Navigation Links
Fox Chase performs the world’s first successful ViKY robot-assisted surgery for pancreatic tumors
Date:3/24/2009

PHILADELPHIA (March 24, 2009)This month Fox Chase Cancer Center performed the world's first successful minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy using the ViKY system's revolutionary robotic, compact laparoscope holder. The technology, developed in France and tested on thousands of patients in Europe, made its debut in a cancer setting in the United States this week at Fox Chase.

"Fox Chase is among only a handful of institutions worldwide using robotics or laparoscopy to treat patients with nearly all types of cancer," says Robert G. Uzzo, M.D., F.A.C.S., chairman of the department of surgery at Fox Chase. "The use of technology, like the ViKY system, reinforces our Center's commitment to excellence in minimally invasive surgical techniques for the care of patients with both benign and cancerous conditions."

Fox Chase surgeon Andrew A. Gumbs, M.D., who specializes in minimally invasive hepato-pancreatic and biliary (HPB) surgery, explains, "This system is so versatile that surgeons like me are able to use it for many different laparoscopic procedures, including those in the gastrointestinal, urologic, thoracic and gynecologic regions."

Typically with minimally invasive procedures, like a laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy, surgeons use both hands to manipulate the surgical tools and need an assistant to manipulate the endoscopea thin, lighted tube equipped with a camera that allows the surgeon to view the surgical field.

Gumbs performed this first ever ViKY assisted minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy on a 65-year-old man who was diagnosed with two pancreatic cysts, one of which is potentially cancerous. Pathologists are currently evaluating the cyst.

"The new ViKY robotic laparoscope holder acts as an extra hand during surgery, giving me stability and steadiness," adds Gumbs. "The view of the surgical field is critical, so ViKY's pinpoint accuracy helps me perform more complex procedures laparoscopically." Unlike typical laparoscope holders, the ViKY system's holder is lightweight, easy to set up and use, and takes no floor space.

Standard treatment for pancreatic cancer is surgery to remove the head or tail of the pancreas. When patients present with pancreatic cancer localized to the tail of the pancreas (instead of the head), they undergo a distal pancreatectomy, in which the surgeon removes the tail of the pancreas and leaves the head attached. The remaining portion can function normally by producing and releasing digestive enzymes and hormones. Patients with pancreatic cancer are typically treated with surgery followed by radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy to reduce the risk of recurrence.

The ViKY system gave Gumbs precise control of the laparoscope while he performed the distal pancreatectomy. The endoscope moves according to the surgeon's orders, either through voice recognition or footswitch control.

Before the ViKY technology was available patients might have undergone open surgery. Depending on the complexity of the case, the surgeon may have considered open abdominal surgery, requiring a large incision and a lengthy recovery. Minimally invasive surgical techniques, like the surgery Dr. Gumbs performed, benefit patients in many ways, including a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, quicker return to daily activity, less risk of infection and less scarring and bleeding.

Gumbs was the first American surgeon to complete a minimally invasive HPB fellowship at the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris, France. This is the hospital where the first published case of a single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the world was done using the ViKY system. Gumbs is responsible for bringing the ViKY system to Fox Chase and will be training fellow surgeons on this technology.

The ViKY system is manufactured by Endocontrol Medical in La Tronche, France. Endocontrol is an innovative company offering robotic solutions for endoscopic surgeries. Endocontrol was created by Clement Vidal and Patrick Henri of Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, a worldwide leader in computer assisted and robotic surgery.


'/>"/>

Contact: Lisa Bailey
lisa.bailey@fccc.edu
215-872-5846
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Solos Endoscopy, Inc. Receives Purchase Order from Leading San Diego Healthcare Provider
2. Elekta Finds New Interest in Leasing Solutions as Hospitals Debate Capital Purchases
3. Kensey Nash Announces 600,000 Share Stock Repurchase Program
4. Biostar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Completes 8.6-Acre Land Purchase to House New Raw Materials Processing Plant
5. Neogen Reactivates Share Repurchase Program
6. Hackensack Lawyer Bruce E. Chase Named New Jersey Super Lawyer for Third Consecutive Year
7. Rochester Medical Renews Share Repurchase Activity
8. Abbott Announces Required Offer to Repurchase Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes of Its AMO Subsidiary
9. Solos Endoscopy, Inc. Receives Purchase Order from Major Connecticut Hospital for the MammoView(TM)
10. eFoodSafety.com Announces Open Market Stock Purchase by Management
11. BD Ranks 23rd on EPAs Fortune 500 List of Green Power Purchasers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2017)... ... April 29, 2017 , ... More than half of Americans suffering from ... in their leisure time that causes hearing loss? May 1 marks the beginning of ... to hearing loss, as well as schedule a hearing evaluation for anyone with concerns ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Accreditation Commission for Health Care ... of America (HCAOA). This agreement allows HCAOA members to receive special pricing on ... on Accreditation University (AU) educational resources that help prepare HCAOA members for ACHC ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey ... “A” and its outlook as “stable.” At the same time, the ratings agency cautioned ... recent years, dip below “capital adequacy” thresholds required for its strong rating. , “Horizon ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... tubes . These lamps offer an instant energy-saving solution for F32T8 fluorescent lamps ... fixtures or disconnect ballasts. These 50,000 hour rated lamps utilize the existing electronic ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... The ... plaque in recently to the labor and delivery team at Women’s Hospital at Renaissance ... mothers who give birth at the hospital and decide to donate. , “Women’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/18/2017)... April 18, 2017 Viverae ® , a ... the integration of IBM ® Watson Campaign Automation, ... targeted communications for a personalized experience. Through digital engagement, ... their health in real time. The enhanced experience drives ... to members, wherever they are in their journey to ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... , April 18, 2017  Astute Medical, Inc., ... case series to be presented at the 2017 National ... begins today and continues through April 22. Physicians will ... , used to assess risk for acute kidney injury ... heart failure (ADHF). Elevated levels of ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... 2017  Socionext Inc. and SOINN Inc. today ... in which Socionext extracts and delivers biometrics data ... initial results in reading ultrasound images from Socionext,s ... The results will be introduced at Medtec Japan, ... booths 4505 & 4507. In this ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: