Latest Laparoscopic News

Sat - August 13, 2016 11:39 am  |  Article Hits:1381
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.  MORE
Tue - August 2, 2016 6:56 am  |  Article Hits:1520
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?  MORE
Sat - July 30, 2016 3:34 am  |  Article Hits:2053
Drexel University researchers, led by MinJun Kim, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, have successfully pulled off a feat that both sci-fi fans and Michael Phelps could appreciate. Using a rotating magnetic field they show how multiple chains of microscopic magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through in a microfluidic environment. Their finding is the latest step toward using the so-called "microswimmers" to deliver medicine and perform surgery inside the body.

In a paper recently published in Nature Scientific Reports, the mechanical engineers describe their process for magnetically linking and unlinking the beads while they're swimming, and individually controlling the smaller decoupled robots in a magnetic field. This data helps further the concept of using microrobots for targeted, intravenous drug delivery, surgery and cancer treatment.  MORE
Fri - July 29, 2016 9:28 am  |  Article Hits:1350
A recent report from the Washington Post analyzes whether advanced technological robots in the operating room offer any real benefits to prostate cancer patients and surgeons in the U.S. While citing a study published in The Lancet, which found similar long-term outcomes in patients who underwent robotic surgery versus open surgery, the report concludes that the da Vinci Surgical System created by Intuitive Surgical adds little to no value to the long-term experience.

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Wed - July 27, 2016 6:44 am  |  Article Hits:2170
A 59-year-old man presenting with fecal occult blood visited our hospital. He was diagnosed with advanced lower rectal cancer, which was contiguous with the prostate and the left seminal vesicle. There were no metastatic lesions with lymph nodes or other organs. We performed laparoscopic total pelvic exenteration (LTPE) using transanal minimal invasive surgery technique with bilateral en bloc lateral lymph node dissection for advanced primary rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. The total operative time was 760 min, and the estimated blood loss was 200 ml. LTPE is not well established technically, but it has many advantages including good visibility of the surgical field, less blood loss, and smaller wounds. A laparoscopic approach may be an appropriate choice for treating locally advanced lower rectal cancer, which requires TPE.  MORE
Tue - July 26, 2016 10:27 am  |  Article Hits:2267
Germany, July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The MicroCutter 5/80 stapler, the world’s smallest profile articulating surgical stapler, continues to enable the advancement of minimally invasive surgeries worldwide with a first-of-its kind use in a laparoscopic duodenal atresia repair in a newborn. Leading pediatric surgeon Oliver Muensterer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of Pediatric Surgery, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, performed the challenging laparoscopic repair, known as duodenoduodenostomy, earlier this month. During the procedure, Dr. Muensterer used the MicroCutter 5/80 stapler as an alternative to hand sewn anastomosis.   MORE
Wed - July 20, 2016 5:37 am  |  Article Hits:1514
Medrobotics Corp, a surgical products company with core competencies in medical robotics, announced that exemplary, multicenter clinical data on its Flex® Robotic System was presented Sunday afternoon at the American Head & Neck Society International Conference in Seattle. The presenter was Stephan Lang, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University Hospital Essen, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in Essen Germany.  MORE
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