Since September, Prof. Dr. Thomas Carus has been busy as the new chief physician of General, Visceral and Vascular Surgery of the Asklepios West Hospital Hamburg. With his strong personal involvement, the hospital is currently turning into a centre for minimally invasive surgery. Now, the renowned expert is able to use for his “keyhole surgery” one of the world’s most advanced devices, featuring an illustration is in 3-D with a high-end resolution nearly as good as a microscope.
Minimally Invasive Surgery With Innovative MIC Tower
“With Professor Carus, we were able to bring a specialist in minimally invasive surgery to our house, who enjoys an excellent reputation in the professional world”, said Michael Schmitt, executive director of the Asklepios West Hospital Hamburg. “It is thus the consequent next step to furnish his work place, i.e. the Centre for Minimally Invasive Medicine, with the best equipment available today.”
The so-called MIC-tower not only offers a better view, a presentation in 3-D, and an HD resolution coming close to a microscope, but is also equipped with two screens so that surgeons will no longer have to turn their heads, but will be able to keep track of what he is doing, for instance, in the abdomen. While 3D movies and TV purely exist for entertainment, the three-dimensional representation in medicine compensates the disadvantages of keyhole surgery in comparison to open surgery.
Improved insight thanks MIC Tower
In conventional surgery with abdominal incision, the surgeon sees the area where he works in three dimensions, of course. In minimally invasive surgery, however, the area of operations will be filmed with a camera and transmit the image simultaneously on at least one monitor. Therefore, it is usually only two-dimensional. This disadvantage is compensated by the new MIC-tower – and more than that: expansion and enable more accurate representation of “insight” into the body interior, which would never allow a direct line of sight.
1,000 Interventions per Year, and Figures Rising
Carus estimates the number of MIC interventions to currently about 1,000 a year, with figures growing rapidly. Besides the “classic” minimally invasive interventions such as the removal the gallbladder or closure of inguinal hernias, the 3D technology is particularly suitable for “complex stomach and bowel resections due to chronic inflammation or tumors”, explains Carus. “We also increasingly use the new technology to for the fundoplication of the stomach to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).” Even previously operated patients with the need of another surgery benefit from the significantly better results. “Patient safety is significantly improved by the ideal vision”, said Professor Carus.
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