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Kitware Lands Grant November 30, 2011
Open-source software development company Kitware landed Phase I Small Business Innovation Research funding to create an augmented reality visualization prototype for robot-assisted prostate surgery.
The Clifton Park, N.Y.-based company is slated to create a human/machine system that improves the safety and efficacy of robot-assisted prostate surgery. "Our goal is to better equip surgeons during robot-assisted prostate surgery by improving their ability to visualize the prostate and surrounding critical anatomy," says principal investigator Andinet Enquobahrie in prepared remarks. "This will lead to more accurate and reliable guidance and better surgical outcomes."
The augmented reality system will be created by fusing pre-operative MRI imaging of the prostate area with robotic assisted laparoscopic video during surgery. This will allow surgeons to perform prostatectomies with better accuracy and lead to improved outcomes and fewer complications, according to the company.
Kitware will be partner with the Center for Computer Integrated Surgical Systems & Technology at Johns Hopkins University and Blue Torch Medical Technologies....read more
Study: Preventing Prostate Cancer Recurrence November 30, 2011
Prostate Cancer Expert Dr. David Samadi Uses Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery to Prevent Prostate Cancer Recurrence; Skeptical of BMP7 Protein Therapy Application
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - Researchers at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine recently published findings they believe could lead to a new protein therapy for the delay or prevention of prostate cancer recurrence after treatment. Their study indicates that BMP7, a bone morphogenetic protein, has the potential to lull remaining prostate cancer tumor cells into hibernation thereby preventing further growth and spread.
As Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. David Samadi is familiar with studies exploring the link between BMPs and cancer growth, but believes the prevention of prostate cancer recurrence is best achieved through robotic prostate surgery......read more
Covidien Endo Stitch(TM) Automated Suturing Device Reduces Hospitalization Costs and Operating Room Time November 29, 2011
Study presented at 2011 AAGL Global Congress shows benefits of automated suturing device in benign cases of total laparoscopic hysterectomy
Covidien COV, a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced study data demonstrating that use of its Endo Stitch(TM) automated suturing device lowers mean hospital costs and operating room (OR) time during total laparoscopic hysterectomies treating benign conditions.
Using the Endo Stitch device in such procedures was associated with lowering overall hospitalization costs by approximately $1,800 and reducing OR time by approximately 40 minutes, on average, when compared to those same procedures performed with robotic assistance.
The results, presented at the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) 40th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, also revealed that mean operating room time in cases where Covidien's Endo Stitch device was used in such procedures was about 20 minutes less, when compared to procedures where neither a robot nor an Endo Stitch device was utilized.
"In this tough economic environment, hospitals, payors and patients all feel pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency in the operating room," said study co-presenter Stuart Hart, MD, FACOG, FACS, Co-Director, University of South Florida Center for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery. "Minimally invasive procedures offer the potential to reduce pain and trauma to the body, as well as to enable quicker recovery resulting from smaller and fewer incisions. Despite the proven benefits, however, the vast majority of hysterectomies are still performed with open techniques."....read more
Robotics to play greater role in EU life Posted: November 29, 2011
The first annual European Robotics Week (ERW) will take place from 28 November-4 December. The goal of the celebration will be to promote awareness about the advances in robotics, and how beneficial they can be for the European public. Robotics are expected to create over 1 million worldwide jobs in the coming years, so the goal of ERW is to promote younger Europeans to seek jobs in robotics, or learn about the roles that robots play in daily life.
The headline of the week will be at the Science Museum in London, which will display 20 unique robots as part of its Robotville Festival. While promoting robotic awareness, the EU will hope for the ERW to help foster growth within Small and Medium Enterprises(SME), which account for a substantial portion of the industry....read more
Accu2i pMTA applicator
Microsulis Medical's Ablation Device Used in First Microwave Assisted Robotic Liver Resection November 28, 2011
DENMEAD, England, Nov. 28, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Microsulis Medical Ltd's high powered, percutaneous microwave needle - Accu2i pMTA applicator - has become the first ablation device of its kind documented to play a crucial role in a liver resection using the da Vinci Surgical System.
Microsulis is a medical device developer specialising in minimally invasive microwave technology for the coagulation, or destruction, of soft tissue. Clinicians have successfully used the company's devices to coagulate tissue in the liver, lung, kidney and bone.
The recent hepatectomy involving the da Vinci Surgical System and Accu2i pMTA was carried out by Dr Adrian Legaspi, MD, at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Florida.
The patient, a 60-year-old female, presented with a liver lesion measuring 3.5cm. Dr Legaspi used the da Vinci's state-of-the-art robotic technology to operate through tiny incisions in the patient's abdomen. Using intra-operative ultrasound and direct visual guidance he located the target coagulation zones and used the da Vinci system to place the Accu2i pMTA along the line he intended to cut in order to minimise blood loss. In total he conducted six 120 watt, two minute burns.
The Accu2i pMTA applicator – part of the Acculis Microwave Tissue Ablation (MTA) system - is the most powerful soft tissue ablation product available, combining extreme ease of use with the widest range of clinical applications. It is a single high power, high frequency 2.45GHz, saline-cooled needle that is between three to 10 times faster than other devices. It can coagulate tissue masses of up to 5.6cm in size in just six minutes.
Researchers design steady-handed robot for brain surgery November 28, 2011
BRUSSELS — Neurosurgeons may one day get help in operating rooms from a robot with movements 10 times steadier than the human hand to perform delicate brain surgeries, the EU said Monday.
The European Commission touted the EU-funded ROBOCAST project as a breakthrough in robotic neurosurgery that could in future help treat tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and Tourette syndrome.
Developped by British, German, Italian and Israeli researchers, the robotic hand, guided by a surgeon, has 13 types of movement compared to four available to human hands during minimally invasive surgery.
It even has "haptic feedback", or physical cues that allow surgeons to assess tissue and feel the amount of force applied during surgery, the European Commission said in reporting the EU-funded ROBOCAST project.....read more
Robocast demo in the OR during the final review meeting in Verona, February 2011.
Robotic surgery to make cataract removal a five-minute affair November 28, 2011
NEW DELHI: Cataract surgeries are soon going to be faster and hassle-free. A new technology, which uses laser machines, to operate on cataract patients is being acquired by a select few hospitals.
In this robotic surgery, a femto-second laser machine is docked on to the eye and images of the eye are captured by an imaging system attached to it. The incision of the cornea, opening of the lens capsule and fragmentation of the lens is done robotically. And the process takes less than five minutes.
"The robotic laser platform will perform most of the difficult steps of present day cataract surgery thereby reducing the surgeon skill factor, making the surgery more safe and predictable," said Dr Sanjay Chaudhary, director, Eye7 group of hospitals, which is in process of acquiring the new technology. "But the surgery will get costlier. As against the traditional cataract operation using ultrasound rays that costs about Rs 40,000 per eye, the laser surgery would cost Rs one lakh approximately," he said.....read more
Gift of life: Olivia with her mother Jocelyn. Image by Chris George
'Robots blitzed my cancer and saved my unborn daughter': Miracle surgery for mother who had a cervical tumour, then found out she was pregnant November 26, 2011
As first birthday parties go, Olivia Bisson’s was joyfully over the top. Held in the garden of her family home last September, the theme was ‘pink princess’ and there was not one but two brand-new outfits for the birthday girl (both pink, of course).
‘She had the best time ever,’ laughs her mother Jocelyn, her eyes welling as she remembers the happy day. ‘Olivia beamed from ear to ear all day. She loves being the centre of attention, of course.’
Indulgent, undeniably – yet more than anything, it was the first time the family had celebrated the miracle that was Olivia’s birth. And the fact that Jocelyn was still alive to enjoy it. For just 18 months earlier the 34-year-old beautician, who lives in Guernsey with husband Matthew, 36, a pilot, and their two other children, Harry, five, and Toby, three, was given the news that she was suffering from cancer of the cervix – the opening to the uterus. Days later, she discovered she was also seven weeks pregnant.
Once, this double blow would almost definitely have meant a hysterectomy – removal of the uterus – and, for Jocelyn, the death of her unborn child. Yet thanks to astonishing advances in cancer surgery, Jocelyn was able to have the tumour removed while preserving the pregnancy – and in the autumn of 2010, Olivia became one of the few babies in the world to be born to a mother being treated for cervical cancer....read more
Rex Healthcare surgeons close incisions after a surgery narrated in real time on Twitter.
#surgery: Why Twitter is key to a North Carolina hospital’s #hcsm outreach November 25, 2011
Advanced medical technology figures into the more than 36,000 surgeries Rex Healthcare performs annually. But a recent November surgery was the first to feature a smartphone. Two of them, to be exact. And both were actively engaged in every surgical step from patient preparation to the closing of four small incisions.
The procedure was a hysterectomy and the phones weren’t part of the actual surgery. The phones were logged on to Twitter as for the first time the Raleigh, North Carolina hospital tweeted a surgery in real time.
“We saw it as a way to use a leading edge social media tool to showcase the leading edge medical procedures we have here,” said Jason Papagan, eMarketing manager for Rex Healthcare.
Hospitals across the country are exploring new ways of engaging patients and doctors. More than 1,200 U.S. hospitals engage using social networking tools, according to one estimate. The vast majority of those hospitals have Facebook pages though Twitter ranks as the second most popular social networking tool.....read more
Vattikuti Foundation to perform robotic surgery across India November 24, 2011
The Vattikuti Foundation, a non-profit corporation committed in making robotic surgery and other technologically advanced medical procedures of the future cost effective and available to underprivileged communities, will perform robotic surgery with the team of doctors headed by Dr Mani Menon across various cities in India including New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai.
The benefits of the surgery for the patients includes a shorter hospital stay, lesser pain, less risk of infection and lesser blood loss in addition to fewer transfusions, lesser scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. The biggest USP of this surgery is effortless maneuvering and brilliant visualization. Surgical robots hold significant promise and have already proven to be of great value, particularly in areas inaccessible to conventional laparoscopic procedures.
For the surgery, the Foundation has partnered with various institutes in several cities which are as follows- Medanta-Vattikuti Institute of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gurgaon; Apollo Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery in Chennai; KIMS Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery in Hyderabad; Manipal Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery in Bangalore; Apollo Gleneagles Institute of Robotic Surgery in Kolkata and Vattikuti Asian Institute of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Mumbai......for complete article Click here
Hansen Medical: Slow Magellan Ramp Planned November 23, 2011
Hansen Medical Inc. (HNSN) manufactures catheter based medical robots. It is effectively still a startup company, since it typically loses money each quarter. When it has shown a profit is has been from licensing its technology, not from robot sales. However, this is a well-understood business model. Research and development has to be done upfront. The FDA and other national medical agencies must approve each application of the technology. At the moment one application, electrophysiological exploration, is approved both in the U.S. and Europe. Two other applications have been approved in Europe, but have not yet produced revenue.
The difficulty of guessing the future value of this technology is why (along with overall market volatility) the stock price of Hansen has been all over the map this year. The fifty-two week high was $5.28, the fifty-two week low was $1.24, and the stock was up $0.15 today to close at $2.37. If Hansen continues to burn through its cash, $1.24 might be generous. If it starts selling significantly more surgical robots at a good profit margin, $5.28 will seem like nothing two or three years out....read more
A major five-year study will compare the da Vinci surgical robot with open surgery in cystectomy, or bladder removal. Photo: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, BILLY CALZADA
Robot's surgical artistry vs. art of surgeon's skill November 22, 2011
UTHSC researcher to lead first-ever prospective study on da Vinci.
Until now, few prospective studies — which look at something in the present rather than back at what has already happened — have been performed to determine if robotic surgery is safer, more effective or less costly than the alternatives.
A local surgeon recently launched a major national study that will compare the da Vinci surgical robot with open surgery in cystectomy, or removal of the bladder. The five-year study is being funded by a $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The School of Medicine at UT Health Science Center is the lead institution for the study, which will also include Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and nine others.
“Especially in the health care environment we live in today, it's important to look at the effectiveness of these costly new technologies,” said Dr. Dipen Parekh, the principal investigator and chief of urologic oncology and robotic surgery at the health science center. Introduced in 2000 and with a price tag of $1.5 million to $2.2 million, the da Vinci has sold more than 2,000 units, according to Chris Simmonds, senior director of marketing services for Intuitive Surgical, the Sunnyvale, Calif.,-based manufacturer.
But despite these numbers, the device has been subjected to surprisingly little scrutiny about its safety, effectiveness and cost. That's because, unlike new drugs, medical devices do not have to undergo rigorous testing before they can be released onto the market.
The health science center study will be a randomized prospective trial, considered the gold standard for scientific studies. Patients will be assigned blindly to one of two groups: robotic or open surgery. And only physicians who regularly perform 20 or more of these procedures yearly will participate.
It will be several years before results are known, and Parekh cautions that they'll be directly applicable only to the da Vinci's effectiveness in doing cystectomies.....For complete article Click here
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VAD: A Bridge to a Better Quality of Life Live Webcast! December 5, 2011 at 5 pm CST/6 pm EST
UW Health's Heart, Vascular and Thoracic team will continue its series of live web broadcasts with a program on ventricular assist devices, or VADs.
UW Hospital and Clinics is one of a handful of hospitals in the region offering VADs – a heart pump that can be implanted in patients to pump blood when a patient's heart isn't able to do the work.
The device offers patients with advanced heart failure the opportunity for a better quality of life, either as an assist to the heart until the patient receives a heart transplant or as lifelong therapy.
Cardiothoracic surgeons Takushi Kohmoto, MD and Lucian Lozonschi, MD, along with Maryl Johnson, MD, director of the UW Health Transplant Program, will discuss the benefits of a VAD for patients with advanced heart failure.
The broadcast will also include video of Dr. Kohmoto taken during a VAD implant surgery. Throughout the online broadcast, viewers are invited to submit questions to the physician panel.
Join us from the comfort of your own office or home on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. CST.
Tales from the Heart: An inside view of the Cleveland Clinic heart center November 20, 2011 By: Plain Dealer Staff.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On Aug. 22, beginning at 5 a.m., Plain Dealer reporters, photographers, videographers and editors stationed themselves throughout the Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.
Part 8: 'To see another day': Is it right to prolong his life if there is no hope of fixing the man’s underlying problems.....
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Dr. Ramakanta Panda with the robotic arms
18 Robot assisted Surgeries performed successfully at Asian Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery November 18, 2011
Mumbai's first centre offering robot assisted surgery, the institute has so far performed 18 robot assisted surgeries.
The Asian Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery, a collaboration of Asian Heart Institute and Vattikuti Foundation, USA is the first centre in Mumbai to offer robot assisted surgery. Commissioned at Asian Heart Institute, the institute has so far performed 18 robot assisted surgeries.
The da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical system with simulator at the Institute is the latest, third generation robot & is the only one of its kind in the country. Robot assisted surgery is an advancement over Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) with advantages such as less pain, faster recovery, shorter hospital stay and greater precision.
According to Dr. Vijay D'Silva, Medical Director, Asian Heart Institute added, "We will be using robotic assistance for cardiac and non cardiac cases. Right now we have started with urological procedures and our team of experienced & senior urologists, among the best in the city have been trained specially on the use of this technique. We will introduce robotic surgery in other specialities such as gynecology, cancer, abdominal surgery and cardiac surgery in stages."....read more
MAKO Surgical Corp. to Present at the 23rd Annual Piper Jaffray Health Care Conference November 17, 2011
MAKO Surgical Corp. MAKO announced today that Maurice R. Ferre, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer and Fritz L. LaPorte, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MAKO, will present at the 23rd Annual Piper Jaffray Health Care Conference at The New York Palace in New York on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm ET.
A webcast will be available and may be accessed by visiting MAKO's website at www.makosurgical.com under the Investor Relations section. A replay of the webcast will be available immediately after the conclusion of the presentation.....
OC Robotics NOTES Snake-Arm entering through a natural orifice. This image was produced using OC Robotics Snake-Arm Simulator
Snake robots for scar-free surgery November 14, 2011
Snakes and bladders: UK-developed robots are helping realise the scar-free potential of natural orifice surgery.
Of all the areas where engineering and technology is affecting medicine, surgery is probably the one where it has the potential to make the biggest changes. New imaging techniques and improved instruments help surgeons to identify the regions where they must operate and assist their intricate work.
One particularly striking form of remote surgery promises the possibility of doing away with scars altogether. Known as NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery), the technique takes advantage of the holes that are already in the body as access points for surgery. Rather than making an incision in the outside of the body, the surgeon goes in via the mouth, rectum or vagina, makes an incision through the wall of the orifice (this is the ’transluminal’ part of the acronym) and then burrows through to reach the target organ. The result is no visible scar and no incision-related complications.
The first NOTES procedures were carried out in 2007 and the technique has been developed around the world, with appendixes, kidneys and gallbladders being removed. To date, NOTES operations have used conventional, although adapted, endoscopes, and have had some success: in the UK, the technique has been used for gallbladder surgery on female patients. However, to develop the technique further, dedicated instruments are needed; in particular, the robot that takes the instruments inside the body.
Two UK teams are currently working on robots for NOTES. At Imperial College London, a team from the departments of surgery, computing and biomedical engineering, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is working on iSnake, a combined surgical robot and imaging device. Meanwhile, Bristol-based OC Robotics is developing its snake-arm robots, which are used as remote manipulators in hazardous areas, to work within the human body, aided by a grant from the Technology Strategy Board.
i-Snake stands for “imaging sensor navigated and kinematically enhanced”, explained Prof Guang-Hong Yang of the mechatronics laboratory of Imperial College’s Hamlyn Centre. ’We use imaging and sensing so that it can view the tissue it’s touching and can see where it’s going.’
The robot that OC Robotics is developing uses identical technology to its existing snake-arm robots: the links along its flexible body are cable-actuated, with all the motors and electronics located outside the arm. This allows it to work in two modes: flexible, for insertion, but stiff and steerable, so that the surgeon has a stable platform from which to work once the snake’s head has reached its target. ’Pliability is essential to protect the delicate internals of the body upon insertion, but rigidity is required to react to forces at the tip,’ explained Tim Francois of OC Robotics. ’The control we have over the snake-arm also means that we can do 180º bends, enabling us to navigate or reach a range of sites inside the abdominal cavity.’...read more
Gov. Rick Scott and MAKO Surgical Corp. Celebrate New High-Tech Jobs in South Florida November 14, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott today joined MAKO Surgical Corp. to celebrate the medical device company's expansion which is projected to bring nearly 100 new jobs to South Florida. The company will build its RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system at a new Fort Lauderdale facility, evidence that South Florida's high-tech sector is on the rise.
"MAKO's decision to grow in the South Florida community clearly shows why Florida has the right ingredients for innovative companies to expand and thrive in the Sunshine State," said Governor Rick Scott. "These jobs illustrate the need to train Florida students for the science, technology, engineering and math jobs that will come with the continued growth of Florida's high-tech sector."
Founded in 2004, MAKO currently does business with approximately 82 Florida-based suppliers. The company markets both its Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system and implants for orthopedic knee and hip procedures. MAKO was recently ranked as the number one fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte's 2011 Technology Fast 500™....read more
Changing the Experience of Surgery at Pullman Regional Hospital
Robotic Surgery Now at Pullman Regional Hospital Posted: November 12, 2011
The latest in surgical technology will now be available at Pullman Regional Hospital with the acquisition of a surgical robotic system that provides advanced minimally invasive surgery to patients.
The Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners voted to approve the purchase of the da Vinci ® Si™ surgical system at its regular board meeting Wednesday evening. The purchase will take place in November and surgeries using the da Vinci robotic system will begin in December.
Pullman Regional Hospital will be offering a hands-on demonstration, open to the public, on Monday, November 14th.
Docs help in Iraq while in Miami November 11, 2011
Last Saturday, three robots arrived in Baghdad with a mission: to connect patients and healthcare workers in Iraq with trauma specialists in Miami.
The three robots are at the cutting edge of telemedicine — a collaboration among Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami doctors, the U.S. Army, the State Department, and a healthcare contractor in Iraq. Each $45,000 robot is outfitted with a camera, screen and wireless link that will allow Miami-based specialists to oversee real-time surgeries and patient care in Iraq.
“It’s like literally being there,” says Dr. Antonio Marttos Jr., assistant professor of surgery and director of trauma telemedicine at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson.
On a wall behind Marttos are three flat-screen TV panels. One has a flow chart of how to care for abdominal trauma, another displays a ghostly blue-and-white X-ray of a chest with the white tentacles of electrodes floating off-screen, and the last has a live, fish-eye lens view of a work station in another part of the hospital.
“That’s the view from the robot,” says Marttos, adding the center has an in-house robot like the new arrivals in Baghdad. “We test everything here first.” To make his point, Marttos jockeys the joystick on the laptop in front of him and the television feed zooms in on a heart monitor in the work station.....read more
Nicholson helps bring the future of surgical training to Orlando Posted: November 11, 2011
Though Central Florida residents may be unfamiliar with his name, the contributions of philanthropist, real estate developer, and member of the local Jewish community Tony Nicholson have made a significant impact. Nicholson and his wife, Sonja, have been generous neighbors to the Orlando community for years and are most noted for their contributions to higher education on the University of Central Florida campus, with multiple buildings bearing the family name.
Now Tony Nicholson has taken this dream of impacting others through advanced education and spun it around the globe, with Central Florida once again reaping the benefits. His latest philanthropic effort, The Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement at Florida Hospital, recently had its grand opening, and promises to make the Orlando area a major destination for cutting-edge surgical training.
The 54,000-square-foot center at Florida Hospital Celebration is equipped with state-of-the-art surgical robotic equipment and will facilitate the teaching of minimally invasive and robotic techniques by the experienced doctors via videoconferencing and telementoring. Programs by world-class educators such as Dr. Vipul Patel from the Florida Hospital Global Robotics Institute, a world leader in robotic prostatectomy, will annually train an expected 20,000 doctors worldwide, many of whom will be able to learn without leaving their own hospitals.
The Orlando Business Journal noted that the Nicholson Center will have an annual impact up to $13 million and bring numerous jobs to the Central Florida area. As an encore, Nicholson plans to collaborate with the Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv, through a partnership with Florida Hospital....read more
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited : Interactive live workshop on Robotic Surgery in Urology by Dr. Mani Menon, Director of Vattikuti Institute of Urology, Henry Ford Hospital, USA Posted: November 11, 2011
Interactive live workshop on Robotic Surgery in Urology by Dr. Mani Menon, Director of Vattikuti Institute of Urology, Henry Ford Hospital, USA 11/11/2011
The State of the Art "Da Vinci Si Robotic system" which is the cutting edge technology in Robotic Laparoscopic surgery, is being launched at Apollo Hospitals Chennai. As a part of the grand inauguration of the Institute of Robotic Surgery, a 2 day interactive workshop has been organized by Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.
Date : November 18TH & 19TH 2011 Time: 8am to 3pm Venue: Ballroom, Hotel Taj Coromandel Nungambakkam High Road Chennai - 600 034
Dr. Mani Menon on myspace
World Renowned Urologist and Robotic Surgeon will be visiting Apollo Hospitals Chennai on Nov 18 and 19, 2011. Dr Mani Menon will be performing live surgeries on selected patients and also conduct a CME programme during these 2 days.
Cardica to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences Nov. 10, 2011
Cardica, Inc. CRDC +2.94% today announced that Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., the company's president and chief executive officer, is scheduled to present a corporate overview and update at the following conferences:
• 8th Annual Lazard Capital Markets Healthcare Conference Tuesday, November 15, 2011 8:00 a.m. ET New York, NY • 23rd Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:30 a.m. New York, NY
To access the live and subsequently archived webcasts of the presentations, go to the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://www.cardica.com/ . Please connect to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the presentation to allow for any necessary software downloads.
Dr. Francis Teng to Perform First Da Vinci Robot Bariatric Surgery in Nevada Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) November 10, 2011
Board-certified Las Vegas bariatric surgeon Dr. Francis Teng will be the first in Nevada to perform robotic weight loss surgery. At his practice, Dr. Teng offers services in LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass for patients seeking options to combat morbid obesity and attain significant weight loss through advanced surgical techniques.
Using the da Vinci® Surgical System robotic platform, Dr. Teng says he hopes to provide patients with an innovative, minimally-invasive option for weight loss surgery....read more
Klaus Thaler, M.D., F.A.C.S
Norwalk Hospital Appoints Chair of Surgery Norwalk, Conn. (WTNH) Posted: November 9, 2011
Norwalk Hospital has appointed Klaus Thaler, M.D., its Chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Thaler is an internationally recognized expert in laparoscopic and robotic general surgery, and a leader in the developing field of natural orifice surgery.
Originally from Vienna, Austria, Dr. Thaler trained there in general surgery and completed a clinical fellowship in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.
As a member of the faculty in Vienna for five years, Dr. Thaler led several programs including Coloproctology, Surgical Ultrasound and Gastrointestinal Physiology.
He came to the U.S. in 1999 and completed an 18-month research fellowship in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, an additional 3-year residency in general surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, and then a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in Oregon....read more
Minimally invasive surgery using robots results in shorter hospital stays and recovery times.
Hospital, college offer robot-assisted surgery training November 7, 2011
Winter Haven Hospital and Polk State College will train nurses and technicians to work in robot-assisted surgery. The training will offer participants a professional credential.
The program addresses the growing need for specialized training at hospitals doing robot-assisted surgery, said Dr. Sijo Parekattil, director of Winter Haven Hospital’s Center for Urology and Robotics Institute. Parekattil will teach in and direct the credentialing program.
"Surgeons themselves have access to a number of choices if they want to pursue training on robotic procedures and techniques. However, for nurses and technicians who assist surgeons, training options remain quite limited," Parekattil said.
The program includes online instruction and hands-on training with the da Vinci robot system, which is used by Winter Haven Hospital and other local medical centers. Robot-assisted surgery lets surgeons offer complicated procedures with minimally invasive incisions.
Medical malpractice lawsuit filed after Intuitive Surgical robotic device malfunctioned November 7, 2011
Claiming a robotic surgical procedure failed during neck surgery, Jennifer Silvestrini filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Intuitive Surgical Inc. and/or Intuitive Surgical Systems Inc. and University Healthcare Systems, d/b/a Tulane University Hospital and Clinic.
The suit was filed on Sept. 26 in Orleans Parish Civil District Court and the defendants removed the case to New Orleans federal court on Oct. 28.
Silvestrini was admitted to Tulane University Hospital and Clinic on Oct. 7, 2010 for robotic transaxillary total thyroidectomy to be performed by Dr. Emad Kandil. During the surgery, there was an "unexplained, malfunction/breakdown of the robotic device," that could not be fixed by the doctor or the staff, according to the complaint.
Silvestrini claims the malfunction occurred when the machine was inserted in her neck.
Although by agreement and contract, Intuitive Surgical Systems is to have available service personnel who could rapidly troubleshoot malfunctions with the device, the hospital was unable to contact anyone and fix the problem, the lawsuit claims. Silvestrini's family agreed to convert her surgery to a "traditional" one, which involved opening a long area in her neck.
Intuitive Surgery is accused of failing to maintain the robot at issue, failing to properly train personnel on the equipment's use, and failing to timely send and dispatch a technician....read more
Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid. Image from zeenews.india
Fortis Healthcare India Ltd : Fortis - ICRS - Press Release - Nov 2 Posted: November 4, 2011
Fortis International Centre for Robotic Surgery inaugurated by Shri Salman Khurshid Comprehensive robotic procedures in seven specialities World-renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr. Sudhir Srivastava, performs robotic by-pass surgery at Fortis Escort Heart Institute, with the new 'C-Port Flex-A system' for the first time in India.
New Delhi, November 2, 2011: Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd. and the International Centre for Robotic Surgery (ICRS) today introduced the first Fortis ICRS centre at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. The Chief Guest, Shri Salman Khurshid, Hon'ble Union Law Minister, Govt. of India, inaugurated the state-of-the-art robotic surgery centre in the presence of Mr. Aditya Vij, CEO, Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd. and Dr. Sudhir Srivastava, Founding Chairman and Managing Director, ICRS.
Fortis ICRS will offer comprehensive robotic surgery procedures in cardiac, thoracic, urology, gynaecology, general, head & neck surgeries and orthopaedics. The procedures will be introduced in a phased manner and performed by highly experienced robotic surgeons from the United States and other countries, along with their support teams, which will work in conjunction with surgical teams at Fortis. Fortis ICRS centres will be set up across Fortis hospitals in Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata as well as some tier II cities including Mohali and Jaipur....read more
WINTER HAVEN - Several surgeons' passion for robotic-assisted microsurgery came together to create an international society promoting awareness of the potential uses of robotics in many types of surgeries.
"This is a very unique grassroots meeting with about 60 speakers from around the globe from different specialities demonstrating and discussing the potential new applications of robotic assistance in microsurgery," said Dr. Sijo Parekattil, director of robotic surgery and urology at Winter Haven Hospital. He is one of the directors of the Robotic Assisted Microsurgical and Endoscopy Society, who created the symposium, which officials said had over 160 people registered as of Monday.
The first day's session, a mixture of lectures and hands-on training, will be at Winter Haven Hospital. Three robotic training stations will be set up in its operating rooms. Saturday and Sunday's sessions will be at the hotel in Lake Buena Vista. The first live broadcast of a robotic vasectomy reversal case will be made from Winter Haven Hospital to the hotel at 10 a.m. Saturday, Parekattil said.
Those attending the symposium will learn that urology and cancer surgeries, which led the expansion of robotics into Polk County, aren't the only specialty areas where robotics are used. Physicians will discuss the use of robotics in medical areas that include urology, gynecology, anesthesia, nerve grafting, orthopedics, ophthalmology, infertility, vascular surgery, nerve surgery, plastic surgery and ear-nose-and-throat procedures.
"We've found we can do more complex things than we could before," said Dr. Lennox Hoyte, a scheduled speaker from the University of South Florida who specializes in urogynecology. "I do a lot surgically now I could not have imaged two years ago." Winter Haven gynecologist Dr. James Booker also will speak on robotics in gynecology.
Attendance is free for nurses, physician assistants, medical students, residents, fellows and advanced-practice nurses, with admission discounted to $200 for Florida physicians.
Although not designed for the general public, ideas discussed at the symposium ultimately could influence decisions doctors and hospitals make about the extent to which they will invest in robotics.
Polk State President Eileen Holden will announce a new program at the symposium that would let registered nurses and surgical technicians earn a robot-assisted surgery credential through PSC. They would do online study and complete a two-day workshop in which they would use cadavers and WHH's robotic surgical system.
WHH officials will give their perspective on setting up a robotic system during the symposium. In Polk County, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Winter Haven Hospital and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center have da Vinci robotic surgical equipment. As physicians become proficient in robotics, Hoyte said, patients gain more opportunities for smaller incision surgeries, better outcomes, lower complications and faster recoveries.
Inland Fiber & Data to Facilitate Robotic Microsurgery Online When: November 5, 2011 Location: Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida
This event will highlight evolving Internet and robotic surgical technology that is advancing abilities to perform medical procedures remotely, with patient and surgeon in separate locations, expanding the use of medical resources.
Winter Haven, FL, November 02, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Inland Fiber & Data (IF&D) will facilitate a robotic microsurgical vaso-vasostomy/vaso-epididymostomy procedure online to an international audience of surgeons from numerous fields. This event will highlight evolving Internet and robotic surgical technology that is advancing abilities to perform medical procedures remotely, with patient and surgeon in separate locations, expanding the use of medical resources while minimizing patient proximity, paving a course for healthcare efficiencies spanning patients and providers globally.
Dr. Parekattil is Director of Robotic Surgery & Urology at Winter Haven Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Florida. He will utilize the DaVinci Si High Definition Robotic Surgical System for the procedure....read more
Robots Perform Surgery at New York Methodist Hospital Posted: November 3, 2011
The Seventh Avenue hospital was named a Center of Excellence Epicenter for Robotic Thoracic Surgery, making it the first such center in the Northeast and the third in the United States.
Richard S. Lazzaro, M.D., the chief of thoracic surgery, which is the treatment of chest diseases in the heart, lungs, chest wall and diaphragm, introduced the robot to New York Methodist Hospital last year.
Thanks to the implementation of the robot-assisted thoracic surgery the Seventh Avenue hospital, between Sixth and Seventh streets, was recently named a Center of Excellence Epicenter for Robotic Thoracic Surgery. New York Methodist became the first such center in the Northeast and the third in the United States.
"The robot overcomes the limitations of traditional technology and helps physicians to perform complex surgery in new ways," said Dr. Lazzaro, who has performed over 3,000 minimally invasive procedures and is board-certified in thoracic and general surgery.
"One of the benefits in introducing robot-assisted surgery to NYM is that now approximately 90 percent of our patients are treated using minimally invasive techniques,” said Dr. Lazzaro, who was trained to perform the robotic-assisted procedures by Dr. James Luketich, who was one of the pioneers of robotic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “This means that 90 percent of our patients are healing more quickly and leaving the Hospital faster. These are only some of the benefits of robotic technology."...read more
Fortis Healthcare and Fortis ICRS to invest Rs 150 crore to set robotic surgery centres November 2, 2011 Posted: November 3, 2011
NEW DELHI: Fortis Healthcare India and its joint venture partner International Centre for Robotic Surgery will invest up to Rs 150 crore to set up around ten robotic surgery centres across India in the next 24 months.
"The centres will be set up at an investment between Rs 100 crore to Rs 150 crore. This would entail both the training cost and the cost of hardware," Fortis Healthcare India CEO Aditya Vij told PTI.
Both the partners have equal stake in the JV named Fortis ICRS, which today opened the robotic surgery centre at Fortis Escort Heart Institute in Delhi.
The centres will be set up across Fortis Hospitals in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and in tier II cities including Mohali and Jaipur, he added.
Novadaq to Present at November Investor Healthcare Conferences Posted: November 2, 2011
Novadaq® Technologies Inc. (TSX: NDQ), a developer of real-time imaging systems for use in the operating room, announced today that Dr. Arun Menawat, the company's president and chief executive officer, will present Novadaq's corporate overview at two investor healthcare conferences in November.
• November 16 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time: Dr. Menawat will present at the Lazard Capital Markets 8th Annual Healthcare Conference. The conference will take place at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, November 15-16.
• November 30 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time: Dr. Menawat will also present at the Piper Jaffray 23rd Annual Healthcare Conference. The conference will take place at the New York Palace Hotel in New York City, November 29-30.
Webcasts of the presentations can be accessed live on the Company's website at http://www.novadaq.com under the "Events" tab in the "Investors" section, and will be archived for 90 days.
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Premiere:Current Trends in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery and Computer Simulation
Advancements in arthroscopic shoulder surgery techniques combined with emerging technology are improving patient outcomes.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at noon Eastern join Columbia orthopedic surgeons Christopher Ahmad, MD, Louis Bigliani, MD, Edwin Cadet, MD, and William Levine, MD, as they demonstrate and discuss:
Current Trends in Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery and Computer Simulation.
Topics for the webcast will include:
• Current Trends in Arthroscopic Instability Repair • Computer Enhanced Planning for Shoulder Arthroplasty • The Past, Present and Future of Rotator Cuff Repair
The Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center combines clinical orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitative sports medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and clinical and basic science research to provide our patients with the most advanced treatment.
Incontinence After Prostate Cancer Surgery - Will Biodegradable Sling Help? Posted: November 1, 2011
Research is currently underway at the Indiana University School of Medicine to help men encounter fewer issues with incontinence, undergoing radical prostate surgery in the future. Chandru Sundaram, M.C. professor of urology at the Indiana University of Medicine is leading the first research to establish whether inserting a biodegradable "sling" during robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery will benefit patients.
The biodegradable sling, which supports the neck of the bladder and uretha after removal of the prostate gland, was developed by Cook Medical in Bloomington, IN. The study will assess urinary problems in patients following a complete removal of the prostate due to cancer, with 50% of the patients receiving a "sling" to support their bladder during the procedure, whilst the other 50% will receive current standard care without the insertion of a "sling".
The aim of the study is to establish whether inserting a sling during surgery will help patients regain a faster regular function compared with those without a sling. This randomized clinical trial is based on minimally invasive, robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP). The randomized clinical trial will also track the amount of time required to regain regular bladder function after surgery.....read more
Dr. David Samadi to Perform Live Robotic Prostate Surgery in The Netherlands November 1, 2011
Dr. David Samadi will be performing live robotic prostatectomy surgery during his stay in The Netherlands at the Dutch Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. He will also be sharing his expertise and knowledge on prostate cancer surgery to the specialists in The Netherlands. He will be using Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART) to treat a number of patients suffering from prostate cancer.
Dr. Samadi is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology and heads the Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Department at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.
He will be teaming up with a specialist in MRI of Urogenital Diseases, Dr. Jelle Barentsz, at the Dutch Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in Netherlands. Dr. Barentsz will be employing MR imaging methods for early detection of prostate cancer along with its location and the stage of cancer. Dr. Barentsz was of the opinion that MR imaging was capable of precise diagnosis and will be useful in enhancing the effectiveness of SMART surgery.
Dr. Samadi’s expertise in the field of robotic prostatectomy stands out in the field of urologic oncology; he has performed over 3,600 surgeries using the SMART method. He explained that while performing surgery using SMART method he is able to exercise complete control on the urethra by leaving the dorsal vein complex untouched. He added that this method of surgery ensures minimum blood loss and a short stay at the hospital.
Temple University Hospital Team Performs Philadelphia Region's First Totally Endoscopic Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery Posted, November 1, 2011
A surgical team, led by Temple University Hospital's Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, T. Sloane Guy, MD, has performed the Philadelphia region's first totally endoscopic robotic mitral valve procedures on two patients.
The team repaired the mitral valve (the "inflow" valve for the main pumping chamber of the heart) of the first patient using only tiny incisions which minimized scarring and avoided the more invasive aspects of traditional open surgery. The second patient underwent mitral valve replacement with similarly tiny incisions. "Both patients did very well, thanks to the team performing flawlessly," said Dr. Guy.
"Our well-trained team at Temple offers a totally endoscopic heart operation not available elsewhere in the Philadelphia region," notes Dr. Guy. "Indeed, the era of the superstar surgeon is over; and the era of the superstar team has begun...and that's what we have here at Temple."...read more
Thijs Meenink and his robotic eye surgery system (Photo: Eindhoven University of Technology/Bart van Overbeeke)
Robotic system designed to perform delicate eye surgery October 27, 2011 Updated: November 1, 2011
By now, many readers are probably familiar with the da Vinci robotic surgery system. It allows a seated surgeon, using a 3D display and hand controls, to operate on a patient using robotic arms equipped with surgical instruments. Not only does the system allow for more laparoscopic surgery (in which surgical instruments access the inside of the patient's body through small incisions, instead of one large opening), but it even makes it possible for the surgeon and the patient to be in separate geographical locations. Now, a researcher at the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology has developed a similar system, designed specifically for operations on the eye.
PhD student Thijs Meenink created his robot with procedures on the retina and the vitreous humor in mind. Such eye surgery requires a particularly steady hand - something that surgeons tend to lose as they get older. Consisting of a previously-developed dual-joysticked "master" control unit and Meenik's two-armed "slave" robotic module, the system filters out hand tremors. This is achieved through its scaling down of the operator's hand movements. If the surgeon's hand were to twitch by a centimeter, for instance, the corresponding surgical tool would only twitch by one millimeter. This should result in surgeons being able to keep performing such procedures farther into their careers.
The robot's selection of needle-like instruments are only half a millimeter wide, and include forceps, surgical scissors and drains. They can be interchanged within seconds, which is an important consideration, as one eye operation can reportedly involve up to 40 instrument changes. Due to the precision made possible by the system, those instruments can also enter the patient's eye repeatedly in exactly the same spot, minimizing damage to the eye tissue. Meenik's system additionally provides haptic feedback through the joysticks. This means...read more
Eye-Rhas, Eye-robot-for-haptically-assisted surgery - TU Eindhoven Posted: November 1, 2011
Vitreo-retinal eye surgery relates to surgery at the inner side at the back of the eye, e.g. the vitreous humor or the retina. Nowadays it is performed manually via a trocar, not unlike minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Steady hand movements are required to operate ocular tissue with high accuracy. During eye surgery forces are below the detection limit (60 mN).
Robotically assisted surgery with force feedback can extend existing surgical skills, using a master-slave system. The slave robot, performing the actual surgery, is controlled by the surgeon via a master.
Healthcare Futurist Jack Uldrich to Deliver Two Upcoming Keynotes on "Future Trends" and "Unlearning" October 31, 2011 Updated: November 1, 2011
Popular keynote speaker, healthcare futurist, and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich has been selected to deliver two separate keynote sessions at the first-ever Health. Inspired! symposium. The event, sponsored by United Healthcare, will take place on November 1, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Uldrich, who will be joined at the event by Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton; former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Joycelyn Elders; and Dan Buettner, author of "The Blue Zone," will discuss "Future Trends in Healthcare" and why "The Future Requires Unlearning."
The following day, Uldrich will travel to Nashville, Tennessee to keynote The Tennessee Hospital Association's annual conference. The title of his talk is "Why Future Trends in Healthcare Will Require Unlearning."
The presentations, which are based on Uldrich's two new books: "Higher Unlearning: 39 Post Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future" and "Unlearning 101: 50 Lessons in Thinking Inside-Out the Box," as well as his popular article, "The Top Ten Trends in Healthcare, Today" will begin by discussing how continued advances in information technologies, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, genomics, regenerative medicine and social networking will radically transform healthcare in the decade ahead.....read more
Live Broadcast SPIDER Surgery - Scarless Gallbladder Removal Date: November 3, 2011 Time: 4:00 PM Eastern
Less-invasive surgery is less-invasive to your life. That's the future of surgery. On Thursday, November 3 at 4 p.m. Eastern, watch a live webcast featuring the SPIDER Surgical System to perform a scarless, minimally invasive gallbladder removal from West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Surgeon Juan Carols Verdeja, M.D., will perform the procedure. Benefits of SPIDER surgery may include a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, and a more appealing cosmetic outcome versus traditional laparoscopic surgery.
During the LIVE webcast, viewers are encouraged to send email questions to Dr. Verdeja. West Kendall Baptist Hospital, which opened for patient care on April 27, is a teaching hospital with surgical, emergency, maternity and diagnostic units. The hospital represents the first completely new, non-replacement hospital built in Miami in more than 35 years.
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HUNTLEY – Centegra Health System will host several free health lectures in November. October 27, 2011 Updated: November 1, 2011
Community members are welcome to hear physicians speak about help for hip pain, robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomy, headaches and living a healthier life with diabetes. Space is limited and light refreshments will be served during the lectures. To register, call 877-236-8347.
According to a Centegra press release, upcoming lectures are:
• Robotic and Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center – Huntley. Women who are considering hysterectomies have an alternative to the major surgery of the past. Robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomy offers women less pain, a faster recovery time and a smaller scar than traditional surgery. Hear patient testimonials and join Dr. Alissa Erogbogbo and Dr. Darby Murphy, obstetrician/gynecologists with Centegra Physician Care, as they speak about robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomy, which they are both specially trained to perform......
Florida Hospital surgeon performs robotic surgery No. 5,000 Orlando Business Journal by Abraham Aboraya, Reporter. October 27, 2011 Posted: October 30, 2011 Updated: November 1, 2011
Florida Hospital’s Dr. Vipul Patel will perform his 5,000th robotic prostate removal surgery Oct. 27. Patel will be the first surgeon in the country to reach the milestone with the daVinci robot. Florida Hospital Celebration Health is currently using a Department of Defense grant to research doing telesurgery.
Video: Medical Director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital, Dr. Vipul Patel shares his vision of the next steps of robotic surgery.
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