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Study shows benefits of HD3D video exoscope during spinal surgery

David Langer, MD, uses the 3D video exoscope at Lenox Hill Hospital.
David Langer, MD, uses the 3D video exoscope at Lenox Hill Hospital.

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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