Latest Laparoscopic News

Saturday - November 19, 2016 11:53 pm
By attaching a magnetic clip to the gallbladder and using another magnet to manipulate it from outside the body, surgeons can reduce the number of incisions needed to remove the organ. Nationwide, the device, which has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration, is in use at Stanford Medicine and two other medical centers.
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Thursday - November 17, 2016 6:29 am
and should not be used for removal of uterine tissue containing suspected fibroids in patients who are peri- or post-menopausal, or candidates for en bloc tissue removal vaginally or via mini-laparotomy. A strict surgeon training protocol for the system has been validated involving surgeons with varying levels of experience, according to Olympus. Testing conducted with the surgeon training protocol revealed there was no damage to any of the specimen containment bags utilized during this process. Consistent with the FDA’s mandate, surgeons who wish to use the containment system will be required to complete a formal training protocol.   Read more...
Sunday - November 6, 2016 12:12 am
Women have about a 20% less chance of developing heart disease after weight-loss surgery than men, according to new research presented at Obesity Week 2016. The annual conference is hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS). According to researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, while both genders significantly reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease over a 10-year period, women seem to benefit more.   Read more...
Friday - November 4, 2016 7:32 am

The second-generation Percuvance percutaneous surgical system offers a wide variety of instrument configurations, with reusable handles and seven disposable 5 mm interchangeable tool tips. These include graspers, scissors, dissector, electrocautery tools, and the Weck Hem-o-lok polymer ligation clip applier. The system also offers a less invasive percutaneous insertion method into the patient, without the use of an invasive trocar. It also enables surgeons to eliminate one or more additional trocars from their laparoscopic procedures.   Read more...
Friday - November 4, 2016 7:20 am
The Resolution 360 Clip is intended for placement within the GI tract for the endoscopic marking and hemostasis during treatment of mucosal and sub-mucosal defects such as peptic ulcers, polyps, and diverticulosis of the colon. The pre-loaded, radiopaque, single-use clip consists of stainless steel capsule and clip arms, a chrome-cobalt yoke, and a styrene tension breaker. The clip jaws are engineered so that they can be opened and closed up to five times prior to deployment, aiding in precise positioning of the clip at the lesion site.   Read more...
Friday - November 4, 2016 7:15 am
The symphonX Surgical Platform enables surgeons to manipulate two laparoscopic instruments at the same time, using controls outside of the body that accurately triangulate the instruments. The design closely mimics traditional laparoscopic equipment, so that the surgeon feels as if he is operating two different tools, each in their own trocar, in a more ergonomic fashion and with fewer complications. Additional benefits include lower usage of analgesics and fewer readmissions for hernias and incision-site infections.   Read more...
Thursday - November 3, 2016 6:28 am
A 30-year-old Japanese woman who farted during gynaecological operation was badly burned when the gas ignited a laser used in the surgery, reports the Japanese. Ninety-nine percent of the colorless, but certainly not odorless, gas released when one “passes gas” is a combination of carbon dioxide, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and methane.   Read more...
Thursday - November 3, 2016 5:02 am
A study that analysed 32,000 operations in three countries, found that one in 67 - 1.5 per cent - vaginal and laparoscopic ‘keyhole’ hysterectomies had to be ‘converted’ to open surgery during operations, increasing the risk of ill health afterwards.   Read more...
Tuesday - October 18, 2016 8:57 am
Among patients undergoing incisional hernia repair, the use of mesh to reinforce the repair was associated with a lower risk of hernia recurrence over 5 years compared with when mesh was not used, although with long-term follow-up, the benefits attributable to mesh were offset in part by mesh-related complications, according to a study published online by JAMA. The study is being released to coincide with its presentation at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2016.   Read more...
Tuesday - October 18, 2016 8:43 am
Ethicon* announced today the U.S. launch of a new high precision ultrasonic device, HARMONIC® HD 1000i Shears, designed to address unique challenges in complex surgical procedures, especially those involving complex thoracic and colorectal issues where precision is critical. Featuring unmatched precision†, unparalleled strength‡, and optimal efficiency, the HARMONIC® HD 1000i is Ethicon's flagship energy device, building upon the most advanced ultrasonic portfolio on the market.   Read more...
Wednesday - October 5, 2016 8:17 am
TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE MKT: TRXC), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery, today announced that the first radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer utilizing its Senhance surgical robot was performed by gynecologic surgeon Dr. Salvatore Gueli Alletti, a member of Professor Giovanni Scambia’s team, at the Policlinico A. Gemelli Foundation in Rome, Italy.   Read more...
Wednesday - October 5, 2016 8:02 am
Xenocor, Inc., an emerging leader in developing a new, revolutionary medical imaging platform that provides the most cost‐effective high definition laparoscopy solutions, announced today that its first product, the Xenoscope, was 510(k) cleared by the U.S. FDA for marketing and distribution. The Xenoscope is the first single-use disposable laparoscope that will be offered in a sterile condition.
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Tuesday - October 4, 2016 10:37 am
A new surgical robot allows surgeons to “feel” their way through a procedure with a haptic feedback system. According to scientists at Deakin University and Harvard University, the HeroSurg system provides both tactile sensation and HD-quality 3D imaging for greater confidence and accuracy than is possible with current robotic laparoscopic systems.   Read more...
Friday - September 16, 2016 6:55 am
Objectives: Postlaparoscopic shoulder pain (PLSP) remains a common problem after laparoscopies. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between pressure pain threshold (PPT) of different muscles and PLSP after gynecologic laparoscopy, and to explore the effect of parecoxib, a cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, on the changes of PPT.   Read more...
Tuesday - September 13, 2016 9:40 am
A new laparoscopic surgical system enables surgeons to use two instruments at once via a single port in the abdomen. The FMX314 surgical system is designed to provide accurate three-dimensional (3D) triangulation of laparoscopic surgical instruments inserted through a multiple-use introducer placed in the abdomen with the aid of a trocar. The controls of each instrument are used separately outside of the body so as to closely mimic traditional laparoscopic equipment; surgeons actually feel as if they are manipulating two different tools, each within their own trocar.   Read more...
Saturday - September 10, 2016 12:36 pm
Liver transplantation from a living donor is considered to be one of the most complicated and difficult surgical procedures, given that the surgery has to guarantee the full functioning of the transplanted liver in both the recipient and donor. Mixing the two together makes the job all the more complex, even seemingly impossible. The operating procedure of laparoscopic liver transplantation (LLT) does not include the conventional opening of the upper abdomen. Instead, four or five incisions are made to allow access for surgical tools used to split the liver. The portion destined for the recipient is then removed from an incision (approximately 10cm) in the lower abdomen.   Read more...
Thursday - September 8, 2016 8:21 am
Patients with coronary artery disease are at 3 times higher risk for thromboembolic complications if off Aspirin1. Distinct guidelines for use of antiplatelet agents don’t exist for all major urological procedures. Significant blood loss during laparoscopic procedures requiring transfusion or conversion to open occur at 4% to 6%2. Continuation of antiplatelet therapy may disrupt homeostasis and compromise oncological outcomes. The purpose of this study was to determine outcomes associated with continued aspirin use during laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (LPN).   Read more...
Thursday - September 1, 2016 8:15 am
During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy four ports are required and the work of this additional fourth port is to retract fundus towards the right shoulder of the patient so that cystic duct and artery can be properly visualized. A novel magnetic surgery system grasps and retracts tissue and organs in laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures, facilitating access and visualization of the surgical site.   Read more...
Saturday - August 13, 2016 11:39 am
Richard Whelan, MD, is director of surgical oncology and colon & rectal surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, in New York City. He was one of the first surgeons in New York to perform laparoscopic colectomy and helped develop hand-assisted minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques. Since 1996, he has directed a basic science and clinical research lab that has shown surgical procedures can cause temporary changes in a patient’s blood composition, changes that may promote the growth of cancer tumor deposits. General Surgery News spoke with Dr. Whelan after a presentation he gave at the 2016 Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium.   Read more...
Tuesday - August 2, 2016 6:56 am
Being a doctor is a well-paid profession, but the highest earning medical professionals are surgeons. Everybody who has had surgery knows just how much trepidation you feel when entering that room and realizing that someone is going to cut you open, root around a bit, and then sew you back up. Now if a robotic surgeon were to conduct the same operation, would you feel any better about it? What if robotic surgery gave you a 10X better success rate? Which would you choose it then?   Read more...
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