New HD 3D technology gives depth to laparoscopic surgery

Posted on: January 07, 2015


Northside Hospital has again advanced its commitment to offer patients minimally invasive, state-of-the-art technology that improves speed, accuracy and precision in the operating room.  Northside is the first Georgia facility to use a new three-dimensional video laparoscopy system during surgical procedures, providing advanced surgical capabilities and restoring natural 3-D vision and depth perception.

The Olympus Endoeye Flex 3-D, the world’s only high definition 3-D articulating laparoscope, allows surgeons to use depth perception and gives a precise spatial view of anatomy that cannot be achieved with traditional two-dimensional laparoscopic systems.  Northside Hospital Drs. Robert Moore and John Miklos, board-certified female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeons, were the first to use the 3-D technology in Georgia.

“We have operated all over the world and this is the most exciting technology we have encountered in many, many years,” Dr. Moore said.  “The visualization allows us to do advanced surgical procedures, such as suturing in reconstructive pelvic surgery, much easier and more efficiently than we have ever been able to accomplish.”

Dr. Miklos added that this technology also will allow more cost efficient ways to offer minimally invasive surgery.

“This has converted to a safer surgery for our patients and one that takes less time under anesthesia as well,” Dr. Miklos said.

By allowing the surgeon improved access to tight spaces, the 3-D minimally invasive laparoscopic technique results in less pain, faster recovery and smaller scars than open surgery.  Most patients go home in one or two days and fully recover in two weeks.  The patient is left with three small scars, each less than an inch across.

In conventional video-assisted laparoscopic surgery, a tiny camera transmits images of the surgery to a 2-D video monitor that a surgeon views while performing the procedure.  With the 3-D technology, the surgeon gets a natural view inside the human body by using 3-D glasses.  Surgeons can use depth of field with precision for dissection, while providing images that are clearer than with previous technologies.

Laparoscopy has become increasingly common in hospitals with about 2.8 million procedures (laparoscopic, single site and robotic-assisted surgeries) performed in the United States in 2013.  Compared to open surgery, a laparoscopic approach offers reduced pain, less hemorrhaging, shorter recovery times and better cosmetic results all due to the smaller incision sites.

The new technology reduces surgical errors and improves the speed, accuracy and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping and suturing as compared to traditional 2D surgical systems, based on internal Olympus testing conducted using a simulated surgical model.

Vicki Barnett, RN, director of surgical services at Northside Hospital, said this surgical technology is a true milestone for Northside, which are at the forefront of providing patients with the latest in minimally invasive techniques.

“Many of the surgeons at Northside are pioneers in laparoscopic surgery and are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise,” Barnett said.  “This 3-D technology highlights Northside’s continued commitment to providing our patients with optimal outcomes.”

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