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Cardica's Automated Anastomosis Systems Featured at Advances In Robotic And Hybrid Coronary Revascularization Meeting October 27, 2010
REDWOOD CITY, Calif, Oct. 27 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced that its C-Port® Flex-A® Anastomosis System and its PAS-Port® Proximal Anastomosis System will be featured in several demonstration and wet lab presentations at the Advances in Robotic and Hybrid Coronary Revascularization conference, a meeting jointly developed by the International College of Robotic Surgery and Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
"This inaugural meeting will host more than 100 cardiothoracic surgeons from around the world, and is the first of its kind," said Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Cardica. "We congratulate the presenting surgeons, who continue to push the envelope and remain on the leading edge of cardiothoracic surgery, and commend the cardiothoracic surgeons and specialists attending the meeting, who are advancing their capabilities in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery. This forum represents an ideal interchange to advance the field of less invasive cardiac surgery."
The Cardica automated anastomosis systems will be featured in the presentations as follows:
Beating Heart Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass (BH TECAB) with Flex-A Automated Anastomosis Connector, Friday, October 29, 2010 8:40 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Conduits and Multivessel TECAB, Friday October 29, 2010, 1:20 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Troubleshooting, Friday, October 29, 2010, 3:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hands-on Wet Lab, Saturday, October 30, 2010 8:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
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Robotic Surgery Expert Joins Children's National Medical Center October 27, 2010
Children's National Medical Center has appointed Craig Peters, MD, chief of Surgical Technology and Translation in the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and Principal Investigator in the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Dr. Peters has a special interest in applying robotics in pediatric surgery, which to date has not benefited fully from these advanced technologies. His research will focus on customized surgical planning and evaluation, enhanced visualization during surgery, and minimal and noninvasive surgical methods. Clinically, Dr. Peters joins Children's Division of Urology where he will treat infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of urological disorders.
"Robotic surgery has been my passion for the last eight or nine years of my work in minimally invasive surgery in urology," Dr. Peters said. "The potential exists for robotic technology to improve surgery for children through better visualization, manipulation of tissues, and access to small areas. The Sheikh Zayed Institute provides unparalleled opportunities and resources to lead a paradigm shift in surgery toward greater precision and better outcomes."
The Sheikh Zayed Institute, which aims to make surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free, is made possible by a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi. The Bioengineering Initiative supports those goals by harnessing the full power of science and technology to make treatment more precise....continue reading
Robotic Surgery Expert Dr. David Samadi, MD Discusses UK Prostate Cancer Detection Breakthrough Discovery NEW YORK, Oct 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
British scientists have identified a protein in urine that can help indicate which patients are at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and The Institute of Cancer Research found that the level of MSMB protein in urine could provide a fast and accurate prostate cancer diagnosis for doctors and patients, potentially replacing the currently painful and more costly approach - a blood sample.
Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City believes this prostate cancer treatment discovery could be used to identify those high-risk patients that will most likely need a healthcare plan in fighting prostate cancer.....continue reading
Dr. Vipul Patel explains to UCF engineering students how he uses the da Vinci robot to operate. Students viewed the surgery on screens outside the surgery room while Dr. Patel worked the robot's controls from the same room. Photo: Courtesy of Florida Hospital
UCF Engineering Students Study Robotic Surgery October 25, 2010
About a dozen University of Central Florida electrical engineering students took an unusual field trip Friday to see a doctor perform prostate surgery. The students in Professor Zhihua Qu’s class watched as Dr. Vipul Patel performed prostatectomy surgery at Florida Hospital Celebration Health with the aid of the da Vinci robot.
Patel is the medical director of the Global Robotic Institute at Florida Hospital, an internationally known center for training doctors on the use of robotics for laparoscopic surgery. He has performed more than 4,000 such surgeries and is considered an international expert on the use of robotics in surgery. The technology is highly precise and minimally invasive, which allows for quicker and less painful patient recovery.
The UCF students who observed Friday morning and spoke to Dr. Patel about the use of technology in medicine are taking a course in medical robotics and tele-operations within the College of Engineering and Computer Science....read more
Nepal C. Chowdhury, M.D.
Chowdhury using robotic surgery system for removal of lung tumors October 22, 2010 from: The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- Dr. Nepal Chowdhury at St. Mary's Medical Center has started using the daVinci Si High Definition robotic surgery system for the removal of lung tumors.
With the minimally invasive surgery, patients receive three incisions of approximately 1 centimeter each and a primary 4-centimeter incision to remove cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the lung. Previous thoracic surgery required an incision of at least 10 centimeters.
In addition to being less invasive, the patient benefits of the new procedure include less risk of infection, less pain, shorter hospital stays and the ability of the surgeon to perform the surgery without moving muscles or spreading a patient's ribcage.
"robotic platform consisting of a pan-and-tilt camera with a laser pointer attached to an overhead surgical light with integrated audio."
Imagine you're a surgeon in a rural medical center, and a patient is rushed into your OR with a stab wound to the chest. The situation is dire enough to require an immediate operation, but the damage inflicted is extensive and complex enough that you're not adequately trained for this particular operation. What do you do?
A recently published study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons makes a convincing case that "telerobotic proctoring"--a surgical teleconference, with robotic assistance--will boost performance of the stranded surgeon in this scenario. For the study, the researchers used what they describe as a "robotic platform consisting of a pan-and-tilt camera with a laser pointer attached to an overhead surgical light with integrated audio."
Eight general surgery residents without subspecialty training conducted mock operations on animal cadavers (experimenting on living humans wouldn't have been the most ethical thing). Specialist surgeons were able to remotely guide the resident, using a laptop and mouse to steer the laser pointer. Residents who were "telementored" performed at a higher level.
"We wanted to determine if a robotic telementoring platform using real-time audio and video could impact the ability of onsite surgeons to deliver subspecialty surgical care," said one of the study's authors, Alexander Q. Ereso, a doctor at Wayne State University in Detroit in a press release. The answer, he and his co-authors found, was that it could, and the potential applications range from rural hospitals, as in the scenario above, or military field hospitals--where multiple subspecialties are often needed all at once.
Titan Medical Inc. Appoints Three Additional Urology Veterans to Its Medical Advisory Board TORONTO, ONTARIO, Oct 21, 2010
(MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") /(CA:TMD 1.74, -0.51, -22.67%) announced today the appointment of David M. Albala, M.D., Louis Eichel, M.D. and Po N. Lam, M.D. to the Company's Medical Advisory Board.
Craig Leon, Chairman and CEO of Titan Medical, commented, "Urology is one of the first target markets for which we are going to seek approval of Amadeus, and we are extremely pleased to welcome three experts in the field to our team. The combined clinical and educational experience of Drs. Albala, Eichel and Lam equips us with cutting edge scientific knowledge of robotic urologic surgery and positions us for making further progress with developing our technology."....continue reading
Operating room of the future: Doctors performed a prostatectomy using only robots
Patient has prostate removed in world's first all-robotic surgery October 20, 2010
A Canadian man who was having his prostate removed had more reason to be nervous than most...his surgery was performed entirely by robots.
In a world first medics at Montreal General Hospital used an anesthesia robot, nicknamed McSleepy, to put the patient under. They then employed the DaVinci surgical robot to remotely perform the delicate operation. Specialists at the McGill University Health Centre at the hospital said the all-robotic surgery could deliver the most modern and accurate patient care.
Dr A Aprikian from MUHC, said: "The DaVinci allows us to work from a workstation operating surgical instruments with delicate movements of our fingers with a precision that cannot be provided by humans alone."
He and his team of surgeons operated the robotic arms that can rotate 360 degrees from a dedicated workstation via video control with 3D high definition image quality. They removed part of the patient's prostate gland, which sits at the neck of the urethra and produces the fluid part of semen.
The hospital has been using McSleepy since 2008, and were the first in the world to perform surgery using a totally automated system to knock out patients. It is a software system that directs infusion pumps in a patient's vein to release specifically timed and measured doses of drugs that induce sleepiness, control pain and relax muscles during an operation.
The computerised system also provides continuous feedback on how the patient is responding to the drugs as surgery progresses, from brainwave patterns and muscle contractions to heart rate and blood pressure readings.....read more
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Stanmore Implants Worldwide purchases Acrobot October 19, 2010
Stanmore Implants Worldwide, specialists in the design and manufacture of patient specific and modular implants, announced it has purchased Acrobot, the medical devices company specializing in computer-assisted orthopedic surgery.
Stanmore noted in a company press release that it specializes in the design and manufacture of implants for limb-sparing and complex primary and revision joint replacement. The acquisition will strengthen Stanmore’s position in this field and also creates opportunities to further expand its offerings, the company said.
Acrobot has developed precision surgical systems for computer-assisted 3D planning, surgical navigation and surgeon-controlled robotic surgery, which focus on improved reproducibility and precision in orthopedic surgery.....read more
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Live Broadcast: Treating Chronic Back Pain with Minimally Invasive Surgery:
October 21, 2010 4:00 PM
Surgery for chronic back pain doesn't have to mean a long stay in the hospital and a slow recovery. On Thursday, October 21, Baptist Hospital neurosurgeon Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, MD, will perform a minimally invasive spine surgery during a live webcast. The minimally invasive approach is used to relieve various types of pain. The advantages over a traditional surgical procedure is less blood loss, less pain, smaller incisions and a quicker recovery. Many patients go home the same day of the surgery. Watch the live webcast and see this fascinating procedure as it happens. Viewers are invited to send e-mail questions to Dr. Gonzalez-Arias during the webcast. Viewers can also choose to watch the webcast in Spanish.
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Palm Beach medical events scheduled for 2010-11 season Updated: 5:48 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 Posted: 5:35 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010
■ Cleveland Clinic Florida will present a men's health lecture at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at its Health and Wellness Center, on the 14th floor of CityPlace Tower in West Palm Beach. Urologist Dr. William Gans, sports medicine specialist Dr. Evan Peck and cardiologist Dr. Darryl Miller will discuss urology, robotic prostate surgery, orthopaedics and more during the hour-long presentation. To register, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call (800) 691-6555
■ New York-Presbyterian Hospital's annual medical symposium, Frontiers in Medicine: Minimally Invasive Surgery, will be held at The Mar-a-Lago Club March 14. 2011. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the two-hour symposium will start at 10 a.m. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Lucia Falco-Sardana via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (212) 342-0792
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Prostate cancer patients treated with robotic-assisted surgery can expect low recurrence of cancer From Science News, October 18, 2010
A first-ever, long-term study of patients who underwent robot-assisted surgery to remove their cancerous prostates found that nearly 87 percent of them had no recurrence of the disease after five years.
The findings were reported in this month's issue of the European Urology journal by a team of Henry Ford Hospital researchers led by Mani Menon, M.D., an internationally recognized pioneer in the use of high-precision surgical robots.
In an editorial accompanying the article, the author wrote "it is very clear that the article by Menon et al represents a land mark contribution in the area of PCa (prostate cancer) management."
Dr. Menon, director of Henry Ford's Vattikuti Urology Institute, perfected the technique for minimally invasive laparoscopic treatment of prostate cancer.
Because they were among the first surgeons in the world to use the technique, Dr. Menon and his team had a unique opportunity to test its effectiveness on the long-term survival of a large group of prostate cancer patients.....read more
Elekta to Highlight Latest Gamma Knife Surgery Innovations at Annual Neurosurgery Conference October 15, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Elekta will showcase updates to its Leksell GammaPlan® 10.0* treatment planning software for Leksell Gamma Knife® and the Extend™ program for Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ at the 2010 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting, October 16-21 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The Extend program dramatically broadens the types of cases for which clinicians can use Perfexion.
On the show floor, Elekta booth #109 will feature hands-on demonstrations of Extend, which combines patient-friendly head immobilization technology and stereotactic localization methods to permit hypofractionated Gamma Knife treatments for larger tumors or lesions close to critical structures located in the brain, skull base and other head and neck regions.
Updates to GammaPlan 10.0 include the two optional add-ons Inverse Planning and Convolution. Inverse Planning provides a fast, easy solution for Gamma Knife surgery planning, providing more reliable dose planning. The Convolution add-on is designed to increase confidence in the dose distribution and helps provide the optimum dose for heterogeneities in the skull.
TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for Resection of Skull Base Lesions October 11, 2010
Surgeons with the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Penn Medicine have invented and are pioneering TransOral Robotic Surgery to treat patients with benign lesions and select malignant tumors of the skull base.
A minimally invasive surgical approach, TORS was developed by Bert W. O’Malley, Jr., MD, and Gregory S. Weinstein, MD, at Penn Medicine and approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in December 2009.
TORS is actually a group of minimally invasive robotic surgery techniques that enable surgeons to remove benign and malignant tumors of the mouth and throat. These techniques result in shorter, virtually scarless head and neck surgery.
Designed to avoid incisions for primary site resection, TORS is performed through the patient’s mouth and provides unprecedented access to the small and often difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth and throat. The advantages of TORS include reduced operating time (90 minutes versus 12 hours for classic open surgery); fewer major complications and the preclusion of feeding tube requirements during the post-operative period.
Personalized Orthopedic Surgery Just a Robot Away October 11, 2010
New technologies are designed to improve outcomes of popular orthopedic surgeries
Newswise — A number of new technologies and surgical techniques promise to “personalize” orthopedic operations such as hip and knee replacement, according to research to be presented at an educational program at Hospital for Special Surgery on October 15 and 16. During “Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery: Review of Emerging Technologies,” prominent orthopedic researchers will discuss how innovative technologies can improve surgical outcomes.
Improved surgical approaches that are more patient-specific, less invasive and that improve patient recovery could not come at a better time, according to Dr. Andrew D. Pearle, associate attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery. Reviewing the numbers of one common procedure that stands to gain from these technological advances – knee replacement surgery – is sobering. In 2007 alone, more than 600,000 knee replacements were performed in the United States. That number is projected to increase every year, with 1.5 million knee replacements in 2020 and possibly 3.5 million in 2030, just two decades from today. Currently knee replacement often results in a pain-free joint; however, the prosthetic joint usually does not function as well as a normal, nonarthritic knee....continue reading
Robotic Surgery for Throat Cancer
Robotic surgery to treat throat cancer Posted; October 7, 2010
Barbara Matyas heard a horror story from Ohio:
“A friend of mine just came home and still can’t talk or swallow,” the 70-year-old said. “I am very fortunate.”
Sitting in an examination room at the medical offices of Physicians Regional Medical Center at Pine Ridge, Matyas was having a post-surgery check-up with Dr. Jay Roberts. A week earlier, the ear, nose and throat specialist removed a cancerous tumor on her tongue, back toward her throat.
Matyas could speak, although her voice was scratchy, and she was weaning herself off pain medication to get back to her normal routine.
She was the second patient on whom Roberts used the da Vinci robotic surgical system for easy access to a throat cancer. He didn’t have to make a disfiguring incision through the chin, throat and around the jawline, which has been the traditional surgical approach.
Matyas, of Naples, stayed in the hospital four days rather than 10 days that is common with the traditional surgical approach for throat cancer. She was off a feeding tube in two days and talking on the third. “It is the technique. It’s a giant leap forward for this particular tumor,” said Roberts, chief of surgery for Physicians Regional Healthcare System....continue reading
Surgeons at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center perform first Robotic Bariatric Surgery in Williamson County October 6, 2010
Bariatric surgeon Nicole Basa, M.D. has successfully performed the first robotically-assisted gastric bypass procedure at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. This procedure marks the first in Williamson County and is among the first in Central Texas. Dr. Basa is a University of California , Los Angeles fellowship trained surgeon in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. She has used the da Vinci system for this type of procedure since 2006. Using the da Vinci robot is considered a new option for weight loss surgery.
Gastric bypass using the da Vinci robotic technology may offer benefits to the patient over open abdominal surgery, including less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster return to normal daily activities. For complete story Click here
Titan Medical Inc. Appoints Urology Expert Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to Its Medical Advisory Board TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) -
Titan Medical Inc. (TSX VENTURE:TMD) announced today the appointment of Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to the Company's Medical Advisory Board.
Currently, Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital, Boston (CHB). Recently, he was named the Rose Zimmerman Mandell Chair in Innovative Urological Technology.
Dr. Nguyen is actively involved in research focusing on vesicoureteral reflux, prenatal hydronephrosis, molecular imaging, and robotics/minimally invasive surgery. In the area of robotic surgery, he is investigating the application of this minimally invasive technique to reconstruction of the urinary tract and its safety. He is also collaborating with colleagues at CHB to design hand-held robotic instruments for the US Army. In addition, due to his strong background in basic science, he is working to apply molecular imaging technology to be used in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery....read more
Robots do simple surgical procedure October 4, 2010
Duke researchers conduct simulated operation, hope robots could be used where doctors are scarce.
Recent studies by Duke University bioengineers show that robots performing medical operations may be part of our future. A robot performed a simple surgical procedure - locating a lesion in human organs and taking samples. It was a simulated operation, but the tests were enough to convince the researchers that, as the technology advances, autonomous robots could someday perform simple surgical tasks on humans.
"We're now testing the robot on a human mannequin seated at the examining table," said Stephen Smith, director of Duke's Ultrasound Transducer Group at the Pratt School of Engineering and senior member of the research team. "The breast is composed of turkey breast tissue with an embedded grape to simulate a lesion. Our next step is to move to an excised human breast."
Unlike current robotic systems that require some guidance by doctors, the Duke prototype was controlled by an artificial intelligence program. It takes real-time 3-D information, processes it and gives the robot specific commands to perform. The robot arm has a mechanical hand that can manipulate the same biopsy plunger that physicians use to reach a lesion and take samples....continue reading
Impotence risk for prostate cancer-treatment October 4, 2010
A new study adds to evidence that prostate cancer treatment can cause impotence.
But the study, led by Spaniard Ruiz-Aragón J and his colleagues from Agency for Health Technology Assessment of Andalusia, found that certain treatments are less likely to lead to erectile dysfunction.
Radiotherapy was found to be most friendly to prostate cancer treatments in terms of its effect on impotence. Among other types of surgery, robotic surgery posed the lowest risk of causing erectile dysfunction (22% risk) followed by laparoscopic surgery (40%) and open radical prostatectomy (41%).
Prostate treatment can cause erection problems and incontinence. But it is hailed as a life-saver by medical experts. Early detection of prostate cancer can be critical, making all the difference between life and death.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in British men. More than 36,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.
One of the biggest risk factors is age; more than half of all cases diagnosed in men over the age of 70. Prostate cancer is rare in men under the age of 50. Other factors that increase your risk include a family history of prostate or breast cancer. Diet may affect your risk too. Prostate cancer rates are much lower in Japan where diets are higher in soy, fish and vegetables, and lower in meat and fat.
Like prostate cancer, impotence largely affects older men. Around half of men over the age of 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction but younger men experience it much more rarely. When younger men are affected, it is generally because of psychological factors, including worries about pleasing their partner.
A joint agency SBIR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Phase 1 was released on September 14th to encourage small business firms to participate in the development of robotics technologies. The agencies participating in the announcement include NIH, DOD, NSF, USDA and DHS.
The market for robotics is growing rapidly and now spans many diverse industries including military, medicine, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, and consumer products. Robotics technology is reaching a “tipping point” and is poised for explosive growth because of improvements in core technologies such as microprocessors, sensors, and algorithms. Also robotics technology has the potential to make a tremendous contribution to help the elderly and disabled.
NIH supports developing robotic applications to help in surgery, health interventions, prostheses, rehabilitation, behavioral therapy, and for personalized care and wellness health promotions. The most significant challenges will be to address safety issues, especially for applications to be used in home and surgical settings. For home care, NIH is interested in helping caregivers manage chronic heart, lung, or blood diseases.
A few of the areas where NIH is emphasizing their need for robotic assistive devices are with neurological disorders or with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries, and with strokes.
NIH is also looking for surgical tools and techniques. Examples of relevant technologies are....continue reading
Swedish adds third da Vinci® SI HD Robot Assisted Surgical System
Swedish has the fastest-growing and most experienced robot-assisted surgical program in the Pacific Northwest region; Program achieves more than 3,000 robotic-assisted surgeries in five-year period
New robot offers enhanced high-definition 3D vision and a dual-console capability to support training
SEATTLE, Wash. – September 29, 2010 – One year ago, Swedish upgraded its da Vinci robot equipment and purchased two latest generation da Vinci robot-assisted surgical systems to help surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures in the operating room. The hospital also opened the world’s first integrated operating room specifically outfitted for the da Vinci SI HD robot. Today, Swedish is adding a third da Vinci SI HD robot to advance its pioneering use of robot-assisted surgery for patients....continue reading
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