Kinect costs a scant $150, so it could be modified extensively to get it ready for surgery while remaining a comparative bargain. Source newsscientist.com
Dr. Robot, David Samadi, operates on the first patient in Israel Posted: January 18, 2011
Robotic surgery is becoming more and more common. In 10 years I can see robots being commonplace in ORs around the world. This surgery is the first robotic surgery to take place in Israel.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Expert Dr. David Samadi Addresses Study That Finds Exercise Beneficial Against Prostate Cancer Death Rate NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 15, 2011)
According to a study published in the January 4th online issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, prostate cancer patients who routinely exercise apparently lower their risk of dying from the disease. Vigorous activity can improve the prognosis among prostate cancer patients, but even moderate physical activity seemed to reduce the overall risk as well.
"The study is encouraging but it cannot pinpoint accurately exactly why and how exercise affects the morbidity rate of prostate cancer patients," said Dr. David B. Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy and robotic surgery expert, as well as the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
"It could be that exercise is related to decreased likelihood of inflammation or maybe it has some sort of impact on the immune system," said Dr. Samadi, "But I have always advocated exercise and physical activity to combat the effects of obesity, which is the cause of many health-related problems alone." Samadi advises at least three hours or more of exercise per week to his patients, regardless of their risk factors. "But if the bonus is a major risk reduction in prostate cancer mortality, then all the better," he said.
"This is not to say that physical activity is the cure for prostate cancer," said Dr. Samadi, "But it's definitely positive research, especially when you look at other studies that link exercise to improved outcomes for other cancers." As always, more research is required to ascertain the exact link of exercise on cancer patients....read more
Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre (QRSC) has become one of the busiest surgical training centres in the region by improving the quality of surgical care in Qatar.
Robotic Surgery Centre among region’s busiest January 13, 2011
DOHA: Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre (QRSC) has become one of the busiest surgical training centres in the region by improving the quality of surgical care in Qatar. At least half of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) surgical residents have been trained in basic laparoscopy and 150 HMC clinicians will be given sugical training in the next six months.
QRSC, a partnership between Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and HMC provides robotic and non-robotic minimally invasive surgery training. The centre has organised 24 surgical courses during the last three months of 2010 and will organise 18 courses from now until end of March 2011.
During the period, almost 150 clinicians will be trained. The vast majority of the trainees are based in Qatar and the partnership between QSTP and HMC clearly contributes to the quality of surgical care in the country.
“Two exceptional features of our partnership with HMC are the decision to offer basic training in minimally invasive surgery to every resident of HMC and the involvement of local surgeons as instructors,” said Jan Nuyens, Manager of QRSC.
“As a result, our training programs are strongly rooted in local practice and clearly answer the needs of Qatar and the region, while upholding international standards of quality.” The joint objective of HMC and QRSC is to further improve the quality of patient care by increasing the local availability of surgical training. The partnership has allowed QRSC to establish very professional training programmes by building on the expertise and skills of HMC surgeons and the Medical Education Department....continue reading
Dr. David B. Samadi, MD Goes the Distance With Robotic Surgery and Prostate Cancer Treatment Due to His SMART Surgery Technique January 12, 2011
When international prostate cancer patients seek the best robotic prostate surgeon, the name David Samadi MD usually comes up. "I have a pretty far-reaching international patient base, and my staff is very skilled in dealing with traveling patients," said Dr. David B. Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy expert, as well as the Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Creator of the SMART Surgery Technique, which stands for "Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique," Dr. Samadi combines his open radical prostatectomy and laparoscopy skills along with his oncologic expertise and adds in his unique robotic surgical experience.
Samadi, a uro-pathologist expert in prostate cancer treatment, performs this distinctive prostate surgery himself, from beginning to end, one operating room at a time -- which is extremely unique in New York. With a successful 3,100 cases to his credit, his revolutionary and advanced prostate cancer surgery and prostate cancer treatment method drastically reduces blood loss, pain, hospital stay, recovery time and the dreaded side effects of other treatments.
With the SMART Technique, there have been no instances of rectal perforations in Dr. Samadi's last 3,100 cases -- a claim that very few surgeons can make. Additionally, with a transfusion rate close to zero (only three in Samadi's last 1,600 cases have needed a blood transfusion), the SMART Technique is the most personalized robotic prostate surgery procedure of its kind in New York. The bloodless procedure results in less damage to the delicate neurovascular bundle that is responsible for sexual function and urinary control. Samadi proudly boasts a record of 97% continence and 85% potency for his patients.
"The most important thing for my patients is a cure, but so is their urinary and sexual function," said Dr. Samadi, "The SMART Surgery Technique enables me to successfully give my patients all three of these vital factors and return them to their quality of life."...continue reading
Robotic Surgery of 'Tremendous Benefit' to Patients ScienceDaily January 12, 2011
Robot-assisted surgery dramatically improves outcomes in patients with uterine, endometrial, and cervical cancer, said researchers at the Jewish General Hospital's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research in Montreal. Moreover, because of fewer post-operative complications and shorter hospital stays, robotic procedures also cost less.
These results were published in late 2010 in a series of studies in The Journal of Robotic Surgery and The International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.
To date, adoption of robotic surgery has been slowed by fears that it will raise overall healthcare costs. In Canada, robotic procedures are not yet covered by any provincial healthcare plan.
"To the contrary, robotic surgery definitely benefits patients and society," said Dr. Walter H. Gotlieb, Head of Gynecologic Oncology at the JGH Segal Cancer Centre. "Patient quality of life is dramatically improved, their hospital stays are much shorter and they use far less narcotic pain medication. The majority of our patients need nothing stronger than Tylenol."...continue reading
Delnor Physician Performs Kidney Removal Surgery through Small Incision using Da Vinci Robotic Technology January 11, 2011
Imagine removing an organ the size of a kidney through a tiny incision in a patient’s belly button? At Delnor Hospital in Geneva, this remarkable feat was achieved recently by a physician using the latest version of the da Vinci Robotic surgical system.
“This approach offers numerous benefits, including significantly less pain and bleeding; less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery,” states Gustavo M. Banti, M.D., board certified urologist on the Delnor medical staff who performed the surgery. ”Using the da Vinci technology that Delnor invested in has enabled me to provide my patients with better clinical outcomes, and in many cases fewer chances for complications that are often associated with traditional open surgery.” The technique also gives better pain control following surgery.
The 2011 “What’s New in Robotic Surgery Across Specialties”
sponsored by Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery will be held:
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, Ohio; course directors are Dr. Ronney Abaza and Dr. Jeffrey Fowler; and a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits are offered. For more information, visit http://cancer.osu.edu/go/Robotics
RPCI first for robotic-surgery training January 11, 2011
The accreditation from the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) allows the hospital to participate in a scholarship program for young urologists, providing for three-month Robot Assisted Mini Fellowships. The training includes laparoscopic and robot-assisted skills development and the opportunity to observe procedures.
Roswell Park offers postdoctoral and graduate study through the Roswell Park Graduate Division of the University of Buffalo
The SIU, based in Montreal, Canada, is an international professional organization for urologists.
Since its inception in 2005, Roswell’s Center for Robotic Surgery has trained surgeons from around the globe, including teams from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Switzerland and Germany as well as from top U.S. universities.
The center is led by Dr. Khurshid Guru, co-inventor of one of the first robotic surgical training simulators and co-founder of Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, spun off from Roswell Park and the University at Buffalo last February....continue reading
Global Computer Assisted Surgical (CAS) Systems Market to Reach US$2.2 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. January 6, 2011
CAS technologies have drastically changed the way in which surgeries are performed. Advances in Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) technologies have enabled to expedite progress in medical and surgical interventions. Employing the robust and clinically proven CAS systems, surgeons can utilize improved surgical techniques with much greater success rates. Besides, CAS technologies aid patients as they experience less pain and shorter recovery periods, which in turn lead to shorter hospital stays and reduced hospital bills.
Pressure from the recession, which severely impacted most industrial sectors has forced growth to slow down in the healthcare industry, which was once widely opined to be recession resilient. With most surgical systems and equipment being capital heavy investments, tight liquidity, lack of credit availability, capital shortages, and high borrowing rates, triggered by the recession, has forced hospitals and healthcare facilities to reduce capital expenditures on new equipments.
In the United States, for instance, reductions in federal funding coupled with declines in philanthropic donations, have put hospitals under severe financial pressures thus blocking investments in medical equipments. Expensive computer assisted surgical devices and systems are therefore relatively sensitive to economic cycles and although still offer a sturdy value proposition from a technology standpoint have temporarily lost their popularity due to a host of macro economic reasons, such as, decline in reimbursements of medical imaging, cutbacks in healthcare expenditure, budgetary constrains and postponement of equipment replacement decisions....read more
Kaweah Delta district offers free seminar January 6, 2011
Kaweah Delta Health Care District will host a free seminar on hysterectomies and the da Vinci Si Surgical System with Dr. Mark Wiseman, a Visalia obstetrician and gynecologist.
The seminar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 12 at the Sequoia Regional Cancer Center, 4945 W. Cypress Ave. Wiseman will discuss minimally invasive gynecologic procedures and robotic surgery on the da Vinci Si.
A complimentary lunch will be provided to those who register in advance by calling 1-877-529-3241.
10 Years Later: Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer From Henry Ford Health Systems News - January 4, 2011
LAS VEGAS - Ten years ago, the first robotic assisted surgery for prostate cancer in the United States took place at Henry Ford Hospital's Vattikuti Institute.
Today, the majority prostate of cancer surgeries are done robotically. At Henry Ford alone, more than 6,000 procedures have been performed during the past decade.
The International Robotic Urology Symposium 2011 is hosted by the Henry Ford Vattikuti Urology Institute and the Vattikuti Foundation.
At the conference, Henry Ford's Mani Menon, M.D., the pioneer behind the robotic revolution, will discuss the last decade in the field and its expanded use by physicians around the world, as well as what the future holds for the technology.
And after 10 years, the use of robotic technology is no longer confined to removing cancerous prostates....continue reading
Dr. Jennifer VandeVelde controls surgical tools via a dual console robot during a procedure at Akron City Hospital. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Devices help doctors learn January 4, 2011
Dual trainers monitored by attending physicians let residents at hospitals perform robotic surgery
Think of it as driver's ed for the modern-day doctor-in-training.
Dual trainers at Summa Health System's Akron City Hospital and Akron General Medical Center are allowing obstetrics and gynecology residents to be in the driver's seat during robotic-assisted procedures.
A more experienced attending physician sits at a nearby console, ready to provide guidance or apply the brakes and take over the procedure at any second.
''With residents, they actually are doing the surgery. If there is something I want to show them, I will push a button and take the instruments away from them and then, in a split second, show them how to do it,'' said Dr. Ross Marchetta, Akron General's director of robotic gynecological surgery. ''It's probably the most ideal way of training in any kind of surgery. It's amazing.''...continue reading
Dr. John Ditslear
Q & A with Dr. John Ditslear January 2, 2011
More and more, robots are entering the operating room. Now a robot can help surgeons with gastric-bypass operations, which resize the stomach to limit food consumption and cause weight loss. Last fall, Dr. John Ditslear, a surgeon with Clarian Bariatrics, became the first Indiana surgeon to perform a gastric-bypass procedure with the da Vinci Surgical System.
Question: How much of a breakthrough is this?
Answer: This has all of the benefits of laparoscopy -- smaller incision, quicker recovery and less risk of infections and other complications. It's the same procedure. It's just a different tool. This gives you 3-D visualization so you can see things a little bit better. It gives you more articulation, a little more precision in suturing.
Q: How often will you use this?
A: I'm still trying to make those decisions. Right now, we do most of the cases laparoscopically. Maybe there's an advantage for some of the more complicated procedures or for patients who are more obese, for whom it can be more difficult to do the surgery laparoscopically. With robotic instrumentation, it's a lot easier to maneuver. Sometimes patients who are more obese have more fat in their abdominal wall, so it can be hard to manipulate the instruments. The robot works a little bit differently and articulates the way a wrist would.
Q: Does this cost more than non-robotic surgery?
A: Probably so. We haven't looked into the cost. The robots are costly. The hospital (Clarian North) already has a robot, and it's used for a lot of other procedures. So it's something the hospital has already invested in.
Q: How did you persuade your patient to be the first?
A: It really wasn't very difficult. I explained to him we would be doing the same procedure, we would just be using the robot to do part of it. All of the surgeries so far have gone very well. We have done five. If someone is a candidate for a laparoscopic procedure, they can potentially be candidates for the da Vinci.
Q: Five years down the road, will this be the way all bariatric surgeries are done?
A: Possibly. The technology is pretty remarkable, and things are constantly changing, so it could change the way a lot of surgeries are done.
Q: What's on the horizon?
A: Endoscopic procedures, where you can make the stomach smaller through an endoscope, and gastric bifurcation, where you suture the stomach closed rather than removing (part of) it.
Q: Is it less expensive?
A: More insurances are covering it, although it still is excluded by a lot of policies. Numerous studies show that over three years it pays for itself, and after that, it decreases the overall expenditures of patients.
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