Study shows benefits of HD3D video exoscope during spinal surgery

Dr. David Langer at Lenox Hill Hospital using 3D video exoscope.

The department of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital announced today that they have published a study in the prestigious journal, Operative Neurosurgery, regarding a high-definition, 3-dimensional (3D) video exoscope used in spinal surgery. Lenox Hill Hospital was the first center on the East Coast to use the device.

The abstract published August 14 is entitled, “Lessons Learned Using a High-Definition 3-Dimensional Exoscope for Spinal Surgery,” and was co-authored by Kevin Kwan, MD; Julia Schneider, BS; Victor Du, MD; Lukas Falting, BS; John Boockvar, MD; Jonathan Oren, MD; Mitchell Levine, MD, and David Langer, MD.

The video exoscope, much smaller and less cumbersome than the traditional operating room (OR) microscope, offers an extraordinarily higher resolution in 4K and 3D images of the surgical field.

As part of the study, a retrospective analysis was performed over a six-month period of 10 patients who had undergone spinal surgery at Northwell Health using the 3D video exoscope. All of the patients experienced excellent surgical and clinical outcomes without complications. It was found that the technology allowed for excellent operative corridors and instrument maneuverability.

“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,” said David Langer, MD, Lenox Hill’s chair of neurosurgery and co-author of the study. “The video exoscope helps with better visuals, improved surgeon posture and comfort, reduced fatigue and increased magnification and lighting of the surgical field. Our study demonstrated the feasibility of utilizing the 3D high-definition video exoscope system and highlights the many technical assets this novel technology has to offer in regard to optics, ergonomics and maneuverability.”

For a copy of the abstract published in Operative Neurosurgery, click here.

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About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. For more information, go to

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