FDA Approves Adhesion Prevention Solution for Surgery

The FDA recently approved Adept from Innovate PLC (formerly ML Labs) as an adhesion prevention agent following gynecologic laparoscopic surgery.  I know this product well as I was involved in the original US Pilot study in 2001.  There are few products approved for this use at open surgery but none before have been approved for […]

Veinviewer Sees Veins Under Skin For Simpler Blooddraw

The Wired Nextfest is currently underway in NYC (report and photos coming!).   One product featured is the VeinViewer from Luminetx.  This amazing device uses near infrared light to image blood vessels under the skin’s surface.  A projector then projects an image onto the skin providing a roadmap for blood-draws that will eliminate the need for […]

HD endoscopy system in regular use

We have now implemented the Stryker 1088 HD system into regular use for laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures.  Housed in an integrated OR there are three flat panel LCD screens, all components are boom mounted and all video goes through a central bus.  I performed the world’s first HD laparoscopy 6 years ago and it’s great […]

Pill-Cams Take New Diagnostic Turn- Possibilities are Endless!

Recently approved by the FDA, SmartPill is the next generation of swallowable GI diagnostics.  I have been involved as an MD in miniaturized endoscopy for some time.  This is an important advancement since it is the first time the sensor has moved beyond visual imaging to other diagnostics.  The swallowable pill technology is not new.  Originally […]

Sprayable Polymer System- Antiadhesion Now But in the Future… (video)

see video of application Spraygel is a sprayable polymer based system for adhesion prevention.  Approved outside the USA its US trial has been delayed over a bumpy road.  The system works by taking 2 liquids sprayed into the abdominal cavity at laparoscopy.  The liquids react forming a PEG hydrogel.  Think of foam spray insulation.  The […]

Dental Development Could Lead to New Drug Delivery Systems

What’s next in health reported on a new system to prevent tooth disease.  Not much could be duller than dental disease right?  Wrong!  This has huge implications for drug delivery system development.  I can see using systems like this to embed drugs in the abdominal or pelvic cavities. There are sprayable polymers already– create one to release […]

Update From SLS-2: Natural Orifice Surgery-The Somach Burstor from Alien is Hottest New Procedure- video of concept

    video link of the new surgery concept Natural orifice surgery (also called Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery NOTES) was minimally discussed in the formal meeting but massively discussed in the halls and by the movers and shakers.  It is radically different and enabling of new procedures.  Combine this with the potential for disasterous outcomes and complications, […]

Autonomous Mars Rover

Also at the CMRI is the concept of the autonomous Mars Rover.  This takes the medical robot to the next level.  I’ll be lecturing at the international AAGL meeting in November on this concept in a special session on new technology in medicine (“FutureVision”)— take the autonomous miniaturized robot lander and launch it inside the […]

Robotic Institute Developing Self-Propelled Cardiac Lunar Lander Type Robot

Carnegie Mellon Robotic Institute has been developing the Heartlander robot.  Similar to a lunar lander this device would slef navigate on the surface of the heart to remotely perform procedures.  There are huge neglected opportunities for transmigration of NASA technology from remote planitary probes to self-propelled surgical innerspace devices.  Think Mars Rover meets Fantastic Voyage.

Update From Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)

Just back from the annual meeting of the SLS.  The SLS is the only multidisciplinary society dedicated to minimally invasive surgery (MIS).  They are really trying to position themselves as the high-tech surgical society and it shows.  I will follow up with in depth reviews of what was new and noteworthy there.  Major highligts to […]