The Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

Perhaps the biggest surgical innovation in the computer age is the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. See the following video which explains this innovation for minor surgical procedures

Here follows the wide variety of surgical indications for Da Vinci:
Bladder Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease, Endometriosis, Gynecologic Cancer, Heavy Uterine Bleeding, Kidney Disorders, Kidney Cancer, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Obesity, Prostate Cancer, Throat Cancer, Uterine Fibroids, Uterine Prolapse.  The Da Vinci system also has an accessory part, the ProPep Nerve Identifier, which enables the surgeon to more accurately identify nerves during  robotic surgery.  See this video, which explains  the ProPep.

Operating Rooms of the Future

New York Presbyterian Hospital has built four state-of-the-art surgical suites, incorporating the latest developments in communication and imaging technology, and with Internet Medicine, in general.  Each of the suites contains a large video screen for display of images, lab data, and for communication with other surgeons, radiologists, or pathologists, in real time. (Go HERE for a virtual tour)


Latest Image Advances to Benefit Surgeons in the OR

Surgeons now have the benefit or viewing images in a more efficient, effective manner.  These screens are touchscreens to view images, but voice recognition manipulation is on the horizon (See Kinect, below)

Methodist Hosptital in Houston Updates Surgeons with Hands-On Training in New Surgical Technologies

by Gene Ostrovsky on Jul 10, 2012

Barbara Bass, chair of the department of surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, speaks in the following video, how surgeons can learn many of the new technologies with lab courses at Methodist Hospital in Houston.


Kinect Technology in the Operationg Room

There is a new technology being developed in England and Spain, called “Kinect Technology”, in partnership with Microsoft, which allows surgeons, during an operation, to manipulatae patient MRIs, CTs, and xrays with waving of their hands, without needed to “break scrub”, and touch the screen.

Currently, voice recognition is being developed by a Spanish company,  Tedesys, for use in the OR, as well as other situation where infecton control is needed.  This technology is actually a variation of the Xbox, a game of Microsoft.

See the following video which illustrates how the “hands-free” program of Kinect can aid surgeons in the OR to manipulate  images:


Brainsuite® iCT–Versatile operating room integration for instant verification of surgical outcomes

Many different surgical specialties are going to benefit from intra-operative imaging with the Brainsuite neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, ENT surgeons, orthopedic, vascular, etc.  The CT machine is on rails, so it is easily rolled over the patient operative guerney, as seen in the following photo:


Brainlab Introduces Buzz Digital OR

(Oct 2012 )  Brainlab has released Buzz™ Digital OR, which is essentially, a big iPad for the Surgical OR suite wall, with all the functionality of an iPad, to show video, 3D, as well as documents sent from outside source.  The display is a 42 inch plasma screen, with drag and drop functioning.


AIM 3D Needle Placement Software from InnerOptic

(Oct 2012) InnerOptic’s FDA-approved AIM Software is a “GPS for Needle Guidance,” helping the radiologist or surgeon to more accurately place a needle for ablation, biopsy, etc.  It should be a big, overall advance to function quicker, and more efficiently.  This technology should be a great improvement on ultrasound guided procedures,  which is an area of many malpractice suits in the US.  This software of software aided ultrasound needle placement  should help, specifically,  catheterizations, nerve blocks, in vitro fertilizations, tumor ablations and biopsies.


 Image Guided Cancer Surgery




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