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Robot-Assisted Prostate Cancer Removal Surgery Growing in US

August 26, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

A new study reveals that the U.S. has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than traditional surgeries, their costs are decreasing over time.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Butterfly Steep Trend Positioner

August 6, 2014 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to the David Scott Company, this is the world's first and only GEL BeanBag Positioner...

2014 ESP Award Submission: Blue Belt Technologies Navio Handpiece

August 5, 2014 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Navio is a surgical system indicated for unicondylar and patellofemoral joint replacement that...

Robotic, Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling To Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 22, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint...

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Robot-Assisted Surgery Controls Prostate Cancer For Ten Years

July 16, 2014 3:46 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital...                    

Surgery In Space: I Foresee Problems

July 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

According to NASA, a miniature robot capable of assisting in surgery has been developed, tested in pigs and is soon to be trialed in a weightless environment. The robot, which weighs less than 1 pound, can be inserted into the abdomen via the umbilicus and controlled remotely...

RealTcut Offers Advanced Materials For Surgical Training

June 27, 2014 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new research objective could offer another virtual training option for surgeons. The long-term aim is to develop real-time simulators tol help train surgeons and enhance surgical planning. By constructing virtual, ‘in silico’ replicas of the patients, such tools have the potential to reduce errors and post-operative complications, and could eventually lead to robot-assisted and robot-led surgery.

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Will Robots Render Surgeons Obsolete?

June 19, 2014 10:44 am | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

New York University Langone Robotic Surgery Center’s Dr. Michael Stifelman attempts to answer that question and discusses robotic surgery on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”              

Robot-Assisted Prostate Cancer Surgery As Safe But More Expensive As Open Surgery In Older Men

May 19, 2014 11:28 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Minimally-invasive robot-assisted surgery, which has become the main choice for surgically removing cancerous prostate glands during recent years, is as safe as open surgery for Medicare patients over age 65. Those are the primary findings of a newly published nationwide patient survey that included participation by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital, a pioneer of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP)...

Intuitive Surgical Da Vinci Xi Video Highlights System’s New Features

May 9, 2014 9:46 am | by Intuitive Surgical | Videos | Comments

About a month ago, Intuitive Surgical announced its new da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The device takes on a new shape and is designed to bring new capabilities for robot-assisted surgery in a variety of fields. Here is the latest video released by Intuitive Surgical that showcases the system's features...

Will Automation Affect Surgeons' Skills?

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Although it has been known for over two years, news outlets are again reporting that automation is degrading pilots' skills. I blogged about this back then as part of a comparison of pilots to surgeons. My point was that surgeons did not have autopilots to rely on in the operating room. This new report has prompted some to wonder whether robotic surgery will lead to deterioration of surgeons' skills...

Intuitive Surgical Unveils New da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System

April 2, 2014 10:06 am | by Intuitive Surgical | Videos | Comments

Intuitive Surgical recently received FDA clearance for its new da Vinci Xi system. The robotic surgery giant invested a significant amount of effort to expanding the capabilities of the da Vinci. Check out the results of those efforts by watching this video...

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Robotic FloShield

March 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. | Minimally Invasive Devices, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. announced the commercial release of Robotic FloShield, designed specifically to be compatible with the da Vinci Surgical System for robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. FloShield technology uses Vortex Barrier Technology (VBT), which forms an invisible curtain of gas in front of a laparoscope's optics that acts as a barrier to debris, condensation, and smoke.

Study: Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Offers Better Cancer Control

March 3, 2014 9:15 am | News | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery...

New Protocol Is Shown To Move Laparoscopic Surgeons To 'Expert Status' On da Vinci

February 12, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

Surgeons who follow a rigorous training protocol on a simulator have been found to have a significant advantage in performance on the da Vinci robot compared with those who do not use a simulator, says a new study at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey...

Suture Removal In The Mid-21st Century

February 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Blogs | Comments

"The future of robotic surgery can be determined only by probing the possibilities. To ignore the potential for extending the boundaries and safety of surgical care with robotic technology seems unwise." -- Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons...

A Vision For The Future -- 3D Visualization In The OR

February 4, 2014 10:24 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Technology has transformed the way sight is defined in the OR, and the innovative visualization tools being developed inside and outside the healthcare industry have surgeons and other hospital personnel excited for what the future may bring...

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Mazor Robotics Sells Second Renaissance System To Westside Surgical Hospital

February 3, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative guidance systems and complementary products, announced today that it has sold a second Renaissance system to Westside Surgical Hospital located in Houston, Texas. This represents the third Renaissance system in the Houston area and eighth Renaissance system in the state of Texas...

Robotic Operation For Heart Valve Reconstruction Holds Promise

January 27, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

A potentially fatal bacterial disease of the heart, infective endocarditis frequently affects the heart's tricuspid valve, often resulting in permanent tissue damage. But a reconstructive technique, in which the valve is repaired with a bioscaffold on which new tissue can grow, can give some patients a new lease on life—a lease that has been extended to patients at Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital...

Luna Selling Shape-Sensing Technology To Intuitive Surgical

January 23, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Luna Innovations said Wednesday that it is selling shape-sensing technology used in medical applications to Intuitive Surgical, which makes a robotic surgical system. Luna said Intuitive Surgical will make two upfront payments worth a total of $12 million. It could get another $18 million based on technical and commercial milestones.

Robotic Surgical Incident Reporting Leads To More Questions Than Answers

January 22, 2014 10:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Some questions simply lead to more questions. No questions lead to definitive answers without data and evidence leading the way. That thought came into my mind when I read a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about adverse-event reporting in healthcare, specifically as it relates to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robotic surgery system...

Study: 'Icy' Technique Improves Robotic Kidney Transplants

January 22, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

A collaboration of surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital and Medanta Hospital in India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation. The research project advances minimally invasive robotic surgery as a safe alternative to traditional open surgery...

Study: Kidney Cancer Patients Preserve Kidney Function With Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy

January 14, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Patients with chronic kidney disease who received robot-assisted partial nephrectomy to treat kidney cancer have minimal loss of kidney function -- a smaller amount even than patients with normal kidney function, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital's Vattikuti Urology Institute...

Study: Shorter Hospital Stay, Fewer Complications For Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Versus Open Surgery

January 10, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

New findings from a large, population-based study show that robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate and surrounding tissue) results in a shorter average hospital stay and lower overall complication rate compared to open surgery...

Robotic Surgery Injury Reports Lacking, Critics Say

January 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Robert Langreth | News | Comments

While a U.S. database lists reports of deaths and injuries sent to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency has no authority to force doctors to contribute. And while hospitals are supposed to report, they often don't, critics say...  

Study: With The Surgical Robot, Similar Outcomes At A Higher Cost

December 19, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

In a study of national data on colon surgery, Johns Hopkins researchers found that while patients who undergo either minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery or the high-tech robotic approach have similar outcomes, robotic surgery is significantly more expensive...

Stryker Completes Acquisition Of MAKO Surgical Corp.

December 17, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

"We're excited to welcome MAKO into our organization and combine their expertise in robotic arm assisted surgery with Stryker's innovations in joint reconstruction to further advance the growth of this compelling technology," said Kevin A. Lobo, President and Chief Executive Officer...

Intuitive Robots May Stall In Surgery, Company Warns

December 5, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

On Nov. 19, Intuitive said it had sent a letter warning users that the "instrument arm" on the system might experience excessive friction. The company said surgeons using the system may feel resistance, and if they continue to push that resistance, the device could stall and then "suddenly catch-up" to the correct position. That might cause an imprecise surgical cut...

Robot Surgery Incidents May Pressure Hospital Training

November 11, 2013 10:23 am | by Robert Langreth | News | Comments

A rising number of reports about deaths, injuries, and malfunctions linked to the robotic surgery system made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) may pressure hospitals to bolster training for doctors using the $1.5 million device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration received 3,697 adverse event reports through Nov. 3, compared with 1,595 through all of 2012, an agency official said in an interview last week...

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