Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Wisconsin Heart Hospital Campus in Milwaukee, US, has claimed that it has successfully performed the world’s first surgical robotic procedure using the Leonardo 3D Vision System.
Surgeons at the hospital used the programme to conduct a beating heart totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB), marking the expansion of stereoscopic 3D visualisation within the robotic and video-assisted surgical fields.
Dr Husam Balkhy, the Wisconsin Heart Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery chairman and director of the Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, said the case demonstrates the culmination of years of research and development, bringing a new level of 3D visualisation to the operating room.
"The versatility of this system is impressive, and the opportunity for optimised teaching that it represents is sure to provide enhanced safety as well as substantial cost and time savings to the operative and surgical training arena," Balkhy said.
The Leonardo 3D Vision System, developed by 3D Surgical Solutions, offers stereoscopic 3D visualisation to medical staff at the bedside and the surgical robotic team during the surgery.
Dorothy Krienbring, Dr Balkhy’s first assistant, said that the programme allows surgeons to introduce instruments and supplies into the chest with safety and accuracy.
"Using this system allows all of us to see the anatomy in spectacular detail. The Leonardo system is a major step forward in the field of endoscopic surgery," Krienbring said.
The Leonardo 3D Vision System features an Atlanticus 3D Recorder to digitally record stereoscopic 3D-HD video for clinical events and teaching purposes. The programme can also be used in combination with the Da Vinci Surgical System, while performing other tests, such as urology and gynaecology procedures.