Italian surgeons telecollaborate using SOCRATES in complex cancer procedure

Santa Barbara 21 December 2001On December 14, 2001, approximately 400 surgeons attending the Third Annual International Workshop on Advanced Digestive Oncology in Rome, Italy were present for the world's first use of the SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System in conjunction with a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical revision using the ZEUS Robotic Surgical System, both developed by Computer Motion.


Professor Cristiano G.S. Huscher, Chief of Surgery at the Complesso Ospedaliero San Giovanni Addolorata in Rome, performed the procedure while telecollaborating with Dr. Alberto Montori, Chairman and Professor of Surgery of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". The case was completed successfully and the patient was recovering without complications.

Professor Huscher stated: "The addition of telecollaboration in these difficult cases is very helpful, for the surgeon and the patient. There are many beneficial uses for this technology, including the opportunity to train surgeons in new and complex minimally invasive surgical techniques."

The SOCRATES system was used to transmit endoscopic and external video images from the operating room to an auditorium at the hospital where the symposium attendees watched the procedure. During the operation, Dr. Montori provided video annotation of the surgical images and moderated discussion among the audience members.

Robert W. Duggan, Chairman and CEO of Computer Motion Inc., commented: "The combination of advanced technology and medical knowledge is making the proliferation of advanced surgical techniques more cost-effective every day. The experience of these surgeons in Italy is testimony to the company's emphasis on providing a total solution to the surgical community which includes enabling technology as well as training and education."

The SOCRATES system allows a surgeon, located at a remote site to interact with another surgeon located in an operating room down the hall, across the country or on the other side of the world. SOCRATES is intended to advance adoption of the company's system of products by making it possible for surgeons to cost-effectively mentor one another in the techniques of robotically assisted minimally invasive surgery.

Through SOCRATES, the remote surgeon is able to converse with the operative surgeon as well as view video images generated by a number of devices utilised at the operative site such as an overhead camera or an endoscope. In addition, by leveraging Computer Motion's HERMES OR Control Center, SOCRATES provides the remote surgeon with the ability to access status and share control of a growing variety of networked surgical devices with the operative surgeon.

More news about the SOCRATES Robotic Telecollaboration System is available in the following articles of this month's VMW Magazine:

Leslie Versweyveld

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