Latest Laparoscopic News

Tue - September 13, 2016 9:40 am  |  Article Hits:1947
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.  MORE
Sat - September 10, 2016 12:36 pm  |  Article Hits:1639
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.   MORE
Thu - September 8, 2016 8:21 am  |  Article Hits:2505
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).  MORE
Thu - September 1, 2016 8:15 am  |  Article Hits:1524
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.  MORE
Sat - August 13, 2016 11:39 am  |  Article Hits:1291
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:1413
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:1925
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

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