Neurosurgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital are revolutionizing operative neurosurgery with cutting-edge, 3D and 4K technology utilizing an innovative video exoscope – a new alternative to the standard operating room (OR) microscope.
The video exoscope, much smaller and less cumbersome than the traditional OR microscope, offers an extraordinarily higher resolution in 4K and 3D images of the surgical field and will be the future of the way operative magnification will be used. Most importantly, the device allows for the entire OR staff to view on nearby 3D monitors, the same surgical field as the surgeon is seeing. The hospital is one of four centers worldwide and the first center on the East Coast to use the device.
“Rather than a surgeon’s face being in a microscope and the only one to see the surgical field in 3D, the video exoscope allows the entire OR staff to see the very same 3D surgical view as the surgeon,” said David Langer, MD, the hospital’s chair of neurosurgery who spent a week in Japan helping to develop the device, which has been part of an ongoing project for the past 10 years. “This device helps with better visuals, improved surgeon posture and comfort, reduced fatigue, and increased magnification and lighting of the surgical field. Most importantly, the device allows for the entire OR staff to be thoroughly engaged throughout the duration of the surgery.”
With the traditional OR microscope, the OR staff was only able to see the surgical view on a 2D monitor, while the surgeon was able to view in 3D. With the video exoscope, the surgeon and the OR staff can view the same surgical field in 3D, making this the most valuable aspect of the device.
“It is certainly going to be the future of operative neurosurgery,” added Dr. Langer. “We are excited to be one of the first centers in the world to use it.”
Most recently, the video exoscope was used in the neurosurgical procedure of Steven Gerard, 55, who was treated for a brain aneurysm. “Being in the OR room and able to see with such clarity the same surgical field as Dr. Langer was seeing was absolutely wonderful,” said Oleg Rivkin, PA, MBA, the hospital’s administrative director, department of neurosurgery. “From the scrub technician to the anesthesiologist, everyone in the OR was completely engaged with what was going on in the surgery.”
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