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Robotic Surgery Used to Perform Region’s First Single Port Procedure
Posted: January 31, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y.— On Friday (Jan. 27), T. Paul Singh, M.D., chief of minimally invasive surgery at Albany Medical Center, successfully removed a diseased gallbladder through a single incision in a patient’s navel using the da Vinci robot. This is the first single port, robotic assisted cholecystectomy performed in northeastern New York.
Last year, the FDA approved robot manufacturer Intuitive Surgical, Inc., to market its Single-Site instrumentation for laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures and Albany Med was designated one of only 20 centers in the country approved to perform this advanced technique. The system, which enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from four to six down to one incision that is less than an inch in length, is intended to reduce instrument crowding typically associated with hand-held, laparoscopic single-incision devices.
According to Dr. Singh, the success of this procedure signifies the beginning of major advancements in the field of single port robotic surgery as surgeons continually strive to alleviate discomfort, reduce blood loss, shorten length of hospital stay, minimize scarring and hasten recovery....read more
Reducing Nerve Damage in Prostate Cancer Surgery
January 30, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new study suggests that Preoperative MRI may help surgeons make better decisions about procedures that may cause nerve damage in men with prostate cancer.
"I think preoperative MRI will be useful for surgeons who are uncertain whether to spare or resect the nerves. Our surgeons feel that, compared with clinical information alone, MRI is worthwhile for all patients, because it identifies important information leading to a change in the surgical plan in almost a third of patients," assistant professor of radiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angelos, Daniel J.A. Margolis, M.D., was quoted as saying,
Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) is a surgery that makes smaller incisions than open radical prostatectomy in the belly through robotic arms in order to make a delicate process more precise. The main goal of RALP is to remove all cancer. However, a serious risk in this kind of surgery is possible nerve damage. By performing RALP, tactile feedback is lacking and may compromise the surgeon's ability to evaluate bundles of nerves that are linked to the prostate, which includes the nerves directly linked to a man's ability to get an erection (Source: webmd.com). Dr. Margolis' research may have found a way to improve preoperative assessment of prostate cancer and the involvement of neurovascular bundles....read more
USF offers surgeons a way to study by smartphone
January 30, 2012
The University of South Florida and CaseNetwork have teamed to launch a new continuing education program for surgeons, delivered over mobile devices or online.
At the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation, leading surgeons provide cutting-edge, hands-on training for advanced surgical procedures — robotic, computer-assisted, and image-guided — in a “virtual hospital.” CaseNetwork has created a customized on-demand program, including video, audio and text, that immerses the surgeon in critical decision-making about a particular patient’s case, even before he or she begins the hands-on simulator training.
“Today’s physicians face many challenges, including trying to keep up with accelerating medical advances, while staying busier than ever before,” says Jeffrey Levy, CEO of CaseNetwork. “This leading-edge format helps physicians stay current in their fields and provide the best possible patient care.”.....
Urology journal finds robotic prostate surgery not meeting expectations
January 27, 2012
It was perhaps one of the biggest hopes in the advancement of robot-assisted medical surgery, but expectations have been too high, according to a new report from the research journal Urology. We’re talking about surgery for prostate removal, for those afflicted with prostate cancer. The study shows outcomes of the robotic procedure are not that different than those done by human hands.
It’s a fascinating thing to think about. Every day, doctors get in the operating room and instead of sitting at the patient’s side, he is at a computer console, operating the controls of robotic machinery that performs the delicate operation. Ever since the first successful surgery of its kind was performed several years ago, there were all kinds of hopes that patients would have extremely limited recovery time and a quicker return to their sex life.
Duke University Medical Center prostate surgeon Judd W. Moul, however, says that has not been the case. Moul, who led the Urology study, said patients who had the robot-assisted surgery were actually less satisfied in the long run. This, he conjectures, is because they have very high expectations. 89% of prostate cancer patients who had the robotic surgery said they expected to be out of the hospital in less than one day and to be back in perfect physical order within six months. And while Moul believes that is possible, the expertise in performing the surgery just isn’t there yet....read more
Multi-Specialty Robotic Training Center at George Washington Hospital January 27, 2012
The George Washington University Hospital, a 371-bedded hospital, is to commence a multi-specialty robotic training center in 2012.It has recently invested in two daVinci Si robotic systems and a dual console system. These systems included skills simulation for providing surgeon training and fluorescence imaging.
The new multi-specialty robotic training center will attract surgeons for important continuing education. The facility of having two daVinci Si robots along with the dual console system will allow two surgeons to jointly work during teaching sessions or while performing daVinci Si-enabled surgical assistance procedures. The robots have intercoms that allow communication between the surgeons. The surgeons can also interchange or transfer control of the endoscope and the robots arms.
Intuitive Surgical has announced the availability of new single-site instrumentation for surgically removing gall bladders using the daVinci Si systems. The George Washington University Hospital plans to send a surgical team to Intuitive Surgical to be trained in the new technology....read more
UK unveils its hybrid operating room January 26, 2012
The region's first hybrid operating room, one that adds imaging and robotics to traditional surgery, will reduce recovery time and the risk of postoperative complications when it opens this week at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, officials said.
Not only will common heart surgeries, such as insertions of stents, be performed more effectively in the hybrid room, officials said, but the state-of-the-art technology will better allow doctors to deal with complications that can arise out of complex heart surgeries such as endovascular aneurysm repairs.
The hybrid, plus eight new traditional operating rooms, were shown to the media Wednesday. The traditional operating rooms will be in use within the next few weeks. The hybrid room cost about $3.2 million compared to a traditional operating room's $1 million, according to UK HealthCare.
Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs, said the operating rooms mark another milestone in the creation of "world-class facilities with cutting-edge technology."
In the hybrid, industrial robotic technology matched with an imaging system allows a robotic arm to move to almost any location on a patient so the surgeon can see internal organs from various angles and in more detail....read more
2 Your Health:Trident Health introduces new options for robotic surgery January 26, 2012
Trident Health is excited to introduce “South Carolina Institute for Robotic Surgery.” In 2011, the SC Institute performed 662 robotic surgeries, twice as much as any other hospital in the Lowcountry. The experienced team of 14 surgeons trained on the da Vinci robotic system, perform a wide range of procedures including prostate surgery, gynecologic surgery, treatment for kidney disorders and certain types of cancer....read more
UIC surgeons break surgical ground January 25, 2012
Robotic surgery to remove a gallbladder via a single port was performed for the first time in the Midwest recently by surgeons at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Gallbladder surgery using this method involves a single incision instead of multiple cuts and less scarring, according to Dr. Enrico Benedetti, head of the department of surgery at UIC.
In robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a console operating joysticks that control the robot while its arms perform the actual surgery. The doctor sees the patient and every step of the procedure on various screens and can intervene immediately if necessary.
Dr. Pier Giulianotti, the surgeon at UIC who performed the robotic gallbladder removal, first began practicing robotic surgeries in 1989 and has since done hundreds of them....read more
The Dextre robot in NASA's predecessor Robotic Refueling Mission transfers and installs the tools module onto its permanent home on the International Space Station.(Source: NASA)
Surgical Robots Could Fix NASA Satellite January 25, 2012
A modified Da Vinci surgical robot is helping NASA study how robots can refuel and service space satellites, remotely controlled from Earth. The agency's Notional Robotic Servicing Mission is looking for ways that fully robotic spacecraft can perform servicing of GEO (geosynchronous earth orbit) satellites in space, avoiding the cost and danger of sending astronauts to do the same job
In a recent demonstration, engineering and computer science graduate students at Johns Hopkins University's campus in Baltimore modified a Da Vinci surgical robot console and used it and a workstation to control an industrial robot at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center 30 miles away.
The modified surgical robot also included a 3D eyepiece, which allowed the Baltimore operator to guide the remote industrial robot. The Da Vinci robot's 3D HD vision system gives operators 3D high-definition video displays for accurate depth perception, as well as an immersive experience that feels as if the robot is a virtual extension of the operator's body....read more
"Heart 411," a new book on heart health by two Cleveland Clinic cardiologists January 24, 2012
Can sex prevent heart disease? Can anger cause it? And what about red wine -- can we finally get an answer on whether it's good or bad for our hearts?
We can get that answer and a whole lot more in the new book "Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You'll Ever Need." The 550-page paperback, which goes on sale Jan. 31, was written by two of the Cleveland Clinic's top heart doctors.
Cardiac surgeon Marc Gillinov, who has one of the largest practices in robotic and minimally invasive mitral valve repair in the world, gained national attention when he operated on comedian Robin Williams' heart in 2009. And Steven Nissen, the Clinic's chairman of cardiovascular medicine, has appeared in the national media speaking out against unsafe, ineffective drugs.
Their book is an owner's manual for the heart, one that feels like it was written by a good friend -- who has a sense of humor.....read more
"Heart 411" goes on sale Jan. 31. The book, by two Cleveland Clinic cardiologists, sells for $19.95.
New Score Can Tell Surgeons How They Perform on The da Vinci(R) Robot
MScore to be unveiled at IMSH Conference.
SAN DIEGO and SEATTLE, Jan. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A new assessment system has been developed by a team of researchers to more reliably predict whether surgeons are ready to operate on patients using the da Vinci robot. The new technology, called MScore, provides more precise analysis of actual surgical performance, which has been shown to be difficult to accomplish using common training approaches.
Mimic Technologies, the simulation company that built the da Vinci simulation platform, is developing MScore, utilizing performance data collected from more than 100 experienced surgeons and academics who have completed at least 75 separate cases....read more
George Washington Hospital to Become Home of First Multi-Specialty Training Center in the Nation in Late Summer 2012; Invests in Two Da Vinci Si's
George Washington University Hospital Robotic Surgeons Have Mastered the Robot, Performing More Than 2,500 Robotic Procedures
WASHINGTON, Jan 23, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- The George Washington University Hospital, the regional leader for Robotic Surgery and the home to one of the largest robotic programs in the nation, will be the home to the region's first multi-specialty robotic training center in late summer 2012. The hospital also recently added two daVinci Si robots to its product line making it the first hospital in the Washington/Baltimore area with two daVinci Si systems with dual console capability and complete with fluorescence imaging and skills simulation for surgeon training.
"As a leader for robotic surgery in the region, the new multi-specialty robotic training center will promote vital continuing education attracting surgeons from across the United States and worldwide here to our nation's capital," says Kimberly Russo, Chief Operating Officer. "By investing in two daVinci Si's, The George Washington University Hospital has again shown that it is committed to using the most advanced technology to care for our patients."....read more
Hartford Hospital Selected as a Hansen Medical "Center of Excellence" for Sensei(R) X Robotic Catheter Platform. January 20, 2012
Hospital Joins Growing List of Leading Heart Centers Worldwide With Two or More Sensei X Robotic Catheter Systems
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and HARTFORD, CT, Jan 20, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Hansen Medical, Inc. (HNSN) a global leader in flexible robotics and the developer of robotic technology for accurate 3D control of catheter movement, and the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital today announced that Hansen Medical has selected Hartford Hospital to be a Center of Excellence for the Sensei(R) X Robotic Catheter System where electrophysiologists from around the globe will have the opportunity to be trained on flexible robotics with skilled and experienced physicians in a high-volume electrophysiology lab setting.
This new Center of Excellence will serve as the training center for the Northern United States and is expected to commence operation in February 2012. The hospital has also purchased its second Sensei X Robotic Catheter System, joining a growing list of leading heart centers worldwide with two or more Sensei X Systems....read more
Radiotherapy is effective in cancer treatment January 19, 2012
Cancer has emerged as a lifestyle disease with an increasing number of people falling prey to it over the last decade. However, the good news is that the pace of development in cancer treatment, especially radiation oncology, is quickening with innovations. Dr Kumar Swamy, consultant radiation oncologist, Healthcare Global Limited (HCG), detailed the latest developments in radiation oncology available in the city. With a phenomenal jump in imaging and software technology, radiotherapy has seen unprecedented development in the last 10 years in it’s over 100 years of existence.
“With development of TrueBeam STx and Precision Artiste in 2000, radiotherapy has become far safer and effective in the treatment of cancer. For example, earlier, prostate cancer could not be treated with radiotherapy, but now radiotherapy and radio surgery are becoming the preferred modality of treatment for prostate cancer,” Dr Swamy said. There are several non-cancerous tumours and diseases that are targeted by treatment using these sophisticated equipment, he added.
Another development is the introduction of robotics in radiotherapy. With this, radio surgery has got a shot in the arm. “Radio surgery is a specialised technique of radiotherapy where innumerable small beams get concentrated at a point and act together in destroying cancer cells that are resistant to conventional radiotherapy,” Dr Swamy said.
CyberKnife is the outcome of fusion of imaging, the most sophisticated tracking software and robotics. “Compared with linear accelerator-based radio surgery, CyberKnife radio surgery is technically more efficient in targeting the cancer and avoiding normal tissues, by automatic robotic adjustment of the position of the patient, bringing cancer cells in the line of a sharp radiation beam,” he added....read more
The kindness of strangers January 18, 2012
Robot-assisted surgery today is dominated by the da Vinci Surgical System, a device that scales down a surgeon’s hand movements in order to allow him to perform operations using tiny incisions. That leads to less tissue damage, and thus a quicker recovery for patients. Thousands of da Vincis have been made, and they are reckoned to be used in over 200,000 operations a year around the world, most commonly hysterectomies and prostate removals.
But the da Vinci is far from perfect. It is immobile and weighs more than half a tonne, which limits its deployability, and it costs $1.8m, which puts it beyond the reach of all but the richest institutions. It also uses proprietary software. Even if researchers keen to experiment with new robotic technologies and treatments could afford one, they cannot tinker with da Vinci’s operating system.
None of that is true of the Raven. This device—originally developed for the American army by Dr Hannaford and Jacob Rosen of the University of California, Santa Cruz, as a prototype for robotic surgery on the battlefield—is compact, light and cheap (relatively speaking) at around $250,000. More importantly for academics, it is also the first surgical robot to use open-source software. Its Linux-based operating system allows anyone to modify and improve the original code, creating a way for researchers to experiment and collaborate....read more
Robots emerging as powerful tool in Urology surgeries: Dr Peabody
Robots emerging as powerful tool in Urology surgeries: Dr Peabody January 18, 2012
Senior staff member of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan USA, Dr. James O. Peabody today said that increasing number of patients suffering from Urology ailments across the world preferred robotic surgeries. “Lots of patients have got benefited due to the robotic surgery in Urology and the success rate is very high,” said Dr Peabody while addressing the doctors and faculty of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura during “Robotic Uro Update 2012” organized by the Institute’s Urology Department here.
Serving as the Programme Director of the Fellowship Program at the Henry Ford health System Detroit, MI, Dr Peabody has performed over 3000 robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. Speaking on the topic ‘The future Of Robots In Urologic Surgery’, Dr Peabody said, the surgeons before undertaking any robotic procedure had to be trained properly. “They have to specialize in the subject,” Dr Peabody said adding the surgeon can later utilize the robot like scalpels and other surgical equipments in the operation theatre.....read more
Northside performs world’s first robotic HIPEC treatment for ovarian cancer Posted: January 17, 2012
In a news release emailed to the media Monday, Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs announced it performed the world’s first Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion (HIPEC) surgery for ovarian cancer Dec. 27.
The treatment was done using minimally invasive robotic surgery and was performed by Dr. John McBroom, a gynecological oncologist.
Until recently, treatment options for patients with advanced-stage ovarian cancer have only included surgery and conventional chemotherapy. However, with HIPEC and robotic surgery, surgeons can potentially improve their odds and reduce the morbidity associated with traditional open procedures.
Performed during surgery, HIPEC delivers heated chemotherapy into the abdominal cavity, which allows a much higher dose of chemo to permeate the diseased tissue than could be accomplished conventionally. The heat increases the effectiveness of the chemo. After the surgeon removes as much visible cancer as possible, the heated chemo is circulated throughout the abdomen, for up to 90 minutes, in an effort to kill the remaining cancer cells.
Intra-abdominal chemotherapy has been recommended by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as the standard of care for select patients with advanced-stage ovarian cancer. HIPEC has been associated with improved outcomes in other similar types of cancer , with fewer side effects than systemic chemo, and is being studied at several institutions as a potentially powerful weapon in the treatment of advanced-stage ovarian cancer....read more
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First Robotic Surgery Training Center to open in Japan this year January 16, 2012
A Japanese robot-assisted surgery training center, the first of its kind in the country, will open in Fujita Health University Hospital in the spring, according to the Japan Times Online.
Co-sponsored by Intuitive Surgical and Fujita Health, the training center will draw physicians from the 40 hospitals around the country which already have da Vinci systems installed.
The training center comes at the urging of the Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, which called for surgeons to get training from robot makers after a patient died during a da Vinci-assisted procedure in 2010. The cause was determined to be a lack of proper training in using the system the news source reported....read more
In a first, 3-month-old undergoes robot-aided surgery in Nadiad January 14, 2012
For the first time in India, a three-month-old child underwent a robot-assisted pyeloplasty in the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital (MPUH), Nadiad, on Thursday.
Dr Craig A Peters, a consultant urologist from Washington D C, conducted the successful operation with the help of a local team of doctors.
This was Dr. Peters' second visit to MPUH.....read more
India to get first robotic training centre for doctors January 14, 2012
NEW DELHI: Promising a new dimension to the future of robotic surgery in the country, India will soon be getting its first training centre for the technique, a robotic surgery firm said here Saturday.
"India has immense scope for robotic surgery. What we need is skilled manpower for doctors who can conduct the surgery. Vattikuti Foundation will open the first such training centre in Chennai by the end of this year for doctors from all over India," said Mahendra Bhandari, CEO of the Vattikuti Foundation, at the ongoing global robotics conference here.
The centre will provide services of skilled surgeons at affordable costs. By 2016, we expect 30,000 surgeries to be done annually with the new technology," Bhandari added......read more
EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer Debuts for da Vinci Si Surgical System January 13, 2012
Robotic surgery developer Intuitive Surgical Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) has received 510(k) clearance to market its EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer. The bipolar electrosurgical sealing and cutting instrument is designed for use with the firm’s da Vinci Si Surgical system and ERBE VIO 300 D electrosurgical generator. The wristed, disposable instrument is intended for bipolar coagulation and mechanical transection of vessels up to 7 mm in diameter and tissue bundles that fit in the jaws of the instrument. It is not intended for use for tubal sterilization or tubal coagulation for sterilization procedures.
The EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer enables da Vinci Si surgeons to fully control vessel sealing, according to the manufacturer, while providing high surgical precision, control, stability, and 3-D HD visualization.
Intuitive Surgical CEO Gary Guthart explains in a press release plans “to initiate a controlled rollout of this product in the United States in the first quarter of 2012, while also submitting for CE Mark.”...read more
Albany Med Physician Uses Robot to Remove Ovarian Cyst in Pregnant Woman January 13, 2012
The hour-long surgery was performed on December 28 by David Kimble, M.D., chief of urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at Albany Medical Center. The patient, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was able to go home the next day, and she and the fetus continue to do well.
According to Dr. Kimble, ovarian cysts are not uncommon during pregnancy and if removal is necessary, it can sometimes be done laparoscopically. But it was not an option for this patient. “Because of its size and location, removing this cyst laparoscopically would have been extremely dangerous, as the instrumentation is very limited in its dexterity and we would have had to physically displace the uterus in order to detach the blood supply. This would have placed obvious risk on the fetus.”
He says robotic surgery presented the safest and best option for the patient. “It was important for us not only to protect the mother, but also the fetus....read more
Football hall of famer to promote prostate health January 13, 2012
Norwalk, CT - Harry Carson, former linebacker for the New York Giants who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, will be a featured guest at Norwalk Hospital on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the main lobby. He will be joining Dr. Jonathan Bernie, chief of robotic surgery, in a community health education program promoting prostate cancer awareness.
The event is intended to bring awareness to the importance of regular prostate cancer screenings. Men at high risk should be screened at age 40 and high risk includes those with a family history of prostate cancer and/or men of African American decent....read more
Robots for brain surgery? EU project shows how January 13, 2012
Led by the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, the ROBOCAST partners targeted the development of ICT scientific methods and techniques for support in keyhole brain surgery. They developed a hardware experts call mechatronics, which constructs the robot's body and nervous system, as well as software that offers intelligence. The software comprises a multiple robot, an independent trajectory planner, an advanced controller and a set of field sensors.
The ROBOCAST consortium developed the mechatronic phase of the project as a modular system with two robots and one active biomimetic probe. These were integrated into a sensory motor framework to run as one unit......how does it work
N.E.D. ("No Evidence Of Disease") is six oncologists who play rock n'roll to raise funds for women's cancer research.
Rock docs to perform Saturday night at Southport Hall January 13, 2012
All surgeons (one hopes, at least) have nimble fingers – all the better to slice you up and stitch you shut. But there’s one group of doctors that uses its dexterity with guitars and drums as well as scalpels and forceps, and they’ll be operating onstage in New Orleans this weekend.
The rock band N.E.D. (which stands for “No Evidence of Disease,” the kind of notation you want to see on your chart), whose roster is made up of six gynecologic oncologists from all over the U.S., performs Saturday night, January 14, at the New Southport Hall.
Procceds from the show will benefit the national Foundation for Women’s Cancer, as well as the Tulane Cancer Center’s Gynecologic Cancer Research Fund and HPV vaccine program. With such performances, as well as sales from the band’s releases on the Motema Music label, N.E.D. has raised between $75,000 and $100,000 for cancer research since forming in 2008, estimates Dr. William “Rusty” Robinson, who is a professor of gynecologic oncology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine when not playing bass and harmonica for N.E.D....read more
ProPep Surgical™ Issued Unites States Patent for its ProPep Nerve Monitoring System™ January 12, 2012
ProPep Surgical, LLC, a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company, announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent for a System and Method for Laparoscopic Nerve Detection (8,083,685). This is the first in a series a patents the Company has filed or will be filing on their ground breaking ProPep Nerve Monitoring System.
The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is the first, real-time nerve identification system specifically designed for use during robotic surgery. Fast, accurate and easy to use, the System aids a surgeon in identifying otherwise invisible nerves during minimally invasive robotic pelvic surgery....read more
Team members posed with components of the Raven II surgical robotic systems developed in the Bionics Lab at the Baskin School of Engineering.
Surgery Robot Creators Share Systems to Speed Medical Advances January 12, 2012
A set of seven advanced robotic surgery systems designed for medical research laboratories have been completed by experts at University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of Washington.
After a round of final tests, five of the systems will be sent to medical robotics researchers at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Nebraska, University of California at Berkeley, and University of California at Los Angeles. Two systems will remain at UC Santa Cruz and UW.
UC Santa Cruz said in a statement released Thursday that robotic surgery has the potential to lead to new medical procedures that are less invasive than current techniques.
The use of surgical robots is already a standard practice for prostate procedures, and telesurgery which allows surgeons to operate from a remote location offers the possibility of providing better access to expert care in remote areas and in the developing world.
Researchers said the Raven II includes a surgical robot with two robotic arms, a camera for viewing the operational field and a surgeon-interface system that allows remote operation of the robot that can enable online telesurgery. Experts are also in the process of developing a Raven IV surgical robotics system with four robotic arms and two cameras to enable collaboration between two surgeons working from separate locations.....read more
New robotic surgery making some procedures easier Posted January 10, 2012
Technology Revolutionizes Jaw Surgery January 10, 2012
Orthodontists and surgeons now can collaborate with 3-D tools to vastly improve jaw surgery planning and process.
Patients whose jaw bones are misaligned so that their bite can’t be corrected with orthodontics alone can now benefit from a 3-D technology called SureSmile, which is used collaboratively by orthodontists and oral surgeons resulting in improved results for patients in significantly less treatment time.
“Until now, we have been using plaster models and x-rays to predict and solve complicated 3-D problems. The 2-D modeling never really reproduced patient anatomy with accuracy,” said Dr. Pravin. K. Patel Associate Professor of Surgery, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. “Now we can integrate virtual orthodontics with virtual surgery. It’s revolutionized how we see, diagnose and treat patients. Patients have the potential to experience less operative time, less risk of blood loss and speedier recoveries.”
SureSmile® which is an orthodontic system that combines 3-D diagnostic imaging with computerized treatment plan modeling, and robotic archwire customization has added a surgical planning capability which provides for virtual simulation of the movement of facial bones and teeth for orthognathic procedures and is soon to be released SureSmile 6.0, which will be the first and only orthodontic system to incorporate bone position into 3-D treatment planning....read more
Brain surgery robots developed by China, Japan January 9, 2012
BEIJING - Chinese and Japanese researchers have jointly developed a robotic system which will likely improve the success rate of surgical brain vascular intervention. The research team has completed the process of testing the system on animals, proving its feasibility and efficiency during vascular intervention surgery (VIS) to treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, said Professor Wang Tianmiao with the Robotics Institute from Beihang University.
The system is composed of a master controller, a terminal and a screen with an image navigation system.
Doctors operate from the master controller, with the three-dimensional blood vessel image on the screen, and transmit movement to the robotic terminal, capable of inserting a tube into a blood vessel. Sensors are installed on the tube, transmitting contact information between the tube and the vessel wall so as to ensure the accuracy of the insertion, which significantly improves the effect of the intervention.
Initiated in 2009, the system was co-developed by Japan-based Kagawa University, the Beijing-based PLA Navy General Hospital (NGH) and Beihang University....read more
Robotic Surgery Simulator (RoSS) by Simulated Surgical Systems, LLC
Simulated Surgical Systems Delivers Robotic Surgery Simulator to Sweden January 7, 2012
Simulated Surgical Systems announced that it has delivered one of its Robotic Surgery Simulators (RoSS) to the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. As a prerequisite to this delivery, the RoSS was successfully tested for CE compliance, paving the way for international sales.
The RoSS is the first simulator of its kind to feature training for complete surgical procedures. Its patented Hands on Surgical Training (HoST) modules use augmented reality to guide the trainee through the actions of a master surgeon.
Founded in 2009, Simulated Surgical Systems, LLC (SSS) is a pioneer in the development of robot-assisted surgery simulators. The company is a collaborative effort between the Center for Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences....read more
Don't believe hype about robot prostatectomy: study January 6, 2012
(Reuters Health) - Older men considering robotic surgery for prostate cancer shouldn't trust the rosy ads promoting the expensive technology over low-tech surgery.
That's according to a new survey that found complaints about sexual problems and urinary leakage were equally common after the two procedures.
The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, is based on responses from more than 600 prostate cancer patients on Medicare, the government's health insurance for the elderly.
About 400 of them had so-called robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, in which the surgeon uses a robot to access the prostate through multiple small holes in the belly. The rest of the patients had traditional open surgery, in which the prostate is removed through one long cut in the belly.
Nearly nine out of 10 men had a moderate or big problem with sexual functioning 14 months after their surgery, Dr. Michael Barry of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and colleagues found. And about a third of the men said they had incontinence trouble after their surgery.
Overall, there were no differences between the two patient groups, although urinary problems appeared to be slightly more common after the robot procedure.....complete story
Intuitive Surgical Announces New EndoWrist(R) One(TM) Vessel Sealer for the da Vinci(R) Si(TM) Surgical System January 4, 2012
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan 4, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Intuitive Surgical, Inc. ISRG the global leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, today announced that it received FDA clearance to market its EndoWrist(R) One(TM) Vessel Sealer instrument for use with the da Vinci(R) Si(TM) Surgical System.
The EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer is a wristed, single-use instrument intended for bipolar coagulation and mechanical transection of vessels up to 7 mm in diameter and tissue bundles that fit in the jaws of the instrument. The EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer enables da Vinci Si surgeons to fully control vessel sealing, while providing the benefits of da Vinci Surgery -- enhanced surgical precision, control and stability and 3D HD visualization....read more
Darlene Fleser and son Jake, both of whom have Type 1 diabetes, hope to wear an “artificial pancreas
Families await artificial pancreas until cure for Type 1 diabetes found January 3,2012
NASHVILLE, TENN. — Skipping a meal, forgetting to do a glucose check or miscalculating carbohydrate counts can have serious consequences for people with juvenile diabetes, but there’s a medical device on the horizon that will give them better protection from severe swings in blood sugar levels. It’s called an artificial pancreas.
The device is not implanted in the body but worn almost like a heart rate monitor. It has three parts: a glucose sensor and an insulin pump, which are nothing new, and a tiny specialized computer. The computer is programmed with an algorithm. It reads the sensor and tells the pump how much insulin to inject into the body.
When the artificial pancreas becomes available, Darlene Fleser won’t have to get up in the middle of the night to prick her son’s finger or toe for a glucose check. He will be wearing an artificial pancreas, and so will she. Both mother and son, who live in Nashville, Tenn., have the disease, which occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that are the origins of insulin.....read more
Surgical system looks promising 01-02-2012
THE MOTLEY FOOL TAKE
When Fool co-founder David Gardner first recommended Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG) in 2005, it was trading at $44. Recently the stock was near $435. Despite its meteoric rise, there’s still room for growth. Intuitive’s minimally invasive robotic surgical system continues to find increased acceptance for more clinical applications and to see increased use in the U.S. and abroad.
The number of surgical procedures performed with Intuitive’s da Vinci system in the quarter ending Sept. 30 increased about 30 percent year over year. But the real growth potential is in its adoption and use beyond just hysterectomies and prostatectomies....read more
Why Bangalore should look forward to 2012 01-02-2012
New year brings with itself new enthusiasm and new hopes. DNA gives you a glimpse into the areas that promise enthusiasm in 2012 and the areas that are hanging on a hope against hope hopen.
Health sector set to get healthier
The health sector will open up its bouquet of advancement with technology in the year 2012. Introduction of robotic surgery, a 22nd-century technology made available in 21st century, in the city is definitely going to change the trend of surgeries in the coming year.
The first robotic surgery centre in Karnataka, and one of the first few in the country, is already operational at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore.
This technology allows surgeons to perform delicate operations by controlling the machine’s robotic arms, which translate the doctor’s hand movements into smaller and smoother strokes. It has revolutionised the field of surgery by allowing the surgeon to perform less-invasive and complex surgical procedures that was once possible only with open surgery.
In the field of cardiac care, more advanced surgical procedures are expected. Good news is that the coming year will see a Narayana Hrudayalaya branch in Whitefield....read more
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