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Transoral Robotic Surgery for Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Posted; January 23, 2013
Harper Surgeon Pioneering Use of Robotic-Assisted Surgery in Michigan to Treat Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D., an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist at Harper and Professor of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, is one of the few surgeons in Michigan who performs transoral robotic-assisted surgery for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Lin has extensive experience using the da Vinci® Si HD Robotic Surgical System and recently published a peer-reviewed article about the effectiveness of a specific type of robotic-assisted sleep apnea surgery in the medical journal Laryngoscope.
While the preferred treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea remains non-surgical treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, robotic-assisted surgery is an important new treatment option for patients who are not compliant with CPAP therapy or cannot tolerate it.....read more
Moffitt performs fully robotic Whipple surgery
January 17, 2013
Surgeries performed by robots were once an idea of science fiction, but are slowly becoming a more common part of public health.
The Moffitt Cancer Center on the USF Tampa campus was the first hospital in the state to conduct a fully robotic Whipple surgery, and has performed 16 total.
Whipple surgery involves gaining entrance through the abdomen with the goal of removing the head of the pancreas, with some later reconstruction of the intestines. But robotic surgeries offer faster recovery times, less cosmetic scarring and less pain.
When Thomas Whitney, a 61-year-old human resources director from St. Petersburg, Fla. entered the Moffitt Center last fall, he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer and given between six to 18 months to live.
Dr. MokengeMalafa, chair of the department of gastrointestinal oncology, said Whitney was fortunate the tumor had formed in the head of his pancreas — allowing Whitney to be among the first eligible for removal through a Whipple surgery.....read more
Da Vinci Surgery Robot Lawsuit Website Launched by Bernstein Leibhard LLP to Inform Public about Potential Da Vinci Surgery Complications
January 13, 2013
The Firm is offering free da Vinci Robot lawsuit evaluations to victims of surgical burns, organ damage and other serious injuries, allegedly caused by the da Vinci Surgical System.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP has launched a new da Vinci Surgery Robot lawsuit website to inform the public about potential complications associated with the da Vinci Surgical System. Individuals who suffered a serious injury following a hysterectomy, prostatectomy or other procedure that involved the da Vinci robot may be entitled to financial compensation for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
“We have received a number of inquiries from patients who suffered serious injuries during robotic surgery procedures that involved the da Vinci device. This new website will provide alleged victims of da Vinci surgery complications with important information about their legal rights,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free, no obligation da Vinci Robot lawsuit evaluations to individuals who suffered:
Surgical burns and tears to arteries and other blood vessels
Surgical burns and tears to vital organs
Additional procedures to correct injuries that occurred during robotic surgery
Einstein Inaugurates Robotic Surgery for Bariatrics
January 10, 2013
Einstein Bariatrics has advanced another notch with the introduction of robotic-assisted surgery for two common procedures, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Einstein Healthcare Network has been in the vanguard of hospitals in the region using robotics for bariatric surgery.
In December, Einstein Bariatrics became the first program in the region to use robotic assistance during a gastric bypass procedure. In addition, Ian Soriano, MD, performed robotic assisted sleeve gastrectomies on several patients in November. Einstein is a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery.
A bypass involves dividing the stomach into a small and large pouch, and diverting the food from the small pouch directly to the small intestine. This bypasses the larger part of the stomach and part of the intestines, which limits the amount of food that can be digested and reduces the calories that can be absorbed. In a sleeve gastrectomy, a large portion of the stomach is surgically removed using a stapling device and the remaining stomach is shaped like an arm sleeve.Einstein has performed well over 3,500 successful bariatric surgeries....read more
Innovation in Simulation: A Look at Mimic’s Newest Robotic Surgery Simulation Products
January 9, 2013
During the recent AAGL – 41st Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Las Vegas, hundreds of attendees joined Mimic Technologies at their much anticipated Launch Party to witness the revealing of the robotic simulation platform MSim 2.0™.
This new technology combines highly realistic training scenarios with high quality 3D models of virtual instruments where we have the flexibility to incorporate new da Vinci instruments and techniques as they become available.
In case you missed the event, here’s your chance to view the full length video showcasing the latest advances in robotic surgery simulation.
Dr Arun Prasad MS, FRCS gives a brief 6 minute overview of what is robotic surgery and howzitdone. Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Dr. Gargiulo demonstrates his robotic technique to an audience of more than 1,000 surgeons.
Lasers, Robots, and a Cast of Thousands
January 4, 2013
Dr. Antonio Gargiulo, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), has performed hundreds of computer-assisted laparoscopic surgeries, but the one he performed on October 22, 2012, was very special.
The surgery, a robotic myomectomy to remove a uterine fibroid tumor in a 29-year-old patient, was beamed live from Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) to an audience of more than 1000 fertility surgeons attending the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine(ASRM) meeting in San Diego, California. Over the course of two hours, Dr. Gargiulo narrated the ongoing surgery while answering a steady stream of questions from the audience via three moderators.
Dr. Gargiulo and members of the robotic team at the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery (CIRS) were chosen by ASRM to broadcast the procedure based on their innovative work in robotic reproductive surgery, such as performing the first single incision robotic myomectomy in 2012......read more
Racial gaps in access to robotic prostate surgery
January 4, 2013
(Reuters Health) - Minority and Medicaid cancer patients are less likely to have their prostates removed at hospitals that use robot-assisted surgery, according to a new study that stops short of suggesting the robotic technique represents better care.
"People who are poor - frequently Hispanic, African American or black, and Medicaid patients - tend to get what is considered to be less high-quality care than those who are middle class and wealthy," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society.
But Brawley, who wasn't involved in the new study, also said there is no evidence that removing a prostate with a robot is better than the old-fashioned way, with "open" surgery that requires an incision across a man's stomach.
Those are two of several treatment options available for prostate cancer, including radiation as well as active surveillance, also known as watchful waiting.
The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 250,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, and about 28,000 died from it.
Despite a lack of evidence showing its superiority, robot-assisted prostate removal has become the predominant method since being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Simon Kim at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.....read more
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