World's first 3D keyhole surgery performed at University of Surrey
28 Jan 2011
Doctors performed the world's first remote 3D keyhole surgery
during a symposium at the University of Surrey last December.
Keyhole surgery reduces the length of hospital stays and
post-operative complications. This also means that patients
experience less scarring and pain. 3D keyhole surgery is a
state-of-the-art extension of standard keyhole surgery that uses 3D
cameras like those used to make the film 'Avatar'. It puts the
surgeon right inside the patient's body and significantly improves
This surgical breakthrough formed part of a
large-scale study into operator fatigue using 3D surgical equipment
that arises from a collaboration between surgeons at the Royal
Surrey County Hospital and academics at the University of Surrey.
As well as surgical evaluation, cutting-edge research, led by Dr
David Windridge of the University's Centre for Vision, Speech and
Signal Processing, sought to measure the changes in a surgeon's
focus of attention during prolonged operations by incorporating
eye-tracking and computer-vision technology into the 3D surgical
This research consequently offers a unique
opportunity both to improve surgical safety and to further
understanding of how the human brain functions while performing
tasks involving complex hand-eye coordination.
commented: "By measuring attention while performing operations using
state-of-the-art 3D surgical equipment, this collaboration between
surgeons and academics at the University of Surrey gives us a unique
opportunity both to improve surgical safety and also address
far-reaching questions how the human mind focuses attention while
performing complex tasks."
Video footage of this project can
be accessed at: