Surgery news up to 2008

First minimally invasive hernia repair through vagina
Surgeons at the University of California (UC) San Diego Medical Center have performed what is believed to be the world’s first hernia repair using the vagina as the path to the surgical site. 2 November 2008

First transplantation of lungs using Steen solution carried out in North America
Swedish company Vitrolife has announced that lung transplantations using its Steen Solution technology have been carried out in North America as part of a study being carried out as a basis for the application for sales approval in the USA and Canada. 27 October 2008

A third of diseases in developing countries are potentially treatable by surgery
Researchers from Columbia and Cornell Universities (NY) have been studying whether patients in poor countries suffering from certain medical conditions could benefit from surgical treatment. The results of the study could potentially lead to the implementation of surgical infrastructure in countries where none currently exists. 16 October 2008


Philips and STERIS in alliance to provide hybrid surgical rooms for minimally invasive procedures
The alliance will combine Philips' cardiovascular X-ray systems and STERIS HD 360° Suites technologies and design services to create a flexible environment where clinicians can treat patients requiring minimally invasive procedures, or those needing open surgery, within a single operating suite. 8 October 2008

Simbionix launches patient-specific simulation system for surgeons
Simbionix has launched the PROcedure Rehearsal Studio which creates a digital 3D model of a patient’s clinically relevant anatomy from CT and MRI scan data and enables surgeons to create practice scenarios based on their patient's unique pathology and anatomy. 7 October 2008

First successful use of Sorin's new pediatric oxygenator and arterial filter
The Sorin Group has announced the first successful uses in the US of its newest pediatric devices for cardiovascular surgery at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas. 29 September 2008

Salient Surgical Technologies launches flexible electronic surgical sealing device
Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc. has introduced the Aquamantys malleable bipolar sealer with light, which uses radiofrequency energy to seal wounds and significantly reduce bleeding in hard-to-reach anatomy during joint-replacement surgery. 27 September 2008

World's first transplant of both arms
The Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich has successfully completed the world's first transplant of both complete arms. The 15-hour operation was performed by a team of 40 people headed. 13 August 2008

Sony supports Operation Smile
Sony Electronics is helping the worldwide children's medical charity Operation Smile as part of a promotion for a new camera range. 13 August 2008

Progress in appendix removal through mouth
An appendectomy using endosurgical instruments passed through the mouth and then through the stomach wall, with closure of the stomach incision (the gastrotomy) from inside the stomach was demonstrated in a NOSCAR conference. 16 July 2008

Positioning technology enables bronchoscopy to give 3D images of complex lung structures
A new type of bronchoscopy uses positioning technology to generate 3D images of the far reaches of complex lung structures. Called electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, it is expected to help pulmonologists better diagnose lung cancer, pneumonia and various pulmonary infections. 15 July 2008

WHO launches checklist for safer surgery
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new safety checklist for surgical teams to use in operating theatres, as part of a major drive to make surgery safer around the world. 7 July 2008

Philips and Skytron team up to provide hybrid operating rooms
Royal Philips Electronics and Skytron have entered into a partnership to supply hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive cardiovascular surgical procedures, combining Philips’ cardiovascular x-ray systems with Skytron’s surgery room equipment. 19 June 2008

NDS Surgical Imaging introduces new visualisation technologies for endoscopic surgery
NDS Surgical Imaging (NDSsi) has introduced new visualisation technologies for surgical and endoscopy suites, including a new touch-screen display and backlit surgical display. 21 May 2008

Olympus Medical to market Spiration's pulmonary device in Europe
Olympus Medical Systems Corp. and Spiration, Inc. have signed an agreement granting Olympus exclusive marketing and distribution rights in 43 European countires for Spiration’s IBV Valve System. 21 May 2008

Computer simulation of surgery to reduce implant complications
A computer simulation breakthrough could mean fewer medical complications and better surgical outcomes for patients undergoing hip, knee or spinal implant surgery. The EU-funded OrthoSim project has developed a platform that could significantly reduce the risk of post-op complications, as well as provide a means for testing new implant devices. 8 May 2008

Picis launches total perioperative automation solution in Europe
Picis has announced the European launch of Picis Total Perioperative Automation suite of products for managing care through every aspect of surgery. 8 May 2008

CyberKnife delivers high dose brachytherapy for prostate cancer non-invasively
The CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system can serve as a non-invasive means for delivering high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy dosing, according to a new study. The study supports the system's clinical flexibility in treating prostate cancer and expands the non-invasive options available to clinicians and patients. 18 April 2008

Covidien launches minimally invasive surgical products in Europe
Covidien has launched three new surgical access products in Europe, the VersaStep Plus 15mm, Visiport Plus with fixation and Versaport Plus RPF 15mm with fixation. 11 April 2008

Adept Technology and Prosurgics collaborate in surgical robot development
Adept Technology and Prosurgics have agreed to collaborate in the development of the next generation of Prosurgics’ surgical robotic systems for image-guided and navigated neurological and soft tissue surgery. 11 March 2008

3mensio receives US clearance for vascular imaging software
3mensio Medical Imaging BV of the Netherlands has received US FDA 510(k) clearance to market its 3surgery vascular imaging  software in the US. 29 February 2008

Radiologists feel virtual organs with 3D mouse
Researchers at Uppsala University have developed a method of analysing images of organs and 'feeling' the resulting virtual organs with a 3D mouse. This can help construct three-dimensional models of organs when surgery or radiation treatment is being planned. 20 February 2008

Ultrasound detection of emboli in brain during surgery reduces stroke rates 
Surgeons at the University of Leicester have developed a new technique to detect emboli that has helped reduce stroke rates during and after a form of heart surgery. 20 February 2008

Medtronic partners with MediGuide to develop surgical navigational products
MediGuide has signed an agreement with Medtronic for co-development of medical positioning system- (MPS) enabled products. The agreement is based on providing Medtronic products with MediGuide's GPS-like (MPS) navigation capabilities to enhance various procedures. 8 February 2008

Abbott supports Operation Smile medical missions in 25 countries
Abbott is supporting Operation Smile's global initiative to help children with facial deformities by providing treatment to an estimated 5,000 children in need of surgery. The initiative, which is part of Operation Smile's 25th anniversary celebration — World Journey of Smiles — consists of 40 medical missions across 25 countries. 4 December

Ultrasound-guided biopsy could save thousands of unnecessary operations for melanoma patients
A less-invasive technique to biopsy lymph nodes using an ultrasound-guided fine needle showed a high success rate in identifying cancer and preventing unnecessary surgery. 6 October

Sony launches high-definition medical monitor
The LMD-2450MD is Sony's first HD1080P model in its healthcare range. Aimed at endoscopic applications, it offers high image clarity and colour accuracy, and incorporates advanced imaging features. 5 October

Medica 2007: endoscopic advances make the unimaginable possible. 3 October 2007

OCT image of oesophagusSuccessful trial of optical imaging of tissue during cancer surgery
The tests, performed on cancerous and precancerous human oesophagus and lymph node tissue, were designed to establish the potential for MDL’s optical imaging technology to revolutionise cancer surgery. 13 September 2007

High intensity ultrasound could seal punctured lungs
High-intensity ultrasound beams are focussed on the wound on the lung. This creates a hot spot about the size and shape of a grain of rice. The ultrasound heats the blood cells until they form a seal. 10 September 2007

OmniGuide gains EU approval for flexible fibres for CO2 surgical lasers
This will make flexible fibre delivery of a CO2 laser for minimally invasive surgery available in Europe and other countries that accept the CE mark. 5 August 2007

Electrical device for welding human tissue  approved for surgical use in Russia
Ukranian company International Association Welding (IAW) has adapted welding technology to bond human tissue in surgery. The device has been tested in over 7000 surgical operations in the Ukraine and has now been approved for use in Russia, giving the go-ahead for commercial production. 12 July 2007

RFID surgical sponge counting system approved
ClearCount Medical Solutions' SmartSponge System, which uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags attached to surgical sponges, has received US FDA clearance. 19 June 2007

First minimally invasive thoracic surgery using Viking's 3Di Vision System
Viking Systems has announced that the company's 3Di Vision System had been used to perform videothoracoscopic surgery for the first time. Three procedures were performed at the Regional Oncologic Hospital in Vulture, Italy. 15 June 2007

Philips and Traxtal to develop image-guided therapy solutions using electromagnetic navigation
The companies will combine Philips’ diagnostic and interventional imaging with Traxtal’s surgical navigation and therapy systems to offer a broad spectrum of integrated imaging and navigation solutions. 22 May 2007

Trial of one-dose radiation therapy for breast cancer
Doctors at four UK hospitals are conducting a trial of a technique to reduce radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer from several weeks to one 30-minute session during surgery. 20 May 2007

Radiofrequency ablation catheter treats diseased leg veins faster
VNUS Medical Technologies has launched the VNUS ClosureFAST catheter, an endovenous radiofrequency ablation catheter that is designed to heat, shrink and close diseased leg veins in three to five minutes. 7 May 2007

Metal-free motor makes robotic biopsies safe for use with MRI
Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Urology Robotics Lab have developed a motor without metal or electricity that can safely power remote-controlled robotic surgical tools used for cancer biopsies and therapies guided by magnetic resonance imaging. 17 April 2007

NASA undersea mission to test space medicine
The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) scheduled for May this year will include a variety of advanced medical technology experiments, including robotic telesurgery on simulated patients. 11 March 2007

Medtronic Experience Stealthstation combines spinal surgery navigation with minimal access
The new system improves treatment of spinal conditions by enabling spinal surgeons and their patients to experience less invasive procedures, smaller incisions and less exposure to radiation. 23 February 2007

Misonix expands distribution of ultrasound surgical devices in Europe. 21 February 2007

University Medical Center Utrecht acquires 3D surgery imaging workstations
The University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, has signed a contract with 3mensio Medical Imaging BV for the development and delivery and of its 3surgery workstations to convert 2D CT and MRI images into 3D images for the specific needs of vascular surgeons. 25 Jan 2007

Device to help patient control breathing during CT-guided biopsy
The device developed by Mayo Clinic will allow physicians to more rapidly and accurately diagnose patients, reducing the need for a more invasive surgical biopsy. 18 December 2006

Robotic surgery guided by 3-D ultrasound scanner
Duke University researchers used 3-D ultrasound images to pinpoint in real time the exact location of targets in a simulated surgical procedure. That spatial information then guided a robotically controlled surgical instrument right to its mark. 7 Nov 2006

The Philips ambient experience catheterization labPhilips previews new cath lab
Royal Philips Electronics previewed its Ambient Experience Catheterization Lab at the Philips Simplicity Event in London. The lab is designed to improve the workflow of physicians and reduce the anxiety of heart patients undergoing catheterization. 7 Oct 2006

Boston Scientific launches less-invasive visualization system for cardiac surgical ablation
Boston Scientific's new FLEXView System enables physicians to perform stand-alone ablation procedures in a closed chest environment with direct visualization of the procedure at all times. 29 Sept 2006

High definition videoconferencing for remote neurosurgery training
High definition videoconferencing systems have been used in a ground-breaking way to deliver a trainee surgeons’ workshop based on a live operation at the autumn conference of The Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SNBS). 22 Sept 2006

Viking Systems markets laparoscopic vision systems in The Netherlands, Ukraine and Korea. 23 August 2006

First patient treated with Elekta's new non-invasive radiotherapy system for brain tumours
The Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion from Swedish company Elekta has for the first time been used clinically to treat patients at Hôpital de la Timone (University Hospital La Timone) in Marseille, France. 17 July 2006

Miniature ultrasound device stimulates tooth regrowth
University of Alberta researchers have developed a miniaturised device that uses low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) to stimulate jaw growth after bone surgery and dental tissue healing in a non-invasive way. 9 July 2006

Accuray reports growing acceptance of CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system
Accuray Incorporated has announced that spinal tumour treatments with its radiosurgery system grew more than 75% over the last year. The company has also announced the first installations of CyberKnife in Greece and Vietnam. 9 May 2006

Medtronic introduces cardiopulmonary bypass system
Medtronic has received U.S. FDA clearance for its Performer Cardiopulmonary Bypass System (CPB), an integrated, compact console that provides support of the circulatory system during a variety of cardiac surgical procedures. 21 April 2006

Central control system for operating rooms
The CONDOR Control System for operating rooms is a surgical command centre that puts medical staff in control of the devices, patient information and even the lighting and temperature of the operating room. 17 March 2006

Cyberknife robotic radiosurgery systems to be installed in three French cancer centres
The French National Institute of Cancer (INCa) has selected Accuray's CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system for its programme to promote innovative treatments in the field of radiation oncology. 8 March 2006

Liver tumours treated effectively by MR-guided laser ablation
Destruction of cancerous liver tissue by laser light guided by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was found to be as effective as traditional surgery in a Germany study. 20 December 2005

Digital tool for planning orthopaedic surgery from medical images
Imagecast PACS for Orthopedics is a digital solution from IDX that offers orthopaedic surgeons software-based tools for orthopaedic image review, analysis and preoperative planning. 10 December 2005

Suros Breast Biopsy system gains EC approval
Suros Surgical Systems has received European approval for its ATEC breast biopsy and excision system and ATEC TriMark biopsy site identification system. 9 December 2005

Next-generation surgical robot for therapeutic radiology unveiled
Accuray has launched the latest generation of its intelligent robotic radiosurgery system, CyberKnife. It combines  image-guidance technology and computer-controlled robotics to deliver sub-millimetre radiosurgery. 13 November 2005

New resource on robotic radiosurgery
The CyberKnife Society Press has published Robotic Radiosurgery — Volume 1, which it claims is the most extensive and well-documented publication ever created on the topic of robotic stereotactic radiosurgery. 3 November 2005

GE and Virginia University to develop minimally invasive surgery techniques
GE Healthcare has signed an agreement with the University of Virginia Health System (UVa) to develop new, minimally invasive surgery techniques for the brain and spine. Using GE Healthcare's surgical navigation tools, doctors at UVa will research less invasive methods of therapeutic and surgical intervention. 4 August 2005

Finnish project to develop surgical robot compatible with magnetic resonance imaging
A research project led by Professor Janne Heikkilä of the University of Oulu is developing a surgical robot that will make it possible to operate on a patient during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The powerful magnetic fields generated by MRI scanners mean that iron-bearing materials such as steel cannot be used in the robot. 17 June 2005

SpineVision Receives FDA Clearance for PediGuard surgical drill
SpineVision(R) has received from the US FDA clearance to market the Company's PediGuard(TM) instrument as an FDA Class II device. PediGuard is a drilling instrument that constantly monitors the electrical conductivity of the tissue at its tip throughout the drilling process. February 2005

Gish cardiopulmonary bypass equipment used in pioneering transfusion-free surgery. February 2005

Varian to develop image-guided robotic radiosurgical systems. Varian Medical Systems, a leading supplier of radiation oncology products, it has formed Varian Surgical Sciences, to develop and market the company's advanced X-ray imaging and treatment technologies for radiosurgical solutions in the estimated $250 million neurosurgery market. January 2005

US army surgeons save 9 out of 10 casualties due to advancements in care and technology. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that 90% of casualties have survived during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, up from a 76% casualty survival rate in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. The dramatic increase in survival is due in part to a significant effort by the US Army Health Care team to overhaul battlefield techniques and implement new surgical teams, as well as advanced technology and new armour. January 2005

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