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Woman Gets New Life With Mind-Controlled Robot Arm

December 17, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes. ...   

Surgical Robot Adopters Use Recommended Procedure For Kidney Cancer

December 12, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Hospitals with robotic surgical systems are more likely to perform "nephron-sparing" partial...

Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation For Kidney Cancer Patients

December 11, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy -- the...

Surgery in Space? Surgeon Sees Many Problems

December 9, 2014 10:42 am | by the Skeptical Scalpel, Physician's Weekly | Blogs | Comments

The astronauts are halfway to Mars when suddenly one of them develops abdominal pain and...

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Engineer Applies Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. ...                     

Da Vinci Robot Performs Prostate Surgery in England

November 7, 2014 10:22 am | by BBC News | News | Comments

Urologists at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, England hope the Da Vinci robot will "dramatically improve" surgery outcomes and the speed of recovery as it is less invasive.        

September/October 2014

November 4, 2014 5:09 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the September/October 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

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ACS Report: Multi-Procedural Technology Drives Innovation and Profitability

October 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

Walking the halls of the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress & Expo offers a number of opportunities. Embedded within the clamor of the show floor and pictured in part by the varying HD, 4K and 3D displays, are an array of new products promising to push the OR forward ....

Robotically Assisted Bypass Surgery Reduces Complications

October 29, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

Robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is a rapidly evolving technology that shortens hospital stays and reduces the need for blood products, while decreasing recovery times, making the procedure safer and less risky, says a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

First Time at ACS an Eye-Opener

October 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, I saw many of the products we feature in the magazine and online, up close and personal. It was great to finally see what we've been covering in action and talk to many of the surgeons, product managers and PR representatives who are extremely passionate about their products. I even had the opportunity to test out a couple ...

Center Plans To Redefine Surgical Robotics

October 26, 2014 11:59 pm | by John Markoff, The New York Times | News | Comments

With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California-Berkeley will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, freeing doctors to concentrate on the most challenging and complex aspects of the operations they perform.

UVA Neurosurgeon Leads Partnership for Safer High-Tech Surgery

October 14, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

A University of Virginia Health System physician is playing a key role in advancing the safety and quality of advanced brain surgery. In an initiative coordinated by UVA neurological surgeon Jason Sheehan the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Society for Radiation Oncology are developing a first-of-its-kind patient registry in order to establish national benchmarks for stereotactic radiosurgery ...

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Robotic Surgery: More Complications, Higher Expense For Some Conditions

October 8, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The results were published online today in Obstetrics & Gynecology ...

Siemen's Kulkarni Looks at Future of Hybrid ORs

October 8, 2014 10:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Sudhir Kulkarni, segment director of hybrid OR, Siemens Healthcare ...

New Tool Assesses Skill Development In Robotic Surgery

September 29, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Mechanized System Could Improve Nerve-Damaged Hands

September 26, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body ...

Surgical Products Focuses On Hybrid OR Integration

September 22, 2014 11:46 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving hybrid OR integration. In the article, we quoted several experts, including Christy Guadet, Director of OR1 Marketing, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story.

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Pennsylvania Deaths Related To Robotic Surgery

September 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Kris B. Mamula, Pittsburgh Business Times | News | Comments

Doctors reported 722 “safety events” between 2005 and March 31 involving use of robotic surgery in a variety of procedures, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority found. Unintended laceration, bleeding and infection were among 75 percent of the problems that were reported, according to the Harrisburg-based nonprofit that seeks to identify and correct problems in medical care.

Man Has Antenna Implanted in His Skull

August 28, 2014 11:17 am | by Will Wei, Business Insider | News | Comments

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind and sees the world in grayscale. But even though Neil can't see color doesn't mean he can't sense it. That's because Neil Harbisson is a cyborg who can hear color. In 2004, Neil convinced a doctor to implant into his skull an antenna that detects and transposes colors into corresponding tones — allowing him to hear color through bone conduction.

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 for Robotics/Steep Trend cases. It secures patients to the OR table via six straps and designed to be reusable.

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 utilizes robotic assistance and navigation for precise planning and accurate bone removal. 

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 reconstruction and spinal fusion, hasn't been justified yet. Furthermore, GlobalData says that the current economic climate and reimbursement hindrance for computer-assisted joint replacements have resulted in many hospitals feeling reluctant to embrace these modern technologies.

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.

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...

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