McPherson Hospital Acquires World's Only Articulating 3D Surgical Video System

By McPherson Hospital
October 09, 2014

McPherson Hospital is the first hospital in Kansas to acquire the world’s only articulating, high-definition, 3D surgical video system from Olympus.

Surgical video systems, through the collaborative use of a video processor, light source, laparoscope and monitor, enable surgeons to peer inside the human body to diagnose, detect and treat a range of diseases and conditions using a minimally invasive approach.

Laparoscopy is performed through small incisions made in the abdomen or pelvis. A videoscope (laparoscope with a miniature camera built into its tip) allows the surgeon to view the surgery site during an operation.

Laparoscopy has become increasingly common in hospitals, with about 2.8 million procedures (laparoscopic, single site and robotic-assisted surgeries) performed in the United States in 2013 with a forecasted compound annual growth rate of 3.1%.

Compared to open surgery, a laparoscopic approach offers reduced pain, less hemorrhaging, shorter recovery times and better cosmetic results, all due to the smaller incision sites.

Surgeons, however, lose some of the natural depth perception and precision when migrating from open surgery to laparoscopic surgery. The ENDOEYE FLEX 3D videoscope from Olympus provides three-dimensional, high-definition images that help restore the surgeon’s natural 3D vision and depth perception.

Its articulating-tip design makes it possible to view the desired organs and see areas not previously accessible with standard rigid laparoscopes. The result for the surgeon is better sight lines and the ability to peer around anatomical structures and perform more precise grasping, dissection and suturing—something that is lacking in the flat images provided by 2D imaging systems.

McPherson Hospital General Surgeon Dr. Clayton Fetsch commented, “It has given us a new laparoscopic perspective that you have to see to appreciate. We trained on laparoscopy in the traditional 2-D format, and until you’ve used 3-D visualization you don’t realize what you’re missing. It “economizes” our motion, making tissue manipulation easier with less wasted motion."

"We always emphasize safety, and it would make sense that any video technology that conveys a better perspective of reality would improve safety to some degree. It will also improve our ability to use the next generation of laparoscopic instruments, which articulate (meaning that they move in and out as well as up, down, and side to side). 3-D will make working with these instruments much easier.”

ENDOEYE FLEX 3D scopes are powered by Olympus’ EVIS EXERA III surgical endoscopy video system, which supports both 2D and 3D visualization.

This third-generation system delivers enhanced image quality, added brightness and several key technologies such as HDTV for superior clarity, Narrow Band Imaging for enhanced visualization of mucosal tissue, fog-free function, and focus-free operation.

"I've been doing laparoscopic surgery for 24 years starting with the first "primitive" equipment with which the surgeon would squint and look through the scope directly (before video technology was available),” said McPherson Hospital General Surgeon Dr. Tyler Hughes.

“I thought I had gotten pretty good with laparoscopy but having 3D reduces stress, improves my ability to see the surrounding anatomy and makes it easier for my assistants to help me do the procedure."

"Imagine driving with an eye patch on. You can do it and be safe. Now take the eye patch off and you suddenly realize the subtle details and depth perception you were missing. That's what 3D laparoscopy is like to a surgeon."

"There's a lot of debate about robotic surgery and whether it is truly cost effective. Just about every surgeon agrees that 3D vision is a great step forward in making laparoscopic surgery easier and more effective and that ultimately benefits the patient. With our new equipment we get that 3D vision at about 1/10th the cost."

"I am extremely grateful to the hospital for providing this exciting technology for laparoscopic surgery for our surgical patients."

By acquiring the new Olympus 3D surgical video system, McPherson Hospital is able to further its commitment to providing premier care for its patients.