Sample records for endoscopic laser surgery

  1. Diode laser and endoscopic laser surgery. (United States)

    Sullins, Kenneth E


    Two functionally important differences exist between the diode laser and the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser (used more commonly in small animal surgery). Diode laser energy is delivered through a quartz fiber instead of being reflected through an articulated arm or waveguide. Quartz fibers are generally more flexible and resilient than waveguides and can be inserted through an endoscope for minimally invasive procedures. Laser-tissue interaction is the other significant difference. The CO2 laser is completely absorbed by water, which limits the effect to visible tissue. The diode wavelength is minimally absorbed by water and may affect tissue as deep as 10 mm below the surface in the free-beam mode. With proper respect for the tissue effect, these differences can be used to the advantage of the patient.

  2. Endoscopic laser scalpel for head and neck cancer surgery (United States)

    Patel, Snehal; Rajadhyaksha, Milind; Kirov, Stefan; Li, Yongbiao; Toledo-Crow, Ricardo


    Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy, provide reliable disease control with reduced impact on the function of the diseased organ. Surgical lasers can ablate, cut and excise tissue while sealing small blood vessels minimizing bleeding and risk of lymphatic metastases from tumors. Lasers with wavelengths in the IR are readily absorbed by water causing minimal thermal damage to adjacent tissue, ideal for surgery near critical anatomical structures. MIS techniques have largely been unable to adopt the use of lasers partly due to the difficulty in bringing the laser into the endoscopic cavity. Hollow waveguide fibers have been adapted to bring surgical lasers to endoscopy. However, they deliver a beam that diverges rapidly and requires careful manipulation of the fiber tip relative to the target. Thus, the principal obstacle for surgical lasers in MIS procedures has been a lack of effective control instruments to manipulate the laser in the body cavity and accurately deliver it to the targeted tissue. To overcome this limitation, we have designed and built an endoscopic laser system that incorporates a miniature dual wedge beam steering device, a video camera, and the control system for remote and /or robotic operation. The dual wedge Risley device offers the smallest profile possible for endoscopic use. Clinical specifications and design considerations will be presented together with descriptions of the device and the development of its control system.

  3. Diode laser assisted minimal invasive sphenoidotomy for endoscopic transphenoidal pituitary surgery: our technique and results. (United States)

    Lee, Jih-Chin; Lai, Wen-Sen; Ju, Da-Tong; Chu, Yueng-Hsiang; Yang, Jinn-Moon


    During endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS), intra-operative bleeding can significantly compromise visualization of the surgical field. The diode laser that provides good hemostatic and vaporization effects and excellent photocoagulation has been successfully applied in endoscopic surgery with several advantages. The current retrospective study demonstrates the feasibility of diode laser-combined endoscopic sinus surgery on sphenoidotomy. The patients who went through endoscopic transphenoidal pituitary surgery were enrolled. During the operation, the quality of the surgical field was assessed and graded by the operating surgeon using the scale proposed by Boezaart. The mean operation time was 37.80 ± 10.90 minutes. The mean score on the quality of surgical field was 1.95. A positive correlation between the lower surgical field quality score and the shorter surgical time was found with statistical significance (P < 0.0001). No infections, hemorrhages, or other complications occurred intra- or post-operatively. The diode laser-assisted sphenoidotomy is a reliable and safe approach of pituitary gland surgery with minimal invasiveness. It is found that application of diode laser significantly improved quality of surgical field and shortened operation time. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


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    E. N. Novozhilova


    Full Text Available  2 The paper describes the first experience in using robotic CO laser at the Department of Head and Neck Tumors, Moscow City Cancer Hospital Sixty-Two. With advances in endoscopic techniques and anesthesiology, there have been new possibilities of usingdirect (rigid larygoscopy in conjunction with laser systems.The Lumеnis laser assembly consists of three interconnected components: a videocamera, an operating microscope, and directly CO laser. It includes a computer system that sets a program to perform an operation.The heart of the laser system is a scanning Digital Acu Blade micromanipulator. This unique assembly makes itpossible to control the area and depth of incision, to cut intricate shapes in relation to the surface anatomy, and to precisely control ablation and hemostasis. The effect of tissue carbonization during surgery is minimal at the expense of the physical characteristics and different modes of radiation. It is noted that this system allows organ-sparing treatment in cancer patients and their prompt rehabilitation after surgical interventions.

  5. [Endoscopic ultra dream pulse laser surgery of laryngomalacia. Our experiences gained during the introduction of the method in Hungary]. (United States)

    Tóbiás, Zoltán; Pálinkó, Dóra; Sztanó, Balázs; Csanády, Miklós; Gál, Péter; Rovó, László


    Congenital stridor and dyspnoe are caused by laryngomalacia in most cases. In this article we present a new, surgical method for treating severe laryngomalacia in patients under the age of 1, where ultrapulsated (UDP) laser beam is used for supraglottoplasty. Ultra dream pulse laser creates lesser thermical side damage in the tissue, therefore the risk of postoperative laryngeal oedema and scarring is lower. We present 10 cases and the endoscopic UDP-laser surgery of patients under the age of 1 with severe laryngomalacia. After the surgery the stridorous symptoms disappeared, and there was no evidence of postoperative laryngeal oedema, there was no need for reoperation or tracheotomy in any of the cases. UDP-laser surgery of laryngomalacia is proven to be a safe and effective surgial modality. During the follow up visits we experienced neither recurrence of stridor nor laryngeal scarring. Orv Hetil. 2017; 158(33): 1288-1292.

  6. Endoscopic neck surgery

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    Chowbey P


    Full Text Available Endoscopic surgery in the neck was attempted in 1996 for performing parathyroidectomy. A similar surgical technique was used for performing thyroidectomy the following year. Most commonly reported endoscopic neck surgery studies in literature have been on thyroid and parathyroid glands. The approaches are divided into two types i.e., the total endoscopic approach using CO2 insufflation and the video-assisted approach without CO2 insufflation. The latter approach has been reported more often. The surgical access (port placements may vary-the common sites are the neck, anterior chest wall, axilla, and periareolar region. The limiting factors are the size of the gland and malignancy. Few reports are available on endoscopic resection for early thyroid malignancy and cervical lymph node dissection. Endoscopic neck surgery has primarily evolved due to its cosmetic benefits and it has proved to be safe and feasible in suitable patients with thyroid and parathyroid pathologies. Application of this technique for approaching other cervical organs such as the submandibular gland and carotid artery are still in the early experimental phase.

  7. Evolving endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Sakai, Paulo; Faintuch, Joel


    Since the days of Albukasim in medieval Spain, natural orifices have been regarded not only as a rather repugnant source of bodily odors, fluids and excreta, but also as a convenient invitation to explore and treat the inner passages of the organism. However, surgical ingenuity needed to be matched by appropriate tools and devices. Lack of technologically advanced instrumentation was a strong deterrent during almost a millennium until recent decades when a quantum jump materialized. Endoscopic surgery is currently a vibrant and growing subspecialty, which successfully handles millions of patients every year. Additional opportunities lie ahead which might benefit millions more, however, requiring even more sophisticated apparatuses, particularly in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence, and tissue repair (surgical suturing). This is a particularly exciting and worthwhile challenge, namely of larger and safer endoscopic interventions, followed by seamless and scarless recovery. In synthesis, the future is widely open for those who use together intelligence and creativity to develop new prototypes, new accessories and new techniques. Yet there are many challenges in the path of endoscopic surgery. In this new era of robotic endoscopy, one will likely need a virtual simulator to train and assess the performance of younger doctors. More evidence will be essential in multiple evolving fields, particularly to elucidate whether more ambitious and complex pathways, such as intrathoracic and intraperitoneal surgery via natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES), are superior or not to conventional techniques. © 2014 Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  8. Voice quality after endoscopic laser surgery and radiotherapy for early glottic cancer: objective measurements emphasizing the Voice Handicap Index (United States)

    Caminero Cueva, Maria Jesús; Señaris González, Blanca; Llorente Pendás, José Luis; Gorriz Gil, Carmen; López Llames, Aurora; Alonso Pantiga, Ramón; Suárez Nieto, Carlos


    We analyzed the functional outcome and self-evaluation of the voice of patients with T1 glottic carcinoma treated with endoscopic laser surgery and radiotherapy. We performed an objective voice evaluation, as well as a physical, emotional and functional well being assessment of 19 patients treated with laser surgery and 18 patients treated with radiotherapy. Voice quality is affected both by surgery and radiotherapy. Voice parameters only show differences in the maximum phonation time between both treatments. Results in the Voice Handicap Index show that radiotherapy has less effect on patient voice quality perception. There is a reduced impact on the patient’s perception of voice quality after radiotherapy, despite there being no significant differences in vocal quality between radiotherapy and laser cordectomy. PMID:17999074

  9. Robot-assisted endoscopic surgery

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    Ruurda, J.P.


    During the last three years, robot-assisted surgery systems are increasingly being applied in endoscopic surgery. They were introduced with the objective to overcome the challenges of standard endoscopic surgery. With the improvements in manipulation and visualisation that robotic-assistance offers,

  10. A new instrument for hemostatic vascular management in endoscopic surgery: diode laser (STATLase-SDL) and its handpiece (dual hook). (United States)

    Morita, T; Okamura, Y; Ookubo, K; Tanaka, K; Hirayama, R; Daikuzono, N


    The authors described experimental data in hemostatic vascular transection using a STATLase-SDL with a 780-865 nm GaA/As diode wavelength and its handpiece, Dual Hook (DH). The STATLase-SDL and DH are newly developed devices for endoscopic surgery. It seems that the device has improved hemostatic cutting ability. The DH was applied to the abdominal aorta (SDL and DH have good hemostatic cutting ability and might be suitable for endoscopic surgery.

  11. Motion magnification for endoscopic surgery (United States)

    McLeod, A. Jonathan; Baxter, John S. H.; de Ribaupierre, Sandrine; Peters, Terry M.


    Endoscopic and laparoscopic surgeries are used for many minimally invasive procedures but limit the visual and haptic feedback available to the surgeon. This can make vessel sparing procedures particularly challenging to perform. Previous approaches have focused on hardware intensive intraoperative imaging or augmented reality systems that are difficult to integrate into the operating room. This paper presents a simple approach in which motion is visually enhanced in the endoscopic video to reveal pulsating arteries. This is accomplished by amplifying subtle, periodic changes in intensity coinciding with the patient's pulse. This method is then applied to two procedures to illustrate its potential. The first, endoscopic third ventriculostomy, is a neurosurgical procedure where the floor of the third ventricle must be fenestrated without injury to the basilar artery. The second, nerve-sparing robotic prostatectomy, involves removing the prostate while limiting damage to the neurovascular bundles. In both procedures, motion magnification can enhance subtle pulsation in these structures to aid in identifying and avoiding them.

  12. Endoscopic versus microscopic stapes surgery. (United States)

    Surmelioglu, Ozgur; Ozdemir, Suleyman; Tarkan, Ozgur; Tuncer, Ulku; Dagkiran, Muhammed; Cetik, Fikret


    The aim of this study to compare the outcomes and complications of endoscopic stapes surgery versus microscopic stapes surgery. This study involved patients who underwent stapedotomy at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Cukurova University between January 2012 and July 2014. The patients were divided into two groups. Patients in group I were operated with endoscope and patients in group II were operated with microscope. Pure tone audiometry was carried out in all patients preoperatively. Peroperative surgical findings, complications, and duration of surgery were noted and compared between the two groups. Air conduction and bone conduction thresholds were measured at frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000Hz, and the mean (±SD) air-bone gap was noted. Mean preoperative air-bone gap was 36.9±6.8dB (23.3-50dB) in group I and 35.1±6dB (26.6-50dB) in group II. Mean postoperative air-bone gap was 9.3±7.1dB (0-30dB) in group I and 13.5±9.7dB (1.6-35dB) in group II. The difference in preoperative and postoperative air-bone gap between the two groups was statistically significant (p=0.023). Patients in group I did not complain of postoperative pain but this was felt in four patients in group II. The difference was statistically significant (p=0.045). Endoscopic stapes surgery has many benefits such as good visualization, and easy accessibility to the stapes, oval window niche, and facial nerve. Removal of the scutum and manipulation of the chorda tympani nerve are less frequent with the endoscopic technique. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Integrated and miniaturized endoscopic devices for use during high power infrared fiber laser surgery (United States)

    Wilson, Christopher Ryan

    The Thulium Fiber Laser (TFL) is currently being studied as a potential alternative to the conventional, solid-state Holmium:YAG laser (Ho:YAG) for the treatment of kidney stones. The TFL is an ideal candidate to replace the Ho:YAG for laser lithotripsy due to a higher absorption coefficient in water of the emitted wavelength, an ability to operate at high pulse rates, and a near single mode, Gaussian spatial beam profile. The higher absorption of the TFL wavelength by water translates to a decrease in ablation threshold by a factor of four. High pulse rate operation allows higher ablation rates than the Ho:YAG, thus decreasing operation time necessary to ablate the urinary stone. The Gaussian spatial beam profile allows the TFL to couple higher laser power into smaller optical fibers than those currently being used for Ho:YAG lithotripsy. This decrease in fiber diameter translates into a potential decrease in the size of ureteroscope working channel, higher saline irrigation rates for improved visibility and safety, and may also extend to a decrease in overall ureteroscope diameter. Furthermore, the improved spatial beam profile reduces the risk of damage to the input end of the fiber. Therefore, the trunk fiber, minus the distal fiber tip, may be preserved and re-used, resulting in significant cost savings. This thesis details rapid TFL lithotripsy at high pulse rates up to 500 Hz, both with and without the aid of a stone retrieval basket, in order to demonstrate the TFL's superior ablation rates over the Ho:YAG. Collateral damage testing of the TFL effect on the ureter wall and Nitinol stone baskets were conducted to ensure patient safety for future clinical use. Proximal fiber end damage testing was conducted to demonstrate fiber preservation, critical for permanent fiber integration. Optical fibers were fitted with fabricated hollow steel tips and integrated with stone retrieval baskets for testing. Ball tipped optical fibers were tested to maintain ablation

  14. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis


    篠, 昭男; 吉原, 俊雄; Akio, SHINO; Toshio, YOSHIHARA


    Endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) has became basic surgical treatment for chronic sinusitis instead of the Caldwell-Luc procedure. This technique is aimed at improvement of ventilation and excretion with endoscopic approach between nasal cavity and each sinus. The mucosa preservation of sinus is recognized to important as the surgery for inflammatory disease. The ostiomeatal complex (OMC) plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of sinusitis. Obstruction here predisposes to chronic sinusitis...

  15. Endoscopic endonasal cranial base surgery simulation using an artificial cranial base model created by selective laser sintering. (United States)

    Oyama, Kenichi; Ditzel Filho, Leo F S; Muto, Jun; de Souza, Daniel G; Gun, Ramazan; Otto, Bradley A; Carrau, Ricardo L; Prevedello, Daniel M


    Mastery of the expanded endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) requires anatomical knowledge and surgical skills; the learning curve for this technique is steep. To a great degree, these skills can be gained by cadaveric dissections; however, ethical, religious, and legal considerations may interfere with this paradigm in different regions of the world. We assessed an artificial cranial base model for the surgical simulation of EEA and compared its usefulness with that of cadaveric specimens. The model is made of both polyamide nylon and glass beads using a selective laser sintering (SLS) technique to reflect CT-DICOM data of the patient's head. It features several artificial cranial base structures such as the dura mater, venous sinuses, cavernous sinuses, internal carotid arteries, and cranial nerves. Under endoscopic view, the model was dissected through the nostrils using a high-speed drill and other endonasal surgical instruments. Anatomical structures around and inside the sphenoid sinus were accurately reconstructed in the model, and several important surgical landmarks, including the medial and lateral optico-carotid recesses and vidian canals, were observed. The bone was removed with a high-speed drill until it was eggshell thin and the dura mater was preserved, a technique very similar to that applied in patients during endonasal cranial base approaches. The model allowed simulation of almost all sagittal and coronal plane EEA modules. SLS modeling is a useful tool for acquiring the anatomical knowledge and surgical expertise for performing EEA while avoiding the ethical, religious, and infection-related problems inherent with use of cadaveric specimens.

  16. Repetitive endoscopic sinus surgery failure: a role for radical surgery?

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    Videler, Ward J. M.; Wreesmann, Volkert B.; van der Meulen, Freerk W.; Knegt, Paul P.; Fokkens, Wytske J.


    OBJECTIVES: Endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) is considered to be the golden standard for surgery in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis. However, there is still a small group of patients unresponsive despite repetitive surgery. Radical surgery aimed at reduction of the

  17. Results of Endoscopic Treatment for Early Gastric Cancer by Nd-YAG Laser

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    M. Tani


    Full Text Available We have introduced two endoscopic treatments for early gastric cancer: endoscopic mucosal resection using a cap-fitted panendoscope (EMRC, and endoscopic laser therapy using a Nd-YAG laser. Thirty-two patients (34 lesions with gastric cancer were treated by Nd-YAG laser; including 23 initial-therapy cases (25 lesions and 9 second-therapy cases representing failures of endoscopic mucosal resection or endoscopic ethanol injection. Endoscopic laser therapy was performed safely without complication in all patients. Three patients had residual cancer, and 2 of these required surgery. Six patients died from other disease. Endoscopic laser therapy can remove early gastric cancer even when the lesion has ulceration or submucosal invasion, and has a powerful hemostatic effect. It is a safe and effective treatment for early gastric cancer.

  18. Tracking camera control in endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy surgery. (United States)

    Wawrzynski, J R; Smith, P; Tang, L; Hoare, T; Caputo, S; Siddiqui, A A; Tsatsos, M; Saleh, G M


    Poor camera control during endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (EnDCR) surgery can cause inadequate visualisation of the anatomy and suboptimal surgical outcomes. This study investigates the feasibility of using computer vision tracking in EnDCR surgery as a potential formative feedback tool for the quality of endoscope control. A prospective cohort analysis was undertaken comparing junior versus senior surgeons performing routine EnDCR surgery. Computer vision tracking was applied to endoscopic video footage of the surgery: Total number of movements, camera path length in pixels and surgical time were determined for each procedure. A Mann-Whitney U-test was used to test for a significant difference between juniors and seniors (P theatre. Ten junior surgeons (100 completed procedures). Total number of movements of the endoscope per procedure. Path length of the endoscope per procedure. Twenty videos, 10 from junior surgeons and 10 from senior surgeons were analysed. Feasibility of our tracking system was demonstrated. Mean camera path lengths were significantly different at 119,329px (juniors) versus 43,697px (seniors), P ≪ 0.05. The mean number of movements was significantly different at 9134 (juniors) versus 3690 (seniors), P ≪ 0.05. These quantifiable differences demonstrate construct validity for computer vision endoscope tracking as a measure of surgical experience. Computer vision tracking is a potentially useful structured and objective feedback tool to assist trainees in improving endoscope control. It enables juniors to examine how their pattern of endoscope control differs from that of seniors, focusing in particular on sections where they are most divergent. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Comprehensive review on endonasal endoscopic sinus surgery (United States)

    Weber, Rainer K.; Hosemann, Werner


    Endonasal endoscopic sinus surgery is the standard procedure for surgery of most paranasal sinus diseases. Appropriate frame conditions provided, the respective procedures are safe and successful. These prerequisites encompass appropriate technical equipment, anatomical oriented surgical technique, proper patient selection, and individually adapted extent of surgery. The range of endonasal sinus operations has dramatically increased during the last 20 years and reaches from partial uncinectomy to pansinus surgery with extended surgery of the frontal (Draf type III), maxillary (grade 3–4, medial maxillectomy, prelacrimal approach) and sphenoid sinus. In addition there are operations outside and beyond the paranasal sinuses. The development of surgical technique is still constantly evolving. This article gives a comprehensive review on the most recent state of the art in endoscopic sinus surgery according to the literature with the following aspects: principles and fundamentals, surgical techniques, indications, outcome, postoperative care, nasal packing and stents, technical equipment. PMID:26770282

  20. Laser Endoscopic Microsurgery of Laryngeal Cancers

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    Moustapha, Sereme


    Full Text Available Introduction The aim of our study is to present our experience in treating laryngeal cancers with endoscopic CO2 laser surgery. Materials and Methods This retrospective study was conducted from January 2008 to December 2012 at Antoine Lacassagne Center of Nice. The functional and oncologic results of this surgical technique were analyzed and discussed. Results The average length of hospital stay was 2.5 days. Phonatory results were considered excellent in 75% of our patients who maintained satisfactory phone communication skills after their interventions. Chronic hoarseness was the most common reason for bilateral or extended cordectomies. On the oncologic basis, histologic exam showed 90% of our margins were normal. The clinical control showed excellent laryngeal preservation in 94.23%. In 5 years, the overall survival was estimated at 96.15%. Conclusion This study shows the benefit of the laser endoscopic microsurgery for the preservation of laryngeal functions and the local histologic control, essentially for early stage laryngeal cancers.

  1. Laser surgery - skin (United States)

    Surgery using a laser ... used is directly related to the type of surgery being performed and the color of the tissue ... Laser surgery can be used to: Close small blood vessels to reduce blood loss Remove warts , moles , sunspots, and ...

  2. LASIK - Laser Eye Surgery (United States)

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  3. Total Endoscopic Approach in Glomus Tympanicum Surgery

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    Ahmad Daneshi


    Full Text Available Introduction: Glomus tympanicum (GT is a benign primary tumor of the middle ear. The evolution of endoscopic ear surgery has allowed for an alternative approach to managing this vascular tumor. The purpose of this study was to evaluate an endoscopic approach in GT surgery, and also to investigate its applicability and feasibility.   Materials and Methods: Prospectively, 13 class I and II patients, according to the Glasscock-Jackson glomus classification, were candidates for management via a transcanal endoscopic approach. Patients were categorized into three groups according to the location of the tumor in the middle ear. Group A consisted of patients with tumors located anteriorly while occupying the Eustachian tube. Group B were patients with tumors located on the promontory with entirely visible tumor borders. Patients in Group C had tumors that occupied the entire middle ear. Under specially designed flap elevation and hemostasis, the tumors were completely removed using an endoscopic technique.   Results: Based on the classification criteria, three patients fell into Group A (30%, six into Group B (46%, and three into Group C (23%. The principal chief complaint was pulsatile tinnitus that disappeared after surgery in most cases. Hearing status was mostly mixed hearing loss. No change was detected in bone conduction after surgery, but air conduction was improved in nine cases. No major complication or recurrence was observed over 30 months of follow up.   Conclusion: Improved exposure and access in the endoscopic transcanal approach to GT leads to safe, rapid, and reliable tumor removal, as well as allowing comfortable surgery for both the surgeon and most patients.

  4. Outcome of Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery for Acromegaly. (United States)

    Kim, Jung Hee; Hur, Kyu Yeon; Lee, Jung Hyun; Lee, Ji Hyun; Se, Young-Bem; Kim, Hey In; Lee, Seung Hoon; Nam, Do-Hyun; Kim, Seong Yeon; Kim, Kwang-Won; Kong, Doo-Sik; Kim, Yong Hwy


    Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery has recently been introduced in pituitary surgery. We investigated outcomes and complications of endoscopic surgery in 2 referral centers in Korea. We enrolled 134 patients with acromegaly (microadenomas, n = 15; macroadenomas, n = 119) who underwent endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery at Seoul National University Hospital (n = 74) and Samsung Medical Center (n = 60) between January 2009 and March 2016. Remission was defined as having a normal insulin-like growth factor-1 and a suppressed growth hormone (GH) <1 ng/mL during an oral glucose tolerance test. Remission was achieved in 73.1% of patients, including 13 of 15 microadenoma patients (86.7%) and 86 of 119 macroadenoma patients (72.3%). A multivariate analysis to determine a predictor of biochemical remission demonstrated that absence of cavernous sinus invasion and immediate postoperative GH levels <2.5 ng/dL were significant predictors of remission (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 5.14; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.52-17.3 and OR, 9.60; 95% CI, 3.41-26.9, respectively). After surgery, normal pituitary function was maintained in 34 patients (25.4%). Sixty-four patients (47.7%) presented complete (n = 59, 44.0%) or incomplete (n = 5, 3.7%) recovery of pituitary function. Hypopituitarism persisted in 20 patients (14.9%) and worsened in 16 patients (11.9%). Postoperatively, transient diabetes insipidus was reported in 52 patients (38.8%) but only persisted in 2 patients (1.5%). Other postoperative complications were epistaxis (n = 2), cerebral fluid leakage (n = 4), infection (n = 1), and intracerebral hemorrhage (n = 1). Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for acromegaly presented high remission rates and a low incidence of endocrine deficits and complications. Regardless of surgical techniques, invasive pituitary tumors were associated with poor outcome. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Ophthalmic complications of endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Malgorzata Seredyka-Burduk

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction: The proximity of the paranasal sinuses to the orbit and its contents allows the occurence of injuries in both primary or revision surgery. The majority of orbital complications are minor. The major complications are seen in 0.01-2.25% and some of them can be serious, leading to permanent dysfunction. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the risk and type of ophthalmic complications among patients operated due to a chronic rhinosinusitis. Methods: This is a retrospective study of 1658 patients who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis with or without polyps or mucocele. Surgeries were performed under general anesthesia in all cases and consisted of polyps' removal, followed by middle metal antrostomy, partial or complete ethmoidectomy, frontal recess surgery and sphenoid surgery if necessary. The ophthalmic complications were classified according to type, frequency and clinical findings. Results: In our material 32.68% of the patients required revision surgery and only 10.1% had been previously operated in our Department. Overall complications occurred in 11 patients (0.66%. Minor complications were observed in 5 patients (0.3% with the most frequent being periorbital ecchymosis with or without emphysema. Major complications were observed in one patient (0.06% and were related to a lacrimal duct injury. Severe complications occurred in 5 cases (0.3%, with 2 cases and referred to a retroorbital hematoma, optic nerve injury (2 cases and one case of extraocular muscle injury. Conclusions: Orbital complications of endoscopic nasal surgery are rare. The incidence of serious complications, causing permanent disabilities is less than 0.3%. The most important parameters responsible for complications are extension of the disease, previous endoscopic surgery and coexisting anticoagulant treatment.

  6. Transforaminal endoscopic surgery for lumbar stenosis: a systematic review

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    Nellensteijn, J.M.; Ostelo, R.W.J.G.; Bartels, R.; Peul, W.; van Royen, B.J.; van Tulder, M.W.


    Transforaminal endoscopic techniques have become increasingly popular in surgery of patients with lumbar stenosis. The literature has not yet been systematically reviewed. A comprehensive systematic literature review up to November 2009 to assess the effectiveness of transforaminal endoscopic

  7. Thulium fiber laser for the use in low-invasive endoscopic and robotic surgery of soft biological tissues (United States)

    Michalska, M.; Brojek, W.; Rybak, Z.; Sznelewski, P.; Mamajek, M.; Gogler, S.; Swiderski, J.


    An all-fiber, diode-pumped, continuous-wave Tm3+-doped fiber laser operated at a wavelength of 1.94 μm was developed. 37.4 W of output power with a slope efficiency as high as 57% with respect to absorbed pump power at 790 nm was demonstrated. The laser output beam quality factor M2 was measured to be 1.2. The output beam was very stable with power fluctuations soft biological tissues.

  8. Treatment of nonseptic bursitis with endoscopic surgery

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    Azad Yıldırım


    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to show that endoscopic surgery is a simple and acceptable method for various problems associated with wounds, range of motion and that such surgery ensures an early return to work after treatment of nonresponding nonseptic bursitis. Methods: Thirty-two patients with nonseptic bursitis caused by repeated minor trauma that did not respond to medical treatment from 2008 to 2012 were included in this study. Radiographic [anteroposterior and lateral], ultrasound, macro and microscopic analyses of drainage liquid and aerobic and anaerobic cultures were obtained from the patients for the diagnosis. Results: The mean age was 40.8 years. Fifteen patients had prepatellar bursitis, 13 had olecranon bursitis and 4 had ankle bursitis. Two patients had a history of falling on their knee. The other patients had a history of repetitive stimulation .The mean follow up period was 2.6 years [range. 2-5 years] and no medical complications occurred after the endoscopic surgery; such as scarring, loss of sensation and infection. One recurrence in response to medical treatment was observed. Conclusion: Endoscopic bursectomy is a short and acceptable procedure with excellent results in terms of returning to work early and minimal wound related problems. J Clin Exp Invest 2015; 6 (3: 220-223

  9. Controversies in gynaecologic endoscopic surgery

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    Darwish, A.M.M.


    Despite the widespread utilization of assisted reproductive techniques in recent years, hysteroscopic as well as laparoscopic surgery should be firstly offered for patients with adnexal and uterine lesions desiring fertility. Permanent correction of the patient’s problem with frequent chances of

  10. [Endoscopic ureterolithotripsy with the holmium laser]. (United States)

    Lopatkin, N A; Mazo, E B; Chepurov, A K; Dondukov, Ts V; Safarov, R M; Dreval', A A


    One of the clinical and experimental investigations performed in the urological clinic of the Moscow Medical University and Research Institute of Urology aimed at elucidation of Ho-YAG-laser potential in endoscopic lithotripsy (EL). Russian Ho-YAG laser surgical units CTH-10 and LLT-3 with wave length 2.09 mu were employed. The studies showed that the developed laser units satisfied relevant medical and technical requirements. Low depth of laser impulse penetration (0.4 mm) obtained at EL warrants safety of the adjacent tissues which is essential in crushing fixed ureteroliths in the presence of severe inflammation in the ureteral wall. The conclusion is made that Ho-YAG laser EL is an effective treatment of ureteroliths. Further tests for EL efficacy in affections of the upper urinary tracts are advocated to define a proper place of EL in endoscopic urology.

  11. Single incision endoscopic surgery for lumbar hernia. (United States)

    Kawaguchi, Masahiko; Ishikawa, Norihiko; Shimizu, Satsuki; Shin, Hisato; Matsunoki, Aika; Watanabe, Go


    Single Incision Endoscopic Surgery (SIES) has emerged as a less invasive surgery among laparoscopic surgeries, and this approach for incisional hernia was reported recently. This is the first report of SIES for an incisional lumbar hernia. A 66-year-old Japanese woman was referred to our institution because of a left flank hernia that developed after left iliac crest bone harvesting. A 20-mm incision was created on the left side of the umbilicus and all three trocars (12, 5, and 5 mm) were inserted into the incision. The hernial defect was 14 × 9 cm and was repaired with intraperitoneal onlay mesh and a prosthetic graft. The postoperative course was uneventful. SIES for lumbar hernia offers a safe and effective outcome equivalent compared to laparoscopic surgery. In addition, SIES is less invasive and has a cosmetic benefit.

  12. [Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: current situation]. (United States)

    Delgado, Salvadora; Ibarzábal, Ainitze; Fernández-Esparrach, Glòria


    Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is the paradigm of the evolution of minimally invasive surgery. The laparoscopic revolution> has introduced new ideas in general surgery, one of them being that modern surgery is the work of multidisciplinary teams. A clear example of this is provided by NOTES. The aim of this type of surgery is to perform conventional laparoscopic procedures without incision, using flexible endoscopic technology usually employed in the diagnosis and treatment of intraluminal lesions and reaching the inside of the abdominal cavity through natural orifices (mouth, anus, vagina and even urethra). This type of access opens a highly interesting field for certain types of patients, such as those with high surgical risk, the morbidly obese, and those with multiple prior abdominal interventions or surgical wound infections. Animal models have shown that a wide variety of interventions (cholecystectomy, appendicectomy, splenectomy, hysterectomy, tubal ligations, gastroenteroanastomosis, peritoneoscopy, liver biopsy and herniorrhaphy, among others) can be performed. However, before use in humans, this new technique must be shown to be safe and to provide real advantages for patients. To do this, a series of issues, including safe methods for closure of the gastric incision and the avoidance of infections, among others, must be solved. Another critical element for the development of this new type of surgery is the creation of appropriate instrumentation, requiring input not only from medical professionals but also from engineers and industry. The present article describes the major advances made in NOTES since this technique was first described and analyzes the risks and potential benefits associated with this novel procedure.

  13. Endoscopically assisted craniosynostosis surgery (EACS): The craniofacial team Nijmegen experience

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    Delye, H.H.K.; Arts, S.; Borstlap, W.A.; Blok, L.M.; Driessen, J.J.; Meulstee, J.W.; Maal, T.J.J.; Lindert, E.J. van


    INTRODUCTION: An evaluation of our first 111 consecutive cases of non-syndromic endoscopically assisted craniosynostosis surgery (EACS) followed by helmet therapy. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of a prospective registration database was performed. Age, duration of surgery, length of hospital stay,

  14. [Conversional and endoscopic procedures following bariatric surgery]. (United States)

    Zorron, R; Bothe, C; Junghans, T; Pratschke, J; Benzing, C; Krenzien, F


    The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is the therapy of choice in bariatric surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding are showing higher rates of treatment failure, reducing obesity-associated morbidity and body weight insufficiently. Moreover, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can occur refractory to medication. Therefore, a laparoscopic conversion to RYGB can be reasonable as long as specific conditions are fulfilled.Endoscopic procedures are currently being applied to revise bariatric procedures. Therapy failure following RYGB occurs in up to 20 % of cases. Transoral outlet reduction is the minimally invasive method of choice to reduce gastrojejunal anastomosis of the alimentary limb. The diameter of a gastric sleeve can be unwantedly enlarged as well; that can be reduced by placement of a longitudinal full-thickness suture.Severe hypoglycemic episodes can be present in patients following RYGB. Hypoglycemic episodes have to be diagnosed first and can be treated conventionally. Alternatively, a laparoscopic approach according to Branco-Zorron can be used for non-responders. Hypoglycemic episodes can thus be prevented and body weight reduction can be assured.Conversional and endoscopic procedures can be used in patients with treatment failure following bariatric surgery. Note that non-invasive approaches should have been applied intensively before a revisional procedure is performed.

  15. Minimally invasive (endoscopic-computer assisted) surgery: Technique and review


    Kumar, Anand; Yadav, Nirma; Singh, Shipra; Chauhan, Neha


    Endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery popular as keyhole surgery is a medical procedure in which endoscope (a camera) is used, and it has gained broad acceptance with popularity in several surgical specialties and has heightened the standard of care. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a modern discipline in the field of dentistry in which endoscopy has developed as well as widely used in surgeries and is rapidly gaining importance. The use of different visual as well as standard instruments...

  16. Photobiomodulation in laser surgery (United States)

    Liu, Timon Cheng-Yi; Rong, Dong-Liang; Huang, Jin; Deng, Xiao-Yuan; Liu, Song-Hao


    Laser surgery provides good exposure with clear operating fields and satisfactory preliminary functional results. In contrast to conventional excision, it was found that matrix metalloproteinases and the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases -1 mRNA expression is higher, myofibroblasts appeared and disappeared slower in laser excision wounds. It has been suggested that the better anatomical and functional results achieved following laser cordectomy may be explained by the fact that such procedures result in better, more rapid healing processes to recover vocal cord for early glottic tumors and better. In this paper, the role of photobiomodulation in laser surgery will be discussed by the cultured monolayer normal human skin fibroblast model of the photobiomodulation of marginal irradiation of high intensity laser beam, the photobiomodulation related to the irradiated tissue, the biological information model of photobiomodulation and the animal models of laser surgery. Although high intensity laser beam is so intense that it destroys the irradiated cells or tissue, its marginal irradiation intensity is so low that there is photobiomodulation on non-damage cells to modulate the regeneration of partly damaged tissue so that the surgery of laser of different parameters results in different post-surgical recovery. It was concluded that photobiomodulation might play an important role in the long-term effects of laser surgery, which might be used to design laser surgery.


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    E. N. Novozhilova


    Full Text Available The paper describes the experience with accompanying therapy in patients after endoscopic laryngeal surgery, which has been gained at the Unit of Head and Neck Tumors, Moscow City Cancer Hospital Sixty-Two. Endolaryngeal operations have been performed using robotic CO2 laser and alternative modes of mechanical ventilation. Methods for abolishing laser-induced reactive tissue changes with different groups of pharmaceuticals are considered. Both the possible side effects of some drugs and their potential interaction are taken into account. The high efficacy of current inhalation systems (PARI delivering the required doses of medicaments over a short period of time and with minimal losses and regulating their dispersion in relation to the drug used is noted.

  18. Transanal endoscopic surgery for complications of prior rectal surgery. (United States)

    van Vledder, Mark G; Doornebosch, Pascal G; de Graaf, Eelco J R


    Long-term complications of previous rectal surgery (e.g., enterovisceral fistula, anastomotic stricture, rectal stenosis) can be challenging problems for which transabdominal or transperineal surgery with or without definitive fecal diversion is often required. Transanal endoscopic surgery (TES) might allow for local treatment of these complications, thereby saving patients from otherwise major surgery. All patients undergoing TES in the IJsselland Hospital (NL) since 1996 were recorded in a prospective database, of which twenty patients were treated for complications after previous rectal surgery. Data on prior treatment, surgical techniques, outcomes, and need for additional surgery were collected. Twenty patients were identified from the database (rectourinary fistula n = 3, rectovaginal fistula n = 5, anastomotic stricture n = 8, and rectal stenosis n = 4). One of the three (33 %) rectourinary fistulas and two of five (40 %) rectovaginal fistulas were successfully treated with TES. Anastomotic strictures were successfully treated in 5/8 (63 %) patients. Strictures after local excision of rectal tumors were successfully treated in 3/4 (75 %) patients. No minor complication and one major complication occurred (rectovaginal fistula after stenoplasty eventually requiring Hartmann's procedure). Transanal treatment of anastomotic strictures, rectal stenosis, and fistula after prior rectal surgery is safe and effective in a large proportion of patients. TES should be considered as a first step in all patients presenting with these late complications after rectal surgery.

  19. Surgical stress response: does endoscopic surgery confer an advantage?

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    Kehlet, H


    "Open" surgical procedures are followed by profound changes in endocrine metabolic function and various host defense mechanisms, impaired pulmonary function, and hypoxemia. These physiologic changes are supposed to be involved in the pathogenesis of postoperative morbidity. Endoscopic surgery...... of postoperative pulmonary function and less hypoxemia with endoscopic operation. The slight modification of surgical stress responses by endoscopic surgery is in contrast to the common, though not universal, demonstration of less pain, shorter hospital stay, and less morbidity after endoscopic surgery....... In conclusion, endoscopic surgery has so far not been demonstrated to have important modifying effects on classic endocrine metabolic responses and only a slight inhibitory effect on various inflammatory responses, but with improved pulmonary function and less hypoxemia. More data are needed from major...

  20. Acute Vision Loss Following Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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    Serena Byrd


    Full Text Available A 41-year-old female with a history of uterine cancer and Celiac and Raynaud’s Disease presented to our institution with frequent migraines and nasal congestion. She underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS and experienced acute unilateral vision loss postoperatively. Rapid recognition of the etiology and effective treatment are paramount given the permanent and irreversible vision loss that can result. Arterial vasospasm following FESS is rare. Patients with autoimmune diseases have perhaps an increased risk for vasospasm secondary to an increased vasoreactive profile. We present the first documented case of nitroglycerin sublingual therapy to successfully treat ophthalmic artery vasospasm following FESS. Nitroglycerin sublingual therapy is a promising treatment for ophthalmic vasospasm secondary to its ability to cross the blood-ocular barrier, its rapid onset of action, and its ability to promote relaxation of vascular smooth muscle.

  1. MR-guided endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Hsu, L; Fried, M P; Jolesz, F A


    We describe an interactive, intraoperative imaging-guided method for performing endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) within a vertically open MR system. The procedure was performed with intraoperative imaging using a 0.5-T magnet with a 56-cm vertical gap. Interactive control of imaging planes was accomplished by optical tracking with two infrared light-emitting diodes mounted on an aspirator probe. The probe's position defined the location of the orthogonal imaging planes. Twelve patients with varying degrees of sinus disease underwent ESS with MR imaging guidance. Patients had acute and chronic sinusitis, nasal polyposis causing airway obstruction, or tumor requiring tissue biopsy. All procedures were performed with the patients under general anesthesia. The integration of endoscopy with optical tracking and intraoperative interactive imaging allowed localization of anatomic landmarks during ESS. No complications were encountered.

  2. [Endoscopic sinus surgery in flowing water]. (United States)

    Noda, K; Doi, K; Noiri, T; Koizuka, I; Kubo, T


    A balloon has been developed that completely fills the choana, preventing water from leaking into the pharynx even when the water is entering into the nasal cavity at a rate of 1000 ml per minute. The balloon enables endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) to be safely performed in "flowing water". This surgical technique is similar to that used in transurethral resections of the prostate because the tip of the endoscope is kept clean, and blood, debris and resected tissues are continuously removed by the water flow. In addition, the water pressure helps to suppress bleeding. This technique enables ESS to be performed with greater ease and efficiency. We have performed ESS in flowing water on 38 patients with chronic sinusitis under local anaesthesia. No complications, such as water leakage into the pharynx, were encountered, and only a few patients felt discomfort from the insertion of the balloon. Even if the balloon had burst, an emergency could have been easily prevented by withdrawing the endoscope from the nasal cavity and stopping the flow of water. Ultrasonography (USG) was used to examine the water-filled nasal cavity during surgery (SSD-2000 and Micro Tip Radial (ASU-101); Aloka, Ltd., Japan). Using USG, the middle turbinate, the inferior turbinate and the nasal septum could be visualized in a single coronal image. When the sensor was in the posterior ethmoid sinus, the orbit and its optic nerve could also be visualized. Since this surgery is performed under local anesthesia, eye movements can rapidly alter the position of the optic nerve. Thus, visualization of the optic nerve's exact position is extremely important. Unfortunately, USG is not very useful for localizing structures and guiding the surgeon to distant tumors or cysts located behind thick bones, since ultrasound can not penetrate hard masses or bones. In this situation, navigation systems are more reliable than USG. Nevertheless, USG is often useful for depicting surgical sites, especially during a

  3. Lasers in oral surgery (United States)

    Keller, Ulrich; Hibst, Raimund


    The indications of lasers in oral surgery are defined by the laser-tissue interaction types. These are mainly thermal effects depending especially on the absorption of laser light in varying biological tissues. In histological sections different laser effects are demonstrated on oral mucosa, bone and cartilage, which have a great influence on wound healing and subsequently on clinical indications of the different wavelengths. On the one hand the good coagulation effect of the Nd:YAG laser is wanted for hemostasis in soft tissue surgery. On the other hand, for the treatment of precancerous dysplasias or neoplasias an effective cutting with a coagulation effect like using the CO2 laser is necessary. However, the excision of benign mucosal lesions as well as performing osteotomies or shaping of cartilage should be undertaken with the Er:YAG laser without greater coagulation and consequently without any delay of wound healing.

  4. A New Irrigation System (Endosplash) for a Rigid Endoscope in Trans-sphenoidal Endoscopic Surgery. (United States)

    Kuroda, Rintarou; Nakajima, Takeshi; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Eiju


    Obstruction of the visual field by blood is a major hindrance during endonasal endoscopic surgery, and a rapid and effective method for cleaning the lens is needed. We developed a new lens-cleaning system that does not employ a sheath or an irrigation-suction system. It is a 20-mm long cylinder with side holes that is attached to the barrel of the endoscope and is connected to a syringe containing saline. When the syringe is pressed, saline flows down to the tip along the barrel and washes the lens without requiring a sheath. We report the use of the system in six cases of endonasal endoscopic surgery. The lens was wiped significantly less often than during similar surgery performed without the use of this system. The Endosplash is simple and enables the surgeon to clean the lens with a single press of a syringe, thereby greatly enhancing the efficacy of endoscopic surgery.

  5. Endoscope-assisted facelift thyroid surgery: an initial experience using a new endoscopic technique. (United States)

    Park, Jun-Ook; Kim, Sang-Yeon; Chun, Byung-Joon; Joo, Young-Hoon; Cho, Kwang-Jae; Park, Young Hak; Kim, Min-Sik; Sun, Dong-Il


    A new approach to modifying facelift incision was recently developed for robotic thyroid surgery that seemed to be advantageous over other existing approaches. In this study, we aimed to investigate the feasibility and safety of the facelift approach not only for robotic thyroid surgery, but also for endoscope-assisted thyroid surgery. Endoscope-assisted facelift thyroid lobectomy was performed for 11 patients with papillary microcarcinoma. All 11 operations were successfully performed endoscopically. This approach through a modified facelift incision provided safe dissection of the laryngeal nerves and exposed an adequate working space. We identified and preserved all neighboring critical structures (parathyroid gland and superior and recurrent laryngeal nerves) during surgery. The operative duration for simple thyroid lobectomy with central lymph node dissection in 11 patients was 120-180 min (average duration: 140 min). Sensory change around the earlobe occurred in three patients and was recovered within 2 months after surgery in all patients. No patient displayed laryngeal nerve palsy or a low-pitched voice. The facelift approach seems to provide a shorter and more direct route to the thyroid, requiring minimal dissection, and an adequate workspace not only for robotic surgery but also for endoscopic surgery. It is worthwhile to develop and refine the surgical techniques of endoscopic facelift thyroid surgery.

  6. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery in pediatric population

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    Farhadi M


    Full Text Available This is a report of 30 cases of pediatric functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS. 28 of these children had chronic sinusitis and 2 had acute sinusitis the most common chief complaints were: 1 Chronic Rhinorea 2 Nasal obstruction 3 Chronic cough. Systemic predisposing conditions were allergy in 7 pts and immotile cilliasyndrome in 2 pts, all of the procedures were performed under general anesthesia. The most common procedures were: 1 Resection of lateral part of the middle turbinate. 2 Antrostomy of the maxillary sinus. 3 Turbinoplasty of the inf turbinate. 4 Anterior erhnoidectomy, (Messerklinger, Approach. There were no kajor complication and only 3 cases of minor complication (2=regeneration of polipoid tissues, 1 synechia occurred. The duration of follow up was from 6-18 mths recovery occurred in 26 pts. Two of the pts didn't respond because of severe allergy and were referred to immunologist for further therapy 2 others didn't respond appropriately because of immotile cilliasyndrome

  7. Treatment results of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in chronic sinusitis

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    Naraghi M


    Full Text Available Background: Endoscopic sinus surgery has been used for diagnosis and treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases of paranasal sinuses since recent years. Materials and Methods: In this study 104 patients with chronic sinusitis (with or without polyps which were managed with endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS were followed for 6 to 24 months after surgery (24 patients refused to continue follow up and the recovery rate of symptoms were evaluated. Results: The effectiveness of this therapy is statistically approved and the most important symptom which diminished was nasal obstruction (from 95 percent to 18.5 percent, the least important symptom which diminished was anosmia (from 57 percent to 21 percent. Conclusion: This study confirmed the efficacy of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in improvement of chronic sinusitis symptoms.

  8. Experience with endoscopic holmium laser in the pediatric population (United States)

    Merguerian, Paul A.; Reddy, Pramod P.; Barrieras, Diego; Bagli, Darius J.; McLorie, Gordon A.; Khoury, Antoine E.


    Introduction: Due to the unavailability of suitable endoscopic instruments, pediatric patients have not benefited fully from the technological advances in the endoscopic management of the upper urinary tract. This limitation may be overcome with the Holmuim:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet(Ho:YAG) laser delivered via small instruments. To date, there is no published report on the use of this modality in children. Purpose: We evaluated the indications, efficacy, and complications of endourological Ho:YAG laser surgery in the treatment of pediatric urolithiasis, posterior urethral valves, ureterocele and ureteropelvic junction obstruction. Methods: The patient population included 10 children with renal, ureteral and bladder calculi, 2 children with posterior urethral valves, 2 children with obstructing ureteroceles, 2 children with ureteropelvic junction obstruction and 1 child with a urethral stricture. Access to the lesions was either antegrade via a percutaneous nephrostomy tract or retrograde via the urethra. A solid state Ho:YAG laser with maximum output of 30 watts (New Star lasers, Auburn, CA) was utilized as the energy source. Results: A total of 10 patients underwent laser lithotripsy. The means age of the patients was 9 yrs (5-13 yrs). The average surface area of the calculi as 425.2 mm2 (92-1645 mm2). 8 of the patients required one procedure to render them stone free, one patient had a staghorn calculus filling every calyx of a solitary kidney requiring multiple treatments and one other patient with a staghorn calculus required 2 treatments. There were no complications related to the laser lithotripsy. Two newborn underwent successful ablation of po sterious urethral valves. Two infants underwent incision of obstructing ureteroceles with decompression of the ureterocele on postoperative ultrasound. Two children underwent endypyelotomy for ureteropelvic junction obstruction. One was successful an done required an open procedure to correct the obstruction. One child

  9. Laser applications in surgery. (United States)

    Azadgoli, Beina; Baker, Regina Y


    In modern medicine, lasers are increasingly utilized for treatment of a variety of pathologies as interest in less invasive treatment modalities intensifies. The physics behind lasers allows the same basic principles to be applied to a multitude of tissue types using slight modifications of the system. Multiple laser systems have been studied within each field of medicine. The term "laser" was combined with "surgery," "ablation," "lithotripsy," "cancer treatment," "tumor ablation," "dermatology," "skin rejuvenation," "lipolysis," "cardiology," "atrial fibrillation (AF)," and "epilepsy" during separate searches in the PubMed database. Original articles that studied the application of laser energy for these conditions were reviewed and included. A review of laser therapy is presented. Laser energy can be safely and effectively used for lithotripsy, for the treatment of various types of cancer, for a multitude of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, and for the ablation of abnormal conductive pathways. For each of these conditions, management with lasers is comparable to, and potentially superior to, management with more traditional methods.

  10. Evaluation of the 3-dimensional endoscope in transsphenoidal surgery. (United States)

    Barkhoudarian, Garni; Del Carmen Becerra Romero, Alicia; Laws, Edward R


    Three-dimensional (3-D) endoscopy is a recent addition to augment the transsphenoidal surgical approach for anterior skull-base and parasellar lesions. We describe our experience implementing this technology into regular surgical practice. Retrospective review of clinical factors and outcomes. All patients were analyzed who had endoscopic endonasal parasellar operations since the introduction of the 3-D endoscope to our practice. Over an 18-month period, 160 operations were performed using solely endoscopic techniques. Sixty-five of these were with the Visionsense VSII 3-D endoscope and 95 utilized 2-dimensional (2-D) high-definition (HD) Storz endoscopes. Intraoperative and postoperative findings were analyzed in a retrospective fashion. Comparing both groups, there was no significant difference in total or surgical operating room times comparing the 2-D HD and 3-D endoscopes (239 minutes vs 229 minutes, P = .47). Within disease-specific comparison, pituitary adenoma resection was significantly shorter utilizing the 3-D endoscope (surgical time 174 minutes vs 147 minutes, P = .03). These findings were independent of resident or fellow experience. There was no significant difference in the rate of complication, reoperation, tumor resection, or intraoperative cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Subjectively, the 3-D endoscope offered increased agility with 3-D techniques such as exposing the sphenoid rostrum, drilling sphenoidal septations, and identifying bony landmarks and suprasellar structures. The 3-D endoscope is a useful alternative to the 2-D HD endoscope for transnasal anterior skull-base surgery. Preliminary results suggest it is more efficient surgically and has a shorter learning curve. As 3-D technology and resolution improve, it should serve to be an invaluable tool for neuroendoscopy.

  11. Laser tumor treatment in oral and maxillofacial surgery (United States)

    Neukam, F. W.; Stelzle, F.

    Cancer treatment is an integral part of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Oral cancer in particular is a highly prevalent neoplasm. Standard treatment for most of the tumors is radical surgery combined with stage-based neo-/adjuvant therapy. Laser surgery has become a reliable treatment option for oral cancer as well as for precancerous lesions. Widely used lasers in oral and maxillofacial tumor surgery are the CO2 laser, the Er:YAG laser, the Nd:YAG laser and the KTM laser. The use of lasers in tumor surgery has several advantages: remote application, precise cutting, hemostasis, low cicatrization, reduced postoperative pain and swelling, can be combined with endoscopic, microscopic and robotic surgery. However, laser surgery has some major drawbacks: In contrast to conventional incisions with scalpels, the surgeon gets no feedback during laser ablation. There is no depth sensation and no tissue specificity with a laser incision, increasing the risk of iatrogenic damage to nerves and major blood vessels. Future prospects may solve these problems by means of an optical feedback mechanism that provides a tissue-specific laser ablation. First attempts have been made to perform remote optical tissue differentiation. Additionally, real time optical tumor detection during laser surgery would allow for a very precise and straight forward cancer resection, enhancing organ preservation and hence the quality of life for patients with cancer in the head and neck region.

  12. [Endoscopic treatment of obesity and complications following bariatric surgery]. (United States)

    Feisthammel, J; Blüher, M; Mössner, J; Hoffmeister, A


    The prevalence of obesity in the population has been increasing for many years. Due to associated comorbidities the treatment of obesity is becoming more important. Conservative treatment alone is often unsuccessful, particularly in cases of severe obesity. In these cases, multimodal therapy in specialized treatment units is warranted. Between conservative treatment and bariatric surgery, interventional endoscopic treatment options also play an increasing role. Nowadays, implantation of gastric balloons and duodenojejunal bypass liners (EndoBarrier) are the most often used endoscopic options. A further typical application of endoscopy in the treatment of obesity is the management of complications after bariatric surgery, such as stenosis and insufficiency. This article gives an overview on the currently available endoscopic options associated with treatment of obesity.

  13. Transvaginal hybrid natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery kolecystektomi

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    Boesen, Line; Meisner, Søren; Vilmann, Peter


    Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is a minimally invasive surgical technique where access to the abdominal cavity is achieved through one of the natural orifices of the body. Based on experience from gynaecology, transvaginal access has been the easiest NOTES technique...

  14. Hybrid transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery-kolecystektomi

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    Boesen, Line; Meisner, Søren; Vilmann, Peter


    Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is a minimally invasive surgical technique where access to the abdominal cavity is achieved through one of the natural orifices of the body. Based on experience from gynaecology, transvaginal access has been the easiest NOTES technique...

  15. Hybrid transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery-kolecystektomi

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    Boesen, Line; Meisner, Søren; Vilmann, Peter


    Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is a minimally invasive surgical technique where access to the abdominal cavity is achieved through one of the natural orifices of the body. Based on experience from gynaecology, transvaginal access has been the easiest NOTES technique to im...

  16. Endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery for invasive pituitary adenoma. (United States)

    Zhang, Xiang; Fei, Zhou; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Jian-ning; Liu, Wei-ping; Fu, Luo-an; Cao, Wei-dong; Jiang, Xiao-fan; Song, Shao-jun


    Invasive pituitary adenomas (IPA) involving the skull base extend from the sella region, and invade surrounding structures. In the present study, we reviewed the therapeutic efficacy in a group of patients with IPA treated with endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery. Data from 78 IPA patients at our hospital were retrospectively reviewed. The diagnostic modalities, surgical techniques, and outcomes were reviewed. Diagnosis was confirmed by endocrinological profile and CT or MRI in all patients. Surgery was performed via an endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach. Thirty-five patients (44.9%) had hormonally active tumors, and 43 (55.1%) had nonfunctioning tumors. Complete removal of the tumor was achieved in 62 patients (79.5%) and subtotal removal in 12 (15.4%); partial removal was achieved in the remaining four patients (5.1%) who had fibrous or dumbbell-shaped adenomas. The mean follow-up was 43.2 months in 65 patients and the clinical symptoms in all patients improved to varying degrees. In 52 patients, the tumors completely disappeared on follow-up imaging. Visual symptoms improved in 96.4% of the patients who had presented with visual impairment. These surgical results show that endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery for resection of IPA has advantages. We suggest that the endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery method is a safe, minimally invasive and efficient surgical technique for removal of IPA, providing good visualization of the operative field, generally complete tumor removal, short procedure duration, and minimal postoperative complications.

  17. Use of Rubens pillow in functional endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Mulla, O; Agada, F; Strachan, D R


    Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is a common procedure in almost all ENT departments. Commonly, a head ring is used for head support during this procedure. We believe that the Rubens pillow enables better head stability and provides a better operating surface for surgical instruments.

  18. Robotically assisted totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery


    Canale, Leonardo Secchin; Mick, Stephanie; Mihaljevic, Tomislav; Nair, Ravi; Bonatti, Johannes


    Robotically assisted totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery has emerged as a feasible and efficient alternative to conventional full sternotomy coronary artery bypass graft surgery in selected patients. This minimally invasive approach using the daVinci robotic system allows fine intrathoracic maneuvers and excellent view of the coronary arteries. Both on-pump and off-pump operations can be performed to treat single and multivessel disease. Hybrid approaches have the potential of o...

  19. Excimer lasers for refractive surgery (United States)

    Vartapetov, Serge K.


    Over the last decade excimer lasers have been broadly used for technological and medical processes. One of the most widespread applications of excimer laser is the clinical use for refractive surgery. Refractive surgery with excimer lasers is the prevalent method for the eye acuity correction. Operation at 193 nanometers, the excimer laser is able to precisely sculpt the corneal surface to correct refractive errors. Both the increase in the accuracy of sculpturing and the predictability of procedures are the key elements of the excimer laser designed for refractive surgery. The novel excimer laser for refractive surgery is offered for small aberration treatment. The excimer laser with both a full aperture Gaussian beam and fly spot system is described. The comparison of different systems of laser correction is reviewed.

  20. Review of transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery in gynecology

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    Naoyuki Yoshiki


    Full Text Available Recent technologic advances in endoscopic instrumentation and optics have allowed the development of a less invasive alternative to conventional laparoscopic surgery. During the past decade, natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES flourished in the field of general surgery, and it has emerged as a new concept of minimally invasive surgery. NOTES yields access to the abdominal cavity without any incisions on the abdominal wall (scarless surgery, and the natural orifices of the body surface, such as the mouth and the vagina, serve as the gateway to the peritoneal cavity. In gynecology, the vagina of a woman can be considered as an additional route for surgery. Recently, clinical application of transvaginal NOTES has broadened significantly in gynecology. Using transvaginal NOTES by applying the method of single-incision laparoscopic surgery via the vaginal route, not only adnexal surgery and hysterectomy, but also myomectomy and oncologic surgery could be performed safely and effectively in selected patients. In future, further studies should be conducted to evaluate the true clinical feasibility and safety of transvaginal NOTES.

  1. Staphylococcus aureus biofilms: Nemesis of endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Singhal, Deepti; Foreman, Andrew; Jervis-Bardy, Joshua; Bardy, Josh-Jervis; Wormald, Peter-John


    Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) patients with biofilms have persistent postoperative symptoms, ongoing mucosal inflammation, and recurrent infections. Recent evidence suggests that biofilms of differing species confer varying disease profiles in CRS patients. We aimed to prospectively investigate the effects of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Haemophilus influenzae, and fungal biofilms on outcomes following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Prospective blinded study. In this prospective blinded study, 39 patients undergoing ESS for CRS assessed their symptoms preoperatively using internationally accepted standardized symptom scoring systems and quality-of-life measures (10-point visual analog scale, Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-20, global severity of CRS). Their sinonasal mucosa was graded (Lund-Kennedy scale) and extent of radiologic disease on computed tomography scans scored (Lund-McKay scale). Random sinonasal tissue samples were assessed for different bacterial species forming biofilms by using fluorescent in-situ hybridization and confocal laser microscopy. For 12 months after surgery, CRS symptoms, quality of life, and objective evidence of persisting disease were assessed by using the preoperative tools. Different bacterial species combinations were found in 30 of 39 patients; 60% of these 30 biofilms were polymicrobial biofilms and 70% had S aureus biofilms. Preoperative nasendoscopy and radiologic disease severity were significantly worse in patients with multiple biofilms (P = .02 and P = .01, respectively), and they had worse postsurgery mucosal outcomes on endoscopy (P = .01) requiring significantly more postoperative visits (P = .04). Those with S aureus biofilms progressed poorly with their symptom scores and quality-of-life outcomes, with significant differences in nasendoscopy scores (P = .007). S. aureus biofilms play a dominant role in negatively affecting outcomes of ESS with persisting postoperative symptoms, ongoing mucosal inflammation

  2. Phosphor converted laser diode light source for endoscopic diagnostics

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    Krasnoshchoka, Anastasiia; Thorseth, Anders; Dam-Hansen, Carsten


    In order to provide light sources for endourology and on-site testing of the light source, we are developing a portable endoscope light source prototype based on a phosphor converted laser diode. A small emitting area from the phosphor material excited by a laser diode enables coupling...

  3. The application of Merogel in endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy surgery

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    Yu LIU


    Full Text Available Objective: To explore the application of Merogel in endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy surgery. Methods: Merogel was used for filling postoperative wound in 32 cases. The circuit nurse and the patients check and count the pieces of the blood sucking cotton before the surgery or close the fistula, discard the hemostatic cotton and apply Merogel, non-wetted before application. Droplet-shaped Dexamethasone was employed for infiltration, and making it fit perfectly in the wound surface. The patients were examined 1 day, 7days and 14 days after the surgery and their recovery situation were recorded. Results: The incident of confusing Merogel and ordinary cotton did not occur, the wound recovered well without obvious scar. Conclusion: Merogel is the ideal surgical wound filler for endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy, explicit cooperation is the important guarantee to achieve the best effect. 

  4. Robotically assisted totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery (United States)

    Canale, Leonardo Secchin; Mick, Stephanie; Mihaljevic, Tomislav; Nair, Ravi


    Robotically assisted totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery has emerged as a feasible and efficient alternative to conventional full sternotomy coronary artery bypass graft surgery in selected patients. This minimally invasive approach using the daVinci robotic system allows fine intrathoracic maneuvers and excellent view of the coronary arteries. Both on-pump and off-pump operations can be performed to treat single and multivessel disease. Hybrid approaches have the potential of offering complete revascularization with the “best of both worlds” from surgery (internal mammary artery anastomosis in less invasive fashion) and percutaneous coronary intervention (least invasive approach). In this article we review the indications, techniques, short and long term results, as well as current developments in totally endoscopic robotic coronary artery bypass operations. PMID:24251021

  5. Fetal Endoscopic Surgery for Spina Bifida (United States)


    Neural Tube Defects; Spina Bifida, Open; Myelomeningocele; Fetal Disease; Hydrocephalus; Chiari Malformation Type 2; Congenital Abnormality; Surgery; Maternal, Uterus or Pelvic Organs, Affecting Fetus

  6. Rhinoplasty and Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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    George L. Murrell


    Full Text Available An increasing number of patients are opting for combining sinus surgery and cosmetic rhinoplasty. The author has been performing rhinoplasty with FESS since April of 1990. The technique and equipment used in early cases is much different than that used in more recent surgeries. Specific advances include high definition monitor, intraoperative navigation system, and powered dissecting instruments. The benefits of these advances are illustrated by a review of the more recent cases performed by the author. Combined rhinoplasty and FESS can be performed with good results (functional and cosmetic and minimal complications. Advances in sinus surgery technique and equipment have made the procedure safer, faster, more precise, and more comfortable.

  7. Rhinoplasty and functional endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Murrell, George L


    An increasing number of patients are opting for combining sinus surgery and cosmetic rhinoplasty. The author has been performing rhinoplasty with FESS since April of 1990. The technique and equipment used in early cases is much different than that used in more recent surgeries. Specific advances include high definition monitor, intraoperative navigation system, and powered dissecting instruments. The benefits of these advances are illustrated by a review of the more recent cases performed by the author. Combined rhinoplasty and FESS can be performed with good results (functional and cosmetic) and minimal complications. Advances in sinus surgery technique and equipment have made the procedure safer, faster, more precise, and more comfortable.

  8. A systematic review of left ventricular cardio-endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Soylu, Erdinc; Kidher, Emaddin; Ashrafian, Hutan; Stavridis, George; Harling, Leanne; Athanasiou, Thanos


    Better visualisation, accurate resection and avoidance of ventriculotomy associated with use of endoscopic devices during intracardiac surgery has led to increasing interest in their use. The possibility of combining a cardio-endoscopic technique with either minimally invasive or totally endoscopic cardiac surgery provides an incentive for its further development. Several devices have been used, however their uptake has been limited due to uncertainty around their impact on patient outcomes. A systematic review of the literature identified 34 studies, incorporating 54 subjects undergoing treatment of left ventricular tumours, thrombus or hypertrophic myocardium using a cardio-endoscopic technique. There were no mortalities (0%; 0/47). In 12 studies, the follow-up period was longer than 30 days. There were no post-operative complications apart from one case of atrial fibrillation (2.2%; 1/46). Complete resection of left ventricular lesion was achieved in all cases (100%; 50/50). These successful results demonstrate that the cardio-endoscopic technique is a useful adjunct in resection of left ventricular tumours, thrombus and hypertrophic myocardium. This approach facilitates accurate resection of pathological tissue from left ventricle whilst avoiding exposure related valvular damage and adverse effects associated with ventriculotomy. Future research should focus on designing adequately powered comparative randomised trials focusing on major cardiac and cerebrovascular morbidity outcomes in both the short and long-term. In this way, we may have a more comprehensive picture of both the safety and efficacy of this technique and determine whether such devices could be safely adopted for routine use in minimal access or robotic intra-cardiac surgery.

  9. Rhinoplasty and Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery


    Murrell, George L.


    An increasing number of patients are opting for combining sinus surgery and cosmetic rhinoplasty. The author has been performing rhinoplasty with FESS since April of 1990. The technique and equipment used in early cases is much different than that used in more recent surgeries. Specific advances include high definition monitor, intraoperative navigation system, and powered dissecting instruments. The benefits of these advances are illustrated by a review of the more recent cases performed by...

  10. A randomized trial of Rapid Rhino Riemann and Telfa nasal packs following endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Cruise, A. S.; Amonoo-Kuofi, K.; Srouji, I.; Kanagalingam, J.; Georgalas, C.; Patel, N. N.; Badia, L.; Lund, V. J.


    OBJECTIVES: To compare Telfa with the Rapid Rhino Riemann nasal pack for use following endoscopic sinus surgery. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, paired trial. SETTING: Tertiary otolaryngology hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Forty-five adult patients undergoing bilateral endoscopic sinus

  11. Transforaminal endoscopic surgery for symptomatic lumbar disc herniations: a systematic review of the literature

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    Nellensteijn, J.M.; Ostelo, R.W.J.G.; Bartels, R.; Peul, W.; van Royen, B.J.; van Tulder, M.W.


    The study design includes a systematic literature review. The objective of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of transforaminal endoscopic surgery and to compare this with open microdiscectomy in patients with symptomatic lumbar disc herniations. Transforaminal endoscopic techniques for

  12. Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES-an Emerging Technique in Surgery

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    BM Shrestha


    Full Text Available Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES, which utilises natural anatomical passages for gaining access to the intra-abdominal organs for surgical interventions, that result in scarless surgery, is a recent advancement in the specialty of minimally invasive surgery and has gained significant momentum, It has been postulated as a promising alternative to laparoscopic surgery in the fi eld of minimal invasive surgery. Signifi cant advantages over conventional open surgery, such as less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, early return to activity, avoidance of woundrelated complications and better cosmesis have been demonstrated. This article provides an update in the development, principles, practice and future applications of NOTES. Keywords: natural orifice, minimally invasive, scarless, endoscopic surgery.

  13. Laparoscopic surgery for pancreatic neoplasms: the European association for endoscopic surgery clinical consensus conference

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    Edwin, Bjørn; Sahakyan, Mushegh A.; Abu Hilal, Mohammad; Besselink, Marc G.; Braga, Marco; Fabre, Jean-Michel; Fernández-Cruz, Laureano; Gayet, Brice; Kim, Song Cheol; Khatkov, Igor E.; Baichorov, Magomet E.; de Rooij, Thijs; Genç, Cansu G.; Haugvik, Sven-Petter; Izrailov, Roman E.; Khisamov, Arthur A.; Sánchez-Cabús, Santiago; Souche, Régis; van Hilst, Jony


    Introduced more than 20 years ago, laparoscopic pancreatic surgery (LAPS) has not reached a uniform acceptance among HPB surgeons. As a result, there is no consensus regarding its use in patients with pancreatic neoplasms. This study, organized by the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery

  14. [Endoscopic surgery accelerates recovery from empyema]. (United States)

    Nummi, Annu; Räsänen, Jari; Kauppi, Juha; Piilonen, Anneli; Sihvo, Eero; Salo, Jarmo


    The incidence of thoracic empyema is increasing. Early treatment of empyema should focus on optimal drainage and antibiotics. If conventional therapy fails, surgical intervention has to be considered and approximately 30% of all patients require surgery. In a three-year period (2011-2013), 182 patients were operated at Helsinki University Hospital due to pleural empyema. Thoracoscopic decortication was performed on 44% of the patients and 56% underwent open surgery. After thoracoscopy, the patients had a shorter hospital stay and fewer reoperations. Thoracoscopic decortication should therefore be the first-line procedure in the surgical treatment of pleural empyema.

  15. 3D Endoscope to Boost Safety, Cut Cost of Surgery (United States)


    Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory worked with the brain surgeon who directs the Skull Base Institute in Los Angeles to create the first endoscope fit for brain surgery and capable of producing 3D video images. It is also the first to be able to steer its lens back and forth. These improvements to visibility are expected to improve safety, speeding patient recovery and reducing medical costs.

  16. Same Surgery - Altered Techniques; Past, Present and Future of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery

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    Fevzi Cengiz


    Full Text Available   From the first civilization on, tubes have been used in medicine for diagnosis and treatment. Rectal speculum was the first ever described endoscopic assessment method. Phillip Bozzini invented the first modern endoscope in1805,Antoine Jean Desormeaux invented a multipurpose endoscope by improving Bozzini’s Lichtleiter. Intraabdominal use of tubes(laparoscopy was started in1901 by Georg Kelling who first introduced the cystoscope into the abdominal space of a dog. Dramatic improvements were made in laparoscopic instruments and technique by studies of Kurt Semm. John E.A. Wickham used the term minimal invasive surgery for the first time in1983.The objective of this manuscript is to guide surgeons through transluminal approach which was established by simultaneous discovery of endoscopy and laparoscopy, and improved by the introduction of Natural Orifice Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES in 2004.

  17. Balloon sinuplasty: a new concept in the endoscopic nasal surgery

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    Nogueira Júnior, João Flávio


    Full Text Available Introduction: Sinus diseases affect millions of people annually. Clinical treatment is effective in most patients, but in case of failure of this therapy the functional endoscopic surgery is currently the treatment choice for surgical treatment. The objective of the functional endoscopic surgery is to increase the aeration and drainage of the involved paranasal sinuses, which allows for the adequate functioning of the nasal mucosa mucociliary clearance. However, this method still has some limitations, mainly because it removes the nasal mucosa and bone tissue, and it may lead to physiologic alterations of the nasosinusal mucosa and cicatricial fibrosis. Many of these patients could be benefited from less invasive methods, with larger nasal mucosa preservation. Since 2006, an even less invasive procedure was remarked in our specialty: the balloon dilatation of the paranasal sinus ostia. Objective: The objective of this article is to define the concept of sinuplasty, its action mechanism, and present the necessary material for the procedures performance; to describe the techniques with the equipment in a nasosinusal endoscopic surgery simulator model and review the current literature about the indications, complications, results, and follow-up of patients submitted to this procedure. Balloon sinuplasty is safe and appears to be effective in the improvement of the quality of life of patients not responsive to conventional clinical therapy. New applications and indications for this equipment should be described and researched.

  18. Expandable gastric port for natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Hashiba, Kiyoshi; Siqueira, Pablo R; Brasil, Horus A; Moribe, Daniel; D'Assunção, Marco Aurélio


    The risk of intraabdominal contamination is a critical consideration during most natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) procedures. The objective of this study was to determine a safe and efficient pathway for the endoscope in a transgastric NOTES procedure. A pilot experimental study in live pigs was performed. Five White Landrace pigs, weighing approximately 30-35 kg, underwent the placement of a device consisting of an expandable sheath, the distal portion of which was composed of a fully covered self-expanding metal stent, and an introducer made with an outer catheter, a pushing catheter, and an inner, guiding catheter. The sheath was attached to the stent by suturing it in place. The initial gastric opening was made by means of a needle knife papilotome with electrocoagulation, aimed to the anterior gastric wall. Then, it was dilated with an endoscopic 1.8-cm balloon. The set was introduced over a Savary guidewire. After the set placement, the outer tube was slowly retrieved. Finally, the delivery system was removed from the pig, leaving the entire endoscopic port in place. The expandable gastric port was placed without difficulty in all animals. Endoscope insertion into the expandable gastric port was very easily performed. The endoscope had a wide range of movement inside the peritoneal cavity. The gastric port sealed the gastric wall, avoiding gross contamination of the peritoneal cavity and maintaining the pneumoperitoneum without excessive inflation of the intestine. Use of a gastric port can minimize contamination of the peritoneal cavity due to the spillage of gastric contents during a transgastric NOTES procedure and can also facilitate performance of the procedure.

  19. [Retrograde endoscopic cholangiography after biliary surgery]. (United States)

    Monges, B; Richieri, J P; Pin, G; Grimaud, J C; Salducci, J


    Retrograde cholangiography was conducted in 310 patients early or late after biliary system surgery. Principal indications for the investigation were angiocholitis (37% of cases), isolated jaundice (30%) or acute hepatic colic (17%). Biliary tract lesions were excluded in 7% of patients while in the remaining 93% it was possible to determine the precise cause of the disorder. In 30% of cases the disorder was unrelated to the previous operation or the lithiasic disease, whereas in 63% it was related to the latter (remaining or reformed stone, odditis) or to the surgical procedure (stenosis, common bile duct ligature or injury to main bile duct). These results, and those reported in the ligature, suggest that retrograde cholangiography can provide a precise diagnosis and ensure adapted therapy after biliary surgery.

  20. Percutaneous endoscopic holmium laser lithotripsy for management of complicated biliary calculi. (United States)

    Healy, Kelly; Chamsuddin, Abbas; Spivey, James; Martin, Louis; Nieh, Peter; Ogan, Kenneth


    Advances in endoscopic techniques have transformed the management of urolithiasis. We sought to evaluate the role of such urological interventions for the treatment of complex biliary calculi. We conducted a retrospective review of all patients (n=9) undergoing percutaneous holmium laser lithotripsy for complicated biliary calculi over a 4-year period (12/2003 to 12/2007). All previously failed standard techniques include ERCP with sphincterotomy (n=6), PTHC (n=7), or both of these. Access to the biliary system was obtained via an existing percutaneous transhepatic catheter or T-tube tracts. Endoscopic holmium laser lithotripsy was performed via a flexible cystoscope or ureteroscope. Stone clearance was confirmed intra- and post-operatively. A percutaneous transhepatic drain was left indwelling for follow-up imaging. Mean patient age was 65.6 years (range, 38 to 92). Total stone burden ranged from 1.7 cm to 5 cm. All 9 patients had stones located in the CBD, with 2 patients also having additional stones within the hepatic ducts. All 9 patients (100%) were visually stone-free after one endoscopic procedure. No major perioperative complications occurred. Mean length of stay was 2.4 days. At a mean radiological follow-up of 5.4 months (range, 0.5 to 21), no stone recurrence was noted. Percutaneous endoscopic holmium laser lithotripsy is a minimally invasive alternative to open salvage surgery for complex biliary calculi refractory to standard approaches. This treatment is both safe and efficacious. Success depends on a multidisciplinary approach.

  1. EAES recommendations on methodology of innovation management in endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Neugebauer, Edmund A M; Becker, Monika; Buess, Gerhard F; Cuschieri, Alfred; Dauben, Hans-Peter; Fingerhut, Abe; Fuchs, Karl H; Habermalz, Brigitte; Lantsberg, Leonid; Morino, Mario; Reiter-Theil, Stella; Soskuty, Gabriela; Wayand, Wolfgang; Welsch, Thilo


    Under the mandate of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) a guideline on methodology of innovation management in endoscopic surgery has been developed. The primary focus of this guideline is patient safety, efficacy, and effectiveness. An international expert panel was invited to develop recommendations for the assessment and introduction of surgical innovations. A consensus development conference (CDC) took place in May 2009 using the method of a nominal group process (NGP). The recommendations were presented at the annual EAES congress in Prague, Czech Republic, on June 18th, 2009 for discussion and further input. After further Delphi processes between the experts, the final recommendations were agreed upon. The development and implementation of innovations in surgery are addressed in five sections: (1) definition of an innovation, (2) preclinical and (3) clinical scientific development, (4) scientific approval, and (5) implementation along with monitoring. Within the present guideline each of the sections and several steps are defined, and several recommendations based on available evidence have been agreed within each category. A comprehensive workflow of the different steps is given in an algorithm. In addition, issues of health technology assessment (HTA) serving to estimate efficiency followed by ethical directives are given. Innovations into clinical practice should be introduced with the highest possible grade of safety for the patient (nil nocere: do no harm). The recommendations can contribute to the attainment of this objective without preventing future promising diagnostic and therapeutic innovations in the field of surgery and allied techniques.

  2. Endoscopic management of post-bariatric surgery complications. (United States)

    Boules, Mena; Chang, Julietta; Haskins, Ivy N; Sharma, Gautam; Froylich, Dvir; El-Hayek, Kevin; Rodriguez, John; Kroh, Matthew


    Understanding the technical constructs of bariatric surgery is important to the treating endoscopist to maximize effective endoluminal therapy. Post-operative complication rates vary widely based on the complication of interest, and have been reported to be as high as 68% following adjustable gastric banding. Similarly, there is a wide range of presenting symptoms for post-operative bariatric complications, including abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dysphagia, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and weight regain, all of which may provoke an endoscopic assessment. Bleeding and anastomotic leak are considered to be early ( 30 d) complications. Treatment of complications in the immediate post-operative period may require unique considerations. Endoluminal therapies serve as adjuncts to surgical and radiographic procedures. This review aims to summarize the spectrum and efficacy of endoscopic management of post-operative bariatric complications.

  3. Endoscopic endonasal trans-sphenoid surgery of pituitary adenoma

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    Y R Yadav


    Full Text Available Endoscopic endonasal trans-sphenoid surgery (EETS is increasingly used for pituitary lesions. Pre-operative CT and MRI scans and peroperative endoscopic visualization can provide useful anatomical information. EETS is indicated in sellar, suprasellar, intraventricular, retro-infundibular, and invasive tumors. Recurrent and residual lesions, pituitary apoplexy and empty sella syndrome can be managed by EETS. Modern neuronavigation techniques, ultrasonic aspirators, ultrasonic bone curette can add to the safety. The binostril approach provides a wider working area. High definition camera is much superior to three-chip camera. Most of the recent reports favor EETS in terms of safety, quality of life and tumor resection, hospital stay, better endocrinological, and visual outcome as compared to the microscopic technique. Nasal symptoms, blood loss, operating time are less in EETS. Various naso-septal flaps and other techniques of CSF leak repair could help reduce complications. Complications can be further reduced after achieving the learning curve, good understanding of limitations with proper patient selection. Use of neuronavigation, proper post-operative care of endocrine function, establishing pituitary center of excellence and more focused residency and endoscopic fellowship training could improve results. The faster and safe transition from microscopic to EETS can be done by the team concept of neurosurgeon/otolaryngologist, attending hands on cadaveric dissection, practice on models, and observation of live surgeries. Conversion to a microscopic or endoscopic-assisted approach may be required in selected patients. Multi-modality treatment could be required in giant and invasive tumors. EETS appears to be a better surgical option in most pituitary adenoma.

  4. Endoscopic endonasal trans-sphenoid surgery of pituitary adenoma. (United States)

    Yadav, Yr; Sachdev, S; Parihar, V; Namdev, H; Bhatele, Pr


    Endoscopic endonasal trans-sphenoid surgery (EETS) is increasingly used for pituitary lesions. Pre-operative CT and MRI scans and peroperative endoscopic visualization can provide useful anatomical information. EETS is indicated in sellar, suprasellar, intraventricular, retro-infundibular, and invasive tumors. Recurrent and residual lesions, pituitary apoplexy and empty sella syndrome can be managed by EETS. Modern neuronavigation techniques, ultrasonic aspirators, ultrasonic bone curette can add to the safety. The binostril approach provides a wider working area. High definition camera is much superior to three-chip camera. Most of the recent reports favor EETS in terms of safety, quality of life and tumor resection, hospital stay, better endocrinological, and visual outcome as compared to the microscopic technique. Nasal symptoms, blood loss, operating time are less in EETS. Various naso-septal flaps and other techniques of CSF leak repair could help reduce complications. Complications can be further reduced after achieving the learning curve, good understanding of limitations with proper patient selection. Use of neuronavigation, proper post-operative care of endocrine function, establishing pituitary center of excellence and more focused residency and endoscopic fellowship training could improve results. The faster and safe transition from microscopic to EETS can be done by the team concept of neurosurgeon/otolaryngologist, attending hands on cadaveric dissection, practice on models, and observation of live surgeries. Conversion to a microscopic or endoscopic-assisted approach may be required in selected patients. Multi-modality treatment could be required in giant and invasive tumors. EETS appears to be a better surgical option in most pituitary adenoma.

  5. Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Distance Patients Will Travel for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. (United States)

    Telfeian, Albert E; Iprenburg, Menno; Wagner, Ralf


    Transforaminal lumbar endoscopic discectomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery procedure performed principally for the treatment of lumbar herniated discs. Endoscopic spine surgeons around the world have noted how far patients will travel to undergo this minimally invasive spine surgery, but the actual distance patients travel has never been investigated. We present here our analysis of how far patients will travel for endoscopic spine surgery by studying the referral patterns of patients to 3 centers in 3 different countries. Retrospective chart review of de-identified patient data was performed to analyze the distance patients travel for spine surgery. Patient demographic data was analyzed for patients undergoing transforaminal lumbar endoscopic discectomy procedures over the same 8 month period in 2015 at centers in the United States (U.S.), Netherlands, and Germany. Travel distances for patients were determined for 327 patients. The average distance traveled for the U.S. center was 91 miles, the Dutch center was 287 miles, and the German center was 103 miles. For the U.S. center 16% of patients traveled out of state for surgery and for the European centers combined, 4% of patients traveled out of the country for surgery. The period of data analyzed was less than one year and the data collected was analyzed retrospectively. Quality metrics in health care tend to be focused on how health care is delivered. Another health care metric that focuses more on what patients desire is presented here: how far patients will travel for innovative spine care.Key words: Endoscopic spine surgery, transforaminal, minimally invasive, travel, lumbar disc herniation.

  6. Recent advances in urologic laparoscopic surgeries: laparoendoscopic single-site surgery, natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery, robotics and navigation. (United States)

    Matsuda, Tadashi


    Laparoscopic surgery was developed at the end of the 1980s and has been utilized in almost all urologic surgical procedures. It offers the benefits of less invasiveness and earlier recovery than open surgery. The introduction of laparoendoscopic single-site surgery has offered reduced pain and improved cosmetic satisfaction to patients. Scarless nephrectomy has been realized with transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery in women. The development of surgical robots has decreased the technical difficulty of complicated procedures, shortened the learning curve, and improved perioperative outcomes relative to laparoscopic surgery. Surgical navigation using real-time sonography, augmented reality, fluorescence, or radioisotope images will improve the quality of these surgeries. © 2013 Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Asia Endosurgery Task Force and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  7. Application of wireless electrical non-fiberoptic endoscope: Potential benefit and limitation in endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Chen, Chih-Hao; Chang, Ho; Liu, Tsang-Pai; Huang, Tun-Sung; Chen, Chao-Hung


    Conventional rigid endoscope requires a bundle of optic fibers for illumination and a set of camera for viewing body cavity. The design is bulky in the hand-held part and the laterally positioned optic fibers may hinder manipulation of instruments, especially in single port surgery. We designed a simplified unit to replace conventional endoscope. We used an independent front image sensor along with six light emitting diode crystals. A wireless module working in 2.4 GHz and its antenna were integrated into the hand-help part. Two 800 mA batteries were used for power supply. The study was tested in two 35 kg pigs. Some simple thoracoscopic and laparoscopic operations were simulated to test the reliability and surgeon's acceptability. Signal Noise ratio can be controlled well in the setting of the operative room. Signal transmission was influenced significantly when covered by damped gauze or drape. The best quality of wireless transmission is through line-of-sight. Dropping frame is less than 1 frame per second in 99% time period during the test. Wireless modules in the design of rigid endoscope may be a plausible option with good acceptability. Copyright © 2015 IJS Publishing Group Limited. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Current progress on augmented reality visualization in endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Nakamoto, Masahiko; Ukimura, Osamu; Faber, Kenneth; Gill, Inderbir S


    Advancements in surgery are progressing at a rapid rate; however, there are still limitations, including the ability to accurately visualize the target organ, in particular during laparoscopic surgery. Augmented reality visualization is a novel technique that has been developed to allow the fusion of three-dimensional medical images, such as those from transrectal ultrasound or computed tomography/MRI, with live camera images in real-time. In this review, we describe the current advancements and future directions of augmented reality and its application to laparoscopic surgery. Geometrically-correct superimposed images can be generated by tracking of the laparoscope and registration of the target organ. The fused image between the live laparoscopic images and the reconstructed three-dimensional organ model aides the surgeon in his or her understanding of anatomical structures. Laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeries in both general surgery and urology have been performed with technical success to date. The primary limitation of the current augmented reality systems is its infancy in dynamic tracking of organ motion or deformation. Recently, augmented reality systems with organ tracking based on real-time image analysis were developed. Further improvement and/or development of such new technologies would resolve these issues. Augmented reality visualization is a significant advancement, improving the precision of laparoscopic/endoscopic surgery. New technologies to improve the dynamic tracking of organ motion or deformation are currently under investigation.

  9. Nasalance change after sinonasal surgery: analysis of voice after septoturbinoplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Kim, Young Ha; Lee, Sang Hee; Park, Chang Woo; Cho, Jin Hee


    Changes in nasalance caused by resonance change after endonasal surgeries have been reported in prior studies. In clinical practice, although patients often complain of a nasal voice just after surgery, their voices recover over time. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term nasalance changes before and after endonasal surgery. Patients who underwent sinonasal surgery at Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital between March 2009 and July 2011 were included in this study. We classified the subjects into three groups according to the surgeries they underwent: group 1, the septoturbinoplasty group; group 2, the endoscopic sinus surgery group; and group 3, the septoturbinoplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery group. We checked acoustic profiles, Grade, Roughness, Breathiness, Asthenia, Strain (GRBAS) scores, and nasalance using a nasometer before and after the sinonasal surgery. When considering multidimensional voice program results, no observed parameters showed statistically meaningful changes before or after the operation in all three groups. GRBAS scales in all patients changed less than two scales postoperatively. Nasalance increased at 1 month after the operation in all groups. However, it returned to original levels with time: 3 months in group 2 and 6 months in groups 1 and 3. Sinonasal surgery can change the acoustic characteristics of the vocal tract and produce a significant increase in nasality in the early phase. However, after proper healing of the nasal cavity, nasality was observed to become similar to the preoperative level. Therefore, patients, especially voice professionals, do not need to be wary of voice changes after sinonasal surgery.

  10. Resident laser refractive surgery training. (United States)

    Madu, Assumpta A; Ali, Tofik


    The Residency Review Committee Ophthalmology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has recently established guidelines pertaining to the minimum operative requirements for training ophthalmology residents in refractive surgery. Despite being one of the most frequently performed ophthalmic surgical procedures, there is a paucity of literature on residency training in refractive surgery. Moreover, the literature indicates that only half of training programs offer surgical exposure to trainees. The purpose of this article is to review recent research on training ophthalmology residents in refractive surgery and offer an approach to incorporating laser refractive surgery curriculum in residency education. Kwon et al. performed a national survey to evaluate current trends in resident laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) training in the USA. The result shows that 54% of respondents had resident-performed LASIK surgery with 9.1% of surveyed programs not offering any LASIK experience. In addition, residents in the study performed a mean of 4.4 LASIK surgeries (range 1-10) during residency training starting during the second year. The data emerging from the survey show that refractive surgery experience is fundamental to the education of the ophthalmology resident. Although the demand for refractive surgery continues to gain pace with millions of such procedures performed worldwide, only a little over half of ophthalmology residency programs offer residents the opportunity to gain surgical experience. With the current mandate, programs must now look for strategies to provide laser refractive surgical experience to residents.

  11. Tumor surgery with the CO2 laser studies with the cloudman S91 mouse melanoma.

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    Oosterhuis, Jan Wolter


    In this thesis investigations into iatrogenic tumor spread by the CO2 Iaser are reported. The continuous wave CO2 laser has some properties making it attractive to tumor surgery. No-touch removal of even bone-hard tissues is possible. The CO2 laser incision is relatively bloodless. Endoscopic

  12. An Innovate Robotic Endoscope Guidance System for Transnasal Sinus and Skull Base Surgery: Proof of Concept. (United States)

    Friedrich, D T; Sommer, F; Scheithauer, M O; Greve, J; Hoffmann, T K; Schuler, P J


    Objective  Advanced transnasal sinus and skull base surgery remains a challenging discipline for head and neck surgeons. Restricted access and space for instrumentation can impede advanced interventions. Thus, we present the combination of an innovative robotic endoscope guidance system and a specific endoscope with adjustable viewing angle to facilitate transnasal surgery in a human cadaver model. Materials and Methods  The applicability of the robotic endoscope guidance system with custom foot pedal controller was tested for advanced transnasal surgery on a fresh frozen human cadaver head. Visualization was enabled using a commercially available endoscope with adjustable viewing angle (15-90 degrees). Results  Visualization and instrumentation of all paranasal sinuses, including the anterior and middle skull base, were feasible with the presented setup. Controlling the robotic endoscope guidance system was effectively precise, and the adjustable endoscope lens extended the view in the surgical field without the common change of fixed viewing angle endoscopes. Conclusion  The combination of a robotic endoscope guidance system and an advanced endoscope with adjustable viewing angle enables bimanual surgery in transnasal interventions of the paranasal sinuses and the anterior skull base in a human cadaver model. The adjustable lens allows for the abandonment of fixed-angle endoscopes, saving time and resources, without reducing the quality of imaging.

  13. [Natural orifice trans-luminal endoscopic surgery (notes)--a new era in general surgery]. (United States)

    Elazary, Ram; Horgan, Santiago; Talamini, Mark A; Rivkind, Avraham I; Mintz, Yoav


    Four years ago, a new surgical technique was presented, the natural orifice trans-luminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). This technique provides an incisionless operation. The surgical devices are inserted into the peritoneal cavity through the gastrointestinal or the urogenital tracts. Today, a cholecystectomy can be performed using an advanced endoscope inserted through the stomach or the vagina. The advantages of NOTES are: reduced post operative pain, no hernias, no surgical wounds infections and better cosmetic results. The disadvantages are: difficulties in achieving safe enterotomy closure or a leak proof anastomosis, it necessitates performing more operations compared to open or laparoscopic operations in order to obtain the skills for performing these operations, and difficulties of acquiring satisfactory endoscopic vision due to lack of advanced technology. Several NOTES operations have already been performed in humans. However, many other surgical procedures were tested in laboratory animals. Development and improvement of surgical devices may promote this surgical modality in the future.

  14. [Transvaginal hybrid natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery appendectomy]. (United States)

    Wada, Norihito; Tanabe, Minoru; Kataoka, Fumio; Kitagawa, Yuko


    Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is considered the ultimate minimally invasive intervention for visceral disease. The transvaginal route is now the only one that can be used for NOTES procedures in daily clinical practice. We performed hybrid NOTES appendectomy that was preevaluated and approved by the Japan NOTES and Institutional Review Board. A 5-mm trocar was inserted transumbilically and used for laparoscope access. An additional transumbilical 2.3-mm port was placed, through which the surgeon inserted a grasper. We created a transvaginal port with a long 12-mm trocar. Laparoscopic instruments such as a vessel sealing system, surgical staplers, and a retrieval bag were introduced, and the surgical technique consequently became safer, although the access route was limited. The appendix was removed transvaginally. The patient did not need epidural anesthesia or any pain medication. The cosmetic results were better than that of conventional single-port surgery. Triangulation is achieved in this procedure, which makes the surgery easier. To generalize NOTES to many types of surgery and enable it to be performed in men, the transgastric approach is essential. The development of flexible instruments designed for NOTES is also necessary.

  15. Endoscopic diode laser therapy for chronic radiation proctitis. (United States)

    Polese, Lino; Marini, Lucia; Rizzato, Roberto; Picardi, Edgardo; Merigliano, Stefano


    The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of endoscopic diode laser therapy in patients presenting rectal bleeding due to chronic radiation proctitis (CRP). A retrospective analysis of CRP patients who underwent diode laser therapy in a single institution between 2010 and 2016 was carried out. The patients were treated by non-contact fibers without sedation in an outpatient setting. Fourteen patients (median age 77, range 73-87 years) diagnosed with CRP who had undergone high-dose radiotherapy for prostatic cancer and who presented with rectal bleeding were included. Six required blood transfusions. Antiplatelet (three patients) and anticoagulant (two patients) therapy was not suspended during the treatments. The patients underwent a median of two sessions; overall, a mean of 1684 J of laser energy per session was used. Bleeding was resolved in 10/14 (71%) patients, and other two patients showed improvement (93%). Only one patient, who did not complete the treatment, required blood transfusions after laser therapy; no complications were noted during or after the procedures. Study findings demonstrated that endoscopic non-contact diode laser treatment is safe and effective in CRP patients, even in those receiving antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant therapy.

  16. Early experiences of endoscopic procedures in general surgery assisted by a computer-enhanced surgical system. (United States)

    Hashizume, M; Shimada, M; Tomikawa, M; Ikeda, Y; Takahashi, I; Abe, R; Koga, F; Gotoh, N; Konishi, K; Maehara, S; Sugimachi, K


    We performed a variety of complete total endoscopic general surgical procedures, including colon resection, distal gastrectomy, and splenectomy, successfully with the assistance of the da Vinci computer-enhanced surgical system. The robotic system allowed us to manipulate the endoscopic instruments as effectively as during open surgery. It enhanced visualization of both the operative field and precision of the necessary techniques, as well as being less stressful for the endoscopic operating team. This technological innovation can therefore help surgeons overcome many of the difficulties associated with the endoscopic approach and thus has the potential to enable more precise, safer, and more minimally invasive surgery in the future.

  17. Nasoseptal flap necrosis: a rare complication of endoscopic endonasal surgery. (United States)

    Chabot, Joseph D; Patel, Chirag R; Hughes, Marion A; Wang, Eric W; Snyderman, Carl H; Gardner, Paul A; Fernandez-Miranda, Juan C


    OBJECTIVE The vascularized nasoseptal flap (NSF) has become the workhorse for skull base reconstruction during endoscopic endonasal surgery (EES) of the ventral skull base. Although infrequently reported, as with any vascularized flap the NSF may undergo ischemic necrosis and become a nidus for infection. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's experience with NSF was reviewed to determine the incidence of necrotic NSF in patients following EES and describe the clinical presentation, imaging characteristics, and risk factors associated with this complication. METHODS The electronic medical records of 1285 consecutive patients who underwent EES at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center between January 2010 and December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. From this first group, a list of all patients in whom NSF was used for reconstruction was generated and further refined to determine if the patient returned to the operating room and the cause of this reexploration. Patients were included in the final analysis if they underwent endoscopic reexploration for suspected CSF leak or meningitis. Those patients who returned to the operating room for staged surgery or hematoma were excluded. Two neurosurgeons and a neuroradiologist, who were blinded to each other's results, assessed the MRI characteristics of the included patients. RESULTS In total, 601 patients underwent NSF reconstruction during the study period, and 49 patients met the criteria for inclusion in the final analysis. On endoscopic exploration, 8 patients had a necrotic, nonviable NSF, while 41 patients had a viable NSF with a CSF leak. The group of patients with a necrotic, nonviable NSF was then compared with the group with viable NSF. All 8 patients with a necrotic NSF had clinical and laboratory evidence indicative of meningitis compared with 9 of 41 patients with a viable NSF (p < 0.001). Four patients with necrotic flaps developed epidural empyema compared with 2 of 41 patients in the viable


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND The endoscopic endonasal approach for the sellar region lesions is a novel technique and an effective surgical option. The evidence thus far has been conflicting with reports in favour and against a learning curve. We attempt to determine the learning curve associated with this approach. METHODS Retrospective and prospective data of the patients who were surgically treated for sellar region lesions between the year 2013 and 2016 was collected, 32 patients were operated by the endoscopic endonasal approach at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore. Age, sex, presenting symptoms, length of hospital stay, surgical approach, type of dissection, duration of surgery, sellar floor repair, intraoperative and postoperative complications were noted. All the procedures were performed by a single neurosurgeon. RESULTS A total of 32 patients were operated amongst which 21 patients were non-functioning pituitary adenomas, 2 were growth hormone secreting functional adenomas, 1 was an invasive pituitary adenoma, 4 were craniopharyngiomas, 2 were meningiomas, 1 was Rathke’s cleft cyst and 1 was a clival chordoma. Headache was the mode of presentation in 12 patients, 12 patients had visual deficits, 6 patients presented with hormonal disturbances amongst which 4 patients presented with features of panhypopituitarism and 2 with acromegaly. Amongst the 4 patients with panhypopituitarism, 2 also had DI, two patients presented with CSF rhinorrhoea. There was a 100% improvement in the patients who presented with visual symptoms. Gross total resection was achieved in all 4 cases of craniopharyngiomas and 13 cases of pituitary adenomas. Postoperative CSF leak was seen in 4 patients who underwent re-exploration and sellar floor repair, 9 patients had postoperative Diabetes Insipidus (DI which was transient, the incidence of DI reduced towards the end of the study. There was a 25% decrease in the operating time towards the end of

  19. Endoscopic surgery for Warthin's tumor of the nasopharynx. (United States)

    Daroszewski, Marcin; Burduk, Paweł K; Marszałek, Andrzej


    Warthin's tumor almost exclusively occurs in the parotid gland. It is the second most common tumor after the pleomorphic adenoma. The extraparotid or ectopic Warthin's tumor is rare and is normally situated in the submandibular gland, cervical lymph node, lip, cheek, tongue, hard palate, lacrimal gland and larynx. In this paper we present a case of the Warthin's tumor with ectopic localization in the nasopharynx with asymptomatic outcome. A 56-year-old man has been diagnosed for 10-year history of headache. He had no past history of any otolaryngologic disease. The axial and coronal NMR scans showed a round-shaped, cyst-like tumor of approximately 12 mm in diameter. The tumor was in the middle line of the nasopharynx without compression of the Eustachian tubes. The histopathologic diagnosis was consisted with Warthin's tumor. The patient underwent tumor removal using an endoscopic transnasal approach. The Warthin's tumor is a benign lesion with extremely rare occurrence in the nasopharynx. The symptoms are varied and sometimes it could be recognized accidentally. In a very rare cases it may transform to malignant neoplasm. The optional approach to the nasopharynx must be selected after careful consideration of the individual case. An endoscopic power instrumentation surgery are recommended for small lesions. Copyright © 2012 Polish Otolaryngology Society. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z.o.o. All rights reserved.

  20. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: Where are we going? (United States)

    Whang, Susan H; Thaler, Klaus


    The foundation for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is to access the peritoneal and other body cavities through the wall of the alimentary tract via natural orifices, with the goal of performing procedures within the peritoneum and other cavities, without the need to make incisions in the abdominal wall. We have made great progress in the field of NOTES since the publication of the White Paper in 2006. There are still major fundamental goals as outlined by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons/American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy joint committee that need to be evaluated and answered before NOTES is ready for widespread clinical use. These include prevention of infection, instrument development, creation of a multitasking platform, and the ability to recognize and treat intraperitoneal complications such as hemorrhage and other physiological adverse events. In response to this need, recent abstracts and papers have focused on the management of intraoperative complications. The next phase is to focus on controlled prospective multicenter clinical trials that compare defined NOTES procedure to standard laparoscopy. The goal is to produce reliable and convincing data for the United States Food and Drug Administration, insurance companies, the physician community and the general public. At the present time, we still have many important milestones that still need to be met. Most investigators agree that a hybrid technique and not a pure NOTES practice should be advocated until devices can meet the current and new challenges in this field. PMID:20845502

  1. [Safety of oral rehydration therapy in endoscopic surgery patients]. (United States)

    Sakurai, Yasuyoshi; Uchida, Michiko; Mimura, Fumiaki


    To test safety and efficacy of ORT (oral rehydration therapy), we compared an ORT group with an intravenous infusion (i.v.) group by gastric fluid (volume and pH) obtained by endoscope and gastric ultrasonography examination. Twenty six patients scheduled for endoscopic surgery were assigned to an ORT group or an i.v. group by standardized clinical path. After gastric ultrasonography examinations to calculate CSA (cross sectional area) of gastric antrum, general anesthesia was induced. Immediately after anesthesia induction, gastric fluid was obtained by endoscopy, and its volume and pH were measured. Fifteen and eleven patients were assigned to ORT group and iv group, respectively. In ORT group, CSA was median 1.9 cm2 (95% CI:1.8-2.6 cm2), gastric volume was median 11 ml (95% CI: 8-18 ml) and pH was median 3.6 (range: 1.2-8.8), and in i.v. group CSA was median 1.8 cm2 (95% CI: 1.6-2.7 cm2), gastric volume was median 4 ml (95% CI: 3-12 ml), and pH was median 3.1 (range: 1.2-7.2). There was no significance between the two groups. Gastric volume in ORS group was not smaller compared with that in i.v. group, and there was no significant difference in pH between the groups.

  2. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: where are we going? (United States)

    Whang, Susan H; Thaler, Klaus


    The foundation for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is to access the peritoneal and other body cavities through the wall of the alimentary tract via natural orifices, with the goal of performing procedures within the peritoneum and other cavities, without the need to make incisions in the abdominal wall. We have made great progress in the field of NOTES since the publication of the White Paper in 2006. There are still major fundamental goals as outlined by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons/American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy joint committee that need to be evaluated and answered before NOTES is ready for widespread clinical use. These include prevention of infection, instrument development, creation of a multitasking platform, and the ability to recognize and treat intraperitoneal complications such as hemorrhage and other physiological adverse events. In response to this need, recent abstracts and papers have focused on the management of intraoperative complications. The next phase is to focus on controlled prospective multicenter clinical trials that compare defined NOTES procedure to standard laparoscopy. The goal is to produce reliable and convincing data for the United States Food and Drug Administration, insurance companies, the physician community and the general public. At the present time, we still have many important milestones that still need to be met. Most investigators agree that a hybrid technique and not a pure NOTES practice should be advocated until devices can meet the current and new challenges in this field.

  3. Post-operative diabetes insipidus after endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery. (United States)

    Schreckinger, Matthew; Walker, Blake; Knepper, Jordan; Hornyak, Mark; Hong, David; Kim, Jung-Min; Folbe, Adam; Guthikonda, Murali; Mittal, Sandeep; Szerlip, Nicholas J


    Diabetes insipidus (DI) after endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery (ETSS) can lead to increased morbidity, longer hospital stays, and increased medication requirements. Predicting which patients are at high risk for developing DI can help direct services to ensure adequate care and follow-up. The objective of this study was to review our institution's experience with ETSS and determine which clinical/laboratory variables are associated with DI in this patient population. The authors wanted to see if there was an easily determined single value that would help predict which patients develop DI. This represents the largest North American series of this type. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of patients who had undergone ETSS for resection of sellar and parasellar pathology between 2006 and 2011. We examined patient and tumor characteristics and their relationship to postoperative DI. Out of 172 endoscopic transsphenoidal surgeries, there were 15 cases of transient DI (8.7%) and 14 cases of permanent DI (8.1%). Statistically significant predictors of postoperative DI (p < 0.05) included tumor volume and histopathology (Rathke's cleft cyst and craniopharyngioma). Significant indicators of development of DI were postoperative serum sodium, preoperative to postoperative change in sodium level, and urine output prior to administration of 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin. An increase in serum sodium of ≥2.5 mmol/L is a positive marker of development of DI with 80% specificity, and a postoperative serum sodium of ≥145 mmol/L is a positive indicator with 98% specificity. Identifying perioperative risk factors and objective indicators of DI after ETSS will help physicians care for patients postoperatively. In this large series, we demonstrated that there were multiple perioperative risk factors for the development of DI. These findings, which are consistent with other reports from microscopic surgical series, will help identify patients at risk for diabetes insipidus

  4. Endoscopic Radial Artery Harvest for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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    Kuan-Ming Chiu


    Conclusion: Endoscopic harvest of the radial artery is technically demanding, but excellent results can be achieved. The endoscopic approach can provide suitable conduits in a less invasive way than the open harvest technique.

  5. Effect of sodium hyaluronate on mucociliary clearance after functional endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Gelardi, M; Guglielmi, A V N; De Candia, N; Maffezzoni, E; Berardi, P; Quaranta, N


    To determine the effect of intranasal sodium hyaluronate on mucociliary clearance time following functional endoscopic sinus surgery in patients with nasal polyposis. Randomized, controlled, blinded study. Thirty-six patients with grade II nasal polyposis undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery received intranasal sodium hyaluronate 9 mg twice daily or saline for 30 days commencing on the second day after surgery. Ciliary mucous transport time was assessed using charcoal powder and saccharin administered during rhinoscopy. Other outcomes included changes in symptoms, endoscopic appearance of the nasal mucosa, and tolerability. Patients receiving sodium hyaluronate had a significantly faster mucociliary clearance time at 1 month compared with controls (14.3 +/- 2.5 vs. 23.6 +/- 3.3 minutes; p = 0.000). Furthermore, sodium hyaluronate recipients experienced a lower incidence of rhinorrhea, less nasal obstruction and a lower incidence of exudate on endoscopy than control subjects at 1 month (all p hyaluronate was well tolerated in patients following functional endoscopic sinus surgery. The use of intranasal sodium hyaluronate in patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery for nasal polyposis augmented the improvement in mucociliary clearance observed following this procedure and improved several clinical and endoscopic parameters. These data provide encouraging evidence of the beneficial effects of sodium hyaluronate in the care of patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery with which to continue the development of the product for this indication.

  6. Suction Filter in Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery: A Technical Note. (United States)

    Zoli, Matteo; Marucci, Gianluca; Milanese, Laura; Bonfatti, Rocco; Sturiale, Carmelo; Ernesto, Pasquini; Frank, Giorgio; Mazzatenta, Diego


    The collection of the greatest possible amount of pathologic tissue is of paramount importance in neurosurgery to achieve the most accurate histopathologic diagnosis, to perform all of the necessary biomolecular tests on the pathologic specimen, and to collect biological material for basic or translational science studies. This problem is particularly relevant in pituitary surgery because of the possible small size and soft consistency of tumors, which make them suitable for removal through suction, reducing the amount of available pathologic tissue. To solve this issue, we adopted a filter connected to the suction tube, which allows the surgeon to collect all of the tissue aspirated during surgery. Our experience of 1734 endoscopic endonasal procedures, performed adopting this device since 1998 to December 2015, has been revised to assess its advantages and limitations. This system is easy-to-use, does not impair the surgical maneuvers, and does not add any relevant cost to the surgery. The tissue collected through the filter proved useful for diagnostic histologic and biomolecular analyses and for research purposes, without any relevant artifacts as a result of this method of collection. The use of a filter has allowed us to obtain the greatest amount possible of pathologic tissue at each surgery. This surgical material has revealed to be helpful both for diagnostic and basic science purposes. The use of the filter has proven to be of particular importance for microadenomas, soft tumors, and supradiaphragmatic or skull base lesions with heterogeneous features, improving the accuracy of histopathologic diagnosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Recent Developments In Surgery: Laser

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    Maulana Mohd. Ansari


    Full Text Available Laser is one of the few recent develop­ments in surgery that need clear understanding not only by the medical students and profession­als but also by the public at large which consti­tutes the subject of surgery.Laser, first successfully developed by Americans in 1960 is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation[1]. Lasers utilize high energy waves within the electromagnetic spectrum to produce heat for the surgical effects of cutting, ablation (vaporiza­tion and coagulation[2]. Lasers work on the prin­ciple of Radiation Heat Transfer, i.e., the laser beams contain no inherent heat and the elec­trodes of "bovie" units are not hot. They both transmit radiation energy. Heat is created only when the tissue absorbs the transmitted radiation and converts it to motion in its atoms and mol­ecules. This is exactly the way a microwave oven works only at different frequencies. 

  8. Oral bisoprolol improves surgical field during functional endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Sumitha Mary Jacob


    Full Text Available Background: The success of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS depends on visual clarity of the surgical field, through the endoscope. The objective of this double-blind, randomized, controlled study was to determine if a pre-operative dose of bisoprolol (2.5 mg would reduce the bleeding during FESS and improve the visualization of the operative field. Materials and Methods: Thirty American Society of Anesthesiologists I or II patients, scheduled for FESS were randomized to receive either a placebo (Group A or 2.5 mg of bisoprolol (Group B 90 min prior to the surgery. All the patients received standard anesthesia and monitoring. The aim was to maintain the mean arterial pressure (MAP of 60-70 mmHg, by titrating dose of isoflurane and fentanyl. The concentration of isoflurane used was recorded every 15 min. At the end of the surgery, the volume of blood loss was measured and the surgeon was asked to grade the operative field as per the Fromme-Boezaart Scale. Result: The blood loss was significantly (P < 0.0001 more in the control group (398.67 ± 228.79 ml as compared with that in the bisoprolol group (110.67 ± 45.35 ml. The surgical field was graded better in those who received bisoprolol as compared with those in the control group ( P − 0.0001. The volume percent of isoflurane and the dose of fentanyl used was significantly lower in those who received bisoprolol. During the operative period, the MAPs were 70.0 ± 2.7 (Group A and 62.6 ± 3.6 mmHg (Group B and the heart rate was 99.8 ± 5.0/min (Group A and 69.2 ± 4.4/min (Group B. These differences were statistically significant ( P − 0.001. Conclusion: This clinical trial has demonstrated that administration of a single pre-operative dose of bisoprolol (2.5 mg can significantly reduce the blood loss during FESS and improve the visualization of the operating field.

  9. Update in Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). (United States)

    Bernhardt, Joern; Sasse, Sarah; Ludwig, Kaja; Meier, Peter N


    The recent developments and clinical applications of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)-procedures and technologies are going to be presented. In experimental as well as clinical settings, NOTES-procedures are predominantly performed in hybrid technique. Current experimental studies focus on the implementation of new surgical approaches as well as on the training of procedures. One emphasis in the clinical application is transrectal and transanal interventions. Transanal total mesorectal excision is equivalent to laparoscopic procedures but with the benefit of an even less invasive access. Transvaginal cholecystectomy can achieve results that are comparable to surgeries that are performed with laparoscopic techniques alone. An analysis of the German NOTES-Register concerning appendectomies as well as the national performance of NOTES-interventions in Switzerland is presented. Apart from intraabdominal approaches, several centers proclaim transoral thyroidectomies and transoral mediastinoscopies. NOTES-procedures are performed in animal experiments as well as in clinical setting although with less frequency. At this time, hybrid techniques using rigid instruments are mainly applied.

  10. Changes in nasal resonance after functional endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Jiang, Rong-San; Huang, Hui-Tsu


    Hyponasality may be present in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis because of decreased resonance of nasal cavities. Nasalance is a parameter of nasality measured by a nasometer. This study investigated the influence of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) on nasalance and determined the correlation of the nasalance change with nasal volume change. When patients with chronic rhinosinusitis underwent FESS, nasalance was measured by nasometry and nasal volume was measured by acoustic rhinometry before and at least 6 months after surgery. There were 81 eligible patients enrolled in the study. Nasalance scores and nasal volumes were significantly increased after FESS. The increased nasalance value was moderately correlated with the increased midnasal and postnasal volumes. The correlation between postoperative changes in nasalance scores and nasal volumes was more remarkable in patients without nasal polyps than in those with nasal polyps and it was also higher in patients with allergic rhinitis than in those without allergic rhinitis. This study showed that the FESS effectively increased nasalance scores and nasal volumes in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, but the increase in nasalance scores did not appear to be achieved largely through the increased nasal volumes.

  11. Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery in Humans: A Review

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    Michelle P. Clark


    Full Text Available Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES had its origins in numerous small animal studies primarily examining safety and feasibility. In human trials, safety and feasibility remain at the forefront; however, additional logistic, practical, and regulatory requirements must be addressed. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and summarize published studies to date of NOTES in humans. The literature review was performed using PUBMED and MEDLINE databases. Articles published in human populations between 2007 and 2011 were evaluated. A review of this time period resulted in 48 studies describing procedures in 916 patients. Transcolonic and transvesicular procedures were excluded. The most common procedure was cholecystectomy (682, 75%. The most common approach was transvaginal (721, 79%. 424 procedures (46% were pure NOTES and 491 (54% were hybrid NOTES cases. 127 (14% were performed in the United States of America and 789 (86% were performed internationally. Since 2007, there has been major development in NOTES in human populations. A preponderance of published NOTES procedures were performed internationally. With further development, NOTES may make less invasive surgery available to a larger human population.

  12. Application of femtosecond laser in ocular surgery. (United States)

    Hou, Peili; Lu, Yan; Ye, Fen; Lan, Wen; Huang, Zhenping


    The femtosecond laser is a type of laser that can produce pulses of light of extremely short duration. The application of femtosecond laser in surgery results in no thermal effect or shock wave, so that this laser is unlikely to cause tissue injuries outside the irradiation area of the laser beam. The femtosecond laser shows promising applications in refractive surgery and corneal transplantation due to its high precision and predictability. In this paper, we review the clinical application of the femtosecond laser in refractive surgery and corneal transplantation.

  13. Development and testing of a compact endoscope manipulator for minimally invasive surgery

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    Berkelman, Peter; Cinquin, Philippe; Boidard, Eric; Troccaz, Jocelyne; Létoublon, Christian; Long, Jean-alexandre


    ... invasive abdominal surgery. In contrast to typical endoscope manipulators, the described robot is particularly compact and lightweight, is simple to set up and use, occupies no floor or operating table space, and does not limit...

  14. Does amphotericin B nasal douching help prevent polyp recurrence following functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

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    Sayyed Mostafa Hashemi


    Conclusions: This study showed no benefits for topical amphotericin B solution over normal saline. It might be better to retreat to the traditional normal saline nasal douching following functional endoscopic sinus surgery in the treatment of polyposis.

  15. From an urologist view: are we safe with endoscopic surgery? Overview of ergonomic problems encountered by the urologist during video endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Sataa, Sallami; Benzarti, Aida; Ben Jemaa, Abdelmajid


    The importance of minimally invasive surgery in urology has constantly increased in the last 20 years. Endoscopic resection of prostate and bladder tumors is actually a gold standard with many advantages for patients. To analyze the problems related to the ergonomic conditions faced by urologist during video endoscopic surgery by review of the recent literature. All evidence-based experimental ergonomic studies conducted in the fields of urology endoscopic surgery and applied ergonomics for other professions working with a display were identified by PubMed searches. Data from ergonomic studies were evaluated in terms of efficiency as well as comfort and safety aspects. Constraint postures for urologists are described and ergonomic requirements for optimal positions are discussed. The ergonomics of urological endoscopic surgery place urologists at risk for potential injury. The amount of neck flexion or extension, the amount of shoulder girdle adduction or abduction used, and stability of the upper extremities during surgery; which are maintained in a prolonged static posture; are the main risk factors. All these constraints may lead to muscle and joint fatigue, pain, and eventual musculoskeletal injury. Moreover, these issues may impact surgical accuracy. Urologist posture, operating period, training are important ergonomic factor during video surgery to prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

  16. The outcome of rectal cancer after early salvage surgery following transanal endoscopic microsurgery seems promising

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    Levic, Katarina; Bulut, Orhan; Hesselfeldt, Peter


    Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) allows locally complete resection of early rectal cancer as an alternative to conventional radical surgery. In patients with unfavourable post-TEM histology, salvage surgery can be performed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of early radical...... surgery after TEM for rectal cancer....

  17. A Case of a Retained Surgical Sponge after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Depicted on CT Imaging

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    Cho, Song Mee; Kim, Byung Guk [Catholic University St. Paul' s Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    A retained surgical sponge is an uncommon complication in endoscopic sinus surgery. A 53-year-old woman who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery two years prior presented with nasal stuffiness and posterior nasal dripping that had persisted for one year. On CT images, a soft-tissue mass with mixed high and low attenuation was noted in the posterior air cells of the right ethmoid sinus. CT imaging features of the surgical sponge granuloma are described.

  18. Endoscopic and minimally-invasive ear surgery: A path to better outcomes

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    Natasha Pollak


    Full Text Available The development of endoscopic ear surgery techniques promises to change the way we approach ear surgery. In this review paper, we explore the current evidence, seek to determine the advantages of endoscopic ear surgery, and see if these advantages are both measureable and meaningful. The wide field of view of the endoscope allows the surgeon to better visualize the various recesses of the middle ear cleft. Endoscopes make it possible to address the target pathology transcanal, while minimizing dissection or normal tissue done purely for exposure, leading to the evolution of minimally-invasive ear surgery and reducing morbidity. When used in chronic ear surgery, endoscopy appears to have the potential to significantly reduce cholesteatoma recidivism rates. Using endoscopes as an adjunct can increase the surgeon's confidence in total cholesteatoma removal. By doing so, endoscopes reduce the need to reopen the mastoid during second-look surgery, help preserve the canal wall, or even change post-cholesteatoma follow-up protocols by channeling more patients away from a planned second-look.

  19. Clinical assessment of diode laser-assisted endoscopic intrasphenoidal vidian neurectomy in the treatment of refractory rhinitis. (United States)

    Lai, Wen-Sen; Cheng, Sheng-Yao; Lin, Yuan-Yung; Yang, Pei-Lin; Lin, Hung-Che; Cheng, Li-Hsiang; Yang, Jinn-Moon; Lee, Jih-Chin


    For chronic rhinitis that is refractory to medical therapy, surgical intervention such as endoscopic vidian neurectomy (VN) can be used to control the intractable symptoms. Lasers can contribute to minimizing the invasiveness of ENT surgery. The aim of this retrospective study is to compare in patients who underwent diode laser-assisted versus traditional VN in terms of operative time, surgical field, quality of life, and postoperative complications. All patients had refractory rhinitis with a poor treatment response to a 6-month trial of corticosteroid nasal sprays and underwent endoscopic VN between November 2006 and September 2015. They were non-randomly allocated into either a cold instrument group or a diode laser-assisted group. Vidian nerve was excised with a 940-nm continuous wave diode laser through a 600-μm silica optical fiber, utilizing a contact mode with the power set at 5 W. A visual analog scale (VAS) was used to grade the severity of the rhinitis symptoms for quality of life assessment before the surgery and 6 months after. Of the 118 patients enrolled in the study, 75 patients underwent cold instrument VN and 43 patients underwent diode laser-assisted VN. Patients in the laser-assisted group had a significantly lower surgical field score and a lower postoperative bleeding rate than those in the cold instrument group. Changes in the VAS were significant in preoperative and postoperative nasal symptoms in each group. The application of diode lasers for vidian nerve transection showed a better surgical field and a lower incidence of postoperative hemorrhage. Recent advancements in laser application and endoscopic technique has made VN safer and more effective. We recommend this surgical approach as a reliable and effective treatment for patients with refractory rhinitis.

  20. Cost utility analysis of endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis. (United States)

    Scangas, George A; Su, Brooke M; Remenschneider, Aaron K; Shrime, Mark G; Metson, Ralph


    The purpose of this work was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) compared to medical therapy for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). The study design consisted of a microsimulation Markov decision-tree economic model with a 31-year time horizon. A cohort of 489 patients who underwent ESS for CRS were matched 1 to 1 with a cohort of 489 patients from the national Medical Expenditures Panel Survey database who underwent medical management for CRS. Utility scores were calculated from responses to the EuroQol 5-Dimension instrument in both cohorts. Decision-tree analysis and a subsequent 10-state Markov model utilized published event probabilities as well as primary data from a large multisurgeon prospective outcomes study to calculate long-term costs and utility. The primary outcome measure was incremental cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY). Multiple sensitivity analyses were performed. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) for ESS vs medical therapy alone was $13,851.26 per QALY. The cost effectiveness acceptability curve demonstrated 85.84% and 98.69% certainty that the ESS strategy was the most cost-effective option at willingness-to-pay thresholds of $25,000 and $50,000 per QALY, respectively. This study shows ESS to be a cost-effective intervention compared to medical therapy alone for the management of patients with CRS. © 2016 ARS-AAOA, LLC.

  1. The utility of routine polyp histopathology after endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Yeh, David H; Wong, Jay; Hoffbauer, Stephanie; Wehrli, Bret; Sommer, Doron; Rotenberg, Brian W


    Routine histopathological assessment is standard practice for nasal polyp specimens obtained during endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Retrospective studies suggest that routine histopathology of nasal polyps shows few unexpected diagnoses that alter patient management. Our objective was to study the use of routine pathological analysis, and its cost to the healthcare system, in a prospective manner. A multicenter prospective assessment was performed from data collected between 2007 and 2013. Only cases of patients undergoing ESS for bilateral CRS were included. We excluded unilateral disease cases, and cases in which diagnoses other than polyps were suspected either preoperatively or intraoperatively. We then compared the preoperative diagnosis with the final histopathology and identified the rate of unexpected pathologies. A cost analysis was performed. Only 4 of 866 pathological specimens were identified as having a clinically significant unexpected diagnosis. All unexpected pathologies in this series were benign. These 4 cases account for 0.46% of all specimens reviewed. This translates to a number needed to screen of 217 cases of bilateral CRS to discover 1 unexpected pathology. The associated cost for making an unexpected diagnosis was $19,192.73. Routine histopathology of nasal polyps in ESS for bilateral CRS with polyps yields few unexpected and management-altering diagnoses. It carries a significant cost to the healthcare system. In cases of bilateral CRS with no other concerning clinical features, clinicians should exercise judgment in submitting polyp specimens for pathology rather than routinely sending polyps for histopathologic analysis. © 2014 ARS-AAOA, LLC.

  2. Endoscopic augmented reality navigation system for endonasal transsphenoidal surgery to treat pituitary tumors: technical note. (United States)

    Kawamata, Takakazu; Iseki, Hiroshi; Shibasaki, Takao; Hori, Tomokatsu


    Endoscopes have been commonly used in transsphenoidal surgery to treat pituitary tumors, to compensate for the narrow surgical field. Although many navigation systems have been introduced for neurosurgical procedures, there have been few reports of navigation systems for endoscopic operations. This report presents our recently developed, endoscopic, augmented reality (AR) navigation system. The technology is based on the principles of AR environment technology. The system consisted of a rigid endoscope with light-emitting diodes, an optical tracking system, and a controller. The operation of the optical tracking system was based on two sets of infrared light-emitting diodes, which measured the position and orientation of the endoscope relative to the patient's head. We used the system during endonasal transsphenoidal operations to treat pituitary tumors in 12 recent cases. Anatomic, "real," three-dimensional, virtual images of the tumor and nearby anatomic structures (including the internal carotid arteries, sphenoid sinuses, and optic nerves) were superimposed on real- time endoscopic live images. The system also indicated the positions and directions of the endoscope and the endoscopic beam in three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomographic planes. Furthermore, the colors of the wire-frame images of the tumor changed according to the distance between the tip of the endoscope and the tumor. These features were superior to those of conventional navigation systems, which are available only for operating microscopes. The endoscopic AR navigation system allows surgeons to perform accurate, safe, endoscope-assisted operations to treat pituitary tumors; it is particularly useful for reoperations, in which midline landmarks may be absent. We consider the AR navigation system to be a promising tool for safe, minimally invasive, endonasal, transsphenoidal surgery to treat pituitary tumors.

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  4. Developing Modularized Virtual Reality Simulators for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). (United States)

    Ahn, Woojin; Dorozhkin, Denis; Schwaitzberg, Steven; Jones, Daniel B; De, Suvranu


    Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) procedures are rapidly being developed in diverse surgical fields. We are developing a Virtual Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery Trainer (VTEST™) built on a modularized platform that facilitates rapid development of virtual reality (VR) NOTES simulators. Both the hardware interface and software components consist of independent reusable and customizable modules. The developed modules are integrated to build a VR-NOTES simulator for training in the hybrid transvaginal NOTES cholecystectomy. The simulator was demonstrated and evaluated by expert NOTES surgeons at the 2015 Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR) summit.

  5. Clonidine Reduce Bleeding Of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Amir Alam Hospital (1398-2000

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    Hajy Mohammadi F


    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate effect of clonidine as a premedication on endoscopic sinus surgery bleeding."nMethods and Materials: during a randomized double blind clinical trial we compared two groups of patients who scheduled for endoscopic sinus surgery for polypectomy and etmoidectomy. 216 patients randomly assigned in two groups.In first group 2 hours befor surgery a 0.2mg tablet of clonidine orally adminestered to patients and in second group a 100 mg tablet of vit Bj(with same size and color- as"nplacebowas adminestered to patients. The amount of bleeding measured in two groups."nResults: mean bleeding volume in clonidine group was 113+76 ml and in control group was 211 + 113 ml. There was a significant statistical difference between two groups (pO.0001."nConclusion: Clonidine as premedication can reduce bleeding of endoscopic sinus surgery significantly.

  6. Optimal duration of macrolide treatment for chronic sinusitis after endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Nakamura, Yoshihisa; Suzuki, Motohiko; Yokota, Makoto; Ozaki, Shinya; Ohno, Nobuaki; Hamajima, Yuki; Nakayama, Meiho; Hashiba, Motoyuki; Murakami, Shingo


    The objective is to determine the appropriate duration of postoperative macrolide therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis to obtain a favourable outcome with endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). The effectiveness of postoperative macrolide treatment was examined in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis who underwent ESS, by comparing 3-month (44 patients) and 6-month administration (66 patients) of clarithromycin (CAM) (200mg/day). Evaluation was made based on subjective symptoms and endoscopic findings at 3, 6 and 12 months after surgery. Seventeen (3-month CAM group) and 22 (6-month CAM group) subjects were able to be followed up to 12 months after surgery. No difference in effectiveness was observed between the groups until 6 months after surgery, but the 6-month treatment group showed significantly higher disappearance rates and significantly lower visual analogue scale (VAS) scores in the subjective symptoms of rhinorrhea and postnasal drip at 12 months after surgery. The positive finding rate of postnasal drip by endoscopic examination was also significantly lower in the 6-month treatment group at 12 months after surgery. These changes over time indicated gradual deterioration after discontinuation of CAM treatment in the 3-month treatment group, whereas a small improvement was observed after discontinuation in the 6-month treatment group. The results indicate that chronic sinusitis patients with rhinorrhea or postnasal drip should be treated with macrolides for 6 months after surgery in order to improve the long-term outcome of endoscopic sinus surgery. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Cooperative laparoscopic endoscopic and hybrid laparoscopic surgery for upper gastrointestinal tumors: Current status (United States)

    Ntourakis, Dimitrios; Mavrogenis, Georgios


    AIM: To investigate the cooperative laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques used for the resection of upper gastrointestinal tumors. METHODS: A systematic research of the literature was performed in PubMed for English and French language articles about laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative, combined, hybrid and rendezvous techniques. Only original studies using these techniques for the resection of early gastric cancer, benign tumors and gastrointestinal stromal tumors of the stomach and the duodenum were included. By excluding case series of less than 10 patients, 25 studies were identified. The study design, number of cases, tumor pathology size and location, the operative technique name, the endoscopy team and surgical team role, operative time, type of closure of visceral wall defect, blood loss, complications and length of hospital stay of these studies were evaluated. Additionally all cooperative techniques found were classified and are presented in a systematic approach. RESULTS: The studies identified were case series and retrospective cohort studies. A total of 706 patients were operated on with a cooperative technique. The tumors resected were only gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) in 4 studies, GIST and various benign submucosal tumors in 22 studies, early gastric cancer (pT1a and pT1b) in 6 studies and early duodenal cancer in 1 study. There was important heterogeneity between the studies. The operative techniques identified were: laparoscopic assisted endoscopic resection, endoscopic assisted wedge resection, endoscopic assisted transgastric and intragastric surgery, laparoscopic endoscopic cooperative surgery (LECS), laparoscopic assisted endoscopic full thickness resection (LAEFR), clean non exposure technique and non-exposed endoscopic wall-inversion surgery (NEWS). Each technique is illustrated with the roles of the endoscopic and laparoscopic teams; the indications, characteristics and short term results are described. CONCLUSION: Along with

  8. Percutaneous endoscopic colostomy: a useful technique when surgery is not an option (United States)

    Tun, Gloria; Bullas, Dominic; Bannaga, Ayman; Said, Elmuhtady M.


    Percutaneous endoscopic colostomy (PEC) is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure that offers an alternative treatment for high-risk patients with sigmoid volvulus or intestinal pseudo-obstruction who have tried conventional treatment options without success or those who are unfit for surgery. The procedure acts as an irrigation or decompressing channel and provides colonic ‘fixation’ to the anterior abdominal wall. The risk of complications highlights the importance of informed consent for patients and relatives. PMID:27708513

  9. Evaluation of endoscopic laser excision of polypropylene mesh/sutures following anti-incontinence procedures.

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    Davis, N F


    We reviewed our experience with and outcome of the largest series to our knowledge of patients who underwent endoscopic laser excision of eroded polypropylene mesh or sutures as a complication of previous anti-incontinence procedures.

  10. Endoscopic laser Doppler flowmetry in the experiment and in the bleeding gastric and duodenal ulcer clinic (United States)

    Kapralov, S. V.; Shapkin, Y. G.; Lychagov, V. V.; Tuchin, V. V.


    One of the most complex problems of emergency surgery is the choice of surgical tactics to deal with bleeding peptic ulcer. Endoscopic hemostasis is prescribed to patients with continuing bleedings and prerelapse syndrome. But till nowdays the objective verification of the prerelapse condition had not been worked out. What is more there are no objective criteria to judge the effectiveness of the carried endohemostasis. The aim of the study was to work out a new objective diagnostic method of pre-recurrence syndrome that can be able to make prognosis for possible gastroduodenal ulcer bleeding recurrence more precise. Laser Doppler flowmetry was the method of studies the regional perfusion. The device used in this work was made at the Optics and Biophysics Department of Saratov State University.

  11. Femtosecond laser in refractive and cataract surgeries

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    Han-Han Liu


    Full Text Available In the past few years, 9 unique laser platforms have been brought to the market. As femtosecond (FS laser-assisted ophthalmic surgery potentially improves patient safety and visual outcomes, this new technology indeed provides ophthalmologists a reliable new option. But this new technology also poses a range of new clinical and financial challenges for surgeons. We provide an overview of the evolution of FS laser technology for use in refractive and cataract surgeries. This review describes the available laser platforms and mainly focuses on discussing the development of ophthalmic surgery technologies.

  12. Lasers in stapes surgery: a review. (United States)

    Young, E; Mitchell-Innes, A; Jindal, M


    Lasers in stapes surgery are used to divide the anterior and posterior crus of the stapes, divide the stapedius tendon and perforate the footplate. The ideal laser should not penetrate deeply into the perilymph (thereby increasing its temperature). It should be conducted through optical fibres, allowing easy manipulation, and should have good water absorption, equating to high bone ablation efficiency. This review discusses the various different lasers used in stapes surgery with regard to their properties and suitability for this type of surgery. In particular, the laser parameters used are discussed to facilitate their clinical use.

  13. Minimally invasive endoscopic ulnar nerve assessment and surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome patients—Relation between endoscopic nerve findings and clinical symptoms

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    Aya Yoshida


    Full Text Available To minimize damage to healthy tissues, we have been performing endoscopically assisted cubital tunnel syndrome surgery based on endoscopic nerve findings since 1995. This is the first study to focus on endoscopic surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome based on endoscopic ulnar nerve findings and the subsequent postoperative clinical results. We analysed 82 upper extremities of 74 cubital tunnel syndrome patients who had undergone endoscopically assisted release surgery using the Universal Subcutaneous Endoscope system. Endoscopic observations of the ulnar nerve were made from a single 1- to 3-cm endoscopic portal incision at the cubital tunnel to 10 cm proximal and 10 cm distal. The abnormal nerve areas were identified and released based on nerve degeneration findings under endoscopic observation. The abnormal areas spread eccentrically from the entrapment point(s. In 82 diseased upper extremities, ulnar nerve entrapment occurred at the cubital tunnel. However, one extremity suffered from entrapment at the arcade of Struthers' in addition to the cubital tunnel. All patients showed improved clinical symptoms following surgery. There is no statistical relation between pre- and postoperative clinical scores of Dellon's Staging and abnormal nerve length findings. Cubital tunnel syndrome is usually caused by entrapment at the cubital tunnel; however, in some cases, there are other point entrapment(s. Our endoscopically assisted procedure avoids any damage to healthy tissues because the surgeon can observe the entrapment point(s prior to release. Postoperative clinical recovery results clearly indicate that endoscopic nerve findings reveal entrapment points and ulnar nerve degeneration can spread maximally 10 cm distally and proximally from the entrapment point(s, even in clinically mild severity cases. All other possible entrapment points should, therefore, be observed and released using our procedure.

  14. Photoactive dye-enhanced tissue ablation for endoscopic laser prostatectomy. (United States)

    Ahn, Minwoo; Hau, Nguyen Trung; Van Phuc, Nguyen; Oh, Junghwan; Kang, Hyun Wook


    Laser light has been widely used as a surgical tool to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) over 20 years. Recently, application of high laser power up to 200 W was often reported to swiftly remove a large amount of prostatic tissue. The purpose of this study was to validate the feasibility of photoactive dye injection to enhance light absorption and eventually to facilitate tissue vaporization with low laser power. Chicken breast tissue was selected as a target tissue due to minimal optical absorption at the visible wavelength. Four biocompatible photoactive dyes, including amaranth (AR), black dye (BD), hemoglobin powder (HP), and endoscopic marker (EM), were selected and tested in vitro with a customized 532 nm laser system with radiant exposure ranging from 0.9 to 3.9 J/cm(2) . Light absorbance and ablation threshold were measured with UV-Vis spectrometer and Probit analysis, respectively, and compared to feature the function of the injected dyes. Ablation performance with dye-injection was evaluated in light of radiant exposure, dye concentration, and number of injection. Higher light absorption by injected dyes led to lower ablation threshold as well as more efficient tissue removal in the order of AR, BD, HP, and EM. Regardless of the injected dyes, ablation efficiency principally increased with radiant exposure, dye concentration, and number of injection. Among the dyes, AR created the highest ablation rate of 44.2 ± 0.2 µm/pulse due to higher absorbance and lower ablation threshold. High aspect ratios up to 7.1 ± 0.4 entailed saturation behavior in the tissue ablation injected with AR and BD, possibly resulting from plume shielding and increased scattering due to coagulation. Preliminary tests on canine prostate with a hydraulic injection system demonstrated that 80 W with dye injection yielded comparable ablation efficiency to 120 W with no injection, indicating 33% reduced laser power with almost equivalent performance. Due to

  15. The development of laser surgery and medicine in China (United States)

    Chen, Mingzhe


    The first Chinese ruby laser was created in 1961 and it was adopted for the retina coagulation experiment in 1965. Since 1970's, lasers had been widely applied clinically including the diseases suitable to physical therapy or acupuncture. The Chinese HpD was first produced in 1981 and first case of PDT was treated using Chinese HpD and Chinese lasers in the same year. Its success brought attention establishing a research group supported by the government in 1982. A nationwide systemic research project on PDT was then carried out. The step taken for PDT also accelerated the development of various fields of laser medicine and surgery. Laser treatments had been commonly adopted in the clinics and hospitals for the diseases of the superficial lesions and the lesions can be reached by the endoscopes non-invasively in 1980's. Since 1990's, the interventional laser therapies adopted mainly were percutaneous laser angioplasty, laser treatments through laparoscope, thoracoscope, arthroscope, neuro-endoscope etc. Ultrasound guided percutaneous laser heat coagulation for small hepatic cancer revealed good results and ultrasound guided percutaneous PDT for advanced large liver cancer revealed unexpected results after five years follow-up. At present: There are more long-term follow-up patients in the clinical trial; more advanced commercial available lasers and new techniques are adopted. Since the popularization of scanning electron microscope, laser scanning confocal microscope, laser induced auto-fluorescence system, high sensitivity fluorescence microscopic imaging system etc. in the laboratories, the basic studies can be more advanced and some times, the sub-cellular level can be reached; ultra-structure histo-morphology and gene studies are involved. In dermatology, Q-switched Alexandrite laser and other Q-switched lasers are used mainly for the treatment of skin pigmentation and vascular diseases; pulsed dye laser, ultra-pulsed CO2 laser are used in resurfacing, facial

  16. Endoscopic laser treatment of vascular anomalies of the upper gastrointestinal tract. (United States)

    Bown, S G; Swain, C P; Storey, D W; Collins, C; Matthewson, K; Salmon, P R; Clark, C G


    Vascular anomalies of the gastrointestinal tract are an important source of both acute and chronic blood loss. They present difficult management problems as they are often multiple, involving more than one part of the gastrointestinal tract, and may give rise to bleeds of increasing frequency and severity over a period of many years. We present the results of endoscopic argon and Nd YAG laser treatment of 18 patients with documented recurrent, severe haemorrhage from vascular lesions of the upper gastrointestinal tract with follow up of up to five years. Four patients with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia, five with single angiodysplasias and three with multiple angiodysplasias have had their transfusion requirements reduced to minimal levels after one or more courses of laser treatment. Two of these have required no blood for over two years despite previous total requirements of 52 and 129 units of blood. Four patients were submitted to surgery (two in whom the laser failed to control haemorrhage and two who did not have immediate access to laser therapy at the time of severe bleed). Two of these, however, bled again soon afterwards. Two patients are still undergoing courses of laser therapy although have already shown reductions in transfusion requirements. Both lasers were effective. The Nd YAG laser appears to produce better long term results as its greater penetration makes it possible to ablate the main areas of vascular ectasia in the submucosa, although it does have a slightly higher risk of causing haemorrhage in the first few days after treatment. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 PMID:3878817

  17. Chromoendoscopy associated with endoscopic laryngeal surgery: a new technique for treating recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. (United States)

    Rey Caro, Daniel G; Rey Caro, Enrique P; Rey Caro, Enrique A


    Chromoendoscopy is a dye enhancement technique that uses epithelial tissue dyeing for assessing any changes in it by determining its characteristics and eventually to improving mucosal lesions detection at endoscopy. Currently with the addition of a joint use of rigid endoscopes and video systems at surgery, visualization of the larynx and trachea areas significantly improved with wide angle viewing. However, in certain diseases, such as laryngeal papillomatosis, certain conditions were overlooked by these approaches and with the likelihood of postoperative early relapse. With the addition of chromoendoscopy to endoscopic laryngeal surgery, we were able to increase the ability to recognize intraoperatively inconspicuous lesions, improve lesion limit visualization, observe in detail their surfaces, and determine as well the existence of residual lesion if any after surgical removal. To prove the helpfulness of chromoendoscopy in otolaryngology as an innovative diagnostic technique associated with laryngeal endoscopical surgery. The present study uses contrast dyeing agents such as indigo carmine as endoscopic tissue staining and, incidentally, which is the most widely used detection method in gastroenterology. The dye fills the interstices, highlighting irregularities, such as depressions and elevations in architecture. This diagnostic enhancing technique was used with six patients who presented recurrent laryngeal papillomatosis. We committed ourselves to get the most out of the intraoperative diagnostic yield and reduce the relapse likelihoods in all cases. Chromoendoscopy joined with endoscopic laryngeal surgery is an excellent intraoperative diagnostic approach in the management of laryngeal invasive conditions such as laryngeal papillomatosis. Copyright © 2014 The Voice Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Functional anatomy of the uncinate process and its role in endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Nayak, D R; Balakrishnan, R; Murty, K D


    A basic step of Functional Endoscopic sinus surgery-the most modern and revolutionary surgical treatment for chronic and recurring sinusitis, is removal of uncinate process to expose the infundibulum. The purpose of this study is to explore the functional role of uncinate process with special reference to endoscopic sinus surgery. A fixed dose of sterile methylene blue was sprayed into the nasal cavities of post endoscopic sinus surgery cases, 20 without uncinate process preservation and 20 with uncinate process preservation. The area of staining/deposition of the stain in the ethmoidal cavity and the maxillary sinuses was endoscopically observed. Deposition of methylene blue was consistently found to be occurring in a larger area of the ethmoidal cavity including the maxillary sinus in post endoscopic sinus surgery cases without uncinate process preservation. Uncinate proces probably acts as a protective wall by directing the allergen bearing and contuminated inspired air away from the sinuses and facilitating ventilation of the sinuses in the mucocilliary pretreated expiratory phase. Injudictious removal of the uncinate process especially in cases with allergic rhinosinusitis should thus expose the sinus mucosa to contaminated air.

  19. Carbon dioxide laser endoscopic posterior cordotomy technique for bilateral abductor vocal cord paralysis: a 15-year experience. (United States)

    Özdemir, Süleyman; Tuncer, Ülkü; Tarkan, Özgür; Kara, Karahan; Sürmelioğlu, Özgür


    Treatment of bilateral vocal cord paralysis is a considerable challenge for otolaryngologists. Many surgical techniques have been developed for the management of this entity to eliminate the need for tracheotomy. To evaluate the success of the unilateral carbon dioxide laser endoscopic posterior cordotomy technique for bilateral abductor vocal cord paralysis. A retrospective study. A university department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Sixty-six patients (58 women and 8 men) diagnosed as having bilateral abductor vocal cord paralysis. Endoscopic posterior cordotomy with the carbon dioxide laser. Decannulation and postoperative voice quality and exercise tolerance. The most common etiologic factor was recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis after thyroidectomy, observed in 61 patients (92%); an unknown cause was observed in 5 (8%). Unilateral cordotomy sufficed in 58 patients (88%). We performed revision procedures for vocal cord granuloma in 4 patients (6%). Bilateral cordotomy was required for 4 patients (6%) with an insufficient airway. Postoperative tracheotomy was needed for only 4 patients owing to the edema in the operation site. These patients underwent decannulation within a mean period of 7 days. No patient had poor postoperative exercise tolerance. We found no statistically significant difference between the preoperative and postoperative voice quality using the 10-item Turkish version of the Voice Handicap Index. Carbon dioxide laser endoscopic posterior cordotomy is a safe, minimally invasive, effective technique with a short operation time. A bilateral approach or a revision procedure is rarely required. Bilateral cordotomy should be reserved for patients with insufficient airway passage with unilateral cordotomy.

  20. Development of a Virtual Reality Simulator for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) Cholecystectomy Procedure. (United States)

    Ahn, Woojin; Dargar, Saurabh; Halic, Tansel; Lee, Jason; Li, Baichun; Pan, Junjun; Sankaranarayanan, Ganesh; Roberts, Kurt; De, Suvranu


    The first virtual-reality-based simulator for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) is developed called the Virtual Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery Trainer (VTESTTM). VTESTTM aims to simulate hybrid NOTES cholecystectomy procedure using a rigid scope inserted through the vaginal port. The hardware interface is designed for accurate motion tracking of the scope and laparoscopic instruments to reproduce the unique hand-eye coordination. The haptic-enabled multimodal interactive simulation includes exposing the Calot's triangle and detaching the gall bladder while performing electrosurgery. The developed VTESTTM was demonstrated and validated at NOSCAR 2013.

  1. Landmark based augmented reality endoscope system for sinus and skull-base surgeries. (United States)

    Thoranaghatte, Ramesh U; Giraldez, Jaime Garcia; Zheng, Guoyan


    Endoscopic video stream during sinus and skull base surgeries can be augmented with the preoperatively chosen landmark to provide effective navigation for the operating surgeon. Currently available systems try to augment with CT or MR image slices. This will be of not much help since there is too much information overlaid. We have developed a simplified landmark based Augmented Reality (AR) system for endoscopic sinus/skull-base surgeries. Results are presented from the experiments with plastic skull and cadaver specimen. Subjective evaluation from a experienced surgeon confirms the effectiveness of the system.

  2. The influence of different training schedules on the learning of psychomotor skills for endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Verdaasdonk, E G G; Stassen, L P S; van Wijk, R P J; Dankelman, J


    Psychomotor skills for endoscopic surgery can be trained with virtual reality simulators. Distributed training is more effective than massed training, but it is unclear whether distributed training over several days is more effective than distributed training within 1 day. This study aimed to determine which of these two options is the most effective for training endoscopic psychomotor skills. Students with no endoscopic experience were randomly assigned either to distributed training on 3 consecutive days (group A, n = 10) or distributed training within 1 day (group B, n = 10). For this study the SIMENDO virtual reality simulator for endoscopic skills was used. The training involved 12 repetitions of three different exercises (drop balls, needle manipulation, 30 degree endoscope) in differently distributed training schedules. All the participants performed a posttraining test (posttest) for the trained tasks 7 days after the training. The parameters measured were time, nontarget environment collisions, and instrument path length. There were no significant differences between the groups in the first training session for all the parameters. In the posttest, group A (training over several days) performed 18.7% faster than group B (training on 1 day) (p = 0.013). The collision and path length scores for group A did not differ significantly from the scores for group B. The distributed group trained over several days was faster, with the same number of errors and the same instrument path length used. Psychomotor skill training for endoscopic surgery distributed over several days is superior to training on 1 day.

  3. Adjustable-Viewing-Angle Endoscopic Tool for Skull Base and Brain Surgery (United States)

    Bae, Youngsam; Liao, Anna; Manohara, Harish; Shahinian, Hrayr


    The term Multi-Angle and Rear Viewing Endoscopic tooL (MARVEL) denotes an auxiliary endoscope, now undergoing development, that a surgeon would use in conjunction with a conventional endoscope to obtain additional perspective. The role of the MARVEL in endoscopic brain surgery would be similar to the role of a mouth mirror in dentistry. Such a tool is potentially useful for in-situ planetary geology applications for the close-up imaging of unexposed rock surfaces in cracks or those not in the direct line of sight. A conventional endoscope provides mostly a frontal view that is, a view along its longitudinal axis and, hence, along a straight line extending from an opening through which it is inserted. The MARVEL could be inserted through the same opening as that of the conventional endoscope, but could be adjusted to provide a view from almost any desired angle. The MARVEL camera image would be displayed, on the same monitor as that of the conventional endoscopic image, as an inset within the conventional endoscopic image. For example, while viewing a tumor from the front in the conventional endoscopic image, the surgeon could simultaneously view the tumor from the side or the rear in the MARVEL image, and could thereby gain additional visual cues that would aid in precise three-dimensional positioning of surgical tools to excise the tumor. Indeed, a side or rear view through the MARVEL could be essential in a case in which the object of surgical interest was not visible from the front. The conceptual design of the MARVEL exploits the surgeon s familiarity with endoscopic surgical tools. The MARVEL would include a miniature electronic camera and miniature radio transmitter mounted on the tip of a surgical tool derived from an endo-scissor (see figure). The inclusion of the radio transmitter would eliminate the need for wires, which could interfere with manipulation of this and other surgical tools. The handgrip of the tool would be connected to a linkage similar to

  4. Contralateral Interlaminar Keyhole Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Surgery in Patients with Unilateral Radiculopathy. (United States)

    Hwang, Jae Ha; Park, Woo Min; Park, Cheul Woong


    Percutaneous endoscopic surgery is increasingly used as an alternative to open microsurgery for treating lumbar spinal diseases. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and efficacy of contralateral keyhole endoscopic surgery for treating unilateral radiculopathy. We performed percutaneous endoscopic sublaminar decompression via the contralateral interlaminar approach in 14 patients with unilateral radiculopathy. All procedures were performed under epidural anesthesia. The epidural space was accessed under fluoroscopic guidance; only the tongue portion of the handmade working sheath was placed within the epidural space to prevent nerve compression injury by the instruments. The base of the spinous process, caudal edge of the upper lamina, and rostral edge of the lower lamina were partially removed using a 3.5-mm drill bit under direct endoscopic visualization. After undercutting the ventral surface of the lamina by an endoscopic drill, the ligamentum flavum was removed using a punch, rongeurs, and forceps. The lateral recess and the traversing nerve roots were completely decompressed. Symptoms were relieved immediately after surgery. The mean operating time was 68.2 minutes. Visual analog scale and Oswestry Disability Index scores improved significantly from 6.8 points and 61.6% preoperatively to 2 points and 22.2% at 6 months after surgery. A postoperative epidural hematoma was observed in 1 patient. No postoperative complications, such as dural tear, neurologic injury, or infection, were reported. Contralateral keyhole endoscopic surgery is a safe and useful technique to decompress unilateral lateral recess stenosis or facet cyst. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Virtual reality training for endoscopic surgery: voluntary or obligatory?

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    van Dongen, K. W.; van der Wal, W. A.; Borel Rinkes, I. H. M.; Schijven, M. P.; Broeders, I. A. M. J.


    INTRODUCTION: Virtual reality (VR) simulators have been developed to train basic endoscopic surgical skills outside of the operating room. An important issue is how to create optimal conditions for integration of these types of simulators into the surgical training curriculum. The willingness of

  6. Evolution in the treatment of sinonasal inverted papilloma: pedicle-oriented endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Pagella, Fabio; Pusateri, Alessandro; Giourgos, Georgios; Tinelli, Carmine; Matti, Elina


    In the literature, the global endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) success in the treatment of sinonasal inverted papilloma (IP) is 95%. This study was designed to describe a conservative endoscopic approach, based on research of the tumor's pedicle and treatment concentrated on its site of attachment, and to compare the results of this technique with the outcome of standard endoscopic treatment. Retrospective analysis of the patients treated in our institution for paranasal inverted papilloma (IP), between 2002 and 2011 with a minimum of 18 months follow-up was performed. Group A received a standard ESS including whole sinus demucosization (maxillary, ethmoid, frontal, or sphenoid sinus) and bony wall drilling. Group B patients instead underwent pedicle-oriented endoscopic surgery (POES); in this group, bony demucosization and drilling were selectively conducted around the site of pedicle attachment of the tumor. The cohort included 73 patients (median age, 60.5 years; median follow-up, 58 months). Group A/group B consisted of 37/36 patients. IP persistence-recurrence for group A/group B was 0/1 cases. Oncological success for global endoscopic/group A/group B was 98.6% (72/73)/100% (37/37)/97.2% (35/36). We noticed a significant difference in surgical operative time and postoperative complication rate among the groups, in favor of POES technique. Our data confirm the efficacy of the endonasal endoscopic treatment for sinonasal IP. Moreover, the even more conservative endoscopic treatment proposed (POES) seems to offer good control of the disease, shorter operating times, avoidance of unnecessary surgery with respect to uninvolved structures, and permits a follow-up aimed at the site of the pedicle attachment.

  7. Extension of indications for transcanal endoscopic ear surgery using an ultrasonic bone curette for cholesteatomas. (United States)

    Kakehata, Seiji; Watanabe, Tomoo; Ito, Tsukasa; Kubota, Toshinori; Furukawa, Takatoshi


    One-handed endoscopic procedures have, up until now, limited the indications for transcanal endoscopic ear surgery (TEES) in cholesteatoma surgery. However, the development of electrically powered instruments has opened the door to such one-handed endoscopic procedures in restricted surgical spaces. We examined the feasibility of using one such powered instrument, the ultrasonic bone curette (UBC) in TEES for cholesteatoma surgery. The UBC offers several advantages, including nonrotational motion and the combination of both suction and irrigation in a single handpiece. A prospective case series. Tertiary referral center. TEES was performed on 43 cases of primary cholesteatoma between September 2011 and December 2012, including 14 cases extending to the antrum. Zero-, 30-, or 70-degree angled rigid endoscopes with an outer diameter of 2.7 mm (Karl Storz) were used together with a high-definition video system. A Sonopet UBC (Stryker) was used to cut bony tissue. The nonrotational motion of the UBC prevents injury to the tympanomeatal flap and other soft tissue, which may result with standard drills. Transcanal endoscopic retrograde mastoidectomy on demand was performed to access the pathologies in the attic and antrum. A minimum attico-antrotomy was performed using the UBC, removing only the bony tissue necessary to visualize the pathology. The cholesteatoma was completely removed from the antral mucosa under clear endoscopic visualization in 13 of 14 cases. After removal of the cholesteatoma, the canal wall was reconstructed using cartilage taken from the tragus. This procedure resulted in greater mastoid preservation. The transcanal endoscopic approach to the antrum using the UBC proved to be less invasive and more functional. The UBC contains both a suction and irrigation system in a single handpiece, and this UBC is an appropriate cutting tool that extends the indications for TEES.

  8. Danger points, complications and medico-legal aspects in endoscopic sinus surgery (United States)

    Hosemann, W.; Draf, C.


    Endoscopic endonasal sinus surgery represents the overall accepted type of surgical treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis. Notwithstanding raised and still evolving quality standards, surgeons performing routine endoscopic interventions are faced with minor complications in 5% and major complications in 0.5–1%. A comprehensive review on all minor and major complications of endoscopic surgery of the paranasal sinuses and also on the anterior skull base is presented listing the actual scientific literature. The pathogenesis, signs and symptoms of each complication are reviewed and therapeutic regimens are discussed in detail relating to actual publication references. Potential medico-legal aspects are explicated and recent algorithms of avoidance are mentioned taking into account options in surgical training and education. PMID:24403974

  9. Geriatric Assessment Can Predict Outcomes of Endoscopic Surgery for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in Elderly Patients. (United States)

    Pichon, Thomas; Lebdai, Souhil; Launay, Cyrille Patrice; Collet, Nadine; Chautard, Denis; Cerruti, Arnaud; Hoarau, Nicolas; Brassart, Eléna; Bigot, Pierre; Beauchet, Olivier; Azzouzi, Abdel-Rahmène; Culty, Thibaut


    Ojectives: Surgical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in elderly patients is associated with higher morbidity and mortality rate. This raises the question of benefice and risk balance. We conducted a prospective observational study to evaluate the results of endoscopic surgery for BPH in elderly patients, according to geriatric assessment. We included prospectively 60 patients older than 75 years, with an indwelling catheter for acute or chronic retention, who were candidates to endoscopic surgery for BPH. Patients underwent the brief geriatric assessment (BGA) and the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) to classify them into three groups: "vigorous," "vulnerable," and "sick." Success was defined by the bladder catheter withdrawal after surgery. After geriatric assessment, 33 patients were classified in the "vigorous" group (55%), 25 in the "vulnerable" group (42%), and 2 in the "sick" group (3%). The success rate immediately after surgery was 85% and 41% in the "vigorous patient" group and the "vulnerable and sick" patient group, respectively (p Geriatric assessment can predict the outcome of endoscopic surgery for BPH for patients in retention older than 75 years. "Vulnerable and sick" patients had a higher risk to keep their indwelling catheter after the surgery compared with "vigorous" patients. The complication rate is also higher. The BGA can although predict a poor result of surgery when its score is equal or above 3/6.

  10. Transnasal Marsupialization Using Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Treatment of Keratocystic Odontogenic Tumor in Maxillary Sinus

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    Masafumi Ohki


    Full Text Available Objective. We report the first utilisation of transnasal marsupialization to treat a keratocystic odontogenic tumor in the maxillary sinus of a 37-year-old man. Case Report. A 37-year-old man presented with a nasal discharge and right odontalgia. Computed tomography revealed an expanding cystic lesion with a calcificated wall containing an impacted tooth in the right maxillary sinus. The diagnosis was keratocystic odontogenic tumor. Transnasal marsupialization was performed using endoscopic sinus surgery to enlarge the maxillary ostium and remove a portion of the cystic wall. Pathological findings included lining squamous epithelium and inflammation. The remaining tumor shrank, becoming free of infection after surgery, without proliferation. Conclusion. Transnasal marsupialization using endoscopic sinus surgery is effective in treating keratocystic odontogenic tumors. It offers minimal surgical invasion and reductive change, making it advantageous for complete removal with fewer complications in the bones and surrounding tissue in the case of secondary surgery.

  11. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery with a snake-mechanism using a movable pulley. (United States)

    Lee, Hoyul; Kim, Kwang Gi; Seo, Jong Hyun; Sohn, Dae Kyung


    Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery is an emerging technique. We aimed to develop an advanced surgical robot mechanism for natural orifice surgery. We propose the active-controlled overtube-type platform with multiple channels for an endoscopic camera and surgical tools. To make such a platform, we suggest an advanced snake mechanism comprising movable pulleys to make a snake mechanism with multiple degrees of freedom and high operating force. The stiffness and maneuverability of the active-controlled platform appeared satisfactory. Using prototypes and ex vivo experiments, we confirmed that the mechanism was suitable for a snake-like robotic platform for natural orifice surgery. The suggested snake mechanism using movable pulleys has the advantages of stiffness and maneuverability. This new mechanism can be an alternative platform for natural orifice surgery. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Assessing the risk of irrigation bottle and fluid contamination after endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Lee, John M; Nayak, Jayakar V; Doghramji, Laurie L; Welch, Kevin C; Chiu, Alexander G


    Saline nasal irrigation has become an important aspect of post-operative care following endoscopic sinus surgery. The objective of this study was to identify the risks of contamination of both the nasal irrigation bottle and fluid following endoscopic sinus surgery. This was a prospective study of consecutive patients undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic sinusitis. All patients were given nasal irrigation bottles with detailed cleaning instructions preoperatively. Nasal irrigation bottles were collected and cultured at 1 and 2 weeks postoperatively. During the same visit, 5-ml of sterile normal saline was mixed into the irrigation bottle and then cultured separately. A total of 20 patients agreed to participate in the study. At 1 week postoperatively, 50% of the bottles had positive cultures with 40% of the irrigation samples testing positive for bacteria. At two weeks, the contamination in the irrigation bottle and fluid decreased to 26.7% and 20%, respectively. The most common bacteria cultured was Pseudomonas aeruginosa. There were no cases of postoperative infection. Despite detailed cleaning instructions, there is a relatively high risk of bacterial contamination in nasal irrigation bottles and fluid following endoscopic sinus surgery. Although these risks did not translate into higher infection rates postsurgery, it may be important for physicians to emphasize regular cleaning techniques to minimize a potential source of bacterial contaminant exposure.

  13. Multiplanar sinus CT: a systematic approach to imaging before functional endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Hoang, Jenny K; Eastwood, James D; Tebbit, Christopher L; Glastonbury, Christine M


    The purpose of this essay is to present a systematic approach to the use of coronal, axial, and sagittal images for CT evaluation of the sinuses before functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). We present a systematic approach to the use of coronal, axial, and sagittal images in CT evaluation before FESS. Each imaging plane is valuable for displaying anatomic variants, which can predispose a patient to recurrent disease and affect the surgical approach, and critical variants, which can make surgery hazardous.

  14. Risk factors for postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak and meningitis after expanded endoscopic endonasal surgery. (United States)

    Ivan, Michael E; Iorgulescu, J Bryan; El-Sayed, Ivan; McDermott, Michael W; Parsa, Andrew T; Pletcher, Steven D; Jahangiri, Arman; Wagner, Jeffrey; Aghi, Manish K


    Postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak is a serious complication of transsphenoidal surgery, which can lead to meningitis and often requires reparative surgery. We sought to identify preoperative risk factors for CSF leaks and meningitis. We reviewed 98 consecutive expanded endoscopic endonasal surgeries performed from 2008-2012 and analyzed preoperative comorbidities, intraoperative techniques, and postoperative care. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed. The most common pathologies addressed included pituitary adenoma, Rathke cyst, chordoma, esthesioneuroblastoma, meningioma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. There were 11 CSF leaks (11%) and 10 central nervous system (CNS) infections (10%). Univariate and multivariate analysis of preoperative risk factors showed that patients with non-ideal body mass index (BMI) were associated with higher rate of postoperative CSF leak and meningitis (both p<0.01). Also, patients with increasing age were associated with increased CSF leak (p = 0.03) and the length of time a lumbar drain was used postoperatively was associated with infection in a univariate analysis. In addition, three of three endoscopic transsphenoidal surgeries combined with open cranial surgery had a postoperative CSF leak and CNS infection rate which was a considerably higher rate than for transsphenoidal surgeries alone or surgeries staged with open cases (p<0.01 and p=0.04, respectively) In this series of expanded endoscopic transsphenoidal surgeries, preoperative BMI remains the most important preoperative predictor for CSF leak and infection. Other risk factors include age, intraoperative CSF leak, lumbar drain duration, and cranial combined cases. Risks associated with complex surgical resections when combining open and endoscopic approaches could be minimized by staging these procedures. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Technical skill set training in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: how should we approach it?

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    Nugent, Emmeline


    The boundaries in minimally invasive techniques are continually being pushed further. Recent years have brought new and exciting changes with the advent of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. With the evolution of this field of surgery come challenges in the development of new instruments and the actual steps of the procedure. Included in these challenges is the idea of developing a proficiency-based curriculum for training.

  16. Safe implementation of retroauricular robotic and endoscopic neck surgery in South America. (United States)

    Lira, Renan Bezerra; Chulam, Thiago Celestino; Kowalski, Luiz Paulo


    In the last three decades, otolaryngology and head and neck oncological surgery have shown remarkable progress with the development of several modalities of endoscopic-assisted minimally invasive surgeries. More recently, the Da Vinci robotic surgery system has promoted the development of several surgical approaches with less morbidity and better cosmetic results, including the transaxillary and retroauricular approaches for thyroid surgery and neck dissections. In South America, there are several shortcomings regarding financial resources as well as the lack of support for innovation leading to a significant delay in adoption of numerous technological advances in medical practice. Despite these obstacles, we obtained training in transoral robotic surgery and neck procedures, and then decided to implement neck endoscopic and robotic surgery at our institution. We developed a collaborative training program with Yonsei University that, together with several local measures, allowed for a safe implementation. From June 2014 to December 2016, we have performed a total of 121 retroauricular neck surgeries, of which 65 were robotic-assisted and 56 were endoscopic assisted procedures, with a complication rate that seems to be comparable to conventional procedures in our experience and a smooth learning curve. Safety compliance has been continuously assessed. Aiming to develop and disseminate these techniques, we have ongoing collaborative work with Yonsei University faculty, to continue increasing our clinical experience, and we are now preparing the group and infrastructure to establish a local training program for South American surgeons. We have been presenting our results at national and international medical meetings and started to publish the preliminary results in peer reviewed medical journals. The emphasis is that a retroauricular approach is a therapeutic option to be considered, especially for young patients. Media exposure has been avoided so far. As expected

  17. Compact, transmissive two-dimensional spatial disperser design with application in simultaneous endoscopic imaging and laser microsurgery. (United States)

    Metz, Philipp; Adam, Jost; Gerken, Martina; Jalali, Bahram


    Minimally invasive surgery procedures benefit from a reduced size of endoscopic devices. A prospective path to implement miniaturized endoscopy is single optical-fiber-based spectrally encoded imaging. While simultaneous spectrally encoded inertial-scan-free imaging and laser microsurgery have been successfully demonstrated in a large table setup, a highly miniaturized optical design would promote the development of multipurpose endoscope heads. This paper presents a highly scalable, entirely transmissive axial design for a spectral 2D spatial disperser. The proposed design employs a grating prism and a virtual imaged phased array (VIPA). Based on semi-analytical device modeling, we performed a systematic parameter analysis to assess the spectral disperser's manufacturability and to obtain an optimum application-specific design. We found that, in particular, a low grating period combined with a high optical input bandwidth and low VIPA tilt showed favorable results in terms of a high spatial resolution, a small device diameter, and a large field of view. Our calculations reveal that a reasonable imaging performance can be achieved with system diameters of below 5 mm, which renders the proposed 2D spatial disperser design highly suitable for use in future endoscope heads that combine mechanical-scan-free imaging and laser microsurgery.

  18. Transoral robotic surgery vs. endoscopic partial midline glossectomy for obstructive sleep apnea

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    David Folk


    Full Text Available Objective: To compare sleep-related outcomes in obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS patients following base of tongue resection via robotic surgery and endoscopic midline glossectomy. Methods: This was a retrospective study. A total of 114 robotic and 37 endoscopic midline glossectomy surgeries were performed between July 2010 and April 2015 as part of single or multilevel surgery. Patients were excluded for indications other than sleep apnea or if complete sleep studies were not obtained. Thus, 45 robotic and 16 endoscopic surgeries were included in the analysis. Results: In the robotic surgery group there were statistically significant improvements in AHI [(44.4 ± 22.6 events/h–(14.0 ± 3.0 events/h, P < 0.001] Epworth Sleepiness Scale (12.3 ± 4.6 to 4.5 ± 2.9, P < 0.001, and O2 nadir (82.0% ± 6.1% to 85.0% ± 5.4%, P < 0.001. In the endoscopic group there were also improvements in AHI (48.7 ± 30.2 to 27.4 ± 31.9, P = 0.06, Epworth Sleepiness Scale (12.6 ± 5.5 to 8.3 ± 4.5, P = 0.08, and O2 nadir (80.2% ± 8.6% to 82.7% ± 6.5%, P = 0.4. Surgical success rate was 75.6% and 56.3% in the robotic and endoscopic groups, respectively. Greater volume of tissue removed was predictive of surgical success in the robotic cases (10.3 vs. 8.6 ml, P = 0.02. Conclusions: Both robotic surgery and endoscopic techniques for tongue base reduction improve objective measures of sleep apnea. Greater success rates may be achieved with robotic surgery compared to traditional methods. Keywords: Sleep surgery, Transoral robotic surgery, TORS, Midline glossectomy, Partial glossectomy, Posterior glossectomy

  19. A Novel Augmented Reality Navigation System for Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery: A Feasibility Study (United States)

    Li, Liang; Yang, Jian; Chu, Yakui; Wu, Wenbo; Xue, Jin; Liang, Ping; Chen, Lei


    Objective To verify the reliability and clinical feasibility of a self-developed navigation system based on an augmented reality technique for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. Materials and Methods In this study we performed a head phantom and cadaver experiment to determine the display effect and accuracy of our navigational system. We compared cadaver head-based simulated operations, the target registration error, operation time, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Task Load Index scores of our navigation system to conventional navigation systems. Results The navigation system developed in this study has a novel display mode capable of fusing endoscopic images to three-dimensional (3-D) virtual images. In the cadaver head experiment, the target registration error was 1.28 ± 0.45 mm, which met the accepted standards of a navigation system used for nasal endoscopic surgery. Compared with conventional navigation systems, the new system was more effective in terms of operation time and the mental workload of surgeons, which is especially important for less experienced surgeons. Conclusion The self-developed augmented reality navigation system for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery appears to have advantages that outweigh those of conventional navigation systems. We conclude that this navigational system will provide rhinologists with more intuitive and more detailed imaging information, thus reducing the judgment time and mental workload of surgeons when performing complex sinus and skull base surgeries. Ultimately, this new navigational system has potential to increase the quality of surgeries. In addition, the augmented reality navigational system could be of interest to junior doctors being trained in endoscopic techniques because it could speed up their learning. However, it should be noted that the navigation system serves as an adjunct to a surgeon’s skills and knowledge, not as a substitute. PMID:26757365

  20. A Panoramic Wireless Endoscope System Design for the Application of Minimally Invasive Surgery

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    Chun-Hsiang Peng


    Full Text Available Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS is the current trend in surgery. Compared to traditional surgery, MIS can substantially decrease recovery time and expenses needed by patients after surgeries, reduce pain during surgical procedures, and is highly regarded by physicians and patients. An endoscope is widely used in the diagnosis and treatments of various medical disciplines, such as hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and colonoscopy, and have been adopted by many branches of medicine. However, the limited image field of MIS is often the most difficult obstacles faced by surgeons and medical students, especially to less experienced physicians and difficult surgical procedures; the limited field of view of endoscopic imaging does not provide a whole picture of the surgery area, making the procedures difficult and full of uncertainty. In light of this problem, we proposed a "Panoramic Wireless Endoscope System design", hoping to provide physicians with a wide field of view of the endoscopic image. We combine images captured from two parallel-mounted endoscope lenses into a single, wide-angle image, giving physicians a wider field of view and easier access to the surgical area. In addition, we developed a wireless transmission system so the image can be transmitted to various display platforms, eliminating the needs for excessive cabling on surgical tools and enable physicians to better operate on the patient. Finally, our system allows surgical assistants a better view of the operation process, and enables other physicians and nurses to remotely observe the process. Our experiment results have shown that we can increase the image to 152% of its original size. We used the PandaBoard ES platform with an ARM9 processor and 1G of onboard RAM, and continuously implementing animal trials to verify the reliability of our system.

  1. A Novel Augmented Reality Navigation System for Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery: A Feasibility Study.

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    Liang Li

    Full Text Available To verify the reliability and clinical feasibility of a self-developed navigation system based on an augmented reality technique for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery.In this study we performed a head phantom and cadaver experiment to determine the display effect and accuracy of our navigational system. We compared cadaver head-based simulated operations, the target registration error, operation time, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Task Load Index scores of our navigation system to conventional navigation systems.The navigation system developed in this study has a novel display mode capable of fusing endoscopic images to three-dimensional (3-D virtual images. In the cadaver head experiment, the target registration error was 1.28 ± 0.45 mm, which met the accepted standards of a navigation system used for nasal endoscopic surgery. Compared with conventional navigation systems, the new system was more effective in terms of operation time and the mental workload of surgeons, which is especially important for less experienced surgeons.The self-developed augmented reality navigation system for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery appears to have advantages that outweigh those of conventional navigation systems. We conclude that this navigational system will provide rhinologists with more intuitive and more detailed imaging information, thus reducing the judgment time and mental workload of surgeons when performing complex sinus and skull base surgeries. Ultimately, this new navigational system has potential to increase the quality of surgeries. In addition, the augmented reality navigational system could be of interest to junior doctors being trained in endoscopic techniques because it could speed up their learning. However, it should be noted that the navigation system serves as an adjunct to a surgeon's skills and knowledge, not as a substitute.

  2. A Novel Augmented Reality Navigation System for Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery: A Feasibility Study. (United States)

    Li, Liang; Yang, Jian; Chu, Yakui; Wu, Wenbo; Xue, Jin; Liang, Ping; Chen, Lei


    To verify the reliability and clinical feasibility of a self-developed navigation system based on an augmented reality technique for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. In this study we performed a head phantom and cadaver experiment to determine the display effect and accuracy of our navigational system. We compared cadaver head-based simulated operations, the target registration error, operation time, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Task Load Index scores of our navigation system to conventional navigation systems. The navigation system developed in this study has a novel display mode capable of fusing endoscopic images to three-dimensional (3-D) virtual images. In the cadaver head experiment, the target registration error was 1.28 ± 0.45 mm, which met the accepted standards of a navigation system used for nasal endoscopic surgery. Compared with conventional navigation systems, the new system was more effective in terms of operation time and the mental workload of surgeons, which is especially important for less experienced surgeons. The self-developed augmented reality navigation system for endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery appears to have advantages that outweigh those of conventional navigation systems. We conclude that this navigational system will provide rhinologists with more intuitive and more detailed imaging information, thus reducing the judgment time and mental workload of surgeons when performing complex sinus and skull base surgeries. Ultimately, this new navigational system has potential to increase the quality of surgeries. In addition, the augmented reality navigational system could be of interest to junior doctors being trained in endoscopic techniques because it could speed up their learning. However, it should be noted that the navigation system serves as an adjunct to a surgeon's skills and knowledge, not as a substitute.

  3. 10-W Ho laser for surgery (United States)

    Boutchenkov, Vyatcheslav A.; Utenkov, Boris I.; Antipenko, Boris M.; Berezin, Yuri D.; Malinin, Boris G.; Serebryakov, Victor A.


    Practical use of laser tecnique surgery demonstrated the true choice of lasers generating in the long wavelength spectrum. In this field the pigment content of biologic tissues is not noted at absorption spectrum. The latter is generally defined by the percentage of water in tissues. Among the known laser types the nost proved and developed are the lasers generating at 1060 nm, 2090 nm, 2900 nm and 10600 nm. Ho-lasers of 2090 nm radiation wavelength are perspective instruments for surgery purposes due to the high radiation absorption at biologic tissues: 30 cm-1. This value is much higher than the absoptance at 1060 nm and a little bit lower at 1060 nni. An important feature that distinguishes Ho-laser among other types is the possibility of its use with fiber channel made of fused silica for abdominal operations.

  4. Athletic Pubalgia in Females: Predictive Value of MRI in Outcomes of Endoscopic Surgery. (United States)

    Matikainen, Markku; Hermunen, Heikki; Paajanen, Hannu


    Athletic pubalgia is typically associated with male athletes participating in contact sports and less frequently with females. Endoscopic surgery may fully treat the patient with athletic pubalgia. To perform an outcomes analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and endoscopic surgery in female patients with athletic pubalgia. Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. Fifteen physically active female patients (mean age, 37 years) with athletic pubalgia were treated surgically via placement of total extraperitoneal endoscopic polypropylene mesh behind the injured groin area. The presence of preoperative bone marrow edema (BME) at the pubic symphysis seen on MRI was graded from 0 to 3 and correlated with pain scores after surgery. The outcome measures were pre- and postoperative pain scores and recovery to daily activity between 1 and 12 months after surgery. Results were compared with previously published scores from male athletes (n = 30). With the exception of lower body mass index, the females with (n = 8) and without (n = 7) pubic BME had similar patient characteristics to the corresponding males. Mean inguinal pain scores (0-10) before surgical treatment were greater in females than males (during exercise, 7.8 ± 1.1 vs 6.9 ± 1.1; P = .0131). One month after surgery, mean pain scores for females were still greater compared with males (2.9 ± 1.7 vs 1.3 ± 1.6; P = .0034). Compared with female athletes with normal MRI, pubic BME was related to increased mean preoperative pain scores (8.13 ± 0.99 vs 6.43 ± 1.2; P = .0122). After 1 year, surgical outcomes were excellent or good in 47% of women. Endoscopic surgery was helpful in half of the females with athletic pubalgia in this study. The presence of pubic BME may predict slightly prolonged recovery from surgery.

  5. Modifications of transaxillary approach in endoscopic da Vinci-assisted thyroid and parathyroid gland surgery. (United States)

    Al Kadah, Basel; Piccoli, Micaela; Mullineris, Barbara; Colli, Giovanni; Janssen, Martin; Siemer, Stephan; Schick, Bernhard


    Endoscopic surgery for treatment of thyroid and parathyroid pathologies is increasingly gaining attention. The da Vinci system has already been widely used in different fields of medicine and quite recently in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Herein, we report about modifications of the transaxillary approach in endoscopic surgery of thyroid and parathyroid gland pathologies using the da Vinci system. 16 patients suffering from struma nodosa in 14 cases and parathyroid adenomas in two cases were treated using the da Vinci system at the ENT Department of Homburg/Saar University and in cooperation with the Department of General Surgery in New Sant'Agostino Hospital, Modena/Italy. Two different retractors, endoscopic preparation of the access and three different incision modalities were used. The endoscopic preparation of the access allowed us to have a better view during preparation and reduced surgical time compared to the use of a headlamp. To introduce the da Vinci instruments at the end of the access preparation, the skin incisions were over the axilla with one incision in eight patients, two incisions in four patients and three incisions in a further four patients. The two and three skin incisions modality allowed introduction of the da Vinci instruments without arm conflicts. The use of a new retractor (Modena retractor) compared to a self-developed retractor made it easier during the endoscopic preparation of the access and the reposition of the retractor. The scar was hidden in the axilla and independent of the incisions selected, the cosmetic findings were judged by the patients to be excellent. The neurovascular structures such as inferior laryngeal nerve, superior laryngeal nerve and vessels, as well as the different pathologies, were clearly 3D visualized in all 16 cases. No paralysis of the vocal cord was observed. All patients had a benign pathology in their histological examination. The endoscopic surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid gland can be

  6. Role of Leukocyte-Platelet-Rich Fibrin in Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery Defect Reconstruction. (United States)

    Soldatova, Liuba; Campbell, Raewyn G; Elkhatib, Ahmad H; Schmidt, Thomas W; Pinto, Nelson R; Pinto, Jaime M; Prevedello, Daniel M; Ditzel Filho, Leo F; Otto, Bradley A; Carrau, Ricardo L


    Objective Advancements in endoscopic endonasal approaches have increased the extent and complexity of skull base resections, in turn demanding the development of novel techniques for skull base defect reconstruction. The objective of this pilot study was to investigate the effect of leukocyte-platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) on the postoperative healing after endoscopic skull base surgery. Methods Between January and May of 2015, 47 patients underwent endoscopic endonasal resection of sellar, parasellar, and suprasellar lesions with the application of L-PRF membranes during the skull base reconstruction at two surgical centers. Early postoperative records were retrospectively reviewed. Results We found that 21 days following the surgery, 17/41 patients (42%) demonstrated improvement in the crusting score as compared with their 7 day postoperative examination. Ten of these patients (23%) showed no crusting. Fourteen (34%) patients had no change in the crusting score. Six patient records were incomplete. A total of 4/47 cases (8.5%) had postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak requiring surgical repair. Conclusion This study demonstrates the potential utility of L-PRF membranes for skull base defect reconstruction. Future studies will be conducted to better assess the role of L-PRF in endoscopic skull base surgery.

  7. Yellow Nail Syndrome With Dramatic Improvement of Nail Manifestations After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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    Yu Hosokawa


    Full Text Available Objectives: Yellow nail syndrome (YNS is a rare disease of unknown cause characterized by the triad of yellow nails, respiratory manifestations, and lymphedema. Although several therapies for YNS have been reported, there is no common consensus in the treatment. In this case report, we present a case of 56-year-old woman with YNS, whose nail manifestation was dramatically improved after endoscopic sinus surgery for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis. Methods: Endoscopic sinus surgery involving middle meatal antrostomy was performed for the case of YNS with chronic rhinosinusitis and bronchiectasis resistant to antibacterial drugs. Results: A month after the surgery, the patient’s nails eventually showed dramatic improvement. Conclusions: Otorhinolaryngologists should recognize that chronic rhinosinusitis can be a symptom of YNS, and that the aggressive treatment including surgical approach for chronic rhinosinusitis may be a useful in the control of nail manifestation in YNS.

  8. Should anyone perform percutaneous endoscopic laser diskectomy and percutaneous lumbar disc decompressions?


    Epstein, Nancy E.


    Background: Increasingly, pain management specialists (P-S) (e.g., anesthesiologists, radiologists, or physiatrists), who are not spinal surgeons, are performing percutaneous endoscopic laser diskectomy (PELD), percutaneous lumbar disc decompression (PLDD), and target percutaneous laser disc decompression (T-PLDD) in patients with minimal/mild disc herniations. Here, theoretically, the laser vaporizes/shrinks a small portion of disc tissue that lowers intradiscal pressure/volume, and thereby ...

  9. Laser assisted robotic surgery in cornea transplantation (United States)

    Rossi, Francesca; Micheletti, Filippo; Magni, Giada; Pini, Roberto; Menabuoni, Luca; Leoni, Fabio; Magnani, Bernardo


    Robotic surgery is a reality in several surgical fields, such as in gastrointestinal surgery. In ophthalmic surgery the required high spatial precision is limiting the application of robotic system, and even if several attempts have been designed in the last 10 years, only some application in retinal surgery were tested in animal models. The combination of photonics and robotics can really open new frontiers in minimally invasive surgery, improving the precision, reducing tremor, amplifying scale of motion, and automating the procedure. In this manuscript we present the preliminary results in developing a vision guided robotic platform for laser-assisted anterior eye surgery. The robotic console is composed by a robotic arm equipped with an "end effector" designed to deliver laser light to the anterior corneal surface. The main intended application is for laser welding of corneal tissue in laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty and endothelial keratoplasty. The console is equipped with an integrated vision system. The experiment originates from a clear medical demand in order to improve the efficacy of different surgical procedures: when the prototype will be optimized, other surgical areas will be included in its application, such as neurosurgery, urology and spinal surgery.


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    Schrijvers, Michiel L.; van Riel, Eva L.; Langendijk, Johannes A.; Dikkers, Frederik G.; Schuuring, Ed; van der Wal, Jacqueline E.; van der Laan, Bernard F. A. M.

    Background. Clinical outcome of endoscopic CO(2) laser surgery and radiotherapy in early-stage glottic laryngeal carcinoma is difficult to compare because of differences in treatment selection and patient groups. Therefore, we compared local control, overall survival, and laryngeal preservation in a

  11. Ex vivo feasibility study of endoscopic intraductal laser ablation of the breast. (United States)

    de Boorder, Tjeerd; Waaijer, Laurien; van Diest, Paul J; Witkamp, Arjen J


    To determine the feasibility and safety of breast endoscopic thulium laser ablation for treatment of intraductal neoplasia. Ductoscopy is a minimally invasive endoscopic approach of the milk ducts of the breast via the nipple. Besides diagnosis in women with pathologic nipple discharge (PND), it allows non-invasive removal of intraductal lesions with a stalk like papillomas. Removal, however, is often incomplete and flat lesions cannot be targeted. We therefore developed laser ductoscopy. Dosimetry of laser ductoscopy was assessed in thirteen mastectomy specimens, applying power settings of 1-5 W with 100-1000 ms pulsed exposure to a 375-μm outer diameter thulium fiber laser. Subsequently histology was obtained from the breast tissue that was treated with the Thulium laser. Endoscopic view was maintained during ductoscopic laser ablation at 1-3 W. Increasing power to 4-5 W caused impaired vision due to shrinkage of the main duct around the ductoscope tip. Histology revealed localized ablation of the duct wall. We show for the first time that laser ductoscopy is technically feasible. The Thulium laser enables a superficial intraductal ablation and is a useful tool for intraductal interventions. An in vivo prospective study is needed to further demonstrate its potential. Lasers Surg. Med. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. The use of laser in hysteroscopic surgery. (United States)

    Nappi, Luigi; Sorrentino, Felice; Angioni, Stefano; Pontis, Alessandro; Greco, Pantaleo


    The term laser, an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, covers a wide range of devices. Lasers are commonly described by the emitted wavelength that covers the entire light spectrum from infrared to ultraviolet and the active lasing medium. Currently, over forty different types of lasers have found application in medicine. Moreover, advances made by gynecologists in the field of operative hysteroscopy have developed a very great interest in the use of surgical lasers. Technical improvements in hysteroscopes and lasers have led several gynecologists to evaluate their use in the surgical treatment of intrauterine pathologies. This narrative review concerns the most common used lasers in hysteroscopic surgery with particular attention to the latest promising results of the laser technology.

  13. Comparing the 810nm Diode Laser with Conventional Surgery in ...

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    ... with the diode laser required less infiltration anaesthesia, had reduced bleeding during and after surgery, rapid postoperative haemostasis, elimination of the need for sutures and an improved postoperative comfort and healing. Keywords: Diode laser, conventional surgery, orthodontics, Laser therapy, laser surgery ...

  14. Computer-assessed performance of psychomotor skills in endoscopic otolaryngology surgery: construct validity of the Dundee Endoscopic Psychomotor Otolaryngology Surgery Trainer (DEPOST). (United States)

    Ross, Peter D; Steven, Richard; Zhang, Dong; Li, Heng; Abel, Eric W


    This study was undertaken to introduce and establish the value of the Dundee Endoscopic Psychomotor Otolaryngology Surgery Trainer (DEPOST) as a customisable, objective real-time scoring system for trainee assessment. The construct validity of the system was assessed by comparing the performance of experienced otolaryngologists with that of otolaryngology trainees, junior doctors and medical students. Forty two subjects (13 Consultants, 8 senior trainees, 13 junior trainees and 8 junior doctors/medical students) completed a single test on DEPOST. The test involved using a 30° rigid endoscope and a probe with position sensor, to identify a series of lights in a complex 3-dimensional model. The system scored subjects for time, success rate, and economy of movement (distance travelled). An analysis of variance and correlation analysis were used for the data analysis, with statistical significance set at 0.05. Increasing experience led to significantly improved performance with the DEPOST (p < 0.01). Senior trainees' results were significantly better than those of consultant otolaryngologists in success rate and time (p < 0.05 & p < 0.05). Consultants were the most efficient in their movement (p = 0.051) CONCLUSIONS: The system provides an accurate and customisable assessment of endoscopic skill in otolaryngologists. The DEPOST system has construct validity, with master surgeons and senior trainees completing the tasks more accurately without sacrificing execution time, success rate or efficiency of movement.

  15. Haptic Feedback in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)

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    Do, Thanh Nho


    Flexible tendon sheath mechanism is commonly used in NOTES systems because it offers high flexibility, light weight, and easy transmission. Due to the size constraints and sterilization problems, traditional sensors like force/torque sensor are extremely difficult to place at the tool tips of surgical arms. In addition, nonlinear dynamic friction and backlash cause challenges to provide haptic feedback to the surgeons when the robotic arms are inside the patient's body. Hence, it is extremely difficult to provide the force information to haptic devices and subsequently to the surgeons. To deal with these problems, in this paper we propose a new approach of friction model in the tendon-sheath mechanism to provide the force at distal end of endoscopic system. In comparison with current approaches in the literature, the proposed model is able to provide force information at zero velocity and it is smooth. In addition, the model is independent configuration and able to capture friction force with any complex shea...

  16. Fulfilling the promise of laser refractive surgery. (United States)

    Lawless, Michael A; Potvin, Richard J


    To review the characteristics required to perform accurate and precise laser refractive surgery relative to the current state of the art and the technology improvements needed in the future. The general characteristics for laser refractive surgery are identified and their relative contributions to a successful result considered. For each characteristic, the degree to which improvements in technology are likely to improve results is discussed. The environment (surgeon, site), technology (laser, aberrometer), and patient are identified as key factors affecting results. Although aberrometers appear to be clinically sufficient, improvements in laser beam characteristics and delivery should improve system consistency. Current registration technology may be a factor in variability from patient to patient, but the greatest contribution in this regard would appear to be patient biomechanical and healing response factors. Wavefront-guided laser refractive surgery has demonstrated an ability to be better than conventional surgery. Improvements in laser technology, registration technology, and biomechanical diagnostics are expected to further improve results. These potential improvements are expected to reduce variability and suggest that the final potential of this technology has not yet been realized.

  17. Postoperative otorhinolaryngologic complications in transnasal endoscopic surgery to access the skull base

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    Ricardo Landini Lutaif Dolci

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction: The large increase in the number of transnasal endoscopic skull base surgeries is a consequence of greater knowledge of the anatomic region, the development of specific materials and instruments, and especially the use of the nasoseptal flap as a barrier between the sinus tract (contaminated cavity and the subarachnoid space (sterile area, reducing the high risk of contamination. Objective: To assess the otorhinolaryngologic complications in patients undergoing endoscopic surgery of the skull base, in which a nasoseptal flap was used. Methods: This was a retrospective study that included patients who underwent endoscopic skull base surgery with creation of a nasoseptal flap, assessing for the presence of the following post-surgical complications: cerebrospinal fluid leak, meningitis, mucocele formation, nasal synechia, septal perforation (prior to posterior septectomy, internal nasal valve failure, epistaxis, and olfactory alterations. Results: The study assessed 41 patients undergoing surgery. Of these, 35 had pituitary adenomas (macro- or micro-adenomas; sellar and suprasellar extension, three had meningiomas (two tuberculum sellae and one olfactory groove, two had craniopharyngiomas, and one had an intracranial abscess. The complications were cerebrospinal fluid leak (three patients; 7.3%, meningitis (three patients; 7.3%, nasal fossa synechia (eight patients; 19.5%, internal nasal valve failure (six patients; 14.6%, and complaints of worsening of the sense of smell (16 patients; 39%. The olfactory test showed anosmia or hyposmia in ten patients (24.3%. No patient had mucocele, epistaxis, or septal perforation. Conclusion: The use of the nasoseptal flap has revolutionized endoscopic skull base surgery, making the procedures more effective and with lower morbidity compared to the traditional route. However, although mainly transient nasal morbidities were observed, in some cases, permanent hyposmia and anosmia resulted

  18. Endolaryngeal contact laser surgery and voice function (United States)

    Plouzhnikov, Marius S.; Lopotko, Anatoly I.


    The paper deals with the analysis of the voice function in patients with laryngeal pathology who had undergone Nd:YAG contact laser surgery. Surgery technique is believed to be gentle and sparing not only structurally but also functionally. It was shown that the methods of function evaluation of phonation such as the voice dynamic range, the main tone testing, transient characteristics of speech tracing, spectrography and electroreolaryngography can serve as a helpful tool in diagnostics and treatment follow-up. Benign laryngeal growths, cysts, scarring, hypertrophic laryngitis and cancer tumors comprise an essential group leading to phonation disturbances. In recent years essentially new surgical approaches have been initiated in the management of these pathologies. It is assumed that voice function quality is dependent not only on the nature, extent and site of the pathology but, also on the technique of the surgery employed and, consequently, on the degree of operative trauma. Contact laser excisions are, among modern sparing methods of laryngeal surgery. It has been shown that contact laser methods are more advantageous as compared to conventional surgery. The present investigation is aimed at exploring phonation in patients with various laryngeal pathology after Nd:YAG contact laser surgery.

  19. Development of preoperative planning software for transforaminal endoscopic surgery and the guidance for clinical applications. (United States)

    Chen, Xiaojun; Cheng, Jun; Gu, Xin; Sun, Yi; Politis, Constantinus


    Preoperative planning is of great importance for transforaminal endoscopic techniques applied in percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy. In this study, a modular preoperative planning software for transforaminal endoscopic surgery was developed and demonstrated. The path searching method is based on collision detection, and the oriented bounding box was constructed for the anatomical models. Then, image reformatting algorithms were developed for multiplanar reconstruction which provides detailed anatomical information surrounding the virtual planned path. Finally, multithread technique was implemented to realize the steady-state condition of the software. A preoperative planning software for transforaminal endoscopic surgery (TE-Guider) was developed; seven cases of patients with symptomatic lumbar disc herniations were planned preoperatively using TE-Guider. The distances to the midlines and the direction of the optimal paths were exported, and each result was in line with the empirical value. TE-Guider provides an efficient and cost-effective way to search the ideal path and entry point for the puncture. However, more clinical cases will be conducted to demonstrate its feasibility and reliability.

  20. Small neuroendocrine tumor of the duodenal bulb: Endoscopic submucosal dissection, laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery or surgery?

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    Nikolaos V Chrysanthos


    Full Text Available Neuroendocrine neoplasms of the gastric tube are less common than adenocarcinomas. Topography includes stomach, small intestine, Vater ampulla, and gross intestine. They are graded as neuroendocrine tumors grade I and II (NETs GI and GII and neuroendocrine carcinomas GIII based on Ki-67 index and mitotic count. [1] Endoscopic treatment for GI NETs ≤1 cm that does not extend beyond the submucosal layer and does not demonstrate lymph node metastasis is recommended. Tumors ≥2 cm, with lymph node metastasis, are indicated for surgical treatment. The treatment strategy for tumors between 10 and 20 mm in size remains controversial. [2] We present a rare case of a 60-year-old male patient with end-stage renal failure who underwent a screening pretransplantation endoscopic control. Colonoscopy had no pathological findings. Gastroscopy reveals an abnormal mucosa in the anterior upper part of the duodenal bulb that was described as a micronodular mucosa and a central nodule of 6 mm with erythematous mucosa. Histology of the micronodular mucosa reveals a heterotopic gastric mucosa and a small hyperplastic polyp. Biopsies from the nodule reveal a carcinoid tumor (NET GI. Immunohistochemistry: Positive chromogranin levels, low mitotic index (1/10 HPF, and Ki-67 index 2 cm and those of the duodenal bulb with histological extensions and the lack of assessing depth invasion.

  1. Should anyone perform percutaneous endoscopic laser diskectomy and percutaneous lumbar disc decompressions? (United States)

    Epstein, Nancy E


    Increasingly, pain management specialists (P-S) (e.g., anesthesiologists, radiologists, or physiatrists), who are not spinal surgeons, are performing percutaneous endoscopic laser diskectomy (PELD), percutaneous lumbar disc decompression (PLDD), and target percutaneous laser disc decompression (T-PLDD) in patients with minimal/mild disc herniations. Here, theoretically, the laser vaporizes/shrinks a small portion of disc tissue that lowers intradiscal pressure/volume, and thereby provides "symptomatic relief" (e.g., low back pain/radiculopathy). Nevertheless, the vast majority of these patients experience spontaneous relief of their complaints over several months without any intervention. A literature review revealed that P-S specialists are performing PELD/PLDD/T-PLDD to address minimal/mild disc herniations. However, multiple well-designed studies confirmed that PELD/PLDD/T-PLDD were ineffective for managing acute/chronic pain in these patients. Several randomized clinical trials documented the lack of clinical efficacy of PELD/PLDD/T-PLLD procedures over microdiskectomy. PELD/PLDD/T-PLDD correlated with only 60-70% success rates with higher reoperation rates (e.g., up to 38%) vs. 90% success rates for routine microdiskectomy (e.g., with faster recovery and only 16% reoperation rates). Nevertheless, without surgical training, P-S are performing these procedures and are, therefore, unable to adddress perioperative/postoperative PELD/PLDD/T-PLDD surgical complications. Pain management specialists, who are not trained spinal surgeons, should not perform PELD/PLDD/T-PLDD surgery to treat minimal/mild disc herniations. Not only do most of these discs resolve spontaneously over several months but also they are largely ineffective. Furthermore, there is no evidence to support the superiority of PELD/PLDD/T-PLDD procedures over microdiskectomy even if performed by spinal specialists.

  2. Femtosecond laser corneal refractive surgery (United States)

    Kurtz, Ron M.; Spooner, Greg J. R.; Sletten, Karin R.; Yen, Kimberly G.; Sayegh, Samir I.; Loesel, Frieder H.; Horvath, Christopher; Liu, HsiaoHua; Elner, Victor; Cabrera, Delia; Muenier, Marie-Helene; Sacks, Zachary S.; Juhasz, Tibor


    We evaluated the efficacy, safety, and stability of femtosecond laser intrastromal refractive procedures in ex vivo and in vivo models. When compared with longer pulsewidth nanosecond or picosecond laser pulses, femtosecond laser-tissue interactions are characterized by significantly smaller and more deterministic photodisruptive energy thresholds, as well as reduced shock waves and smaller cavitation bubbles. We utilized a highly reliable, all-solid-state femtosecond laser system for all studies to demonstrate clinical practicality. Contiguous tissue effects were achieved by scanning a 5 μm focused laser spot below the corneal surface at pulse energies of approximately 2 - 4 microjoules. A variety of scanning patterns was used to perform three prototype procedures in animal eyes; corneal flap cutting, keratomileusis, and intrastromal vision correction. Superior dissection and surface quality results were obtained for lamellar procedures (corneal flap cutting and keratomileusis). Preliminary in vivo evaluation of intrastromal vision correction in a rabbit model revealed consistent and stable pachymetry changes, without significant inflammation or loss of corneal transparency. We conclude that femtosecond laser technology may be able to perform a variety of corneal refractive procedures with high precision, offering advantages over current mechanical and laser devices and techniques.

  3. Motion Compensation of Tendon-Sheath Driven Continuum Manipulator for Endoscopic Surgery

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    Lau K. C.


    Full Text Available Tendon-sheath actuation mechanism is widely used in surgical robot, especially in endoscopic surgery, due to its capable of providing remote force and action transmission through long and flexible channel. However, hysteresis, backlash, nonlinear friction are the drawbacks of this mechanism. Our surgical robot use continuum manipulator which is useful in endoscopic surgery, due to its flexible and simple structure. Unlike other literatures that focus on tendon-sheath compensation only, the continuum manipulator is also taken into application level analysis. A model based feedforward motion compensation for tendon-sheath driven continuum manipulator is presented. The model is validated by using optical tracking system to trace the distal end position. Experiment result shows that the proposed model reduces the position error less than 5%.

  4. [Endoscopic tattooing of colorectal neoplasms and laparoscopic surgery: technical aspects and recommendations]. (United States)

    Bashankaev, B N; Shishin, K V; Veselov, V V; Mitrakov, A A; Velikanov, E V

    Accurate mapping of colorectal neoplasms is needed in many clinical situations. Intraoperative mapping of small lesions previously detected by endoscopy is often challenging, especially during laparoscopic surgery. Tumor location assessed during colonoscopy may be inaccurate because of limitations of the procedure. Small flat neoplasms with signs of invasiveness, which are hard to detect by palpation, hold a special place. The same situation is observed for nonradical endoscopic resection of malignant polyps or early cancer, when visual examination shows that the tumor masses have been completely resected but histological examination reveals the positive lateral or horizontal resection margin. Endoscopic tattooing is an effective, safe, and economically sound method to mark intraluminal colorectal neoplasms, which allows one to perform minimally invasive surgeries without using additional operating room resources.

  5. Lasers in oral surgery and implantology (United States)

    Vescovi, Paolo


    The usefulness of laser for oral hard tissue procedure such as caries treatment, impacted teeth extraction, periodontal therapy, peri-implantitis management, sinus lifting is reported by several Authors [1]. Conventionally, mechanical rotary instruments and hand instruments are employed for bone surgery. Rotary instruments have better accessibility and cutting efficiency, but there is a risk of excessive heating of bone tissue and caution must be exercised to avoid the bur becoming entangled with surrounding soft tissues and the reflected flap. The main clinical advantages of the lasers are represented by minimal patient discomfort, good recovery with decreased or absent post-operative pain. In the last ten years are described in the international literature great advantages of Laser Surgery and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) performed with different wavelength in addition to traditional surgical techniques to improve bone and soft tissue healing and for pain and infection control.

  6. Effect of pubic bone marrow edema on recovery from endoscopic surgery for athletic pubalgia. (United States)

    Kuikka, L; Hermunen, H; Paajanen, H


    Athletic pubalgia (sportsman's hernia) is often repaired by surgery. The presence of pubic bone marrow edema (BME) in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may effect on the outcome of surgery. Surgical treatment of 30 patients with athletic pubalgia was performed by placement of totally extraperitoneal endoscopic mesh behind the painful groin area. The presence of pre-operative BME was graded from 0 to 3 using MRI and correlated to post-operative pain scores and recovery to sports activity 2 years after operation. The operated athletes participated in our previous prospective randomized study. The athletes with (n = 21) or without (n = 9) pubic BME had similar patients' characteristics and pain scores before surgery. Periostic and intraosseous edema at symphysis pubis was related to increase of post-operative pain scores only at 3 months after surgery (P = 0.03) but not to long-term recovery. Two years after surgery, three athletes in the BME group and three in the normal MRI group needed occasionally pain medication for chronic groin pain, and 87% were playing at the same level as before surgery. This study indicates that the presence of pubic BME had no remarkable long-term effect on recovery from endoscopic surgical treatment of athletic pubalgia. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. The Management of Unplanned Erection during Endoscopic Urological Surgery (United States)

    Gray, Martin; Vasdev, Nikhil; Gowrie-Mohan, Shan; McNicholas, Tom


    Penile erection at the time of urological surgery is a rare but problematic event which can delay, complicate or even lead to the cancellation of planned surgery. Erection may occur irrespective of the type of anesthetic method employed. Several techniques for treatment of this troublesome complication have been described in the literature, all with varying levels of success and potential adverse effects. In our experience over the last 25 years, we have found that intracavernous injection of ephedrine into the penis has a 100% success rate in safely producing detumescence with minimum side effects and should therefore be considered early among the treatment options for this condition. PMID:28878592

  8. Oral nifedipine as a premedication for induced hypotension in functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)


    Hassanein, Ahmed; Talaat, Moustafa


    Objective: To evaluate the effects of oral nifedipine as pretreatment, quality of surgical field and amount of hypotensive agent during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) under general anesthesia. Methods: Sixty patients ASA I or II scheduled for FESS were randomly allocated into two equal groups. Oral nifedipine 20 mg was given one hour before induction of anesthesia (nifedipine) group and placebo. In the other group (control), all the patients received standard anesthesia and mon...

  9. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery--I (Anatomy, diagnosis, evaluation and technique.

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    Full Text Available It has been proved beyond doubt that the causation and perpetuation of disease in the dependent sinuses (maxillary and frontal sinuses is secondary to disease of the ostiomeatal complex, the primary focus of which is the anterior ethmoid. Based on this concept, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS aims at correcting the underlying pathology in the ethmoids and helps to re-establish normal ventilation and mucociliary clearance of the dependent sinuses.

  10. Impact of Controlled Induced Hypotension on Cognitive Functions of Patients Undergoing Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery


    Nowak, Stanis?aw; O?dak, Anna; Kluzik, Anna; Drobnik, Leon


    Background Controlled induced hypotension guarantees less blood loss and better visibility of the surgical site. The impact of hypotension on post-operative cognitive functions is still being discussed. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of controlled induced hypotension on the cognitive functions of patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). Material/Methods We allocated 47 patients with a good grade of preoperative cognitive functions evaluated with...

  11. [Totally extraperitoneal endoscopic surgery of inguinal hernia: results of 250 hernia repairs]. (United States)

    Zamora-Amorós, Carmen; Calado-Leal, Carlos; Illán-Riquelme, Azahara; Camacho-Lozano, Julio; Ripoll-Martín, Roberto; Diego-Esteve, Manuel


    The totally extraperitoneal endoscopic approach in the surgery of the inguinal hernia has experienced an important change, enabling a mesh to be implanted in the pre-peritoneal space with a comfortable access, as well as contributing to the advantages of minimally invasive surgery (less post-operative pain and a faster recovery). The objective of this study is to analyse the results of TEP endoscopic hernioplasty, mainly in the repair of bilateral hernias and recurrences or multiple recurrences. A total of 250 TEP endoscopic hernioplasties have been performed on 150 patients in the las 5 years. The majority (63%) of the patients subjected to surgery had bilateral hernias, and 16%, recurrent. Large and complicated iguinal-scrotal hernias were excluded. A short stay regimen was followed, establishing a protocol of, analgesia, antibiotic, antithrombotic prophylaxis, and collection of post-surgical data such as analgesia demand. The patients were given a questionnaire on discharge, in which they filled in the fields on post-surgical pain, as well as an attached satisfaction questionnaire. The reduced need for post-surgical analgesia was noteworthy in this series, being totally unnecessary at 24h in 70 patients (46.6%), reaching 121 (80.6%) one month after surgery. There were 6 cases (4%) of reconversion, always due to opening of the peritoneal sac. There were no wound infections, 2% mild orchiepididymitis, 6 (2.4%) recurrence, and one (0.4%) inguinal neuralgia. There was a high level of satisfaction (95%). TEP endoscopic hernioplasty is a very effective and safe procedure in the hands of experienced surgeons with specific training. It is an interesting option in bliateral and recurrent hernia as it obtains satisfactory results in terms of postoperative pain and morbidity. Copyright © 2011 AEC. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.


    ZORRON, Ricardo; GALVÃO-NETO, Manoel Passos; CAMPOS, Josemberg; BRANCO, Alcides José; SAMPAIO, José; JUNGHANS, Tido; BOTHE, Claudia; BENZING, Christian; KRENZIEN, Felix


    ABSTRACT Background: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a standard therapy in bariatric surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding, although with good results in the literature, are showing higher rates of treatment failure to reduce obesity-associated morbidity and body weight. Other problems after bariatric may occur, as band erosion, gastroesophageal reflux disease and might be refractory to medication. Therefore, a laparoscopic conversion to a RYGB can be an effective alternative, as long as specific indications for revision are fulfilled. Objective: The objective of this study was to analyse own and literature data on revisional bariatric procedures to evaluate best alternatives to current practice. Methods: Institutional experience and systematic review from the literature on revisional bariatric surgery. Results: Endoscopic procedures are recently applied to ameliorate failure and complications of bariatric procedures. Therapy failure following RYGB occurs in up to 20%. Transoral outlet reduction is currently an alternative method to reduce the gastrojejunal anastomosis. The diameter and volume of sleeve gastrectomy can enlarge as well, which can be reduced by endoscopic full-thickness sutures longitudinally. Dumping syndrome and severe hypoglycemic episodes (neuroglycopenia) can be present in patients following RYGB. The hypoglycemic episodes have to be evaluated and usually can be treated conventionally. To avoid partial pancreatectomy or conversion to normal anatomy, a new laparoscopic approach with remnant gastric resection and jejunal interposition can be applied in non-responders alternatively. Hypoglycemic episodes are ameliorated while weight loss is sustained. Conclusion: Revisional and endoscopic procedures following bariatric surgery in patients with collateral symptomatic or treatment failure can be applied. Conventional non-surgical approaches should have been applied intensively before a revisional surgery will be indicated. Former complex

  13. Alternative Treatment of Osteoma Using an Endoscopic Holmium-YAG Laser

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    Ba Leun Han


    Full Text Available Osteoma is one of the most common tumors of the cranial vault and the facial skeleton. For osteoma in the facial region, endoscopic resection is widely used to prevent surgical scarring. Tumors in a total of 14 patients were resected using an endoscopic holmium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Ho:YAG laser with a long flexible fiber. Aside from having the advantage of not leaving a scar due to the use of endoscopy, this procedure allowed resection at any position, was minimally invasive, and caused less postoperative pain. This method yielded excellent cosmetic results, so the endoscopic Ho:YAG laser is expected to emerge as a good treatment option for osteoma.

  14. Imaging-assisted endoscopic surgery: Cleveland Clinic experience. (United States)

    Ukimura, Osamu; Gill, Inderbir S


    Our initial experience in using computer-aided image assistance in minimally invasive urology was reported. The system consisted of a computer and a localizer allowing spatial localization of the position of the various surgical instruments, using a magnetic sensor as well as an optical sensor. Available imaging modality included real-time ultrasound as well as preoperative computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We first clinically applied the fusion system of real-time US with preoperative CT or MRI for percutanous radiofrequency/cryoablation for renal tumor. We also clinically applied an augmented reality visualization system that helps the laparoscopic surgeon to understand three-dimensional (3D) anatomies beyond the surgical view. Augmented reality was feasible and useful to facilitate the surgeon's direct interpretation of 3D anatomies of cancer or vital anatomies beyond the surgical view, using preoperative CT data during laparoscopic partial nephrectomy and intraoperative transrectal US during laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. To our knowledge, we report the first clinical use of augmented reality technology in urology. Imaging assistance beyond the endoscopic surgical view could increase the precision for and confidence of the surgeon, providing preoperative oncological data and understanding of the surrounding vital anatomies. Novel computer-based emerging techniques with 3D imaging technologies potentially indicate the ideal dissection plane to achieve better oncological outcomes as well as to maximize functional preservation.

  15. Successful treatment of atypical cesarean scar defect using endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Masuda, Hirotaka; Uchida, Hiroshi; Maruyama, Tetsuo; Sato, Kenji; Sato, Suguru; Tanaka, Mamoru


    Cesarean scar syndrome results from a postoperative defect of the uterine isthmus, also known as an isthmocele. Patients present with gynecological symptoms, such as abnormal genital bleeding or infertility, after cesarean delivery. Although the cesarean rate is increasing worldwide, this syndrome is not widely known. A 43-year-old G2P1 Japanese woman with atypical cesarean scar syndrome had a 3-year history of secondary infertility and postmenstrual brown discharge. Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic exploration revealed a cesarean scar defect connected to a small cavity in the myometrium: this was not an endometrial cavity or a uterine diverticulum. After endoscopic excision of the cavity, the brown discharge resolved, and the patient achieved ongoing pregnancy on her third attempt at intrauterine insemination. Consensus is still lacking regarding the diagnosis and treatment of cesarean scar defect. However, the gynecologists should be aware that cesarean scar syndrome can have scar defects forming cavities of unusual shapes and features. Surgical correction of these defects will often improve postmenstrual bleeding and subfertility in these cases.

  16. The Evolution and Advancement of Endoscopic Foraminal Surgery: One Surgeon's Experience Incorporating Adjunctive Techologies (United States)


    Background Endoscopic spine surgery has evolved gradually through improvements in endoscope design, instrumentation, and surgical techniques. The ability to visualize and treat painful pathology endoscopically through the foramen has opened the door for the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine (from T10 to S1). Other endoscopic techniques for treating a painful disc have been focused on a posterior approach and has been compared with micro–lumbar discectomy. These procedures have not been more effective than open microdiscectomy but are less invasive, have less surgical morbidity, and allow for more rapid surgical recovery. Spinal decompression and fusion was the fallback procedure when nonsurgical treatment or discectomy failed to relieve sciatica and back pain. Foraminal endoscopic surgery, however, provides a truly minimally invasive alternative approach to the pathoanatomy of the lumbar spine because it preserves the multifidus muscle, maintains motion, and eliminates or, at worst, delays the need for fusion. Methods The following developments helped facilitate the evolution of a transforaminal endoscopic surgery procedure for disc herniations from a foraminal disc decompression, also known as percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy, to a more complete foraminal surgical technique that can address spinal stenosis and spinal instability. This expanded capability gives foraminal endoscopic surgery distinct advantages and flexibility for certain painful degenerative conditions compared with open surgery. Advancement of the technique occurred when needle trajectory and placement was refined to better target each type of herniation with precise needle and cannula positioning directed at the herniation. New instrumentation and inclusion of a biportal technique also facilitated removal of extruded, migrated, and sequestered disc herniations. The further development of foraminoscopes with larger working channels and high speed

  17. Improved planning of endoscopic sinonasal surgery from 3-dimensional images with Osirix® and stereolithography. (United States)

    Sánchez-Gómez, Serafín; Herrero-Salado, Tomás F; Maza-Solano, Juan M; Ropero-Romero, Francisco; González-García, Jaime; Ambrosiani-Fernández, Jesús


    The high variability of sinonasal anatomy requires the best knowledge of its three-dimensional (3D) conformation to perform surgery more safely and efficiently. The aim of the study was to validate the utility of Osirix® and stereolithography in improving endoscopic sinonasal surgery planning. Osirix® was used as a viewer and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) 3D imaging manager to improve planning for 114 sinonasal endoscopic operations with polyposis (86) and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) (28). Stereolithography rapid prototyping was used for 7 frontoethmoidal mucoceles. Using Osirix® and stereolithography, a greater number of anatomical structures were identified and this was done faster, with a statistically-significant clinical-radiological correlation (Pvirtual reality, allows surgeons to perform endoscopic sinonasal surgery with greater confidence and in less time than using 2D images. Residents also achieve surgical competence faster, more safely and with fewer complications. This beneficial impact is increased when the surgical team has stereolithography rapid prototyping in more complex cases. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Otorrinolaringología y Patología Cérvico-Facial. All rights reserved.

  18. [Neurophysiological identification of the cranial nerves in endoscopic endonasal surgery of skull base tumors]. (United States)

    Shkarubo, A N; Ogurtsova, A A; Moshchev, D A; Lubnin, A Yu; Andreev, D N; Koval', K V; Chernov, I V

    Intraoperative identification of the cranial nerves is a useful technique in removal of skull base tumors through the endoscopic endonasal approach. Searching through the scientific literature found one pilot study on the use of triggered electromyography (t-EMG) for identification of the VIth nerve in endonasal endoscopic surgery of skull base tumors (D. San-Juan, et al, 2014). The study objective was to prevent iatrogenic injuries to the cranial nerves without reducing the completeness of tumor tissue resection. In 2014, 5 patients were operated on using the endoscopic endonasal approach. Surgeries were performed for large skull base chordomas (2 cases) and trigeminal nerve neurinomas located in the cavernous sinus (3). Intraoperatively, identification of the cranial nerves was performed by triggered electromyography using a bipolar electrode (except 1 case of chordoma where a monopolar electrode was used). Evaluation of the functional activity of the cranial nerves was carried out both preoperatively and postoperatively. Tumor resection was total in 4 out of 5 cases and subtotal (chordoma) in 1 case. Intraoperatively, the IIIrd (2 patients), Vth (2), and VIth (4) cranial nerves were identified. No deterioration in the function of the intraoperatively identified nerves was observed in the postoperative period. In one case, no responses from the VIth nerve on the right (in the cavernous sinus region) were intraoperatively obtained, and deep paresis (up to plegia) of the nerve-innervated muscles developed in the postoperative period. The nerve function was not impaired before surgery. The t-EMG technique is promising and requires further research.

  19. Endoscope-assisted conservative condylectomy combined with orthognathic surgery in the treatment of mandibular condylar osteochondroma. (United States)

    Yu, Hongbo; Jiao, Feifei; Li, Biao; Zhang, Lei; Shen, Steve Guofang; Wang, Xudong


    Mandibular condylar osteochondroma (OC) results in asymmetric prognathism with facial morphologic and functional disturbance. The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of endoscope-assisted conservative condylectomy combined with simultaneous orthognathic surgery in the treatment of condylar OC. Thirteen patients with OC of the mandibular condyle were enrolled in this study. With the aid of endoscope, condylar OC resection and conservative condylectomy were carried out via intraoral approach. A direct vision of the magnified and illuminated operative field was realized. Simultaneous orthognathic surgery was used to correct facial asymmetry and malocclusion. All patients healed uneventfully. No facial nerve injury and salivary fistula occurred. Facial symmetry and morphology were greatly improved, and stable occlusion was obtained in all cases. The patients showed no signs of recurrence and temporomandibular joint ankylosis in the 16 to 54 months of follow-up. Endoscope-assisted tumor resection and condylectomy combined with simultaneous orthognathic surgery provide us a valuable option in the treatment of mandibular condylar OC.

  20. Management of gastroesophageal reflux disease: medications, surgery, or endoscopic therapy? (Current status and trends). (United States)

    Zhi, Xu-ting; Kavic, Stephen M; Park, Adrian E


    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common chronic disorder in the Western world. The basic cause of GERD has been well characterized--the fundamental defect is a loss of integrity of the gastroesophageal barrier. What is less clear is the most appropriate means of addressing this reflux. GERD has a variety of symptoms, ranging from typical presentations of heartburn and regurgitation (without esophagitis) to atypical presentations, such as severe erosive esophagitis and its associated complications. Because of its symptomatic diversity, physicians may select from a variety of therapeutic approaches. Medical therapy aims at decreasing acidity by suppressing proton secretion and has been well established. Available medications include antacids and alginates, H2-receptor antagonists, motility agents, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Antireflux surgery, commonly performed laparoscopically, aims at reinforcing and repairing the defective barrier through plication of the gastric fundus. The earliest performed successful procedures were the Nissen and Toupet fundoplications, to which several modifications have since been made. It has been demonstrated in preliminary studies and long-term outcomes of such open surgery and preliminary studies of such laparoscopic surgery that antireflux surgery is an effective approach, with overall outcomes superior to those achieved with medications. The precise indications for the surgical treatment of patients with GERD, however, remain controversial. In recent years, endoscopic intraluminal antireflux approaches have attracted the attention of physicians, surgeons, and commercial companies, especially after the approval of two endoscopic intraluminal methods by the United States FDA in 2000. The common element is prevention of acid reflux by construction of a functional or controlled barrier in the lower esophageal sphincter zone. Three main methods are currently employed: endoscopic intraluminal valvuloplasty, endoscopic

  1. Endoscopic treatment of pharyngeal pouches: electrocoagulation vs carbon dioxide (CO2) laser

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    Flikweert, D. C.; van der Baan, S.


    Endoscopic treatment of a hypopharyngeal diverticulum was performed in 75 patients during the period 1976-1990. Initially electrocoagulation was used to divide the septum between the diverticulum and oesophagus. More recently, the CO2 laser combined with the operating microscope has been used.

  2. Changes in regional ventilation and perfusion of the lung after endoscopic laser treatment.


    George, P J; Clarke, G.; Tolfree, S; Garrett, C P; Hetzel, M R


    To determine whether endoscopic laser treatment improves both ventilation and perfusion in patients with advanced lung cancer, krypton-81m ventilation and technetium-99m labelled macro-aggregate perfusion scanning was performed immediately before and two or four days after treatment in a consecutive series of 28 patients. Twelve patients had not received any other treatment before laser therapy and 16 had undergone previous treatments that included radiotherapy. Ventilation and perfusion were...

  3. Outcome of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery in Inflammatory Sinonasal Patients: A Descriptive Study

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    S Hashemi


    Full Text Available Background: Various systems of Computerized Tomographic (CT staging and scoring have been applied to define the extent of sinus abnormality and the degree of mucosal thickening. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS has been used with considerable success rate to treat chronic sinonasal patients unresponsive to medical therapy. This study was designed to investigate the relationship between the result of CT scoring and staging and the outcome of surgery. Methods: The one year outcome of FESS together with preoperative CT staging and scoring were determined and compared with each other. Results: Compared to those with higher stages (III and IV, patients with lower preoperative CT stages (I and II had a significantly higher successful outcome of surgery. CT staging and scoring were obviously correlated. Conclusions: The results of this study show that preoperative CT staging and scoring are two useful means for better prediction of the long–term outcome of surgery one year after FESS. Keywords: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Chronic sinusitis, Computerized Tomography

  4. Endoscopic management of bariatric surgery complications: what the gastroenterologist should know

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    L.C.M. da Rocha


    Full Text Available Obesity is a serious disorder in almost the entire world. It is an important risk factor for a series of conditions that affect and threaten health. Currently, bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity, and in addition to the resulting weight loss, it reduces morbidity in this population. There has been a significant increase in the number of obese patients operated on. Despite the success of bariatric surgery, an important group of patients still present with major postoperative complications. In order for endoscopy to effectively contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of complications deriving from obesity surgery, the gastroenterologist must be aware of the particularities involved in bariatric surgery. The present article is a review of the resulting anatomic aspects of the main surgical techniques employed, the most common postoperative symptoms, the potential complications, and the possibilities that endoscopic diagnosis and treatment offer. Endoscopy is a growing and continuously evolving method in the treatment of bariatric surgery complications. The aim of this review is to contribute to the preparation of gastroenterologists so they can offer adequate endoscopic diagnosis and treatment to this high-risk population.

  5. Technical aspects of laser surgery for TTTS

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    Akkermans, J.


    This thesis consists of a series of studies on technical and procedural aspects of laser surgery for the treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a causal treatment modality first described by De Lia et al. in 1990. TTTS is caused by unbalanced blood flow across placental vascular

  6. Training to acquire psychomotor skills for endoscopic endonasal surgery using a personal webcam trainer. (United States)

    Hirayama, Ryuichi; Fujimoto, Yasunori; Umegaki, Masao; Kagawa, Naoki; Kinoshita, Manabu; Hashimoto, Naoya; Yoshimine, Toshiki


    Existing training methods for neuroendoscopic surgery have mainly emphasized the acquisition of anatomical knowledge and procedures for operating an endoscope and instruments. For laparoscopic surgery, various training systems have been developed to teach handling of an endoscope as well as the manipulation of instruments for speedy and precise endoscopic performance using both hands. In endoscopic endonasal surgery (EES), especially using a binostril approach to the skull base and intradural lesions, the learning of more meticulous manipulation of instruments is mandatory, and it may be necessary to develop another type of training method for acquiring psychomotor skills for EES. Authors of the present study developed an inexpensive, portable personal trainer using a webcam and objectively evaluated its utility. Twenty-five neurosurgeons volunteered for this study and were divided into 2 groups, a novice group (19 neurosurgeons) and an experienced group (6 neurosurgeons). Before and after the exercises of set tasks with a webcam box trainer, the basic endoscopic skills of each participant were objectively assessed using the virtual reality simulator (LapSim) while executing 2 virtual tasks: grasping and instrument navigation. Scores for the following 11 performance variables were recorded: instrument time, instrument misses, instrument path length, and instrument angular path (all of which were measured in both hands), as well as tissue damage, max damage, and finally overall score. Instrument time was indicated as movement speed; instrument path length and instrument angular path as movement efficiency; and instrument misses, tissue damage, and max damage as movement precision. In the novice group, movement speed and efficiency were significantly improved after the training. In the experienced group, significant improvement was not shown in the majority of virtual tasks. Before the training, significantly greater movement speed and efficiency were demonstrated in

  7. Endoscopic surgery in the treatment of crista galli pneumatization evolving with localizated frontal headaches

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    Socher, Jan Alessandro


    Full Text Available Introduction: The crista galli is part of the ethmoid bone and thus may suffer from the process of pneumatization. Pneumatization occurs in between 3% and 14% of patients, resulting from air cells in the frontal or ethmoid sinuses. Aim: To describe 3 cases of crista galli pneumatization in which the patients developed infection and were treated surgically by endoscopic techniques. Method: We present 3 case studies of patients complaining of severe frontal headaches. The patients underwent ENT evaluation, examination by video-endoscopy, and computed tomography, which identified crista galli pneumatization with mucosal thickening and the presence of fluid. Patients underwent treatment with antibiotics and corticosteroids; however, they showed no symptomatic improvement, displayed recurrence of symptoms, and maintained radiographic changes. Thus, patients then underwent drainage through the crista galli via an endoscopic procedure. Discussion: During surgery, mucopurulence and/or mucosal thickening and edema were identified in the pneumatized crista galli. There were no complications during or after surgery. Postoperatively, headache was improved in patients after a minimum follow-up of 6 months. Conclusion: Crista galli pneumatization can result in infection, simulating rhinosinusitis. When there is little response to drug therapy, endoscopic surgical treatment is required; the current cases demonstrate that this technique is safe and effective.

  8. Endoscopic laser-assisted dacryocistorhinostomy DCR with the placement of a customised silicone and Teflon bicanalicular stent Endoscopic laser-assisted dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). (United States)

    D'Ecclesia, A; Cocchi, R F; Giordano, F; Mazzilli, E; Longo, C; Laborante, A

    We present our experience in endoscopic laser assisted dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) analyzing the results obtained with a new technique that involves placing bicanalicolar silicone stent more Teflon tube, in combination with paraseptal silastic sheet. In our study 49 of 57 patients (85%) at a mean follow up of at least 12 months have not reported epiphora or more episodes of acute dacryocystitis. 49 out of the 57 patients (85%) in our group reported no additional epiphora or episodes of acute dacryocystitis. Endoscopic DCR is currently the gold standard for sac and post-sac stenosis given the minimal invasiveness of the procedure and the long-term results that appear comparable to those obtained with extrinsic DCR. The principal problem is cicatricial stenosis that can occlude the stoma over time.

  9. Miniature endoscope for simultaneous optical coherence tomography and laser-induced fluorescence measurement (United States)

    Tumlinson, Alexandre R.; Hariri, Lida P.; Utzinger, Urs; Barton, Jennifer K.


    We have designed a multimodality system that combines optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) in a 2.0-mm-diameter endoscopic package. OCT provides ~18-μm resolution cross-sectional structural information over a 6-mm field. LIF spectra are collected sequentially at submillimeter resolution across the same field and provide histochemical information about the tissue. We present the use of a rod prism to reduce the asymmetry in the OCT beam caused by a cylindrical window. The endoscope has been applied to investigate mouse colon cancer in vivo.

  10. Endoscopic removal of a proximal urethral stent using a holmium laser: Case report and literature review

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    Francisco Botelho


    Full Text Available Urethral stents were initially developed for the management of urethral strictures and obstructive voiding disorders in select patients. Urethral stent complications are common and may require stent explantation, which is often quite challenging. We present our experience with endoscopic removal of an encrusted UroLume proximal urethral stent in a 72-year-old male using a holmium laser. The literature on various management options and outcomes for urethral stent removal is reviewed. Endoscopic removal of proximal urethral stents is feasible and safe and should be considered as the primary treatment option in patients requiring stent extraction.

  11. Endoscopic tympanoplasty

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    Abdulvahap Akyigit


    Full Text Available Middle ear surgery is usually performed using a surgical microscope. Initially, in otorhinolaryngology practice, endoscopes were used for paranasal sinus surgeries. It was only later that they were applied in the area of otology. In otologic surgeries, endoscopes were first used to visualize the middle ear, before being used to assist with visualization of instruments during cholesteatoma surgeries, although they are still not used alone in various otologic surgeries. As in other surgical fields, there is also a trend towards minimally invasive intervention in the field of otorhinolaryngology. Smaller incisions performed under the guidance of endoscopes are preferred over conventional large incisions. Using this approach, improved outcomes can be achieved and postoperative morbidities can be reduced. In addition, the outcomes of grafts performed using the endoscopic approach are similar to that achieved by the microscopic approach. Therefore, endoscopic ear surgery implementations are becoming increasingly popular.

  12. Laser Eye Surgery: MedlinePlus Health Topic (United States)

    ... corneal surgery - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish Topic Image MedlinePlus Email Updates Get Laser Eye Surgery ... surgery - what to ask your doctor Related Health Topics Refractive Errors National Institutes of Health The primary ...

  13. The value of endoscope assistance during transcranial surgery for tuberculum sellae meningiomas. (United States)

    Marx, Sascha; Clemens, Stefan; Schroeder, Henry W S


    OBJECTIVE In tuberculum sellae meningioma (TSM) surgery, endonasal approaches are claimed to have a superior visual outcome compared with transcranial approaches. The authors question whether this is always true and analyze their series of cases of endoscope-assisted transcranial TSM surgery with special regard to the postoperative visual outcome in order to explore this issue. METHODS All surgical procedures for TSM performed between 2003 and 2015 in the Department of Neurosurgery, University Medicine Greifswald, were retrospectively analyzed. Special attention was paid to the postoperative visual outcome. RESULTS During the study period, 15 patients (12 female and 3 male) underwent surgery for TSM. Gross-total resection was achieved in 14 cases (93.3%) and near-total resection in 1. One patient suffered from a major stroke during surgery and had to be excluded from further analyses. No other complications occurred. Preoperatively, visual acuity was disturbed in 12 patients (80%) and visual field deficits were present in 11 patients (73.3%). In 3 patients (20%), the TSM was an incidental finding. Postoperatively, ophthalmological examination revealed an improvement of visual acuity in 10 (90.9%) of 11 patients and improvement of visual field deficits in 9 (90%) of 10 patients; no deterioration of visual acuity or visual field was seen in any patient. Visual acuity and visual field improvement was observed in all patients who had surgery within 3 years after the onset of visual disturbances. No tumor recurrence was observed during follow-up (mean 32 months, range 3-134 months). TSMs were approached via a frontolateral craniotomy in 7 patients and via a supraorbital craniotomy in 8. The use of the endoscope as an assistive device led to improved tumor visualization and consequent removal in areas that were hidden in the microscopic view in 6 patients (40%). CONCLUSIONS The present series confirms a favorable visual outcome after TSM surgery via supraorbital or

  14. Navigation in endoscopic sinus surgery: the first Indian experience. (United States)

    Rai, Devinder; Munjal, Manish; Rai, Varun


    Although the use of image guidance surgery (IGS) is standard practice in developed countries, it has not been in use in Indian Otolaryngology ever since its clinical inception in 1994. Some clinically interesting applications, relevant indications, practical tips and results in the Indian context are presented. Usage technique and data presentation. Indications based on AAO-HNS 2002 guidelines seem valid, and though the accuracy parameters remain still guarded, in line with the best technology available, based on the evidences of scattered reports and expert opinions, the use of navigation can be recommended as state of the art. IGS provides reliable information to a sinus surgeon in difficult circumstances. Its adaptation fortunately does not require a significant learning curve as it does not change the methodology of the surgical procedure. It can be an excellent teaching tool, but its use does not replace proper surgical training.

  15. A Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery for Infectious Spondylodiscitis of the Thoracic and Upper Lumbar Spine in Immunocompromised Patients

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    Hsin-Chuan Chen


    Full Text Available This study evaluates the safety and effectiveness of computed tomography- (CT- assisted endoscopic surgery in the treatment of infectious spondylodiscitis of the thoracic and upper lumbar spine in immunocompromised patients. From October 2006 to March 2014, a total of 41 patients with infectious spondylodiscitis underwent percutaneous endoscopic surgery under local anesthesia, and 13 lesions from 13 patients on the thoracic or upper lumbar spine were selected for evaluation. A CT-guided catheter was placed before percutaneous endoscopic surgery as a guide to avoid injury to visceral organs, major vessels, and the spinal cord. All 13 patients had quick pain relief after endoscopic surgery without complications. The bacterial culture rate was 77%. Inflammatory parameters returned to normal after adequate antibiotic treatment. Postoperative radiographs showed no significant kyphotic deformity when compared with preoperative films. As of the last follow-up visit, no recurrent infections were noted. Traditional transthoracic or diaphragmatic surgery with or without posterior instrumentation is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, especially in elderly patients, patients with multiple comorbidities, or immunocompromised patients. Percutaneous endoscopic surgery assisted by a CT-guided catheter provides a safe and effective alternative treatment for infectious spondylodiscitis of the thoracic and upper lumbar spine.

  16. Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Experience Ižn A General Surgery Clinic

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    Ahmet Serdar Karaca


    Full Text Available Aim: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is the most preferable procedure for nutritional support in patients starving for a long time, who have difficulty in swallowing or feeding by oral way due to various diseases. The five years%u2019 experience of this surgery clinic was obtained in this study. Material and Method: The indications, complications and long term follow-up were recorded by physicians for 197 patients who had undergone percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. We used standart pull method for lite application of gastrostomy. Results: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy was performed successfully in 141 (%71 chronic neurological patients, 35 (%17 patients with malignancy and 21 (%10 patients with various diseases with especially long time ventilation. It was performed on 141 male and 56 female patients, with a median age of 52.7 years (range 14-93 years. One hundred thirdy nine (total mortality 71% patients died because of the primary disease and after being discharged from the hospital. There was no mortality attributable to the procedure. The median time the patients used percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy was 101.4 days (range 1-322 days excluding 37 (19% patients in whom the communication was lost during follow-up. There were a catheter leakage early in 34 and later in 19 patients, unsettled cathether in 6 patients, obstruction in 8 patients and catheter area inflamation in patients. PEG was performed twice in 7 patients. Discussion: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a safe and reliable procedure for enteral feeding. The important complications are generally related to catheter care. In order to reduce complicatoins in the long run, further education of caretakers of patients and organization of the nutrition outpatient unit is advisable.

  17. Registration and fusion quantification of augmented reality based nasal endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Chu, Yakui; Yang, Jian; Ma, Shaodong; Ai, Danni; Li, Wenjie; Song, Hong; Li, Liang; Chen, Duanduan; Chen, Lei; Wang, Yongtian


    This paper quantifies the registration and fusion display errors of augmented reality-based nasal endoscopic surgery (ARNES). We comparatively investigated the spatial calibration process for front-end endoscopy and redefined the accuracy level of a calibrated endoscope by using a calibration tool with improved structural reliability. We also studied how registration accuracy was combined with the number and distribution of the deployed fiducial points (FPs) for positioning and the measured registration time. A physically integrated ARNES prototype was customarily configured for performance evaluation in skull base tumor resection surgery with an innovative approach of dynamic endoscopic vision expansion. As advised by surgical experts in otolaryngology, we proposed a hierarchical rendering scheme to properly adapt the fused images with the required visual sensation. By constraining the rendered sight in a known depth and radius, the visual focus of the surgeon can be induced only on the anticipated critical anatomies and vessel structures to avoid misguidance. Furthermore, error analysis was conducted to examine the feasibility of hybrid optical tracking based on point cloud, which was proposed in our previous work as an in-surgery registration solution. Measured results indicated that the error of target registration for ARNES can be reduced to 0.77 ± 0.07 mm. For initial registration, our results suggest that a trade-off for a new minimal time of registration can be reached when the distribution of five FPs is considered. For in-surgery registration, our findings reveal that the intrinsic registration error is a major cause of performance loss. Rigid model and cadaver experiments confirmed that the scenic integration and display fluency of ARNES are smooth, as demonstrated by three clinical trials that surpassed practicality. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Pure transvaginal natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery for renal cyst decortication: report of initial five cases. (United States)

    Zou, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Guoxi; Yuan, Yuanhu; Xiao, Rihai; Xue, Yijun; Wu, Gengqing; Wang, Xiaoning; Long, Dazhi; Yang, Jun; Wu, Yuting; Xu, Hui; Liu, Folin; Liu, Min; Zhang, Xu


    To present our initial experience with pure transvaginal natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery renal cyst decortication. From December 2010 to July 2011, five female patients with symptomatic renal cyst in the anterior portion and lower pole of the kidney were submitted to pure transvaginal natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery renal cyst decortication in our center. Under general anesthesia, the patients were placed in the lithotomy position with the affected side elevated by 60°. A 3-cm incision was made at the posterior vaginal fornix and a modified three-channel port was deployed across the vaginal incision. The cyst was dissected and the cyst fluid was aspirated using a suction device. The cyst wall was circumferentially excised. All five procedures were successfully carried out without additional transabdominal trocars. The median operative time was 80 min (range 60-90 min). The median estimated blood loss was 25 mL (range 25-50 mL). The median visual analog scale score was 1 on postoperative day 1. None of the patients required narcotic pain medications beyond postoperative day 2. Intestinal function recovered on postoperative day 1-3. There was no intraoperative or postoperative complication in any of the patients. During the follow-up visits, all the patients were in good condition. All the patients reported unaltered sexual function after surgery by the Female Sexual Function Index questionnaire. Our initial experience suggests that pure transvaginal natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery renal cyst decortication is feasible and safe in selected patients. © 2013 The Japanese Urological Association.

  19. Effect of Topical Furosemide on Rhinosinusal Polyposis Relapse After Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial. (United States)

    Hashemian, Farnaz; Ghorbanian, Mohammad Ali; Hashemian, Farshad; Mortazavi, Seyed Alireza; Sheikhi, Mojgan; Jahanshahi, Javaneh; Poorolajal, Jalal


    Evidence from previous studies suggests that furosemide may be effective in reducing the recurrence of polyps after sinus surgery. However, the evidence is limited and insufficient, and further investigations are required. To assess the effect of topical furosemide on recurrence rate of rhinosinusal polyposis after endoscopic sinus surgery. Triple-blind randomized clinical trial of patients aged 18 to 60 years with chronic rhinosinusitis associated with polyposis who did not respond to medical treatment and were candidates for endoscopic sinus surgery at Besat Hospital, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, from April 2014 to June 2015. Patients were randomly assigned to receive postoperative nasal spray, 2 puffs twice a day for 2 months, either 300 µg of furosemide per day or placebo. Six months after surgery, the patients were examined for nasal and paranasal sinus polyposis using Meltzer endoscopic grading, computed tomographic (CT) scan of paranasal sinuses (PNS) scoring, Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) scoring, and visual analog scale (VAS). Of 110 patients enrolled, 84 patients remained for analysis (53 men and 31 women; mean age in the furosemide group, 37.02 years, range, 18-58 years; mean age in the placebo group, 36.30 years, range, 18-60 years). Six months after the intervention, the grade of polyposis decreased in both groups, but this reduction was substantial in the furosemide group vs the placebo group. The severity of polyposis was significantly lower in the furosemide group vs the placebo group based on SNOT-22 scoring (difference, 8.05; 95% CI, 3.24-12.85) and VAS (difference, 0.81; 95% CI, 0.22-1.39) but not significantly different based on CT scan of PNS scoring (difference, 2.52; 95% CI, -0.35 to 5.39). The incidence of adverse effects (nasal irritation, headache, and constipation) were not significantly different between the 2 groups. These findings indicate that topical furosemide is a safe drug, with no important adverse effects, that

  20. 4-mm-diameter three-dimensional imaging endoscope with steerable camera for minimally invasive surgery (3-D-MARVEL). (United States)

    Bae, Sam Y; Korniski, Ronald J; Shearn, Michael; Manohara, Harish M; Shahinian, Hrayr


    High-resolution three-dimensional (3-D) imaging (stereo imaging) by endoscopes in minimally invasive surgery, especially in space-constrained applications such as brain surgery, is one of the most desired capabilities. Such capability exists at larger than 4-mm overall diameters. We report the development of a stereo imaging endoscope of 4-mm maximum diameter, called Multiangle, Rear-Viewing Endoscopic Tool (MARVEL) that uses a single-lens system with complementary multibandpass filter (CMBF) technology to achieve 3-D imaging. In addition, the system is endowed with the capability to pan from side-to-side over an angle of [Formula: see text], which is another unique aspect of MARVEL for such a class of endoscopes. The design and construction of a single-lens, CMBF aperture camera with integrated illumination to generate 3-D images, and the actuation mechanism built into it is summarized.

  1. The place of subfascial endoscopic perforator vein surgery (SEPS in advanced chronic venous insufficiency treatment

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    Wiesław Pesta


    Full Text Available In spite of medical science development and initiation of new technologies in minimally invasive surgery, treatmentof advanced chronic venous insufficiency at the 5th and 6th degree of CEAP classification is still a great clinical challenge.In case of no satisfactory results of non-surgical treatment of recurrent venous ulcers, scientists search for alternativetherapeutic methods which could be more effective and lasting. Subfascial endoscopic perforator vein surgery(SEPS as a method of reducing venous pressure in the superficial venous system could provide healing of the recurrentvenous ulcer. In this study we present a review of contemporary opinions about the place and significance of subfascialendoscopic perforator vein surgery as a treatment of advanced chronic venous insufficiency.

  2. An augmented reality assistance platform for eye laser surgery. (United States)

    Ee Ping Ong; Lee, Jimmy Addison; Jun Cheng; Beng Hai Lee; Guozhen Xu; Laude, Augustinus; Teoh, Stephen; Tock Han Lim; Wong, Damon W K; Jiang Liu


    This paper presents a novel augmented reality assistance platform for eye laser surgery. The aims of the proposed system are for the application of assisting eye doctors in pre-planning as well as providing guidance and protection during laser surgery. We developed algorithms to automatically register multi-modal images, detect macula and optic disc regions, and demarcate these as protected areas from laser surgery. The doctor will then be able to plan the laser treatment pre-surgery using the registered images and segmented regions. Thereafter, during live surgery, the system will automatically register and track the slit lamp video frames on the registered retina images, send appropriate warning when the laser is near protected areas, and disable the laser function when it points into the protected areas. The proposed system prototype can help doctors to speed up laser surgery with confidence without fearing that they may unintentionally fire laser in the protected areas.

  3. A novel robotic platform for laser-assisted transurethral surgery of the prostate. (United States)

    Russo, S; Dario, P; Menciassi, A


    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common pathology afflicting ageing men. The gold standard for the surgical treatment of BPH is transurethral resection of the prostate. The laser-assisted transurethral surgical treatment of BPH is recently emerging as a valid clinical alternative. Despite this, there are still some issues that hinder the outcome of laser surgery, e.g., distal dexterity is strongly reduced by the current endoscopic instrumentation and contact between laser and prostatic tissue cannot be monitored and optimized. This paper presents a novel robotic platform for laser-assisted transurethral surgery of BPH. The system, designed to be compatible with the traditional endoscopic instrumentation, is composed of a catheter-like robot provided with a fiber optic-based sensing system and a cable-driven actuation mechanism. The sensing system allows contact monitoring between the laser and the hypertrophic tissue. The actuation mechanism allows steering of the laser fiber inside the prostatic urethra of the patient, when contact must be reached. The design of the proposed robotic platform along with its preliminary testing and evaluation is presented in this paper. The actuation mechanism is tested in in vitro experiments to prove laser steering performances according to the clinical requirements. The sensing system is calibrated in experiments aimed to evaluate the capability of discriminating the contact forces, between the laser tip and the prostatic tissue, from the pulling forces exerted on the cables, during laser steering. These results have been validated demonstrating the robot's capability of detecting sub-Newton contact forces even in combination with actuation.

  4. To what extent is surgery superior to endoscopic therapy in the management of chronic pancreatitis? (United States)

    Bassi, C; Falconi, M; Caldiron, E; Salvia, R; Sartori, N; Valerio, A; Butturini, G; Contro, C; Casetti, L; Marcucci, S; Pederzoli, P


    The surgeon was the only figure involved in the management of chronic pancreatitis patients unresponsive to medical treatment, until a few years ago. Nowadays, because of less invasive, endoscopy offers a seductive alternative to surgery. Up to now no clinical prospective and randomized data comparing the results of the two different approaches are available. Surgery seems to be the only solution for chronic pancreatitis with duodenal stenosis and the last chance of eliminating diagnostic uncertainty. Also in the case of biliary tract involvement surgery should be regarded as the procedure of choice, inasmuch as the stenosis is benign and generally long-lasting, and endoscopic treatment would have to be repeated several times; endoscopy, in this indication, should be reserved only for patients who present contraindicating surgery conditions (such as severe jaundice, colangitis etc.); the endoscopist should assess whether to insert a stent or a naso-biliary drainage tube referring the patient back to the surgeon once good clinical conditions have been restored. Endoscopy and surgery should be regarded not as adversaries in the management of chronic pancreatitis and its complications, but as complementary procedures in an integrated approach. The maximum degree of complementarity should be achieved in the management of pseudocysts and in cases presenting severe, incapacitating pain. In selected cases endoscopy can play a definitive role. The generally good surgical outcomes, moreover, should convince endoscopists not to insist with repeated, hazardous manoeuvres in cases of failure. Particularly interesting is the possibility of performing endoscopic sphincterotomy combined with extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy prior to surgical treatment in cases of chronic calcifying calcific pancreatitis. The crushing of the calculi and partial clearance of the duct have simplified surgery and complete clearance of the duct in those patients receiving such treatment in our

  5. Clinical implications of rhinosinusitis detected by preoperative computed tomography for endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary surgery. (United States)

    Min, Jin-Young; Chung, Seung-Kyu; Kim, Hyo Yeol; Kong, Doo-Sik; Dhong, Hun-Jong


    Rhinosinusitis detected by preoperative osteomeatal unit computed tomography (OMU CT) may not increase the incidence of postoperative central nervous system (CNS) infections. To evaluate the safety of endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary surgery in patients who had rhinosinusitis detected by preoperative OMU CT. A total of 107 patients who underwent endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary surgery were enrolled. The presence of rhinosinusitis and the location of involved sinuses were assessed by preoperative OMU CT. The extent of pituitary tumors was assessed by preoperative sellar MRI. The occurrence of intraoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage and postoperative central nervous system (CNS) complications were analyzed using the medical records. The correlations between these variables and postoperative CNS complications were examined. After pituitary surgery, postoperative CNS complications occurred in four patients (3.7%). Twenty-eight patients (26.2%) had findings of rhinosinusitis on preoperative OMU CT. Of the 28 patients, 8 had rhinosinusitis in the anterior sinuses and 20 in the posterior sinuses. Intraoperative CSF leakage occurred in eight patients (7.5%). The occurrence of intraoperative CSF leakage showed a significant correlation with the incidence of postoperative CNS complications (p = 0.003) but not with the presence of rhinosinusitis (p = 0.134). Although not statistically significant, patients with rhinosinusitis in the posterior ethmoidal and/or sphenoidal sinuses tended to have higher incidences of postoperative CNS complications (p = 0.057).

  6. Endoscopic findings in the excluded stomach after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. (United States)

    Kuga, Rogerio; Safatle-Ribeiro, Adriana V; Faintuch, Joel; Ishida, Robson K; Furuya, Carlos K; Garrido, Arthur B; Cecconello, Ivan; Ishioka, Shinichi; Sakai, Paulo


    After gastric bypass surgery performed because of morbid obesity, the excluded stomach can rarely be endoscopically examined. With the advent of a new apparatus and technique, possible mucosal changes can be routinely accessed and monitored, thus preventing potential benign and malignant complications. Prospective observational study in a homogeneous population with nonspecific symptoms. Outpatient clinic of a large public academic hospital. Forty consecutive patients (mean +/- SD age, 44.5 +/- 10.0 y ears; 85.0% women) were seen at a mean +/- SD of 77.3 +/- 19.4 months after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Elective double-balloon enteroscopy of the excluded stomach was performed. Rate of successful intubation, endoscopic findings, and complications. The excluded stomach was reached in 35 of 40 patients (87.5%). Mean +/- SD time to enter the organ was 24.9 +/- 14.3 minutes (range, 5-75 minutes). Endoscopic findings were normal in 9 patients (25.7%), whereas in 26 (74.3%), various types of gastritis (erythematous, erosive, hemorrhagic erosive, and atrophic) were identified, primarily in the gastric body and antrum. No cancer was documented in the present series. Tolerance was good, and no complications were recorded during or after the intervention. The double-balloon method is useful and practical for access to the excluded stomach. Although cancer was not noted, most of the studied population had gastritis, including moderate and severe forms. Surveillance of the excluded stomach is recommended after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery performed because of morbid obesity.

  7. First Application of 7-T Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery of Skull Base Tumors. (United States)

    Barrett, Thomas F; Dyvorne, Hadrien A; Padormo, Francesco; Pawha, Puneet S; Delman, Bradley N; Shrivastava, Raj K; Balchandani, Priti


    Successful endoscopic endonasal surgery for the resection of skull base tumors is reliant on preoperative imaging to delineate pathology from the surrounding anatomy. The increased signal-to-noise ratio afforded by 7-T MRI can be used to increase spatial and contrast resolution, which may lend itself to improved imaging of the skull base. In this study, we apply a 7-T imaging protocol to patients with skull base tumors and compare the images with clinical standard of care. Images were acquired at 7 T on 11 patients with skull base lesions. Two neuroradiologists evaluated clinical 1.5-, 3-, and 7-T scans for detection of intracavernous cranial nerves and internal carotid artery (ICA) branches. Detection rates were compared. Images were used for surgical planning and uploaded to a neuronavigation platform and used to guide surgery. Image analysis yielded improved detection rates of cranial nerves and ICA branches at 7 T. The 7-T images were successfully incorporated into preoperative planning and intraoperative neuronavigation. Our study represents the first application of 7-T MRI to the full neurosurgical workflow for endoscopic endonasal surgery. We detected higher rates of cranial nerves and ICA branches at 7-T MRI compared with 3- and 1.5-T MRI, and found that integration of 7 T into surgical planning and guidance was feasible. These results suggest a potential for 7-T MRI to reduce surgical complications. Future studies comparing standardized 7-, 3-, and 1.5-T MRI protocols in a larger number of patients are warranted to determine the relative benefit of 7-T MRI for endonasal endoscopic surgical efficacy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Modeling and motion compensation of a bidirectional tendon-sheath actuated system for robotic endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Sun, Zhenglong; Wang, Zheng; Phee, Soo Jay


    Recent study shows that tendon-sheath system (TSS) has great potential in the development of surgical robots for endoscopic surgery. It is able to deliver adequate power in a light-weight and compact package. And the flexibility and compliance of the tendon-sheath system make it capable of adapting to the long and winding path in the flexible endoscope. However, the main difficulties in precise control of such system fall on the nonlinearities of the system behavior and absence of necessary sensory feedback at the surgical end-effectors. Since accurate position control of the tool is a prerequisite for efficacy, safety and intuitive user-experience in robotic surgery, in this paper we propose a system modeling approach for motion compensation. Based on a bidirectional actuated system using two separate tendon-sheaths, motion transmission is firstly characterized. Two types of positional errors due to system backlash and environment loading are defined and modeled. Then a model-based feedforward compensation method is proposed for open-loop control, giving the system abilities to adjust according to changes in the transmission route configuration without any information feedback from the distal end. A dedicated experimental platform emulating a bidirectional TSS robotic system for endoscopic surgery is built for testing. Proposed positional errors are identified and verified. The performance of the proposed motion compensation is evaluated by trajectory tracking under different environment loading conditions. And the results demonstrate that accurate position control can be achieved even if the transmission route configuration is updated. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Assessing transgastric Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery prior to clinical implementation

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    Donatsky, Anders Meller


    The objective was to investigate whether transgastric Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) could be implemented safely in clinical practice. The experimental studies proved ultrasonography guided access through the stomach to be feasible and safe without iatrogenic complications......, emphasising the need to pause PPI prior to future TG interventions. Whether the risk of infectious complications after TG NOTES is comparable between animals and humans is debatable. Despite this, the subject of infectious complications and the safety profile of the TG technique require further research...

  10. A new modality for minimally invasive CO2 laser surgery: flexible hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers. (United States)

    Shurgalin, Max; Anastassiou, Charalambos


    Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers have become one of the most common surgical lasers due to excellent tissue interaction properties that offer precise control of cutting and ablation depth, minimal thermal damage to surrounding tissue, and good hemostasis. However, realization of the benefits offered by using surgical CO2 lasers in many endoscopic, minimally invasive surgical procedures has been inhibited by the absence of reliable, flexible fiber laser beam delivery systems. Recently, novel hollow-core photonic bandgap optical fibers for CO2 lasers were developed that offer high flexibility and mechanical robustness with good optical performance under tight bends. These fibers can be used through rigid and flexible endoscopes and various handpieces and will allow surgeons to perform delicate and precise laser surgery procedures in a minimally invasive manner. This paper describes the basic design of laser beam delivery system, different surgical fiber designs and their characteristics, and usage with existing surgical CO2 laser models. A few examples of successful CO2 laser surgeries performed with these fibers are presented.

  11. Application of design rationale for a robotic system for single-incision laparoscopic surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Yao, Wei; Childs, Peter R N


    Current endoscopes and instruments are inadequate in some respects for complex intra-abdominal surgery because they are too flexible and cannot provide robust grasping and anatomic retraction. Minimal invasive surgery devices represent a sophisticated class of mechanical instruments making use of a range of mechanisms integrated into modular platforms that can be combined to undertake complex medical procedures. Although the machine elements concerned represent classic mechanical engineering devices, issues of miniaturization, surgical procedure compliance and location control conspire to present a design challenge. In order to capture, document and resolve the design requirements for this complex application, quality functional deployment has been applied in combination with design rationale, captured through issue-based information system mapping. This article reports the use of these tools to produce robot designs with improved dexterity and triangulation that are basic requirements in laparoscopy.

  12. Topography-guided laser refractive surgery. (United States)

    Holland, Simon; Lin, David T C; Tan, Johnson C H


    Topography-guided laser refractive surgery regularizes the front corneal surface irregularities to achieve the desired refractive outcome. This is particularly applicable in highly aberrated corneas, where wavefront aberrometry is often not possible. This article aims to review the recently published results of topography-guided ablations in normal regular corneas, highly aberrated corneas, and its application in conjunction with collagen cross-linking (CXL) in cases of keratectasia. Topography-guided laser ablation is increasingly used with good efficacy and safety outcomes in highly aberrated corneas with irregular astigmatism. These include eyes with refractive surgery complications including postlaser in-situ keratomileusis ectasia, decentered ablation, small optical zones, asymmetrical astigmatism, and postradial keratectomy astigmatism. Further indications are for postkeratoplasty astigmatism and keratoconus. Simultaneous topography-guided ablations with CXL in keratectasia have been promising, both in addressing the surface irregularities and progressive nature of the conditions. Topography-guided laser refractive surgery is proving to be effective and well tolerated in the visual rehabilitation of highly aberrated eyes, with increasing predictability based on the recent research.

  13. Gynaecologic robot-assisted cancer and endoscopic surgery (GRACES) in a tertiary referral centre. (United States)

    Ng, Joseph Sy; Fong, Yoke Fai; Tong, Pearl Sy; Yong, Eu Leong; Low, Jeffrey J H


    Robotic-assisted gynaecologic surgery is gaining popularity and it offers the advantages of laparoscopic surgery whilst overcoming the limitations of operative dexterity. We describe our experience with the fi rst 40 cases operated under the GRACES (Gynaecologic Robot- Assisted Cancer and Endoscopic Surgery) programme at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, National University Hospital, Singapore. A review was performed for the fi rst 40 women who had undergone robotic surgery, analysing patient characteristics, surgical timings and surgery-related complications. All cases were performed utilising the da Vinci® surgical system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA) with 3 arms and 4 ports. Standardised instrumentation and similar cuff closure techniques were used. Seventeen (56%) were for endometrial cancer and the rest, for benign gynaecological disease. The mean age of the patients was 52.3 years. The average docking time was 11 minutes (SD 0.08). The docking and operative times were analysed in tertiles. Data for patients with endometrial cancer and benign cases were analysed separately. There were 3 cases of complications- cuff dehiscence, bleeding from vaginal cuff and tumour recurrence at vaginal vault. Our caseload has enabled us to replicate the learning curve reported by other centres. We advocate the use of a standard instrument set for the fi rst 20 cases. We propose the following sequence for successful introduction of robot-assisted gynaecologic surgery - basic systems training, followed shortly with a clinical case, and progressive development of clinical competence through a proctoring programme.

  14. Sleep quality improves with endoscopic sinus surgery in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis. (United States)

    Värendh, M; Johannisson, A; Hrubos-Strøm, H; Andersson, M


    Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyposis (CRSwNP) is a chronic disease that has a major impact on generic and disease-specific quality of life. Little is known about the influence of CRSwNP on sleep and what effect surgery for CRSwNP has on sleep quality. The aim of the study was to investigate sleep quality in patients with CRSwNP before and after endoscopic surgery. Forty-two patients filled out four validated sleep questionnaires and one sino/nasal, disease specific quality of life questionnaire before surgery and three months later. A healthy control group filled out the same questionnaires at baseline and after three months. An impact on sleep patterns was found in all sleep questionnaires and surgery clearly improved the quality of sleep. The Sino-nasal outcome test sum score decreased from median 51,5 to 26,5. Epworth sleepiness scale showed a decline in score from score 7.5 to 6.0. Surgery also reduced the risk for obstructive sleep apnoea in 13 patients evaluated by the Berlin Questionnaire and Multivariable Apnea Prediction Index. Patients with CRSwNP had impaired sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, nasal patency, and risk for sleep apnea, all of which improved after corrective surgery.

  15. Transvesical thoracoscopy: a natural orifice translumenal endoscopic approach for thoracic surgery. (United States)

    Lima, Estêvão; Henriques-Coelho, Tiago; Rolanda, Carla; Pêgo, José M; Silva, David; Carvalho, José L; Correia-Pinto, Jorge


    Recently there has been an increasing enthusiasm for using natural orifices translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) to perform scarless abdominal procedures. We have previously reported the feasibility and safety of the transvesical endoscopic peritoneoscopy in a long-term survival porcine model as useful for those purposes. Herein, we report our successful experience performing transvesical and transdiaphragmatic endoscopic approach to the thoracic cavity in a long-term survival study in a porcine model. Transvesical and transdiaphragmatic endoscopic thoracoscopy was performed in six anesthetized female pigs. A 5 mm transvesical port was created on the bladder wall and an ureteroscope was advanced into the peritoneal cavity. After diaphragm inspection, we introduced through the left diaphragmatic dome a ureteroscope into the left thoracic cavity. In all animals, we performed thoracoscopy as well as peripheral lung biopsy. Animals were sacrificed by day 15 postoperatively. We easily introduced a 9.8 Fr ureteroscope into the thoracic cavity that allowed us to visualize the pleural cavity and to perform simple surgical procedures such as lung biopsies without complications. There were neither respiratory distress episodes nor surgical complications to report. Postmortem examination revealed complete healing of vesical and diaphragmatic holes, whereas no signs of infection or adhesions were observed in the peritoneal or thoracic cavities. This study demonstrates the feasibility of transvesical thoracoscopy in porcine model. However, although this study extends the potential applications of NOTES to the thoracic cavity, new instruments and further work are needed to provide evidence that this could be translated to humans and with advantages for patients.

  16. Review: Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS): An ...

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    Age-related cataract is one of the most important causes of visual impairment, and cataract surgery is one of the commonest surgeries performed worldwide. Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is a new and promising technology in the arena of cataract operations. Femtosecond lasers (FSL) are used in ...

  17. Comparison of organic electroluminescence and liquid crystal displays for clinical utility in orthopedic endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Dezawa, Akira; Sairyo, Koichi


    Organic electroluminescence displays (OELD) use organic materials that self-emit light with the passage of an electric current. OELD provide high contrast, excellent color reproducibility at low brightness, excellent video images, and less restricted viewing angles. OELD are thus promising for medical use. This study compared the utility of an OELD with conventional liquid crystal displays (LCD) for imaging in orthopedic endoscopic surgery. One OELD and two conventional LCD that were indistinguishable in external appearance were used in this study. Images from 18 patients were displayed simultaneously on three monitors and evaluated by six orthopedic surgeons with extensive surgical experience. Images were shown for 2 min, repeated twice, and viewed from the front and side (diagonally). Surgeon rated both clinical utility (12 parameters) and image quality (11 parameters) for each image on a 5-point scale: 1, very good; 2, good; 3, average; 4, poor; and 5, very poor. For clinical utility in 16 percutaneous endoscopic discectomy cases, mean scores for all 12 parameters were significantly better on the OELD than on the LCD, including organ distinguishability (2.1 vs 3.2, respectively), lesion identification (2.2 vs 3.1), and overall viewing impression (2.1 vs 3.1). For image quality, all 11 parameters were better on the OELD than on LCD. Significant differences were identified in six parameters, including contrast (1.8 vs 2.9), color reproducibility in dark areas (1.8 vs 2.9), and viewing angle (2.2 vs 2.9). The high contrast and excellent color reproducibility of the OELD reduced the constraints of imaging under endoscopy, in which securing a field of view may be difficult. Distinguishability of organs was good, including ligaments, dura mater, nerves, and adipose tissue, contributing to good stereoscopic images of the surgical field. These findings suggest the utility of OELD for excellent display of surgical images and for enabling safe and highly accurate

  18. Characteristics of meningitis following transsphenoidal endoscopic surgery: a case series and a systematic literature review. (United States)

    Pagliano, Pasquale; Caggiano, Chiara; Ascione, Tiziana; Solari, Domenico; Di Flumeri, Giusy; Cavallo, Luigi Maria; Tortora, Fabio; Cappabianca, Paolo


    Meningitis occurs in 0.8-1.5% of patients undergoing neurosurgery. The aim of the study was to evaluate the characteristics of meningitis after endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery (EETS) comparing the findings retrieved to those highlighted by literature search. Patients treated by EETS during an 18-year period in the Department of Neurosurgery of 'Federico II' University of Naples were evaluated and included in the study if they fulfilled criteria for meningitis. Epidemiological, demographic, laboratory, and microbiological findings were evaluated. A literature research according to PRISMA methodology completed the study. EETS was performed on 1450 patients, 8 of them (0.6%) had meningitis [median age 46 years (range 33-73)]. Endoscopic surgery was performed 1-15 days (median 4 days) before diagnosis. Meningeal signs were always present. CSF examination revealed elevated cells [median 501 cells/μL (range 30-5728)], high protein [median 445 mg/dL (range 230-1210)], and low glucose [median 10 mg/dL (range 1-39)]. CSF culture revealed Gram-negative bacteria in four cases (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Alcaligenes spp., and Haemophilus influenzae), Streptococcus pneumoniae in two cases, Aspergillus fumigatus in one case. An abscess occupying the surgical site was observed in two cases. Six cases reported a favorable outcome; two died. Incidence of meningitis approached to 2%, as assessed by the literature search. Incidence of meningitis after EETS is low despite endoscope goes through non-sterile structures; microorganisms retrieved are those present within sinus microenvironment. Meningitis must be suspected in patients with persistent fever and impaired conscience status after EETS.

  19. Effects of endoscopic sinus surgery and delivery device on cadaver sinus irrigation. (United States)

    Harvey, Richard J; Goddard, John C; Wise, Sarah K; Schlosser, Rodney J


    Assess paranasal sinus distribution of topical solutions following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) using various delivery devices. Experimental prospective study. Ten cadaver sinus systems were irrigated with Gastroview before surgery, after ESS, and after medial maxillectomy. Delivery was via pressurized spray (NasaMist), neti pot (NasaFlo), and squeeze bottle (Sinus Rinse). Scans were performed before and after each delivery with a portable CT machine (Xoran xCAT), and blinded assessments were made for distribution to individual sinuses. Total sinus distribution was greater post-ESS (P squeeze bottle > pressurized spray (P spray solutions in un-operated sinuses provide little more than nasal cavity distribution. Use of squeeze bottle/neti pot post-ESS offers a greatly enhanced ability to deliver solutions to the paranasal sinuses.

  20. Development of miniaturized light endoscope-holder robot for laparoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Long, Jean-Alexandre; Cinquin, Philippe; Troccaz, Jocelyne; Voros, Sandrine; Berkelman, Peter; Descotes, Jean-Luc; Letoublon, Christian; Rambeaud, Jean-Jacques


    We have conducted experiments with an innovatively designed robot endoscope holder for laparoscopic surgery that is small and low cost. A compact light endoscope robot (LER) that is placed on the patient's skin and can be used with the patient in the lateral or dorsal supine position was tested on cadavers and laboratory pigs in order to allow successive modifications. The current control system is based on voice recognition. The range of vision is 360 degrees with an angle of 160 degrees . Twenty-three procedures were performed. The tests made it possible to advance the prototype on a variety of aspects, including reliability, steadiness, ergonomics, and dimensions. The ease of installation of the robot, which takes only 5 minutes, and the easy handling made it possible for 21 of the 23 procedures to be performed without an assistant. The LER is a camera holder guided by the surgeon's voice that can eliminate the need for an assistant during laparoscopic surgery. The ease of installation and manufacture should make it an effective and inexpensive system for use on patients in the lateral and dorsal supine positions. Randomized clinical trials will soon validate a new version of this robot prior to marketing.

  1. Prevention of Adhesion after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Role of Mitomycin C

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    Mohammad-Hossein Baradaranfar


    Full Text Available Adhesions after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS are a potential cause of surgical failure. Mitomycin-C (MMC is recently proposed as a solution for these adhesions. This study was performed to investigate the effect of Mitomycin C in reducing scar formation and adhesion in the nasal mucosa after endoscopic nasal surgery. This double blind randomized clinical trial study was performed on 37 patients with bilateral chronic rhinosinusitis. At the end of ESS, randomly impregnated mesh with MMC was placed in one side and another mesh impregnated with saline in the opposite side for 5 minutes. Patients were followed at least for three months, and the results of diagnostic endoscopy were recorded. Post operative adhesion occurred in 12 (32.4% patients (2 bilateral/10 unilateral. Among total of 14 adhesions, 4 (10.8% were in the MMC side and 10 (27% in the control side. This differences was close to statistically significant (P=0.058. MMC may reduce adhesions after ESS, but further studies with different doses, sample size and frequent use of topical MMC is recommended.

  2. Comparison on the efficacy of dexpanthenol in sea water and saline in postoperative endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Fooanant, Supranee; Chaiyasate, Saisawat; Roongrotwattanasiri, Kannika


    To compare the efficacy of dexpanthenol spray and saline irrigation in the postoperative care of sinusitis patients following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). One hundred twenty eight sinusitis patients undergoing ESS were randomly allocated to receive dexpanthenol spray (Mar plus) or saline irrigation twice a day for 4 weeks after the operation. Total nasal symptom score, crusting, infection, compliance, and patient satisfaction were evaluated at 1, 2-3, 4-6, and 12 weeks. Mucociliary clearance was assessed with the saccharin test before ESS and at the last visit. One hundred ten patients remained at the present study termination. Chi-square test and Mann-Whitney U test were employed. Total nasal symptom score, mucociliary clearance, and infection improved in both groups after the operation. The dexpanthenol group resulted in a better mucociliary clearance than saline irrigation (9.93 +/- 6.04 vs. 12.38 +/- 9.32 min, p = 0.43). Saline irrigation resulted in a greater reduction of post nasal drip than dexpanthenol at the first visit (74% vs. 87%, p = 0.04). Compliance and patient satisfaction were comparable. The efficacy of dexpanthenol was comparable to nasal saline irrigation in the postoperative care of sinusitis patients following endoscopic sinus surgery. Dexpanthenol is an alternative treatment, which may be useful in young children and complicated cases.

  3. Prospective trial of a short hospital stay protocol after endoscopic endonasal pituitary adenoma surgery. (United States)

    Thomas, Jonathan G; Gadgil, Nisha; Samson, Susan L; Takashima, Masayoshi; Yoshor, Daniel


    Patients typically remain hospitalized for several days after transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma resection for reasons including pain control, serial neurological assessments, surveillance for cerebrospinal fluid leak, and management of endocrine issues. We sought to determine whether an evidence-based perioperative care protocol combined with an endoscopic approach could lead to routine and safe discharge on postoperative day 1. Our multidisciplinary pituitary group prospectively implemented a perioperative care protocol that emphasizes patient education, early mobilization, and scheduled inpatient and outpatient endocrine assessments on 50 consecutive patients who underwent surgical resection of a pituitary adenoma (82% macroadenomas, 2.1 ± 0.8 cm, maximum 4.5 cm, 18% microadenomas). Endoscopic endonasal surgery characterized by aggressive tumor resection and avoidance of nasal packing and lumbar drains was used in all cases. Lengths of stay, readmissions, and postoperative outcomes were analyzed. Using the short-stay protocol, 92% (46 of 50) of patients were successfully discharged on postoperative day 1. The average length of stay for all patients was 1.16 ± 0.55 days (range 1 to 4). Postoperative diabetes insipidus occurred in 16% of patients (8 of 50), was effectively managed on an outpatient basis, and did not delay discharge. Readmission was required in 2 patients, in both cases for delayed presentation of a cerebrospinal fluid leak. A short-stay protocol allows for an overnight hospital stay for patients after pituitary surgery, with a low rate of complications or readmission. This study offers evidence-based guidelines that may be used to avoid complications and facilitate early discharge after transsphenoidal surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  4. Virtual endoscopy combined with intraoperative neuronavigation for planning of endoscopic surgery in patients with occlusive hydrocephalus and intracranial cysts

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    Krombach, G.A.; Haage, P.; Kilbinger, M. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Technology, Aachen (Germany); Rohde, V. [Department of Neurosurgery, University of Technology, Aachen (Germany); Struffert, T. [Department of Neuroradiology, University of Technology, Aachen (Germany); Department of Neuroradiology, University of Saarland, Homburg (Germany); Thron, A. [Department of Neuroradiology, University of Technology, Aachen (Germany)


    We assessed the clinical value of MR ventriculoscopy (virtual endoscopy, VE) combined with image-guided frameless stereotaxy for endoscopic surgery of occlusive hydrocephalus and intracranial cysts. VE was obtained in 20 patients with hydrocephalus and three with intracranial cysts. All surgical operations were endoscopic. The path of the rigid endoscope to the target point was planned using neuronavigation. VE was carried out along the same trajectory retrospectively in 20 cases and prospectively in three. The results were analysed for demonstration of anatomical landmarks and structures at risk. VE was successful in all patients. Possible obstacles to endoscopic access to the lamina terminalis and the basal cisterns and structures at risk, such as the basilar artery, were clearly shown in relation to the direction of the endoscope. However, the floor of the third ventricle and septum pellucidum were not clearly seen and possible abnormalities could therefore not be appreciated. VE can provide realistic simulation of endoscopic third ventriculostomy and cystostomy. The appropriate trepanation point and trajectory of the endoscope can be assessed with regard to the size of the foramen of Monro and the position of vulnerable structures. This simulated trajectory can be adapted to the field of operation by image-guided neuronavigation. This regime may potentially reduce the risk of damage to intracranial structures. (orig.)

  5. Successful application of laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery (LECS) for a lateral-spreading mucosal gastric cancer. (United States)

    Nunobe, Souya; Hiki, Naoki; Gotoda, Takuji; Murao, Takahisa; Haruma, Ken; Matsumoto, Hideo; Hirai, Toshihiro; Tanimura, Shinya; Sano, Takeshi; Yamaguchi, Toshiharu


    In the current era of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for early gastric cancer, which carries a negligible risk of lymph node metastasis, local resection of the stomach remains an option for these lesions. This is particularly so for a large intramucosal lesion or a lesion with a strong ulcer scar, for which ESD becomes a difficult option. Here, we describe a case of lateral-spreading intramucosal gastric cancer of 6-cm diameter located at the fornix of the stomach, which was successfully treated by laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery (LECS) because of the expected risk of complications during ESD. In the LECS procedure, the resection margin was appropriately determined by the endoscopic evaluation in detail and by the ESD technique. If early gastric cancer fits the criteria for endoscopic resection but would present difficulty if performing ESD, this is a good indication for the LECS procedure.

  6. [Innovations in refractive laser surgery 2014]. (United States)

    Seiler, T


    Within less than 30 years refractive laser surgery has been developed from an experimental technique to one of the most frequently applied procedures in ophthalmology worldwide. Regarding the success rate of refractive results, myopia correction has reached a level (95% within ± 0.5 D) that is comparable to manifest refraction so that there is not much room for improvement. The most recently developed technique is femtosecond laser lenticule extraction which was introduced in 2007 in Germany. Early clinical results were very promising but the awaited bilateral comparative studies are still lacking. Although new laser types that will be able to provide improved profiles are on the horizon, the problem of reoperations has not yet been solved. Topography-guided ablation is notoriously plagued by undercorrection so that topography-guided treatment is planned as a two step-procedure. The reason for the undercorrection is the leveling effect of the epithelium. The evolution of refractive surgery has slowed down during the last years, however, some important innovations are at the advent.

  7. Scheimpflug imaging for laser refractive surgery. (United States)

    Ambrósio, Renato; Valbon, Bruno F; Faria-Correia, Fernando; Ramos, Isaac; Luz, Allan


    To review the principles and clinical applications of Scheimpflug corneal and anterior segment imaging with special relevance for laser refractive surgery. Computerized Scheimpflug imaging has been used for corneal and anterior segment tomography (CASTm) in different commercially available instruments. Such approach computes the three-dimensional image of the cornea and anterior segment, enabling the characterization of elevation and curvature of the front and back surfaces of the cornea, pachymetric mapping, calculation of the total corneal refractive power and anterior segment biometry. CASTm represents a major evolution for corneal and anterior segment analysis, beyond front surface corneal topography and single point central corneal thickness measurements. This approach enhances the diagnostic abilities for screening ectasia risk as well as for planning, evaluating the results, managing complications of refractive procedures, and selecting intraocular lens power, type, and design. In addition, dynamic Scheimpflug imaging has been recently introduced for in-vivo corneal biomechanical measurements and has also been used for anterior segment imaging of femtocataract surgery. Scheimpflug imaging has an important role for laser refractive surgery with different applications, which continuously improve due to advances in technology.

  8. ECIRS (Endoscopic Combined Intrarenal Surgery) in the Galdakao-modified supine Valdivia position: a new life for percutaneous surgery? (United States)

    Cracco, Cecilia Maria; Scoffone, Cesare Marco


    Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL) is still the gold-standard treatment for large and/or complex renal stones. Evolution in the endoscopic instrumentation and innovation in the surgical skills improved its success rate and reduced perioperative morbidity. ECIRS (Endoscopic Combined IntraRenal Surgery) is a new way of affording PNL in a modified supine position, approaching antero-retrogradely to the renal cavities, and exploiting the full array of endourologic equipment. ECIRS summarizes the main issues recently debated about PNL. The recent literature regarding supine PNL and ECIRS has been reviewed, namely about patient positioning, synergy between operators, procedures, instrumentation, accessories and diagnostic tools, step-by-step standardization along with versatility of the surgical sequence, minimization of radiation exposure, broadening to particular and/or complex patients, limitation of post-operative renal damage. Supine PNL and ECIRS are not superior to prone PNL in terms of urological results, but guarantee undeniable anesthesiological and management advantages for both patient and operators. In particular, ECIRS requires from the surgeon a permanent mental attitude to synergy, standardized surgical steps, versatility and adherence to the ongoing clinical requirements. ECIRS can be performed also in particular cases, irrespective to age or body habitus. The use of flexible endoscopes during ECIRS contributes to minimizing radiation exposure, hemorrhagic risk and post-PNL renal damage. ECIRS may be considered an evolution of the PNL procedure. Its proposal has the merit of having triggered the critical analysis of the various PNL steps and of patient positioning, and of having transformed the old static PNL into an updated approach.

  9. The outcome of rectal cancer after early salvage surgery following transanal endoscopic microsurgery seems promising. (United States)

    Levic, Katarina; Bulut, Orhan; Hesselfeldt, Peter; Bülow, Steffen


    Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) allows locally complete resection of early rectal cancer as an alternative to conventional radical surgery. In patients with unfavourable post-TEM histology, salvage surgery can be performed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of early radical surgery after TEM for rectal cancer. From 1997 to 2010, 86 TEM procedures were performed in 79 patients due to rectal cancer. Early salvage surgery was performed in 25 patients. Data were obtained from the patients' charts and reviewed retrospectively. Perioperative data and oncological outcome were analysed. No patients received preoperative chemotherapy. The median time to salvage surgery was 37 days. Five patients underwent laparoscopic surgery. The median operative time was 165 min (range: 101-341 min, 95% confidence interval (CI): 156-214 min) and the median blood loss 275 ml (range: 0-1,275 ml, 95% CI: 232-530 ml). The 30-day mortality was 8% (95% CI: 1-19%, n = 2). Intraoperative perforation occurred in 20% (95% CI: 3-37%, n = 5). The median number of harvested lymph nodes was 12 (range: 3-25, 95% CI: 9-14) and the median circumferential resection margin (CRM) was 10 mm (range: 0-20 mm, 95% CI: 5-12 mm). Only one patient (4%, 95%CI: 1-12%) had a positive CRM. The median follow-up time was 25 months (range: 3-80 months). There was no local recurrence. Distant metastasis occurred in 4% (95% CI: 1-12%, n = 1). Early salvage surgery after TEM seems to be safe despite a high risk of specimen perforation during the operation. not relevant. not relevant.

  10. Femtosecond laser's application in the corneal surgery

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    Shu-Liang Wang


    Full Text Available With the rapid development over the past two decades,femtosecond(10-15slasers(FShas become a new application in ophthalmic surgery. As laser power is defined as energy delivered per unit time, decreasing the pulse duration to femtosecond level(100fsnot only increases the power delivered but also decreases the fluence threshold for laser induced optical breakdown. In ablating tissue, FS has an edge over nanosecond lasers as there is minimal collateral damage from shock waves and heat conduction during surgical ablation. Thus, application of FS has been widely spread, from flap creation for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis(LASIKsurgery, cutting of donor and recipient corneas in keratoplasty, creation of pockets for intracorneal ring implantation. FS applied in keratoplasty is mainly used in making graft and recipient bed, and can exactly cut different tissue of keratopathy. FS can also cut partial tissue of cornea, even if it is under the moderate corneal macula and corneal edema condition.

  11. Applied anatomy of a new approach of endoscopic technique in thyroid gland surgery. (United States)

    Liu, Hong; Xie, Yong-jun; Xu, Yi-quan; Li, Chao; Liu, Xing-guo


    To explore the feasibility and safety of transtracheal assisted sublingual approach to totally endoscopic thyroidectomy by studying the anatomical approach and adjacent structures. A total of 5 embalmed adult cadavers from Chengdu Medical College were dissected layer by layer in the cervical region, pharyngeal region, and mandible region, according to transtracheal assisted sublingual approach that was verified from the anatomical approach and planes. A total of 15 embalmed adult cadavers were dissected by arterial vascular casting technique, imaging scanning technique, and thin layer cryotomy. Then the vessel and anatomical structures of thyroid surgical region were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. Three-dimensional visualization of larynx artery was reconstructed by Autodesk 3ds Max 2010(32). Transtracheal assisted sublingual approach for totally endoscopic thyroidectomy was simulated on 5 embalmed adult cadavers. The sublingual observed access was located in the middle of sublingual region. The geniohyoid muscle, mylohyoid seam, and submental triangle were divided in turn in the middle to reach the plane under the plastima muscles. Superficial cervical fascia, anterior body of hyoid bone, and infrahyoid muscles were passed in sequence to reach thyroid gland surgical region. The transtracheal operational access was placed from the cavitas oris propria, isthmus faucium, subepiglottic region, laryngeal pharynx, and intermediate laryngeal cavit, and then passed from the top down in order to reach pars cervicalis tracheae where a sagittal incision was made in the anterior wall of cartilagines tracheales to reach a ascertained surgical region. Transtracheal assisted sublingual approach to totally endoscopic thyroidectomy is anatomically feasible and safe and can be useful in thyroid gland surgery.



    Mahesh V .; Shweta,


    Vocal cord nodules are benign reactive lesions commonly caused due to phonotrauma and vocal abuse. Patients with vocal nodules present with husky and breathy voice. These lesions are removed by microlaryngeal surgery using either operating microscope or endoscope. We present a case report of symptomatic vocal cord nodule which was precisely r...

  13. State-of-the-art transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic lumbar surgery under local anesthesia: Discectomy, foraminoplasty, and ventral facetectomy. (United States)

    Sairyo, Koichi; Chikawa, Takashi; Nagamachi, Akihiro


    Transforaminal (TF) percutaneous endoscopic surgery for the lumbar spine under the local anesthesia was initiated in 2003 in Japan. Since it requires only an 8-mm skin incision and damage of the paravertebral muscles would be minimum, it would be the least invasive spinal surgery at present. At the beginning, the technique was used for discectomy; thus, the procedure was called PELD (percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy). TF approach can be done under the local anesthesia, there are great benefits. During the surgery patients would be in awake and aware condition; thus, severe nerve root damage can be avoided. Furthermore, the procedure is possible for the elderly patients with poor general condition, which does not allow the general anesthesia. Historically, the technique was first applied for the herniated nucleus pulposus. Then, foraminoplasty, which is the enlargement surgery of the narrow foramen, became possible thanks to the development of the high speed drill. It was called the percutaneous endoscopic lumbar foraminoplasty (PELF). More recently, this technique was applied to decompress the lateral recess stenosis, and the technique was named percutaneous endoscopic ventral facetectomy (PEVF). In this review article, we explain in detail the development of the surgical technique of with time with showing our typical cases. Copyright © 2017 The Japanese Orthopaedic Association. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Single incision laparoscopic surgery - trans anal endoscopic microsurgery: A technological innovation. (United States)

    Shah, Neha; Sasikumar, Pattabi; Rajkumar, Janavikula Sankaran


    Trans anal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) first burst upon the scene several decades ago and then underwent a period of immersion. We have herein reported our experience in two cases who underwent TEM using laparoscopic techniques. The advent of single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) has made great inroads into various fields of general and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. We decided to make use of the same technique in TEM for two patients who had large sessile villous adenomas of the rectum. We used this port and fixed it transanally to the edge of the anus. Carbon dioxide used for insufflation in laparoscopic surgery was used through one of the ports, and a telescope was inserted to the larger port. We made sure that the entire polyp was cut out completely until the circular muscle of the internal sphincter was clearly exposed. Next, the cut edges of the rectum were undermined between the mucosa and the circular muscles in order to bring the cut edges closer together. We were able to perform this SILS TEM in two cases. In both the cases, well differentiated villous adenoma (colonoscopically, biopsy proven before surgery) was confirmed after excision. The question has been raised whether TEM is the new laparoscopy for anorectal surgery. Increasingly, several reports are showing promise for treatment for early stage cancers and large rectal adenomas using TEM. Adoption of our technique using the SILS port that has not been previously described in medical literature, seems to be a promising tool for the future. TEM first burst upon the scene several decades ago and then under went a period of immersion. In recent years, with the onset of laparoscopic surgery, the thoughts and the ideas of using a laparoscopic surgical technique have invaded the area of colorectal cancer as well. We have herein reported our experience in two cases who underwent TEM using laparoscopic techniques.

  15. Diode laser application in soft tissue oral surgery. (United States)

    Azma, Ehsan; Safavi, Nassimeh


    Diode laser with wavelengths ranging from 810 to 980 nm in a continuous or pulsed mode was used as a possible instrument for soft tissue surgery in the oral cavity. Diode laser is one of laser systems in which photons are produced by electric current with wavelengths of 810, 940 and 980nm. The application of diode laser in soft tissue oral surgery has been evaluated from a safety point of view, for facial pigmentation and vascular lesions and in oral surgery excision; for example frenectomy, epulis fissuratum and fibroma. The advantages of laser application are that it provides relatively bloodless surgical and post surgical courses with minimal swelling and scarring. We used diode laser for excisional biopsy of pyogenic granuloma and gingival pigmentation. The diode laser can be used as a modality for oral soft tissue surgery.

  16. Computed tomography evaluation of the morphometry and variations of the infraorbital canal relating to endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Açar, Gülay; Özen, Kemal Emre; Güler, İbrahim; Büyükmumcu, Mustafa


    The course of the infraorbital canal may leave the infraorbital nerve susceptible to injury during reconstructive and endoscopic surgery, particularly when surgically manipulating the roof of the maxillary sinus. We investigated both the morphometry and variations of the infraorbital canal with the aim to show the relationship between them relative to endoscopic approaches. This retrospective study was performed on paranasal multidetector computed tomography images of 200 patients. The infraorbital canal corpus types were categorized as Type 1: within the maxillary bony roof (55.3%), Type 2: partially protruding into maxillary sinus (26.7%), Type 3: within the maxillary sinus (9.5%), Type 4: located anatomically at the outer limit of the zygomatic recess of the maxillary bone (8.5%). The internal angulation and the length of the infraorbital canal, the infraorbital foramen entry angles and the distances related to the infraorbital foramen localization were measured and their relationships with the infraorbital canal variations were analyzed. We reported that the internal angulations in both sagittal and axial sections were mostly found in infraorbital canal Type 1 and 4 (69.2%, 64.7%) but, there were commonly no angulation in Type 3 (68.4%) (pCirurgia Cérvico-Facial. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  17. [Workflow analysis to assess the efficiency of intraoperative technology using the example of functional endoscopic sinus surgery]. (United States)

    Strauss, G; Fischer, M; Meixensberger, J; Falk, V; Trantakis, C; Winkler, D; Bootz, F; Burgert, O; Dietz, A; Lemke, H U


    Evaluation of the efficiency of surgical technology systems has to date been largely subjective. The aim of this study was to develop an ontology for surgical procedures usable workflow structures, and the evaluation of surgical workflow analysis using the example of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). A total of 38 procedures (20 patients) were included. Surgery was carried out by seven different surgeons with different degrees of training. Description of the surgical procedures and resources is based on the standard EN1828/2001 (Structure for Classification and Coding Systems for Surgical Procedures). In addition the requirements of the Workflow Reference Models (document no. Tc00-1003), Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) were integrated. The workflow recorded the position, frequency of change of position, use time, cleaning time and concept based instrument changes. A total of 293 items were used to define FESS. A total of 1,029 different endoscopic positions were documented. These could be combined into five major endoscopic positions. The frequency of position changes was 27.1 per side, the period spent in an endoscopic position is about 1.31 min. Time for the concept-caused instrument changing was 6.44 min per side. This study demonstrates the need for assistance in guiding the endoscope in FESS. Using the workflow-data, the concept of an assistant system is possible. We offer a basis for discussion of the development of an ontology, recording and analysing surgical workflows and their practical application.

  18. Endoscopic Laser-Based 3D Imaging for Functional Voice Diagnostics

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    Marion Semmler


    Full Text Available Recently, we reported on the in vivo application of a miniaturized measuring device for 3D visualization of the superior vocal fold vibrations from high-speed recordings in combination with a laser projection unit (LPU. As a long-term vision for this proof of principle, we strive to integrate the further developed laserendoscopy as a diagnostic method in daily clinical routine. The new LPU mainly comprises a Nd:YAG laser source (532 nm/CW/2 ω and a diffractive optical element (DOE generating a regular laser grid (31 × 31 laser points that is projected on the vocal folds. By means of stereo triangulation, the 3D coordinates of the laser points are reconstructed from the endoscopic high-speed footage. The new design of the laserendoscope constitutes a compromise between robust image processing and laser safety regulations. The algorithms for calibration and analysis are now optimized with respect to their overall duration and the number of required interactions, which is objectively assessed using binary classifiers. The sensitivity and specificity of the calibration procedure are increased by 40.1% and 22.3%, which is statistically significant. The overall duration for the laser point detection is reduced by 41.9%. The suggested semi-automatic reconstruction software represents an important stepping-stone towards potential real time processing and a comprehensive, objective diagnostic tool of evidence-based medicine.

  19. On-demand endoscopic CO2 insufflation with feedback pressure regulation during natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) peritoneoscopy induces minimal hemodynamic and respiratory changes. (United States)

    Navarro-Ripoll, Ricard; Martínez-Pallí, Graciela; Guarner-Argente, Carlos; Córdova, Henry; Martínez-Zamora, Maria Angels; Comas, Jaume; Rodríguez de Miguel, Cristina; Beltrán, Mireia; Rodríguez-D'Jesús, Antonio; Hernández-Cera, Clara; Llach, Josep; Balust, Jaume; Fernández-Esparrach, Glòria


    Endoscopic insufflation has been associated with marked increase in intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) and hemodynamic and respiratory changes during transgastric surgery. To investigate the hemodynamic and respiratory effects during intraperitoneal cavity exploration through 3 different natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) access locations compared with laparoscopy. Survival experiments using 40 female pigs randomized to transgastric, transcolonic, transvaginal, and laparoscopic peritoneoscopy. On-demand endoscopic insufflation of CO(2) with feedback pressure regulation was used in NOTES with a maximum pressure of 14 mm Hg. In the laparoscopy group, the IAP was maintained at 14 mm Hg. NOTES procedures were performed by an endoscopist (with the assistance of a gynecologist in the transvaginal group and a second endoscopist in the transgastric and transrectal groups) and laparoscopy by 2 surgeons. Invasive hemodynamic and respiratory data. Blood samples were drawn for gas analyses. All experiments except one in the transrectal group were completed. The IAP was significantly lower in all NOTES groups compared with the laparoscopy group. A significant increase in mean systemic arterial blood pressure was observed in the laparoscopy group at 15 and 30 minutes of intraperitoneal cavity exploration, but it remained unchanged during all NOTES procedures. An increase in airway pressures was observed at 15 and 30 minutes of peritoneoscopy in the animals undergoing laparoscopy, whereas those parameters remained unchanged in the NOTES groups. The laparoscopy group showed a significant impairment in pulmonary gas exchange (decrease in Pao(2), increase in Paco(2), and decrease in arterial pH) after 30 minutes of peritoneoscopy, whereas only a slight increase in Paco(2) was observed in the transrectal and transvaginal groups. Healthy animal model. On-demand endoscopic insufflation of CO(2) with feedback pressure regulation can minimize the risk of hemodynamic and

  20. Multisensor data fusion in an integrated tracking system for endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Ren, Hongliang; Rank, Denis; Merdes, Martin; Stallkamp, Jan; Kazanzides, Peter


    Surgical planning and navigation systems are vital for minimally invasive endoscopic surgeries but it is challenging to track the position and orientation of intrabody surgical instruments in these procedures. In order to address this problem, we propose a tracking system including multiple-sensor integration and data fusion. The proposed tracking approach is free of the constraints of line-of-sight, less subject to environmental distortion, and with higher update rate. By incorporating electromagnetic and inertial sensors, the system yields continuous 6-DOF information. Based on a system dynamic model and estimation theories, a new multisensor fusion algorithm, cascade orientation and position-estimation algorithm, is proposed for the integrated tracking device. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithms achieve accurate orientation and position tracking with robustness.

  1. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Treatment of Kartagener Syndrome: A Case Report

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    Xinghua Tang


    Full Text Available Background: Kartagener syndrome (KS is a rare congenital disease characterised by a clinical triad of symptoms: situs inversus, chronic rhinosinusitis, and bronchiectasis. Although congenital ciliary defect is recognised as the main cause of this syndrome, it remains difficult to treat the associated airway infection. Case Report: A 17-year-old female patient presented with repeated refractory airway infection. She also had bronchiectasis and situs inversus. Electron microscopic evaluation of her nasal mucosa revealed ciliary defect and confirmed the diagnosis of KS. She underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS followed by long-term postoperative debridement of the sinonasal cavity. This treatment reduced chronic rhinosinusitis and protected against subsequent airway infection in a 7-year follow-up. Conclusion: FESS is effective for relieving both chronic rhinosinusitis and lung infection of KS in the long term.

  2. [Techniques of endoscopic surgery in the pediatric cancer in a developing country]. (United States)

    Mendías, J C Valladares; Ramírez, R Vega; Granados, G Veintemilla


    The objective of the present study is to present our experience of introducing video-endoscopic surgical techniques applied to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of Bogota (Colombia), the reference state institution in this developing nation. The study is based on the large case load of the NCI, the considerable clinical experience of its healthcare professionals, and the availability of adequate material resources. This preliminary series comprises 11 pediatric patients who underwent surgery at the NCI between February 1 and 31 May 2007. Seven laparoscopies and four thoracoscopies were performed. The mean age of these patients was 8.8 years (range, 10 months to 17 years). The clinical characteristics of these patients are reported.

  3. Endoscopic endonasal surgery for nonadenomatous, nonmeningeal pathology involving the cavernous sinus. (United States)

    Patrona, Aikaterini; Patel, Kunal S; Bander, Evan D; Mehta, Alpesh; Tsiouris, Apostolos John; Anand, Vijay K; Schwartz, Theodore H


    OBJECTIVE Surgery within the cavernous sinus (CS) remains a controversial topic because of the delicate and complex anatomy. The risk also varies with tumor consistency. Softer tumors such as pituitary adenomas are more likely to be surgically treated, while firm tumors such as meningiomas are often treated with radiosurgery. However, a wide range of pathologies that can involve the CS are amenable to surgery. The authors describe and analyze their results using endonasal endoscopic "medial-to-lateral" approaches for nonadenomatous, nonmeningeal tumors, in relation to the degree of invasion within the CS. METHODS A prospectively acquired database of consecutive endoscopic approaches for tumors with verified intraoperative CS invasion was reviewed. Pituitary adenomas and meningiomas were excluded. Degree of invasion of the CS was classified using the Knosp-Steiner (KS) grading system as well as the percentage of cavernous carotid artery (CCA) encasement. Extent of resection of the entire tumor and of the CS component was assessed by independent neuroradiologists using volumetric measurements of the pre- and postoperative MRI studies. Demographic data and complications were noted. RESULTS Fifteen patients (mean age 51.1 years who received endoscopic surgery between 2007 and 2013 met the selection criteria. There were 11 malignant tumors, including chordoma, chondrosarcoma, hemangiopericytoma, lymphoma, and metastatic cancer, and 4 benign tumors, including 3 cavernous hemangiomas and 1 dermoid. All cases were discussed before treatment in a tumor board. Adjuvant treatment options included chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The mean pre- and postoperative tumor volumes were 12.74 ml and 3.86 ml. Gross-total resection (GTR; ie, resection greater than 95%) was the goal in 13 cases and was achieved in 6 patients (46%) while in addition 5 patients had a greater than 80% resection. Gross-total resection in the CS was accomplished in 55% of the tumors with KS Grades 1-2 and in

  4. Endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation versus second glaucoma drainage device after prior aqueous tube shunt surgery. (United States)

    Murakami, Yohko; Akil, Handan; Chahal, Jasdeep; Dustin, Laurie; Tan, James; Chopra, Vikas; Francis, Brian


    To evaluate the efficacy in controlling intraocular pressure (IOP) with endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) versus implantation of a second glaucoma drainage device (GDD-2) in the treatment of uncontrolled glaucoma with a prior aqueous tube shunt. A nonrandomized retrospective chart review. Patients with refractory glaucoma following a failed initial tube shunt (Baerveldt Glaucoma Implant 350), who underwent ECP or GDD-2 with Baerveldt Glaucoma Implant as a second surgery. Twenty-five eyes underwent ECP, and 48 eyes received a GDD-2. ECP or second tube-shunt surgery. Reduction in IOP and antiglaucoma medications, and Kaplan-Meier survival with success defined as lOP ≥ 5 mmHg and ≤ 21 mmHg and ≥ 20% reduction from preoperative IOP. Secondary outcome measures were visual acuity and the presence of any postoperative complications. Both ECP and GDD-2 significantly lowered IOP (Student's t test) and number of antiglaucoma medications (Wilcoxon paired signed rank test). There were no significant differences in postoperative IOP (Student's t test) or antiglaucoma medications (Mann Whitney test) between ECP and GDD-2 at 6 and 12 months. There was also no difference in the Kaplan-Meier survival outcomes between the two groups. Both ECP and GDD-2 are both effective as second surgeries for refractory glaucoma that has failed a prior aqueous shunt. © 2016 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

  5. [Endoscopic surgery in day hospital using bladder and urethral anesthesia with EMDA]. (United States)

    Fontanella, U A; Castiglioni, M; Fonte, A; Quadraccia, A


    To assess the suitability of EMDA local anaesthesia for invasive procedures on lower urinary tract in one day surgery treatment. The deep penetration of lignocaine into the bladder wall was attained by catheters, electrodes and electric current generators using revised electrochemical principles. Since 1994 203 patients with transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder underwent TURBT and 70 patients with bladder neck or prostatic obstruction underwent TURP, TUIP, TULAP; 20 patients underwent miscellaneous procedures: in 34 patients the procedures were combined. The patients' age was within 20 and 90 years (mean age 67.3). The procedures were performed in a single small endoscopic theatre annexed to the Urology Ward. A standard rigid resectoscope was used as well as a standard electrocautery (360 kHz) or a mega frequency low temperature Vesalius generator (4 MHz). Most patients received a premedication and some of them a light sedation when necessary, but all of them were fully conscious and able to complete an assessment using a simple pain scale. 8 out of 273 patients (3%) considered pain intolerable and other 11 (4%) reported painful but tolerable sensation, and the remaining 254 patients referred absent or minimal discomfort. Most of the patients were able to walk back to their room and go home in the evening. Those who had no chance of going back home were admitted for the night as well as those who had no assistance at all at home or those who had high probability of haemorrhage. Side effects were minimal and not related to local anesthesia: the serum lignocaine levels measured in 4 patients were innocuous. All patients experienced some tingling and reddening at the skin site of the dispersive electrode fading in a few hours. Local anaesthesia by using EMDA proved to be effective for most invasive endoscopic procedures in the lower urinary tract and suitable for patients undergoing day hospital surgery.

  6. From virtual reality to the operating room: the endoscopic sinus surgery simulator experiment. (United States)

    Fried, Marvin P; Sadoughi, Babak; Gibber, Marc J; Jacobs, Joseph B; Lebowitz, Richard A; Ross, Douglas A; Bent, John P; Parikh, Sanjay R; Sasaki, Clarence T; Schaefer, Steven D


    Establish the feasibility of a predictive validity study in sinus surgery simulation training and demonstrate the effectiveness of the Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Simulator (ES3) as a training device. Prospective, multi-institutional controlled trial. Four tertiary academic centers with accredited otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency programs. Twelve ES3-trained novice residents were compared with 13 control novice residents. Subjects were assessed on the performance of basic sinus surgery tasks. Their first in vivo procedure was video recorded and submitted to a blinded panel of independent experts after the panel established a minimum inter-rater reliability of 80 percent. The recordings were reviewed by using a standardized computer-assisted method and customized metrics. Results were analyzed with the Mann-Whitney U test. Internal rater consistency was verified with Pearson moment correlation. Completion time was significantly shorter in the experimental group (injection P = 0.003, dissection P manipulation (P = 0.011), and made fewer technical mistakes during the injection task (P = 0.048) compared with the control group. The raters' post hoc internal consistency was deemed adequate (r > 0.5 between serial measurements). The validity of the ES3 as an effective surgical trainer was verified in multiple instances, including those not depending on subjective rater evaluations. The ES3 is one of the few virtual reality simulators with a comprehensive validation record. Advanced simulation technologies need more rapid implementation in otolaryngology training, as they present noteworthy potential for high-quality surgical education while meeting the necessity of patient safety. Copyright 2010 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Current utilization of balloon dilation versus endoscopic techniques in pediatric sinus surgery. (United States)

    Ference, Elisabeth H; Schroeder, James W; Qureshi, Hannan; Conley, David; Chandra, Rakesh K; Tan, Bruce K; Shintani Smith, Stephanie


    To study the utilization of balloon catheter dilation (BCD) compared to traditional endoscopic surgery (ESS) in pediatric patients. Cross-sectional analysis. Hospital and freestanding ambulatory surgery centers in California, Florida, Maryland, and New York Patients less than 18 years who underwent BCD(316) or ESS(2346), as identified by CPT codes from the State Ambulatory Surgery Databases 2011. Patient and facility demographics, mean charges, and operating room time were examined using bivariate and multivariate analyses. A total of 2662 children underwent surgery, with BCD used in 10.6% of maxillary, 8.4% of sphenoid, and 11.8% of frontal procedures. Adjusted analysis found that children with asthma, allergic rhinitis (AR), GERD, or concomitant adenoidectomy were more likely to have BCD compared to patients without these comorbidities, asthma odds ratio (OR) = 1.94 (95% CI, 1.84-3.41), AR OR = 1.77 (95% CI, 1.03-3.07), GERD OR = 2.79 (95% CI, .59-4.90), or without adenoidectomy OR = 2.50 (95% CI, 1.84-3.41). Patients with cystic fibrosis were less likely to have BCD, OR = 0.33 (95% CI, 0.11-0.95). Median charges for patients undergoing maxillary antrostomy alone by BCD (P = .042) or with adenoidectomy (P time was similar (P = .81) between patients undergoing maxillary antrostomy, regardless of whether BCD was used, but was longer (P time compared to procedures that only utilized ESS. Future research is necessary to evaluate whether BCD may lead to improved outcomes and eventually decreased operating room time for pediatric patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. © American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2014.

  8. Novel Dissection Station for Endolaryngeal Microsurgery and Laser Surgery: Development and Dissection Course Experience. (United States)

    Mattioli, Francesco; Presutti, Livio; Caversaccio, Marco; Bonali, Marco; Anschuetz, Lukas


    Objective We aimed to develop and validate an ex vivo dissection station for endolaryngeal surgery suitable for different kinds of laryngeal specimen and any type of operating technique (CO2 laser, cold instruments by endoscopic or microscopic techniques). Study Design Experimental construction and validation of a highly specialized dissection station. Setting Laboratory and international dissection course. Methods We designed a lightweight dissection station made of polycarbonate resin approved for use with a CO2 laser. The cylindrical box hosts an articulated laryngeal support. The laryngoscope is positioned on an articulated arm, which is fixed on the construction's footplate. Validation of the larynx box was performed during an international dissection course on laryngeal surgery held in January 2016. Results We assessed the suitability of our novel dissection station among specialized laryngologists with a mean experience of 14 years. Feedback from the participants was very positive, with a mean general impression of 9.5 (out of 10 points) and a recommendation score of 9.6 for further use. Its utility in transforming the taught surgical steps into daily practice has been highly recognized, with a score of 9.5. Conclusion The lightweight and transparent larynx box is suitable for any kind of laryngeal specimen, and any surgical intervention can be taught at reasonable cost. It is safe and suitable for use with CO2 lasers. Validation among experienced surgeons revealed its suitability in the teaching of endolaryngeal microsurgery and laser surgery.

  9. 56. Endoscopic vein graft harvest for coronary artery bypass surgery: Single center experience in Saudi Arabia

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    M. Algadheeb


    Full Text Available Open saphenous vein technique is the standard of care in patients undergoing coronary artery surgery (CABG worldwide and in Saudi Arabia. Endoscopic vein harvest (EVH is an innovative technique that have been recommended by the international society of minimally invasive surgery. Our aim in the current study is to review our preliminary data about endoscopic vein harvest. Would endoscopic vein harvest decrease the incidence of leg wound infections? This is a retrospective study of a single tertiary care center of 94 consecutive patients who underwent CABG with EVH. Preoperative associated risk factors were assessed. Postoperative follow up includes leg wound infection and patient satisfaction with EVH by using a telephone and/or a paper questionnaire. We had 94 consecutive patients who underwent CABG with EVH between October 2014 and October 2015, mean age was 56.7 (33–77 years, 91.5% were male, mean euro score II was 2.47%. The most common presentation was NSTEMI (39.4% followed by STEMI (26.6%, unstable angina (11.7% and stable angina (5.3%. Our cohort had the following characteristics: 85.1% were diabetic, 84% were hypertensive, 46.8% had dyslipidemia, 2.1% had CVA, 7.4% had Carotid artery disease, 2.1% had Congestive heart failure, 4.3% had any renal disease and 4.3% had previous PCI. Most of our patients received 3 grafts (44.7% followed by 4 grafts (42.6% of which only one leg was used for EVH (94.1%. Leg wound infection occurred in one patient only and in this case EVH was converted to open technique. A written and/or telephone questionnaire resulted in a high patient-satisfaction with the cosmetic outcome of EVH as well as very low grade of leg wound pain. EVH is a very promising innovative technique in patient undergoing CABG. Our patients were highly satisfied with their leg wound cosmetic outcome. In this single center experience, in Saudi Arabia, EVH is a promising innovative technique for saphenous vein harvest. It is highly

  10. Outcome of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery in the Treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis. (United States)

    Rahman, T; Alam, M M; Ahmed, S; Karim, M A; Rahman, M; Wahiduzzaman, M


    This prospective study was conducted to compare the outcome of endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) using SNOT-20 score chart (subjective) and Lund & Kennedy scoring chart (objective) and carried out in the Department of Otolaryngology & Head-Neck Surgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) & Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital (ShSMCH) from July 2010 to March 2012. Total 73 admitted cases were selected purposively for ESS, male 53(72.60%) and female 20(27.40%). Among the study participants 10(13.7%) had chronic rhinosinusitis with bilateral polyposis and 26(35.62%) had chronic rhinosinusitis with unilateral polyposis and 12(16.44%) had bilateral chronic rhinosinusitis without polyposis and 25(34.25%) had unilateral chronic rhinosinusitis without polyposis. Surgical procedures done among the patients were Uncinectomy (infundibulectomy), Middle Meatal Antrostomy; Anterior Ethmoidectomy; Sphenoidotomy, Associated septoplasty and no significant per or post operative complications were noted. In Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with polyposis pre operative SNOT-20 mean and SD 1.322±0.341 and post ESS snot-20 mean and SD 0.3472±0.0755, CRS without polyposis pre operative SNOT-20 mean and SD 0.9297±0.86 and post ESS SNOT-20 mean and SD 1986±0.0558. In CRS with polyposis pre operative Lund & Kennedy score of endoscopic assessment, mean and SD 5.333±2.255 and post ESS mean and SD 1.31±1.009. In CRS without polyposis pre op Lund & Kennedy score mean and SD 3.108±1.074 and post ESS mean and SD 0.76±0.641.Post ESS SNOT-20 in CRS with Polyposis, 't' test result was 27.58 which was significant (pRhinosinusitis without Polyposis cases, relief of symptoms and quality of life improved was better than Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Polyposis cases postoperatively as compared by SNOT-20 and Lund & Kennedy score of endoscopic assessment.

  11. Endoscopic resection of large duodenal and papillary lateral spreading lesions is clinically and economically advantageous compared with surgery. (United States)

    Klein, Amir; Ahlenstiel, Golo; Tate, David J; Burgess, Nicholas; Richardson, Arthur; Pang, Tony; Byth, Karen; Bourke, Michael J


    Background and study aims  Adenomas of the duodenum and ampulla are uncommon. For lesions ≤ 20 mm in size and confined to the papillary mound, endoscopic resection is well supported by systematic study. However, for large laterally spreading lesions of the duodenum or papilla (LSL-D/P), surgery is often performed despite substantial associated morbidity and mortality. We aimed to compare actual endoscopic outcomes of such lesions and costs with those predicted for surgery using validated prediction tools. Patients and methods  Patients who underwent endoscopic resection of LSL-D/P were analyzed. Two surgeons assigned the hypothetical surgical management. The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), and the Portsmouth Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and morbidity (P-POSSUM) were used to predict morbidity, mortality, and length of hospital stay. Actual endoscopic and hypothetical surgical outcomes and costs were compared. Results  A total of 102 lesions were evaluated (mean age of patients 69 years, 52 % male, mean lesion size 40 mm). Complete endoscopic resection was achieved in 93.1 % at the index procedure. Endoscopic adverse events occurred in 18.6 %. Recurrence at first surveillance endoscopy was seen in 17.7 %. For patients with ≥ 2 surveillance endoscopies (n = 55), 90 % were clear of disease and considered cured (median follow-up 27 months). Compared with hypothetical surgical resection, endoscopic resection had less morbidity (18 % vs. 31 %; P  = 0.001) and shorter hospital stay (median 1 vs. 4.75 days; P  < 0.001), and was less costly than surgery (mean $ 11 093 vs. $ 19 358; P  < 0.001). Conclusion  In experienced centers, even extensive LSL-D/P can be managed endoscopically with favorable morbidity and mortality profiles, and reduced costs, compared with surgery. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  12. Ocular safety limits for 1030nm femtosecond laser cataract surgery (United States)

    Wang, Jenny; Sramek, Christopher; Paulus, Yannis M.; Lavinsky, Daniel; Schuele, Georg; Anderson, Dan; Dewey, David; Palanker, Daniel V.


    Application of femtosecond lasers to cataract surgery has added unprecedented precision and reproducibility but ocular safety limits for the procedure are not well-quantified. We present an analysis of safety during laser cataract surgery considering scanned patterns, reduced blood perfusion, and light scattering on residual bubbles formed during laser cutting. Experimental results for continuous-wave 1030 nm irradiation of the retina in rabbits are used to calibrate damage threshold temperatures and perfusion rate for our computational model of ocular heating. Using conservative estimates for each safety factor, we compute the limits of the laser settings for cataract surgery that optimize procedure speed within the limits of retinal safety.

  13. [Robotic surgery and NOTES--Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery in treatment of cholelithiasis--revolution or failed conception]. (United States)

    Ciesielczyk, Błazej; Cwaliński, Jarosław; Janusz, Piotr


    At the beginning of 90th years of the last century a laparoscopy technique initiated a new chapter in surgical treatment becoming the realistic alternative of classical laparotomies. Nowadays, after 20. years from first laparoscopic cholecystectomy new treatment methods such as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) and robotic surgery are gaining more and more great interest. The first robots created in the middle of 90 years were used only for keeping a camera and they were steered with voice, however with the development of technology was possible constructing precise machines, which were able to carry complicated procedures out (fundoplication, gastrectomy or colectomy), also from a long distance. At present two types of robots are being applied in the medical practice: da Vinci and Zeus. NOTES is a method that make possible to perform operations trough natural orifice of the body with an endoscope and appropriate instrumentation. Actually three fundamental ways of reaching the peritoneum are being used: through the stomach, through the rectum and through the vagina. Some authors tried also to use transbladder approach. The main advantage of the NOTES technique is a possibility of performing the procedure without necessity of cutting the abdominal wall, what decreases postoperative pain, eliminates the problem of an infecting wound, minimizes risk of postoperative hernias and reduces amount of postoperative adhesions. Problems related to the NOTES technique are mostly need of inventing new and better equipment, assurance tightness of the surgical access, development of an efficient antiseptic prophylaxis and also standardize learning methods. Dynamic development of the NOTES method allows overcoming some of these limitations by using innovative technical solutions and new systems e.g. TULA, NOTUS, ShapeLock, ViaCath, MAGS and many others. The aim of this study is a deep analysis of the recent technical solutions, rules of the therapy and

  14. Femtosecond lasers in ophthalmology: clinical applications in anterior segment surgery (United States)

    Juhasz, Tibor; Nagy, Zoltan; Sarayba, Melvin; Kurtz, Ronald M.


    The human eye is a favored target for laser surgery due to its accessibility via the optically transparent ocular tissue. Femtosecond lasers with confined tissue effects and minimized collateral tissue damage are primary candidates for high precision intraocular surgery. The advent of compact diode-pumped femtosecond lasers, coupled with computer controlled beam delivery devices, enabled the development of high precision femtosecond laser for ophthalmic surgery. In this article, anterior segment femtosecond laser applications currently in clinical practice and investigation are reviewed. Corneal procedures evolved first and remain dominant due to easy targeting referenced from a contact surface, such as applanation lenses placed on the eye. Adding a high precision imaging technique, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), can enable accurate targeting of tissue beyond the cornea, such as the crystalline lens. Initial clinical results of femtosecond laser cataract surgery are discussed in detail in the latter portion part of the article.

  15. Computer or not? Use of image guidance during endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis at St Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, and meta-analysis. (United States)

    Sunkaraneni, V S; Yeh, D; Qian, H; Javer, A R


    The advantages and limitations of image guidance systems for endoscopic sinus surgery are unclear. We report our experience and present a meta-analysis of the evidence. We performed a retrospective analysis of endoscopic sinus surgery procedures performed with versus without image guidance. A total of 355 cases was included. Primary outcomes included complication rates and time to revision surgery. A literature search was conducted to enable identification and analysis of studies of similar comparisons. Within 1.5 years of the index sinus surgical procedure, the risk of revision surgery was significantly higher for patients treated with non-assisted versus computer-assisted endoscopic sinus surgery (p = 0.001). Meta-analysis did not indicate a reduction in complications or revision surgery procedures with the use of image guidance systems, although the majority of included studies showed a non-significant reduction in revision surgery. Our study offers some evidence that computer-assisted endoscopic sinus surgery may delay residual disease and reduce the requirement for revision surgery. Although this finding was not borne out in the meta-analysis, the majority of identified studies demonstrated a trend towards fewer revision procedures after computer-assisted endoscopic sinus surgery. This type of surgery may offer other advantages that are not easily measurable.

  16. Laser applications in oral surgery and implant dentistry. (United States)

    Deppe, Herbert; Horch, Hans-Henning


    Lasers have been used for many years in oral surgery and implant dentistry. In some indications, laser treatment has become state of the art as compared to conventional techniques. This article is a comprehensive review of new laser applications in oral surgery and implant dentistry. One of the most interesting developments over the last years was the introduction of the 9.6-microm CO(2) laser. It has been shown in the recent literature that the use of this new device can preserve tissue with almost no adverse effects at the light microscopic level. In contrast, modifications of approved CO(2) laser therapies of premalignant lesions resulted in higher recurrence rates than the conventional defocused laser technique. However, several studies indicate that other wavelengths such as Nd-YAG (lambda = 1,064 nm) or diode lasers (lambda = 810 nm) may be also of value in this field. In many other indications, the use of lasers is still experimental. Intraoperatively used photodynamic therapy or peri-implant care of ailing implants with the CO(2) laser seems to be more of value than conventional methods. However, further studies are required to assess standard protocols. Over the past years, research identified some new indications for laser treatment in oral surgery and implant dentistry. Moreover, well-known laser applications were defined as state of the art. Nevertheless, further studies are required for laser treatment in oral surgery and implant dentistry.

  17. Outcomes after complete endoscopic sinus surgery and aspirin desensitization in aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. (United States)

    Adappa, Nithin D; Ranasinghe, Viran J; Trope, Michal; Brooks, Steven G; Glicksman, Jordan T; Parasher, Arjun K; Palmer, James N; Bosso, John V


    In this study we assessed patient outcomes after complete endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) and aspirin desensitization for patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). A retrospective chart review was conducted for patients with aspirin challenge-proven AERD who underwent complete ESS followed by aspirin desensitization. Outcomes assessed included need for revision surgery and quality-of-life measures using the 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcomes Test (SNOT-22). Data were collected preoperatively, postoperatively prior to desensitization, and then at intervals post-desensitization through 30 months after aspirin desensitization. A longitudinal linear mixed-effects model was used for data analysis. Thirty-four patients met the inclusion criteria for this study. Thirty-two patients successfully completed aspirin desensitization and were subsequently followed for 30 months after desensitization. Two patients were unable to complete desensitization. Five patients discontinued aspirin maintenance therapy due to gastrointestinal and respiratory side effects. Within the follow-up period, there were only 3 (9.4%) revision sinus surgeries. Notably, 1 of these revision cases occurred in a patient who had discontinued aspirin maintenance therapy. After surgical treatment and prior to desensitization patients had significant reductions in SNOT-22 scores. Our results demonstrate that total SNOT-22 scores remained statistically unchanged from immediate post-desensitization throughout the 30-month follow-up period. Complete sinus surgery followed by timely aspirin desensitization and maintenance therapy is an effective combination in the long-term management of sinus disease in patients with AERD. © 2017 ARS-AAOA, LLC.

  18. Baby shampoo nasal irrigations for the symptomatic post-functional endoscopic sinus surgery patient. (United States)

    Chiu, Alexander G; Palmer, James N; Woodworth, Bradford A; Doghramji, Laurel; Cohen, Michael B; Prince, Anthony; Cohen, Noam A


    Symptoms of postnasal drainage and thickened mucus are commonly seen in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) recalcitrant to sinus surgery and conventional medical therapies. Chemical surfactants can act as a mucolytic by reducing water surface tension and have the potential to serve as an antimicrobial agent. Baby shampoo is an inexpensive, commercially available solution containing multiple chemical surfactants. This is an in vitro study of its antimicrobial effects on Pseudomonas biofilms with translation to a clinical study for use as an adjuvant nasal wash in patients with CRS who remain symptomatic despite adequate sinus surgery and conventional medical therapies. In vitro testing was performed to determine the optimal concentration of baby shampoo that disrupted preformed bacterial biofilms and inhibited biofilm formation. This concentration was then used in a prospective study of symptomatic post-functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) patients who irrigated twice a day for 4 weeks. Validated outcome forms and objective smell testing was performed before and after therapy. One percent baby shampoo in normal saline was the optimal concentration for inhibition of Pseudomonas biofilm formation. Baby shampoo had no effect on the eradication of preformed Pseudomonas biofilms. Eighteen patients with CRS with an average of 2.8 surgeries were studied after irrigating with 1% baby shampoo solution. Two patients discontinued use because of minor nasal and skin irritations; 46.6% of patients experienced an overall improvement in their subjective symptoms, and 60% of patients noted improvement in specific symptoms of thickened mucus and postnasal drainage. Baby shampoo nasal irrigation has promise as an inexpensive, tolerable adjuvant to conventional medical therapies for symptomatic patients after FESS. Its greatest benefit may be in improving symptoms of thickened nasal discharge and postnasal drainage.

  19. Comparison between magnesium sulfate and dexmedetomidine in controlled hypotension during functional endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Adnan Bayram


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is crucial to decrease bleeding during functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Our primary goal was to investigate the effects of magnesium sulfate and dexmedetomidine used for controlled hypotension on the visibility of the surgical site. METHODS: 60 patients aged between 18 and 65 years were enrolled. In the magnesium sulfate group (Group M, patients were administered 40 mg/kg magnesium sulfate in 100 mL saline solution over 10 min as the intravenous loading dose 10 min before induction, with a subsequent 10-15 µg/kg/h infusion during surgery. In the dexmedetomidine group (Group D, patients were administered 1 µg/kg dexmedetomidine in 100 mL saline solution as the loading dose 10 min before surgery and 0.5-1 µg/kg/h dexmedetomidine during surgery. Deliberate hypotension was defined as a mean arterial pressure of 60-70 mmHg. RESULTS: Bleeding score was significantly decreased in Group D (p = 0.002. Mean arterial pressure values were significantly decreased in Group D compared to that in Group M, except for the initial stage, after induction and 5 min after intubation (p < 0.05. The number of patients who required nitroglycerine was significantly lower in Group D (p = 0.01 and surgeon satisfaction was significantly increased in the same group (p = 0.001. Aldrete recovery score ≥9 duration was significantly shorter in Group D (p = 0.001. There was no difference between the two groups in terms of recovery room verbal numerical rating scale. CONCLUSIONS: Dexmedetomidine can provide more effective controlled hypotension and thus contribute to improved visibility of the surgical site.

  20. Comparison of Three Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Methods for Revision Surgery for Recurrent Herniation After Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy. (United States)

    Yao, Yuan; Zhang, Huiyu; Wu, Junlong; Liu, Huan; Zhang, Zhengfeng; Tang, Yu; Zhou, Yue


    Patients who experience a recurrence of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) need to undergo revision surgery when they fail to respond to conservative therapy. Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF), microendoscopic discectomy (MED), and PELD are 3 common minimally invasive surgical approaches for PELD recurrence. However, there have been no studies that have focused on the selection of the minimally invasive surgical method for PELD recurrence. Seventy-four patients who underwent revision surgery (MIS-TLIF, 26 cases; MED, 20 cases; PELD, 28 cases) for PELD recurrence were enrolled in this study. The preoperative characteristics and perioperative data were collected. Additionally, the clinical outcomes (visual analogue scale, Oswestry Disability Index, and the 12-item Short Form Health Survey) were collected and assessed at 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months postoperatively. No significant differences in clinical outcomes over time were observed between these 3 surgical approaches. MED and PELD were associated with greater pain-relief effects at 1 month after surgery than MIS-TLIF, but this effect equalized at 3 months postoperatively. MED and PELD exhibited the advantages of reductions in operation time, blood loss, hospital stay and total cost compared to MIS-TLIF. However, MED and PELD also were significantly associated with greater recurrence rates than MIS-TLIF. None of the three surgical approaches exhibited clear advantages in long-term pain or functional scores. MED and PELD were associated with lower costs and better perioperative effects than MIS-TLIF. However, compared with MIS-TLIF, the higher recurrence rates of MED and PELD should not be ignored. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Feasibility of dexmedetomidine assisting sevoflurane for controlled hypotension in endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Guang-jie GAO


    Full Text Available Objective  To explore the feasibility of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant of sevoflurane for controlled hypotension in endoscopic sinus surgery. Methods  Forty-eight patients (ASA Ⅰor Ⅱ scheduled for endoscopic sinus surgery were randomly assigned into two groups (n=24: control group (group I and dexmedetomidine group (group Ⅱ. In both groups, intravenous injection of midazolam, propofol, fentanyl, and atracurium besilate was given to induce anesthesia, and propofol, fentanyl, atracurium besilate, together with sevoflurane inhalation were used to maintain anesthesia. The radial artery was cannulated to monitor the invasive mean arterial pressure (MAP. Controlled hypotension was induced by adjusting the sevoflurane concentration in group Ⅰ. In group Ⅱ, within 15min to 30min before the induction of anesthesia, dexmedetomidine was administered in a dose of 0.8μg/kg via intravenous infusion pump, then maintained at 0.4μg/(kg·h. Sevoflurane concentration was adjusted to maintain the target blood pressure at the beginning of surgery. The MAP was maintained at 65-75mmHg up to the end of operation. Meanwhile, the heart rate (HR, MAP, epinephrine (E, and norepinephrine (NE concentrations were recorded at the time of induction of anesthesia (T0, beginning of controlled hypotension (T1, 30min after controlled hypotension (T2, and at the time when extubation was performed (T3. Blood gas analysis and determination of lactic acid concentration were conducted using the blood drawn from the radial artery during the operation. The surgical field quality was assessed based on Fromme scores of surgical field quality (SSFQ. Meanwhile, the dose of sevoflurane, propofol, and fentanyl, MAP, the recovery time of anesthesia, and the incidence rate of untoward effects were recorded. Results  The doses of propofol, fentanyl and sevoflurane, and MAC value in group Ⅱwas significantly diminished compared with group Ⅰ(P<0.01. In addition, the surgical

  2. Effect of premedication with systemic steroids on surgical field bleeding and visibility during nasosinusal endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Fraire, María E; Sanchez-Vallecillo, María V; Zernotti, Mario E; Paoletti, Oscar A


    Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is the inflammation of the nasal and paranasal sinus mucosa persisting for at least 12 weeks. The success of endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) depends on minimising oedema and intraoperative bleeding. For this purpose, some surgeons advocate the use of preoperative systemic steroids (SS). Our aim was to assess if the administration of preoperative SS in patients with CRS with or without nasal polyps (NP) facilitates the surgical procedure. Non-randomized clinical trial in CRS patients with or without NP. Patients in the ESS group received oral meprednisone preoperatively, whereas the control group did not. The visibility of the surgical field, intraoperative bleeding and surgery duration were recorded. Each group (SS group and control group) included 27 patients. The administration of SS reduced the values of all the parameters in patients without NP, with no significant differences. In patients with NP, only operative bleeding was reduced significantly. Even though all the parameters decreased with the preoperative administration of SS, only operative bleeding was significantly reduced in patients with CRS with NP. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  3. Efficacy of endoscopic sinus surgery in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis

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    Basílio, Flávia Machado Alves


    Full Text Available Introduction: The endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS is currently regarded as the gold standard in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis (RNSC, with or without nasal polyposis refractory to medical therapy optimized. Objective: To evaluate the improvement of symptoms after FESS RNSC, through a questionnaire. Method: This is a prospective study, which included 34 patients undergoing FESS during the year 2009, the Service of Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital das Clínicas / UFPR. Of these, 22 were diagnosed as RNSC RNSC and 12 had associated nasal polyps. All patients underwent a questionnaire on preoperative symptoms, comorbidities and degree of symptom improvement after surgery, six months after the procedure. Results: The percentage improvement of symptoms more prevalent in the group with RNSC was as follows: nasal obstruction 87.4%, 80.5% headache, pain / facial pressure 91.6% 81.2% posterior nasal discharge. In the group with polyposis associated improvement was nasal obstruction 76.6%, 76.6% posterior nasal discharge, hyposmia, 68.7%, headache 83%. In our study we found an overall improvement in symptoms of 83.74% in patients with RNSC and 80.5% in patients with associated nasal polyposis. Conclusion: FESS is highly effective in controlling symptoms of RNSC with or without polyposis and is, in our study, its efficacy similar to that found in the literature. With respect to patients with nasal polyposis, studies are needed with longer follow up, since this disease has a high degree of recurrence.

  4. Range of S-100β levels during functional endoscopic sinus surgery with moderately controlled hypotension. (United States)

    Kwon, Youngsuk; Jang, Ji Su; Hwang, Sung Mi; Lee, Jae Jun; Lee, Jun Ho; Joo, Sungmin; Lee, In-Gon; Hong, Sung Jun


    The aim of this study is to determine the range of S-100β levels during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) when the mean arterial pressure (MAP) was controlled within 60-70 mmHg. After anesthesia induction with propofol and remifentanil, the patient was positioned in the reverse Trendelenburg position and MAP was controlled within 60-70 mmHg during surgery. For the S-100β assay, blood was taken from a radial arterial catheter before (baseline) and at 20 (T 20 ) and 60 (T 60 ) min after setting the reverse Trendelenburg position and controlled hypotension, and at 60 (T post60 ) min after the end of the operation. In total, 34 patients completed the study. Baseline S-100β was 0.00837 ± 0.00785 ng/mL. The levels at T 20 and T 60 were 0.02057 ± 0.01739 and 0.01987 ± 0.01145 ng/mL, respectively. The level of T post60 was 0.05436 ± 0.02318 ng/mL. The level at T 20 increased significantly versus the baseline level (P hypotension (MAP >60 mmHg) was provided. Thus, moderate hypotension would be seemed to be a safe and effective anesthetic technique for FESS without risk for cerebral ischemia.

  5. Percutaneous transhepatic endoscopic holmium laser lithotripsy for intrahepatic and choledochal biliary stones. (United States)

    Ierardi, Anna Maria; Fontana, Federico; Petrillo, Mario; Floridi, Chiara; Cocozza, Eugenio; Segato, Sergio; Abou El Abbas, Hatem; Mangano, Alberto; Carrafiello, Gianpaolo; Dionigi, Renzo


    To report our experience in treating complicated biliary calculi by percutaneous transhepatic endoscopic biliary holmium laser lithotripsy (PTBL). Ten symptomatic patients with intrahepatic or common bile duct calculi underwent PTBL. Six of these patients had previously undergone unsuccessful endoscopic treatment; four patients were declared not suitable for endoscopic procedure. PTBL was performed with a flexible choledochoscopy inserted by way of the percutaneous access sheath. A holmium laser was used to fragment the biliary stones. Sphincteroplasty was performed when considered necessary and an occlusion balloon for the clearance of common bile duct (CBD) calculi was used when continuous warm saline irrigation at high pressure was not sufficient. Clinical follow up was performed by the referring physician. Technical success, clinical success and complications were evaluated. Technical success rate was 100%. The overall clinical success rate was 100%. No patients underwent additional procedures for retained stones or developed de novo strictures or other complications related to the procedure. Hospital stay was no more than 4 days after the procedure. Duration of follow-up was 6-25 months (mean 12.6). One patient died from unrelated causes. During this period, no recurrence and/or complications related to procedure were observed. No major complications were registered. Minor complications like temporary abdominal pain were considered not significant by the patients. Complicated or large biliary calculi can be treated successfully using PTBL. In selected patients, this approach should become the first choice of treatment after other treatments are rejected. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Surgical Associates Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Sinonasal imaging after Caldwell-Luc surgery: MDCT findings of an abandoned procedure in times of functional endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Nemec, Stefan Franz; Peloschek, Philipp; Koelblinger, Claus; Mehrain, Sheida; Krestan, Christian Robert; Czerny, Christian [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletalradiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringerguertel 18-20, 1090 Vienna (Austria)


    Background and purpose: Today, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is performed in most of the patients with sinonasal inflammatory disease. The postoperative imaging findings of FESS in multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) considerably differ from those of historic Caldwell-Luc (CL) maxillary sinus surgery which is an uncommon procedure today. Thus, the postoperative CL imaging findings may lead to diagnostic confusion and misinterpretation. Therefore, this study explicitly presents the MDCT findings of post-CL patients which have not been described previously. Methods: Twenty-eight patients with clinically suspected sinusitis and documented history of CL-procedure underwent 16 row MDCT (MDCT Mx8000 IDT Philips) with multiplanar reconstructions of the paranasal sinuses in the axial plane. The following parameters were used: 140 kV, 50 mAs; 16 mm x 0.75 mm detector collimation; 1 mm reconstructed slice thickness; 0.5 mm increment. The studies were reconstructed with a bone algorithm (W3000/L600; 1 mm slice thickness) in axial plane and coronal plane (3 mm slice thickness). The images were retrospectively evaluated for the presence of normal surgery-related and pathological findings. Results: Surgery-related imaging characteristics presented as follows: an anterior and a medial bony wall defect and sclerosis and sinus wall thickening were observed in all 28/28 cases (100%). Collaps of the sinus cavity was seen in 26/28 cases (92.9%). Furthermore, inflammatory disease of the operated sinus(es) was found in 23/28 cases (82.1%): 14/28 patients (50%) had inflammatory mucosal thickening of the operated sinus(es) as well as of other sinonasal cavities and 9/28 patients (32.1%) had inflammatory mucosal thickening limited to the operated sinus(es). A postoperative mucocele was depicted in 3/28 cases (10.7%). 2/28 patients (7.1%) showed neither maxillary nor other mucosal swelling. Conclusion: MDCT with multiplanar reconstructions is a precise method to evaluate

  7. Endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis in patients previously treated for sinonasal malignancy. (United States)

    Gray, Stacey T; Sadow, Peter M; Lin, Derrick T; Sedaghat, Ahmad R


    Patients with a history of sinonasal malignancy can develop chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) as a consequence of their oncologic treatment. Some patients will fail medical management and require endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). This study reviews the use of ESS in the management of CRS in patients previously treated for sinonasal malignancy. Retrospective review. All patients with a history of sinonasal malignancy who developed CRS and underwent ESS were reviewed. Preoperative and postoperative imaging and symptoms were collected. Major complications (bleeding, orbital injury, and cerebrospinal fluid leak) and minor complications (adhesion formation) and postoperative healing were reviewed. Eighteen patients were identified. All patients presented with symptoms of CRS and sinonasal crusting. Additionally, five patients presented with recurrent facial cellulitis, and six patients had mucoceles. No major complications were encountered. Postoperatively, all patients reported a subjective improvement in their sinonasal symptoms. Comparison of pre- and post-ESS imaging revealed a significant improvement in Lund-Mackay scores after ESS (P < 0.001) from 12.8 (range 5-22) to 7 (range). Despite symptomatic improvement, all patients continued to have nasal crusting. All patients who initially presented with recurrent facial cellulitis had no further episodes after ESS. None of the endoscopically drained mucoceles recurred. For patients previously treated for sinonasal malignancy with refractory CRS, ESS appears to be a safe and effective treatment option. ESS in these patients results in subjective improvement in sinonasal symptoms as well as objective improvement in radiographic CRS disease burden, although sinonasal crusting will likely not resolve. 4. © 2015 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  8. The efficacy of a novel budesonide chitosan gel on wound healing following endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Ha, Thanh; Valentine, Rowan; Moratti, Stephen; Hanton, Lyall; Robinson, Simon; Wormald, Peter-John


    Adhesion formation and ostial stenosis are common causes of surgical failure after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). Postoperative topical steroid application has been shown to improve wound healing. Chitosan-dextran gel (CD gel) is an effective hemostatic nasal dressing. This study aims to determine the effect of the addition of budesonide to CD gel on postoperative ostial stenosis and adhesion formation following ESS. This prospective, blinded, randomized controlled trial was conducted between October 2012 and April 2015. Thirty-six patients over 18 years undergoing ESS were randomized to receive either: no treatment, CD gel, CD gel with 1 mg/ 2 mL budesonide, or topical steroid cream to their left or right sinuses (different treatment each side). Each sinus ostium and endoscopic features of wound healing was measured intraoperation, and 2 weeks, 3 months, and 12 months postoperation. Data was analyzed using the analysis of variance (ANOVA) and post hoc Tukey honestly significant difference (HSD) tests. There was a significant reduction in stenosis within all 3 sinuses ostia sites when CD + budesonide was compared to control, with the greatest effect seen at 12 months: The mean ± standard deviation (SD) percentage of baseline areas at 12 months were 76% ± 6.2% vs 37% ± 23.5%, 76% ± 6.3% vs 52% ± 4.9%, and 83% ± 6.5% vs 58% ± 5.0% (all p < 0.05), for CD + budesonide compared to control in the frontal, sphenoid, and maxillary sinuses, respectively. The incidence of adhesions was 4% in the CD + budesonide group compared to 15% in the control group. This study has shown that CD gel, when combined with topical budesonide solution, improves long-term sinus ostial patency and prevents ostial stenosis post-ESS. © 2017 ARS-AAOA, LLC.

  9. [Comparison of the effects of magnesium sulphate and dexmedetomidine on surgical vision quality in endoscopic sinus surgery: randomized clinical study]. (United States)

    Akkaya, Akcan; Tekelioglu, Umit Yasar; Demirhan, Abdullah; Bilgi, Murat; Yildiz, Isa; Apuhan, Tayfun; Kocoglu, Hasan


    Even a small amount of bleeding during endoscopic sinus surgery can corrupt the endoscopic field and complicate the procedure. Various techniques, including induced hypotension, can minimize bleeding during endoscopic sinus surgery. The aim of this study was to compare the surgical vision quality, haemodynamic parameters, postoperative pain, and other effects of magnesium, a hypotensive agent, with that of dexmedetomidine, which was initially developed for short-term sedation in the intensive care unit but also is an alpha 2 agonist sedative. 60 patients between the ages of 18 and 45 years were divided into either the magnesium group (Group M) or the dexmedetomidine group (Group D). In Group M, magnesium sulphate was given at a pre-induction loading dose of 50mgkg(-1) over 10min and maintained at 15mgkg(-1)h(-1); in Group D, dexmedetomidine was given at 1mcgkg(-1) 10min before induction and maintained at 0.6mcgkg(-1)h(-1). Intraoperatively, the haemodynamic and respiratory parameters and 6-point intraoperative surgical field evaluation scale were recorded. During the postoperative period, an 11-point numerical pain scale, the Ramsay sedation scale, the nausea/vomiting scale, the adverse effects profile, and itching parameters were noted. Group D showed a significant decrease in intraoperative surgical field evaluation scale scale score and heart rate. The average operation time was 50min, and Group M had a higher number of prolonged surgeries. No significant difference was found in the other parameters. Due to its reduction of bleeding and heart rate in endoscopic sinus surgery and its positive impacts on the duration of surgery, we consider dexmedetomidine to be a good alternative to magnesium. Copyright © 2014 Sociedade Brasileira de Anestesiologia. Publicado por Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  10. Analysis of radiation parameters to control the effects of Nd:YAG laser surgery on gastric malignancies (United States)

    Pelayo-Fernández, M. L.; Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Salas-García, I.; Hernández-González, A.; Arce-Diego, J. L.


    Endoscopic laser surgery provides an advantageous alternative to Argon Plasma Coagulation, endoscopic tweezers or electro-ablation in gastroenterology that facilitates a selective ablation of stomach tumors with an additional hemostatic effect in the surrounding tissue. This coagulation effect can also be employed for the treatment of gastric ulcers. It is mandatory to control the laser parameters regardless of the desired effect, either cancerous tissue ablation or coagulation to prevent ulcerous bleeding, in order to avoid stomach wall perforation or an insufficient therapeutic outcome. Dosimetric models constitute an attractive tool to determine the proper light dose in order to offer a customized therapy planning that optimizes the treatment results. In this work, a model for Nd:YAG laser surgery is applied to predict both the coagulation zone in gastric ulcers and the removal in adenocarcinomas under different laser setups. Results show clear differences in the effective zone of the gastric malignancy affected by both coagulation and ablation. Therefore the current model could be employed in the clinical practice to plan the optimal laser beam parameters to treat a certain type of pathologic stomach tissue with variable morphology and without risk of perforation or undertreated parts.

  11. Visual and refractive outcomes of laser cataract surgery. (United States)

    Chen, Heather; Hyatt, Thomas; Afshari, Natalie


    Femtosecond laser is a promising new technology for the field of cataract surgery. Early studies have investigated many factors including visual outcomes, complication rates, and financial overhead costs. This review analyzes the most recent clinical studies of visual and refractive outcomes in laser cataract surgery, including those that make comparisons to outcomes found in conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery. As femtosecond laser cataract surgery has only emerged recently, there is limited literature available regarding visual outcomes. Most but not all existing studies showed no statistically significant difference in visual acuity and mean absolute refractive error between laser and conventional cataract surgery cases. The majority of studies examined found visual acuity or refractive outcomes of femtosecond laser to be statistically equivalent to those of conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery. However, the learning curve involved with laser use may account for these early results, which could potentially improve as better technology and surgical techniques are developed. Further long-term outcomes studies are necessary to more accurately evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of femtosecond laser cataract surgery.

  12. Laser surgery as a treatment for oral leukoplakia. (United States)

    Ishii, J; Fujita, K; Komori, T


    Various treatment procedures for oral leukoplakia have been reported. However, after some treatments, oral leukoplakia show recurrence and/or malignant transformation, even following complete resection. Furthermore, patients with oral leukoplakia may develop new lesions in other oral cavity locations. Laser surgery for oral mucosal lesions has been reported to have many advantages, and it is widely used in the treatment of oral leukoplakia. In previous studies, recurrence and malignant transformation from the lesion have occasionally been observed following laser surgery. We reviewed the records of oral leukoplakia patients treated with laser surgery to assess its clinical usefulness. It has been reported that the rate of recurrence was 7.7-38.1%, while malignant transformation was 2.6-9% for oral leukoplakia treated with laser surgery. In the present study, there was 29.3% recurrence and 1.2% malignant transformation after laser surgery. This was similar to previous findings. This suggests that non-homogeneous leukoplakia on nonkeratinized epithelia, i.e. the tongue mucosa has a high risk for malignant transformation, so lesions should be excised after detecting abnormal epithelia using vital tissue staining. The wound healing process after laser surgery was satisfactory and no significant complications were observed. Management of oral leukoplakia prevents not only recurrence and malignant transformation, but also postoperative dysfunction: laser surgery is an excellent procedure that is able to overcome these problems.

  13. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrojejunostomy for a patient with an intractable small bowel injury after repeat surgeries: a case report

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    Takeyama Hiromitsu


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The management of intestinal injury can be challenging, because of the intractable nature of the condition. Surgical treatment for patients with severe adhesions sometimes results in further intestinal injury. We report a conservative management strategy using percutaneous endoscopic gastrojejunostomy for an intractable small bowel surgical injury after repeated surgeries. Case presentation A 78-year-old Japanese woman had undergone several abdominal surgeries including urinary cystectomy for bladder cancer. After this operation, she developed peritonitis as a result of a small bowel perforation thought to be due to an injury sustained during the operation, with signs consistent with systemic inflammatory response syndrome: body temperature 38.5°C, heart rate 92 beats/minute, respiratory rate 23 breaths/minute, white blood cell count 11.7 × 109/L (normal range 4-11 × 109/μL. Two further surgical interventions failed to control the leak, and our patient's clinical condition and nutritional status continued to deteriorate. We then performed percutaneous endoscopic gastrojejunostomy, and continuous suction was applied as an alternative to a third surgical intervention. With this endoscopic intervention, the intestinal leak gradually closed and oral feeding became possible. Conclusion We suggest that the technique of percutaneous endoscopic gastrojejunostomy combined with a somatostatin analog is a feasible alternative to surgical treatment for small bowel leakage, and is less invasive than a nasojejunal tube.

  14. Safety and efficacy of a bioabsorbable fluticasone propionate-eluting sinus dressing in postoperative management of endoscopic sinus surgery: a randomized clinical trial

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    Adriaensen, Gwijde F. J. P. M.; Lim, Keng-Hua; Fokkens, Wytske J.


    Background: Postoperative wound healing after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is an important factor in procedural success. Local steroids and separation of opposing mucosa are commonly implemented to optimize healing. A bioabsorbable, fluticasone

  15. Robotic Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery: Systematic Review of the Literature and Report of a Novel Prototype for a Hybrid System (Brescia Endoscope Assistant Robotic Holder). (United States)

    Bolzoni Villaret, Andrea; Doglietto, Francesco; Carobbio, Andrea; Schreiber, Alberto; Panni, Camilla; Piantoni, Enrico; Guida, Giovanni; Fontanella, Marco Maria; Nicolai, Piero; Cassinis, Riccardo


    Although robotics has already been applied to several surgical fields, available systems are not designed for endoscopic skull base surgery (ESBS). New conception prototypes have been recently described for ESBS. The aim of this study was to provide a systematic literature review of robotics for ESBS and describe a novel prototype developed at the University of Brescia. PubMed and Scopus databases were searched using a combination of terms, including Robotics OR Robot and Surgery OR Otolaryngology OR Skull Base OR Holder. The retrieved papers were analyzed, recording the following features: interface, tools under robotic control, force feedback, safety systems, setup time, and operative time. A novel hybrid robotic system has been developed and tested in a preclinical setting at the University of Brescia, using an industrial manipulator and readily available off-the-shelf components. A total of 11 robotic prototypes for ESBS were identified. Almost all prototypes present a difficult emergency management as one of the main limits. The Brescia Endoscope Assistant Robotic holder has proven the feasibility of an intuitive robotic movement, using the surgeon's head position: a 6 degree of freedom sensor was used and 2 light sources were added to glasses that were therefore recognized by a commercially available sensor. Robotic system prototypes designed for ESBS and reported in the literature still present significant technical limitations. Hybrid robot assistance has a huge potential and might soon be feasible in ESBS. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Carbon dioxide laser fiber for laryngeal cancer surgery. (United States)

    Zeitels, Steven M; Kobler, James B; Heaton, James T; Faquin, William


    The carbon dioxide laser has evolved to be the premier dissecting instrument for hemostatic cutting during endolaryngeal cancer resection. However, dissection is limited to mirror-reflected line-of-sight delivery of the laser. A recently developed flexible, hollow photonic bandgap fiber (PBF) appears to offer advantages in endolaryngeal dissection. The suitability of the PBF for human application was evaluated in a canine experiment in which human surgical procedures for microlaryngoscopic en bloc partial laryngectomy were simulated. The specimens that were resected endoscopically and the completion laryngectomy specimen were evaluated histologically. Observations from this experiment revealed that en bloc partial laryngectomy procedures were substantially easier to achieve as compared with prior experience in humans. This improvement resulted from three factors: 1) enhanced tangential dissection due to increased angulation of the laser energy, 2) enhanced procedural orientation due to proprioception of the tissues in contact mode, and 3) improved hemostasis. Histopathologic analysis of the resection margins revealed minimal thermal trauma. The PBF shows substantial promise for human application in endoscopic partial laryngectomy. It will likely enhance the ability of any surgeon to extend his or her indications for performing endoscopic laryngeal cancer resections regardless of philosophy (en bloc resection or piecemeal).

  17. The Expanding Role of Endoscopic Robotics in Mitral Valve Surgery: 1,257 Consecutive Procedures. (United States)

    Murphy, Douglas A; Moss, Emmanuel; Binongo, Jose; Miller, Jeffrey S; Macheers, Steven K; Sarin, Eric L; Herzog, Alexander M; Thourani, Vinod H; Guyton, Robert A; Halkos, Michael E


    The role of robotic instruments in mitral valve (MV) surgery continues to evolve. The purpose of this study was to assess the safety, efficacy, and scope of MV surgery using a lateral endoscopic approach with robotics (LEAR) technique. From 2006 to 2013, a dedicated LEAR team performed 1,257 consecutive isolated MV procedures with or without tricuspid valve repair or atrial ablation. The procedures were performed robotically through five right-side chest ports with femoral artery or ascending aortic perfusion and balloon occlusion. Operative videos and data were recorded on all procedures and reviewed retrospectively. The mean age of all patients was 59.3 ± 20.5 years, and 8.4% (n = 105) had previous cardiac surgery. The MV repair was performed in 1,167 patients (93%). The MV replacement was performed in 88 patients (7%), and paravalvular leak repair in 2 patients. Concomitant atrial ablation was performed in 226 patients (18%), and tricuspid valve repair in 138 patients (11%). Operative mortality occurred in 11 patients (0.9%) and stroke in 9 patients (0.7%). Predischarge echocardiograms demonstrated mild or less mitral regurgitation in 98.3% of MV repair patients. At mean follow-up of 50 ± 26 months, 44 patients (3.8%) required MV reoperation. Application of the LEAR technique to all institutional isolated MV procedures increased from 46% in the first year to more than 90% in the last 3 years. Mitral valve repair or replacement, including concomitant procedures, can be performed safely and effectively using the LEAR technique. With a dedicated robotic team, the vast majority of patients with MV disorders, either isolated or with concomitant problems, can be treated using the LEAR technique. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Visual Outcomes after Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery in Patients Presenting with Preoperative Visual Deficits. (United States)

    Fredes, Felipe; Undurraga, Gabriel; Rojas, Pablo; Constanzo, Felipe; Lazcano, Carolina; Pinto, Jaime; Schmidt, Thomas


    Introduction  Pituitary adenomas represent 15% of primary brain tumors. Visual disturbance is a common clinical manifestation of these neoplasms due, among other factors, to local mass effect on the optic system. Objective  To evaluate changes of the visual fields in patients undergoing endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) for pituitary adenomas and to find predictive factors for successful visual field outcome. Material and Methods  This is a cross-sectional study. A review was conducted of medical records of consecutive patients with tumors of the sellar region undergoing EEA between January 2008 and December 2012 at the Skull Base Unit of Guillermo Grant Benavente Hospital, University of Concepción, Concepción, Chile, and who had undergone pre- and postoperative visual field evaluation. Results  A total of 35 patients, with a mean age of 50.2 years, fulfilled the inclusion criteria. All patients had objective visual field disturbances before the surgery. Following surgery, 25 patients (71.4%) had favorable outcomes, whereas 8 (22.8%) had no change and 2 (5.8%) had an unfavorable outcome. Complete tumor removal was associated with a better visual outcome than those obtained after a subtotal removal. Discussion  The EEA for pituitary tumors is particularly effective for visual field disturbances, with reported improvement rates ranging from 50 to 90%. Our series show similar results, with a 71.4% improvement of visual field disturbances. Conclusion  This study adds further evidence to the current belief that EEA for pituitary adenomas is a safe and effective technique to improve visual field alterations. Complete removal of the tumor during surgery seems to be a predictive factor for a good visual outcome.

  19. Laser refractive surgery: a review and current status (United States)

    Ren, Qiushi; Keates, Richard H.; Hill, Richard A.; Berns, Michael W.


    The aim of corneal refractive surgery is to modify the anterior surface of the cornea for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The air-tear film interface is a powerful refractive surface. Small changes in the curvature can induce large shifts in refractive power. The exquisite nature of laser-tissue interaction with corneal tissue allows successful application of lasers for refractive surgery. Numerous systems have been developed for clinical applications. An overview is provided of the current clinical and research status of laser refractive surgery.

  20. Flash scanning the CO2 laser: a revival of the CO2 laser in plastic surgery (United States)

    Lach, Elliot


    The CO2 laser has broad clinical application yet also presents a number of practical disadvantages. These drawbacks have limited the success and utilization of this laser in plastic surgery. Flashscanner technology has recently been used for char-free CO2 laser surgery of the oropharynx, the external female genital tract, and perirectal mucosa. A commercially available optomechanical flashscanner unit `Swiftlase,' was adapted to a CO2 laser and used for treatment in numerous plastic surgical applications. Conditions and situations that were treated in this study included generalized neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, rhinophyma, viral warts, breast reconstruction, and deepithelialization prior to microsurgery or local flap transfer and/or skin graft placement. There were no significant wound healing complications. Some patients previously sustained undue scarring from conventional CO2 laser surgery. Conservative, primarily ablative CO2 laser surgery with the Swiftlase has usefulness for treatment of patients in plastic surgery including those that were previously unsuccessfully treated.

  1. Hybrid Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery Transvaginal Nephrectomy in a Low-Resource Setting. (United States)

    Firaza, Paul Nimrod B; Lorenzo, Enrique Ian S; Bardelosa, Juan Godofredo R; Reyes, Edgardo L; Patron, Nelson A


    Hybrid natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES(®); American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy [Oak Brook, IL] and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons [Los Angeles, CA]) reduces the invasiveness of conventional laparoscopic surgery and overcomes the limitation of pure NOTES, especially in the absence of angulated instruments. The patients were 66-, 69-, and 32-year-old women with complaints of recurrent flank pain and urinary tract infection due to an obstructed nonfunctioning kidney. Materials used were standard laparoscopic instruments and a 30° 10-mm high-definition laparoscope. Under general anesthesia, each patient was placed in a lithotomy position with the affected side up at 45°. A Veress needle was initially inserted through the umbilicus and was later replaced with a 10-mm laparoscopic port, with an additional 5-mm port also inserted at the affected lower quadrant site. The patient was then positioned in a steep Trendelenburg position, and a 10-mm port was inserted through the posterior vaginal wall under direct vision from the abdominal cavity that was later used for the laparoscope. Nephrectomy proceeded despite noted severe adhesions, and the kidney was placed in the specimen retrieval bag. The vaginal port site was enlarged to 3 cm for extraction of the specimen. A Penrose drain was placed at the lower quadrant 5-mm trocar site. The vaginal wound was repaired using running 2-0 absorbable sutures. Three cases of transvaginal hybrid NOTES nephrectomy were successfully completed with a median operative time of 310 minutes and mean estimated blood loss of 300 mL. Median renal dimensions were as follows: craniocaudal, 10.2 (range, 10.6-9) cm; laterolateral, 6.5 (range, 7-5.3) cm; and anteroposterior, 4.8 (range, 6.5-3.9) cm. The patients resumed regular diet as early as Day 1 postoperatively. The drain was removed prior to discharge. The mean date of discharge was Day 3 postoperatively. There were no noted

  2. A Novel Combination of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy and Epiduroscopic Laser Neural Decompression for Down-migrated Disc Herniation. (United States)

    Choi, Kyung-Chul; Lee, Dong Chan; Park, Choon-Keun


    Although percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is an effective treatment for herniated discs, its application in a disc with extensive migration is still challenging. As such, epiduroscopic laser neural decompression (ELND) provides a new view of the epidural space as well as an alternative treatment for a herniated disc and epidural fibrosis. In this paper the authors introduce the novel combination of PELD and ELND for high grade down-migrated disc herniation.An 87-year old woman presented with severe pain radiating down her leg due to high grade down-migrated disc herniation at L4-5. The therapeutic plan was organized into 3 steps. First, the patient underwent PELD to remove the paracentral extruded disc and open the epidural space between the traversing nerve root and disc space. Second, ELND was performed to remove the down-migrated disc and simultaneously push the free fragment to the L4-5 disc space. Lastly, repetitive free fragments were picked up and streamed upward using ELND. The patient reported significant reduction of pain after surgery. Postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed complete removal of the ruptured disc fragment. A combination of PELD and ELND may be an option of treatments for down-migrated disc herniation.

  3. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: a transtracheal approach for the thoracic cavity in a live canine model. (United States)

    Liu, Yun-Hen; Yen-Chu; Wu, Yi-Cheng; Yeh, Chi-Ju; Chang, Hui-Wen; Ko, Po-Jen; Liu, Hui-Ping


    The present study aimed to evaluate the performance of transtracheal thoracic exploration and pericardial window creation in a canine survival model. Transthoracic exploration was performed in 14 dogs. Under general anesthesia, after an incision in the right lateral wall of the middle-lower portion of the trachea was made, a 9-mm metal tube was advanced into the thoracic cavity. For thoracic cavity exploration and pericardial window creation, a flexible bronchoscope was introduced through the metal tube into the thoracic cavity. After thoracoscopy, a Dumon stent (Novatech, Grasse, France) was used to cover the tracheal incision site and facilitate healing. Animals were evaluated by endoscopy 1 and 2 weeks later. Animals were humanely killed, and necropsy was performed 2 weeks after the transtracheal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. Fourteen dogs underwent transtracheal thoracic exploration lasting for an average of 110 minutes (range, 80-150), with 3 perioperative deaths. At 2 weeks after pericardial window creation, endoscopy revealed normal healing of the tracheal incision sites in all 11 surviving animals. Necropsy on the 11 animals at 2 weeks showed 9 adhesions around the pericardial window and 5 adhesions around the tracheal incision region. No mediastinitis or abscesses could be identified. Transtracheal thoracic exploration is technically feasible. Increasing surgical experience together with improvement in endoscopic techniques will further facilitate the development of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery for thoracic diseases. Copyright © 2011 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Comparison of the effects of two anesthesia maintenance methods by remifentanil or halothane on endoscopic sinus surgery condition

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    Seyed mojtaba Karimi


    Full Text Available Introduction: Endoscopic surgery is a new standard method of treatment for chronic sinusitis. During this operation even small amount of bleeding may reduce the visual field of surgeon significantly and make the procedure troublesome. In this study we have compared the operative condition between patients who receive either remifentanil or halothane for general anesthesia. Materials and Methods: Endoscopic sinus surgery was performed in 60 patents. Pre- medication was done by fentanil and midazolam and induction was done by propofol and atracurium. Halothane or remifentanil was used in two groups of patients respectively for anesthesia maintenance. Monitoring was performed during anesthesia. Bleeding volume was measured and operation field condition was assessed by the surgeon. Results: Personal characteristics such as age and sex were the same in both groups. Intra- operative systolic blood pressures was significantly lower in remifentanil group but diastolic and mean blood pressure and heart rate didn’t change after induction and during maintenance in both groups. Recovery time in remifentanil group was also significantly shorter than halothane group. Finally bleeding volume was lower and operation field condition was better significantly in remifentanil group. Conclusion: Remifentanil is a good choice to maintain an ideal anesthesia for endoscopic sinus surgery.    

  5. Neurophysiological Identification of Cranial Nerves During Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery of Skull Base Tumors: Pilot Study Technical Report. (United States)

    Shkarubo, Alexey Nikolaevich; Chernov, Ilia Valerievich; Ogurtsova, Anna Anatolievna; Moshchev, Dmitry Aleksandrovich; Lubnin, Andrew Jurievich; Andreev, Dmitry Nicolaevich; Koval, Konstantin Vladimirovich


    Intraoperative identification of cranial nerves is crucial for safe surgery of skull base tumors. Currently, only a small number of published papers describe the technique of trigger electromyography (t-EMG) in endoscopic endonasal removal of such tumors. To assess the effectiveness of t-EMG in preventing intraoperative cranial nerve damage in endoscopic endonasal surgery of skull base tumors. Nine patients were operated on using the endoscopic endonasal approach within a 1-year period. The tumors included large skull base chordomas and trigeminal neurinomas localized in the cavernous sinus. During the surgical process, cranial nerve identification was carried out using monopolar and bipolar t-EMG methods. Assessment of cranial nerve functional activity was conducted both before and after tumor removal. We mapped 17 nerves in 9 patients. Third, fifth, and sixth cranial nerves were identified intraoperatively. There were no cases of postoperative functional impairment of the mapped cranial nerves. In one case we were unable to get an intraoperative response from the fourth cranial nerve and observed its postoperative transient plegia (the function was normal before surgery). t-EMG allows surgeons to control the safety of cranial nerves both during and after skull base tumor removal. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Automatic localization of endoscope in intraoperative CT image: A simple approach to augmented reality guidance in laparoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Bernhardt, Sylvain; Nicolau, Stéphane A; Agnus, Vincent; Soler, Luc; Doignon, Christophe; Marescaux, Jacques


    The use of augmented reality in minimally invasive surgery has been the subject of much research for more than a decade. The endoscopic view of the surgical scene is typically augmented with a 3D model extracted from a preoperative acquisition. However, the organs of interest often present major changes in shape and location because of the pneumoperitoneum and patient displacement. There have been numerous attempts to compensate for this distortion between the pre- and intraoperative states. Some have attempted to recover the visible surface of the organ through image analysis and register it to the preoperative data, but this has proven insufficiently robust and may be problematic with large organs. A second approach is to introduce an intraoperative 3D imaging system as a transition. Hybrid operating rooms are becoming more and more popular, so this seems to be a viable solution, but current techniques require yet another external and constraining piece of apparatus such as an optical tracking system to determine the relationship between the intraoperative images and the endoscopic view. In this article, we propose a new approach to automatically register the reconstruction from an intraoperative CT acquisition with the static endoscopic view, by locating the endoscope tip in the volume data. We first describe our method to localize the endoscope orientation in the intraoperative image using standard image processing algorithms. Secondly, we highlight that the axis of the endoscope needs a specific calibration process to ensure proper registration accuracy. In the last section, we present quantitative and qualitative results proving the feasibility and the clinical potential of our approach. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Transvaginal natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: a new approach to myomectomy. (United States)

    Baekelandt, Jan


    To demonstrate a new approach for performing a myomectomy via transvaginal natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (vNOTES) as an alternative to laparoscopic myomectomy. Stepwise explanation of the technique with the use of original video footage. Hospital. Eight patients were treated transvaginally for intramural, subserosal, and pedunculated myomas. In case of a posterior myoma, a 2.5-cm posterior colpotomy was made under general anesthesia. The pouch of Douglas was opened and a vNOTES port was inserted transvaginally. In case of an anterior myoma, an anterior colpotomy was made and the peritoneum was opened between the uterus and the bladder. A vNOTES port was inserted transvaginally. A pneumoperitoneum was created and the myoma was identified. With the use of conventional endoscopic instruments and a standard endoscope, all inserted through the vNOTES port, the uterine serosa was incised over the myoma and the myoma was resected. After achieving hemostasis the uterine scar was sutured in two layers with the use of a standard absorbable suture or an autolocking suture. An adhesion-preventing barrier was applied over the uterine scar. The myoma was removed through the colpotomy in an endobag. The vNOTES port was removed and the colpotomy was sutured with the use of an absorbable suture. The following data were collected: age, body mass index, number of previous abdominal procedures, myoma size, myoma weight, operating time, length of hospital stay, visual analog scale pain score, and serum hemoglobin drop. Successful minimally invasive myomectomy via vNOTES without abdominal scars. All fibroids were successfully removed via vNOTES without complications or conversions to standard laparoscopy. No peri- or postoperative complications occurred. All patients were discharged within 24 hours, two of them within 12 hours. Anterior myomas can be resected through an anterior colpotomy and posterior myomas can be resected through a posterior colpotomy via the pouch

  8. Applications of the femtosecond laser in corneal refractive surgery. (United States)

    Kim, Peter; Sutton, Gerard L; Rootman, David S


    The femtosecond laser has become a rapidly and widely adopted technology for surgeons performing refractive surgery. With the advances in femtosecond lasers, clinical outcomes and safety with their use have improved. The purpose of this review is to outline the current surgical applications of the femtosecond laser in corneal refractive surgery. Many surgeons have adopted femtosecond technology for the creation of the laser in-situ keratomileusis flap secondary to its improved safety, precision and reproducibility. Other applications include astigmatic keratotomy, channel creation for the insertion of intrastromal corneal ring segments, femtosecond lenticule extraction, facilitating the insertion of corneal inlays as well as in intrastromal presbyopia correction (IntraCOR). Further novel applications continue to be developed. This review outlines the recent advances and applications of the femtosecond laser in corneal refractive surgery.

  9. [Presbyopia treatment solution by Laser Surgery]. (United States)

    Pajic, Bojan; Massa, Horace; Eskina, Erika N


    Today there are different options for correcting presbyopia by corneal laser procedure, but all of them have their benefits and compromises. The Monovision is a pseudoaccommodation procedure which works with an anisometropy of up to 2 D. The smaller the anisometropy is the faster a neuroadaptation will be achieved. There could be a decrease of binocularity. The monovision is not well supported by all patients, thus it is important to simulate this correction by contact lenses before surgery. The PresbyLASIK is a corneal multifocal solution for presbyopia correction for emmetropic, myopic and hyperopic eyes. It is a true presbyopia procedure where both eyes will be treated for far, intermediate and near. The disadvantage and compromise is that in some cases there could be a loss of uncorrected visual acuity. The corneal inlay is a solution for emmetropic, presbyopic patients who have a strong intention to read without glasses. The disadvantages could be some side effects as halo, glare, decrease of contrast and far vision. All procedures are potentially reversible in case the patient does not support the correction. An enhancement is possible for Monovision and PresbyLASIK. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  10. Optimizing the surgical field in pediatric functional endoscopic sinus surgery: a new evidence-based approach. (United States)

    Ragab, Sameh M; Hassanin, Maher Z


    To conduct the first prospective randomized controlled study 1) evaluating the possibility of improving the quality of the operative field and to provide a bloodless functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) in children through total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) using remifentanil combined with propofol, and 2) testing the safety and efficacy of remifentanil in propofol-TIVA in inducing controlled hypotension in children at a target mean arterial blood pressure of 50 mm Hg. Randomized controlled trial. General hospital. Seventy children underwent FESS under hypotensive general anesthesia with equal randomization into two groups. Group I received TIVA with remifentanil, whereas group II had balanced anesthesia (BA) with esmolol. Heart rate, blood pressure, operative time, blood loss, and quality of the surgical conditions were recorded. Intraoperative blood loss in the TIVA group was less than in the BA group. The quality and dryness of the surgical field in both the visual analogue scale and the six-point scale was significantly better in the TIVA group than in the BA group. Hypotension was sustained at the target mean arterial blood pressure of 50 mm Hg in the two groups, without any significant difference. Improving the quality of the surgical field and providing a bloodless FESS in children is attainable with TIVA. TIVA using a combination of remifentanil and propofol is superior to BA, even with the use of additional potent hypotensive agents such as esmolol. Both techniques are safe and effective in inducing controlled hypotension in children at a target mean arterial blood pressure of 50 mm Hg.

  11. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography in general surgery: how much are we outsourcing? (United States)

    Jones, Wesley B; Roettger, Richard H; Cobb, William S; Carbonell, Alfredo M


    Although surgeons can safely perform endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), it has fallen within the domain of gastroenterologists. We sought to quantify the role of ERCP in a tertiary-care surgery department. The hospital discharge database was queried for all ERCPs performed from January 2007 to December 2007. Gastroenterologists performed all ERCPs in our query. Surgical patients were admitted and/or under the care of a surgeon; whereas nonsurgical patients had no surgeon involvement. Patient characteristics and diagnoses were compared between groups. ERCP procedural details were recorded. Surgical patients comprised 48 per cent (n = 151) of the total 311 ERCPs performed. The mean time interval from a surgeon's request for ERCP to actual procedure was 2.43 days (standard deviation [SD] 2.55; range, 0-13 days). The surgical group had significantly different diagnoses and underwent less diagnostic (22% vs 56%) and more therapeutic ERCPs (72% vs 38%). Surgical patients were more likely inpatients (82.1% vs 16.8%) with a longer length of stay (6.7 vs 3.9 days; P = 0.0029) compared with nonsurgical patients. We found surgical patients requiring ERCP differ significantly from nonsurgical patients, with a significant number of technical interventions being outsourced. Given the benefits of a surgical ERCP program and the potential volume of these unique patients, this procedure should be performed by appropriately trained surgeons.

  12. Squeeze bottle versus saline spray after endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis: a pilot multicentre trial. (United States)

    Macdonald, K I; Wright, E D; Sowerby, L J; Rotenberg, B W; Chin, C J; Rudmik, L; Sommer, D D; Nayan, S; DesRosiers, M; Tewfik, M A; Valdes, C J; Massoud, E; Thomas, D; Kilty, S J; Vescan, A; Mechor, B; Lavigne, F; Fandino, M; Javer, A R; Witterick, I J


    There is a need for controlled trials to guide the perioperative management of patients undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). The authors performed a pilot multicenter trial to compare two types of saline delivery devices in this population. Patients were randomized to high volume saline irrigation with a squeeze bottle and low volume saline spray after ESS in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Surgeons were blinded to treatment, and one-month postoperative scores for sinonasal outcomes [Sinonasal Outcome Test-22 (SNOT-22)] scale, nasal and sinus symptom score (NSS), and perioperative sinus endoscopy (POSE) scale were compared with preoperative scores. Nine centers provided data for 86 patients. All three outcomes measures improved significantly for both groups. Saline spray: SNOT-22 48.8 versus. 23.7, treatment effect 25.1 (95% confidence interval [CI], 17.9-32.2), POSE 21.1 versus. 8.4, treatment effect 12.7 (95% CI, 9.2-16.1), and NSS 8.2 versus 5.0, treatment effect 3.1 (95% CI, 1.4-4.9) pre- and postoperatively, respectively (all p spray showed significant improvement in SNOT-22, POSE, and NSS scores at one-month postoperatively. Because the study was nonpowered, we cannot rule out a potential difference between the two treatment groups.

  13. The influence of spray cryotherapy on wound healing following endoscopic sinus surgery in chronic rhinosinusitis. (United States)

    Albu, Silviu; Trombitas, Veronica; Vlad, Diana; Emanuelli, Enzo


    The aim of this study was to assess the influence of spray cryotherapy on wound healing following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). A prospective, randomized, double-blinded, controlled trial. The study included 22 consecutive adult patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with and without polyps scheduled for bilateral ESS. At the end of the surgical procedure, patients were randomized to the distribution of spray cryotherapy in one middle meatus and saline contralaterally. Outcomes were only measured for endoscopy scores. Thus, postoperative healing and the amount of edema, crusting, secretions, and scarring were assessed using the validated Lund-Kennedy and Perioperative Sinus Endoscopy (POSE) scores. There were no baseline differences concerning POSE and Lund-Kennedy scores between the two groups. Nevertheless, a significant difference was recorded at one, 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks in both POSE (P = .001, P = .012, P = .02, P = .006, P = .001) and Lund-Kennedy (P = .002, P = .005, P = .02, P = .02, P = .03) scores. These preliminary results reveal an improvement in postoperative scores, demonstrating enhanced healing following spray cryotherapy. However, without patient subjective outcomes, the study is limited. Additional studies with longer follow-up and larger samples are needed to describe the effects of cryotherapy on wound healing. © 2015 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  14. Productivity costs decrease after endoscopic sinus surgery for refractory chronic rhinosinusitis. (United States)

    Rudmik, Luke; Smith, Timothy L; Mace, Jess C; Schlosser, Rodney J; Hwang, Peter H; Soler, Zachary M


    The primary objective of this pilot study was to define the change in productivity costs following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Secondary objectives were to identify CRS-related characteristics that may influence the degree of productivity improvement after ESS. Prospective, multi-institutional, observational cohort study. The human capital approach was used to define productivity costs. Annual absenteeism, presenteeism, and lost leisure time were quantified to define annual lost productive time (LPT). LPT was monetized using the annual daily wage rates obtained from the 2012 US Census and the 2013 US Department of Labor statistics. Twenty-seven patients with refractory CRS who underwent ESS were followed for a mean of 15 months (range, 8-25 months). Following ESS, there were improvements in annual absenteeism (22 days reduced to 3 days), annual presenteeism (41 days reduced to 19 days), and annual household days lost (12 days reduced to 6 days). Overall, the preoperative productivity costs were reduced after ESS ($9,190 vs. $3,373, respectively; P costs associated with receiving ESS for refractory CRS. Future studies with larger sample sizes will need to validate the results from this pilot study. 2c Laryngoscope, 126:570-574, 2016. © 2015 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  15. Impact of Controlled Induced Hypotension on Cognitive Functions of Patients Undergoing Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. (United States)

    Nowak, Stanislaw; Ołdak, Anna; Kluzik, Anna; Drobnik, Leon


    Controlled induced hypotension guarantees less blood loss and better visibility of the surgical site. The impact of hypotension on post-operative cognitive functions is still being discussed. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of controlled induced hypotension on the cognitive functions of patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). We allocated 47 patients with a good grade of preoperative cognitive functions evaluated with the Mini-Mental State Examination to 3 groups (1 - mild hypotension, 2 - intermediate hypotension, 3 - severe hypotension) according to the degree of mean intraoperative arterial pressure compared with preoperative blood pressure. Cognitive functions were evaluated preoperatively, 6 h, and 30 h postoperatively with standardized tests: the Stroop Test, Trail Making Test (TMT), and Verbal Fluency Test (VFT). A decrease in the test results and increase in the number of mistakes made were considered an impairment of cognitive functions. A total of 47 patients (group 1 - mild hypotension - 15, group 2 - intermediate hypotension - 19, group 3 - severe hypotension - 13) were included in the study. A significant decrease was observed in all the 3 groups after Stroop A test 6h postoperatively but it improved 30h postoperatively, without differences between the groups. Neither a significant decrease in the test results nor an increase in the number of mistakes was noted for Stroop B tests, TMT A&B tests and VFT. The degree of controlled intraoperative hypotension during FESS did not influence the results of psychometric tests.


    Zorron, Ricardo; Galvão-Neto, Manoel Passos; Campos, Josemberg; Branco, Alcides José; Sampaio, José; Junghans, Tido; Bothe, Claudia; Benzing, Christian; Krenzien, Felix

    Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a standard therapy in bariatric surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding, although with good results in the literature, are showing higher rates of treatment failure to reduce obesity-associated morbidity and body weight. Other problems after bariatric may occur, as band erosion, gastroesophageal reflux disease and might be refractory to medication. Therefore, a laparoscopic conversion to a RYGB can be an effective alternative, as long as specific indications for revision are fulfilled. The objective of this study was to analyse own and literature data on revisional bariatric procedures to evaluate best alternatives to current practice. Institutional experience and systematic review from the literature on revisional bariatric surgery. Endoscopic procedures are recently applied to ameliorate failure and complications of bariatric procedures. Therapy failure following RYGB occurs in up to 20%. Transoral outlet reduction is currently an alternative method to reduce the gastrojejunal anastomosis. The diameter and volume of sleeve gastrectomy can enlarge as well, which can be reduced by endoscopic full-thickness sutures longitudinally. Dumping syndrome and severe hypoglycemic episodes (neuroglycopenia) can be present in patients following RYGB. The hypoglycemic episodes have to be evaluated and usually can be treated conventionally. To avoid partial pancreatectomy or conversion to normal anatomy, a new laparoscopic approach with remnant gastric resection and jejunal interposition can be applied in non-responders alternatively. Hypoglycemic episodes are ameliorated while weight loss is sustained. Revisional and endoscopic procedures following bariatric surgery in patients with collateral symptomatic or treatment failure can be applied. Conventional non-surgical approaches should have been applied intensively before a revisional surgery will be indicated. Former complex surgical revisional procedures are evolving to less

  17. Encephalomalacia in the frontal lobe: complication of the endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Karaman, Emin; Isildak, Huseyin; Yilmaz, Mehmet; Enver, Ozgun; Albayram, Sait


    Encephalomalacia is the softening or loss of brain tissue after cerebral infarction, cerebral ischemia, infection, craniocerebral trauma, or other injury. The term is usually used during gross pathologic inspection to describe blurred cortical margins and decreased consistency of brain tissue after infarction. Multicystic encephalomalacia refers to the formation of multiple cystic cavities of various sizes in the cerebral cortex of neonates and infants after injury, most notably perinatal hypoxic-ischemic events. Chronic sinusitis has become one of the most common diseases in otolaryngology practice. Many of these patients can be managed successfully with medical therapy. Those who fail intensive medical therapy may be candidates for functional endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). This procedure has variable complication rates and can have some serious consequences. Serious complications of functional ESS are very rare, but cerebrospinal fluid leak, meningitis, hemorrhage, infection, or vision loss has been reported in a few cases. In this study, we present a 57-year-old man with encephalomalacia after a penetrating brain injury incurred during ESS.

  18. [Systemic complications of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis]. (United States)

    Wang, Hongtian; Jiang, Wen; Xu, Cong; Qiu, Xin


    To analyses the causes and prevention of systemic complications of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. Three typical cases were reported including their medical history, preoperative diagnosis, medications during preoperational period, complications and treatment. The causes and preventive measures of systemic complications were analyzed. Three patients were all suffered from chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP). After FESS, 1 case was complicated with coma and hyponatremia, 1 case with acute myocardial infarction, and 1 case with lower extremity deep venous thrombosis. The patient with coma and hyponatremia was soon waked after intravenous infusion of 10% sodium chloride. Two patients with acute myocardial infarction and lower extremity deep venous thrombosis were soon completely rehabilitated after emergency thrombolytic therapy and endovascular intervention. Three patients were completed recovered from their systemic complications without any severe sequela. Systemic hemostatic drugs should be banned in patients with hypercoagulable state in perioperation period of FESS in order to avoid severe systemic complications. Timely vascular interventional treatment can prevent severe sequels.

  19. Transumbilical laparo-endoscopic single site surgery for adrenal cortical adenoma inducing primary aldosteronism: initial experience

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    Kikuchi Eiji


    Full Text Available Abstract Background We have started using laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery (LESS in urologic surgery, although its use has not gained momentum due to its level of difficulty. We here report our initial experience with transumbilical LESS for adrenal cortical adenoma by using a single port with a multichannel cannula (SILS port and bent laparoscopic instrumentation. Findings A multichannel port (SILS port, bent laparoscopic instrument (Roticulator Endo Mini-Shears and Opti4 laparoscopic electrodes were used in all cases. The intraperitoneal space was approached through the umbilicus. The SILS port was placed through a 2 cm incision at the inner edge of the umbilicus. A 5 mm flexible laparoscope was introduced to keep the laparoscope outside, and surgical specimens were extracted using an Endocatch bag. In addition, as a case control study, we compared perioperative data of LESS adrenalectomy (LESS-A with that of conventional laparoscopic adrenalectomy (LA. We performed transumbilical LESS-A for adrenal cortical adenoma in 12 cases, beginning in December, 2009. All procedures were successfully completed, with only one incision through the umbilicus, and without conversion to a standard laparoscopic approach. Mean operative time for LESS-A was 121.2 ± 7.8 min, which was slightly longer than LA (110.2 ± 7.3 min. For right adrenal tumors, we used a miniport (2 mm port in addition to a SILS port, and were able to successfully perform adrenalectomy "with no visible scaring". Tumor laterality and patient BMI did not affect surgical morbidity in these procedures. Moreover, there was no significant difference between LESS-A and LA in blood loss, analgesic requirement, hospital stay, and scar satisfaction. Conclusions The transumbilical approach in LESS for adrenalectomy is safe and feasible and also improves cosmetic outcome compared with standard laparoscopic procedures. Improvements in surgical devices may aid the further development of this

  20. Image-guidance in endoscopic sinus surgery: is it associated with decreased medicolegal liability? (United States)

    Eloy, Jean Anderson; Svider, Peter F; D'Aguillo, Christine M; Baredes, Soly; Setzen, Michael; Folbe, Adam J


    The use of image-guidance (IG) in endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) has escalated over the last decade despite a lack of consensus that its use improves outcomes or decreases complications. One theoretical reason for using IG in ESS is its potential to minimize legal liability should an adverse outcome occur. In this study, we aimed to characterize the role of IG in ESS litigation, and further detail other factors in pertinent cases. A secondary objective was to characterize recent malpractice litigation for other relevant factors. Relevant cases from Westlaw were examined to determine whether the use of IG played a role in initiating litigation in ESS malpractice suits. Factors such as patient demographics and alleged cause(s) of malpractice litigation were examined. Out of 30 malpractice cases from 2004 to April 2013, 4 (13.3%) mentioned the use of IG during ESS, although this did not appear to be a factor affecting the plaintiff's decision to initiate litigation, nor the case outcomes. In the 26 cases (86.7%) in which IG was not used, its non-use was not specified as an alleged cause of negligence. Eleven (36.7%) cases were resolved in the defendant's favor. Frequently-cited factors included iatrogenic injury (83.3%), permanent deficits (66.7%), needing additional surgery (63.3%), orbital and intracranial injury, and perceived deficits in informed consent (40.0%). The use of IG was not found to be a factor in ESS litigation. This suggests that not using IG does not necessarily make one more vulnerable to malpractice litigation. © 2013 ARS-AAOA, LLC.

  1. Effects of changes in nasal volume on voice in patients after endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery. (United States)

    Kim, Do Hyun; Hong, Yong-Kil; Jeun, Sin-Soo; Park, Jae-Sung; Kim, Soo Whan; Cho, Jin Hee; Park, Yong Jin; Lee, Hyuck Jae; Hwang, Yeon-Shin; Kim, Sung Won


    To investigate a potential correlation between changes in voice and changes in nasal volume. The endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach (EETSA) was performed on 120 patients between February 2009 and August 2016 by using the bilateral modified nasoseptal rescue flaps method. All the patients were subjected to pre- and postoperative paranasal computed tomography (CT) and voice evaluations by using acoustic analyses, a nasometer to measure the nasalance, and determination of the voice handicap index (VHI). Paranasal CT and the medical image processing software were used to calculate changes in nasal cavity volume in three nasal sections. Enlargement of the nasal cavity after surgery was evident in all three areas (anteronasal, p < 0.001; midnasal, p = 0.005; postnasal, p = 0.025). In addition, EETSA resulted in significantly higher mean nasalance scores for the oronasal passage (p < 0.001) and nasal passage (p < 0.001); more frequency perturbation (jitter) (p < 0.001) and amplitude perturbation (shimmer) (p < 0.001); and higher grade, roughness, breathiness, asthenia, and strain scores (p < 0.001), and VHI (p = 0.01). However, only changes in the nasal volume after EETSA correlated with postnasal hypernasality (r = 0.2; p = 0.029). Although changes in nasal volume, voice, and speech may develop after EETSA, we found that changes in nasal volume were not correlated with changes in any voice-quality measure. However, the postnasal cavity was the region most dramatically affected by EETSA, and postnasal volume changes after surgery may be associated with hypernasal speech.

  2. Comparison of the Effects of Magnesium Sulfate and Dexmedetomidine on Operation Field of Candidates for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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    Full Text Available Background and Objective: One of the main treatments for chronic rhinosinusitis is endoscopic surgery. In this procedure, intraoperative bleeding due to limited view of the surgeon can bring about surgical complications. To have a clear operation field for endoscopic sinus surgery, bleeding management is necessary. We aimed to compare the effects of magnesium sulfate and dexmedetomidine on operation field of candidates for endoscopic sinus surgery. Materials and Methods: In this triple-blind clinical trial, 60 candidates for endoscopic sinus surgery were randomly divided into two groups of Dexmedetomidine and Magnesium sulfate. Before anesthesia, magnesium sulfate was administered for 10 min at a dose of 50 mg/kg and at a dose 15 mg/kg/h afterwards. In the other group, dexmedetomidine was given for 10 min before anesthesia at a dose of 1 mic/kg and at a dose of 0.6 mic/kg/h thereupon. The hemodynamic status of both groups was recorded 1, 5, 15, 30, and 60 min post-tracheal intubation. The results were analyzed using SPSS, version 16. Results: In general, 20 (66.7% patients in the Dexmedetomidine group and 18 (60.0% patients in the Magnesium sulfate group were male (P=0.592. The mean ages of the Dexmedetomidine and Magnesium sulfate groups were 37.93 and 39.56 years, respectively (P=0.250. The mean surgical durations in the Dexmedetomidine and Magnesium sulfate groups were 79.03±41.8 min and 87.30± 15.09 min, respectively (P=0.003. Mean arterial pressure (MAP in the Dexmedetomidine group was less than in the Magnesium Sulfate group at all the assessed times, except for the first time. The difference between the two groups was not significant only at first time. There was no statistical difference between the two groups in terms of mean saturation oxygen peripheral (SpO2 at all the recorded times. The mean intraoperative heart rate and mean pain intensity were lower in the Dexmedetomidine group than the Magnesium sulfate group. In the Magnesium

  3. Bidirectional Approach of Video-Assisted Neck Surgery (BAVANS): Endoscopic complete central node dissection with craniocaudal view for treatment of thyroid cancer. (United States)

    Nakajo, Akihiro; Arima, Hideo; Hirata, Munetsugu; Yamashita, Yoshie; Shinden, Yoshiaki; Hayashi, Naoki; Kawasaki, Yota; Arigami, Takaaki; Uchikado, Yasuto; Mori, Shinichiro; Mataki, Yuko; Sakoda, Masahiko; Kijima, Yuko; Uenosono, Yoshikazu; Maemura, Kosei; Natsugoe, Shoji


    Endoscopic thyroidectomy is a well-established surgical technique that is mainly performed for benign thyroid disease. We considered that endoscopic surgery could also be widely indicated for the treatment of thyroid cancer. We herein describe our new bidirectional approach of video-assisted neck surgery (BAVANS) for complete central node dissection in endoscopic thyroid cancer surgery. BAVANS involves two different directional pathways to the cervical lesion. Before lymph node dissection, we perform endoscopic thyroidectomy via a conventional gasless precordial or axillary approach. After thyroidectomy, the surgeon repositions by the head of the patient and inserts three ports in front of the upper neck lesion in the submandibular area to approach the paratracheal lesion from an overhead-to-caudal direction. BAVANS allows for an excellent craniocaudal view and easy access to the peritracheal lymph nodes. Sixteen patients with papillary thyroid cancer underwent BAVANS and progressed satisfactorily after surgery. Of those patients, eight underwent total or near total thyroidectomy, and five patients underwent bilateral central node dissection. The average number of retrieved lymph nodes with unilateral central node dissection was nine, which was higher than that achieved with conventional open surgery. All patients began oral intake within 5 h after surgery. Postoperative Horner syndrome occurred in one patient. No other complications were noted. BAVANS is a very effective surgical procedure that many endoscopic surgeons can perform safely and easily. It has both a cosmetic advantage and excellent curability in endoscopic thyroid cancer surgery. © 2016 Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Asia Endosurgery Task Force and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  4. The Role of Low-Level Laser in Periodontal Surgeries (United States)

    Sobouti, Farhad; Khatami, Maziar; Heydari, Mohaddase; Barati, Maryam


    Treatment protocols with low-level Laser (also called ‘soft laser therapy) have been used in health care systems for more than three decades. Bearing in mind the suitable sub-cellular absorption and the cellular-vascular impacts, low-level laser may be a treatment of choice for soft tissues. Low-level lasers have played crucial and colorful roles in performing periodontal surgeries. Their anti-inflammatory and painless effects have been variously reported in in-vitro studies. In this present review article, searches have been made in Pub Med, Google Scholar, and Science Direct, focusing on the studies which included low-level lasers, flap-periodontal surgeries, gingivectomy, and periodontal graft. The present study has sought to review the cellular impacts of low-level lasers and its role on reducing pain and inflammation following soft tissue surgical treatments. PMID:25987968

  5. Endoscopic sinus surgery in individuals with facial pain due to chronic maxillary sinusitis ? a functional controlled study

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    Giuseppe Sanges


    Full Text Available Objective: To measure the intra-sinus pressure and the maxillary sinus functional efficiency (MSFE in individuals with chronic facial pain after conservative or conventional endoscopic maxillary surgery, as well as in controls. Method: Sinus manometry was performed 5 times during inhalation. Results: The resemblance of pressure values comparing those treated with minimally invasive surgery and controls was remarkable, while traditional surgery significantly decreased intrasinusal pressures. The MSFE was 100% in the three tested times for controls, close to that in those submitted to minimally invasive surgery (98.3%, 98.8%, and 98.0% and significantly impaired after conventional surgery (48.8%, 52.1%, 48.5 %, p<0.01. All patients submitted to minimally invasive surgery remained pain-free after three months of surgery, relative to 46.7% of the submitted to conventional surgery (p<0.05. Conclusion: Minimally invasive sinus surgery is associated with functionality of the chambers that resemble what is found in normal individuals.

  6. Laser Prostatic Surgery: An Update | Elhilali | African Journal of ...

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    This review presents an overview of the current state of the art of laser prostatic surgery. Several types of lasers have been used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) over the past 15 years. Vaporization techniques have recently gained popularity and have been widely accepted by many urologists.

  7. Changes in regional ventilation and perfusion of the lung after endoscopic laser treatment. (United States)

    George, P J; Clarke, G; Tolfree, S; Garrett, C P; Hetzel, M R


    To determine whether endoscopic laser treatment improves both ventilation and perfusion in patients with advanced lung cancer, krypton-81m ventilation and technetium-99m labelled macro-aggregate perfusion scanning was performed immediately before and two or four days after treatment in a consecutive series of 28 patients. Twelve patients had not received any other treatment before laser therapy and 16 had undergone previous treatments that included radiotherapy. Ventilation and perfusion were quantified by expressing the number of counts in the affected lung as a percentage of the total counts. Ventilation and perfusion improved after laser treatment in 23 patients (82%). The mean ventilation score in the affected lung rose by 50% (p less than 0.001) and the mean perfusion score rose by 24% (p less than 0.001). Incremental changes in ventilation and perfusion scores were positively correlated (r = 0.80). Mean spirometric values, six minute walking distance, the Karnofsky performance index, and breathlessness and wellbeing scores also improved significantly. Patients with main bronchial obstruction who had had no radiotherapy showed the most striking improvements. It is concluded that the removal of intraluminal tumour from the bronchial tree leads to matched improvements in ventilation and perfusion in most patients and that this is associated with valuable improvement in symptoms.

  8. Intraocular lens power calculation following laser refractive surgery


    Hodge,Christopher; McAlinden, Colm; Lawless, Michael; Chan, Colin; Sutton,Gerard; Martin, Aifric


    Refractive outcomes following cataract surgery in patients that have previously undergone laser refractive surgery have traditionally been underwhelming. This is related to several key issues including the preoperative assessment (keratometry) and intraocular lens power calculations. Peer-reviewed literature is overwhelmed by the influx of methodology to manipulate the corneal or intraocular lens (IOL) powers following refractive surgery. This would suggest that the optimal derivative formula...

  9. Totally endoscopic surgery on diastasis recti associated with midline hernias. The advantages of a minimally invasive approach. Prospective cohort study. (United States)

    Bellido Luque, Juan; Bellido Luque, A; Valdivia, J; Suarez Gráu, J M; Gomez Menchero, J; García Moreno, J; Guadalajara Jurado, J


    To evaluate prospectively the feasibility and the duration of the plication of both aponeurosis through a totally endoscopic approach to the diastasis recti associated with midline hernias, correcting both pathologies simultaneously and objectively looking at their advantages and complications. The prospective cohort study included patients suffering from midline hernias equal to or bigger than 2 cm size and associated diastasis recti, from April 2011 to October 2012. Full endoscopic subcutaneous approach is used to perform the surgery. An ultrasound scan was carried out to identify inter-rectus distances and recurrences in xiphoid, 3 cm supraumbilical and 2 cm subumbilical locations. A total of 21 patients were included in the study, with a mean follow-up of 20 months. The main complication was seroma. A significant reduction in the average distance between the rectus muscles was shown before surgery and at 1 month postoperative measures in all three locations (p diastasis recti is surgically corrected. Totally endoscopic approach to diastasis recti associated with midline hernias is a feasible and reproducible method. It brings considerable esthetic advantages. Diastasis or hernia recurrences in medium term follow-up have not been observed. Diastasis greater than 6-7 cm or associated with severe musculoaponeurotic laxity of the abdominal wall could benefit from the use of reinforced prosthesis.

  10. Endoscopic surgery for the antenatal treatment of myelomeningocele: the CECAM trial. (United States)

    Pedreira, Denise A L; Zanon, Nelci; Nishikuni, Koshiro; Moreira de Sá, Renato A; Acacio, Gregório L; Chmait, Ramen H; Kontopoulos, Eftichia V; Quintero, Rubén A


    A recent randomized clinical trial named Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS trial) showed that prenatal correction of open spina bifida (OSB) via open fetal surgery was associated with improved infant neurological outcomes relative to postnatal repair, but at the expense of increased maternal morbidity. We sought to report the final results of our phase I trial (Cirurgia Endoscópica para Correção Antenatal da Meningomielocele [CECAM]) on the feasibility, safety, potential benefits, and side effects of the fetoscopic treatment of OSB using our unique surgical technique. Ten consecutive pregnancies with lumbosacral OSB were enrolled in the study. Surgeries were performed percutaneously under general anesthesia with 3 ports and partial carbon dioxide insufflation. After appropriate surgical positioning of the fetus, the neuroplacode was released with scissors and the skin was undermined to place a biocellulose patch over the lesion. The skin was closed over the patch using a single running stitch. Preoperative, postoperative, and postnatal magnetic resonance imaging were performed to assess hindbrain herniation. Neurodevelopmental evaluation was performed before discharge and at 3, 6, and 12 months. All cases were delivered by cesarean delivery, at which time the uterus was assessed for evidence of thinning or dehiscence. The median gestational age at the time of surgery was 27 weeks (range 25-28 weeks). Endoscopic repair was completed in 8 of 10 fetuses. Two cases were unsuccessful due to loss of uterine access. The mean gestational age at birth was 32.4 weeks with a mean latency of 5.6 weeks between surgery and delivery (range 2-8 weeks). There was 1 fetal and 1 neonatal demise, and 1 unsuccessful case underwent postnatal repair. Of the 7 infants available for analysis, complete reversal of hindbrain herniation occurred in 6 of 7 babies. Three babies required ventriculoperitoneal shunting or third ventriculostomy. Functional motor level was the same or

  11. The SHARPLAN family of CO2 lasers for surgery. (United States)

    Dagan, J


    The SHARPLAN laser systems are available with a full range of different powers: a 25 watt office system, a 40 watt and a 60 watt system for general surgery and an 80 watt for high power needs like neurosurgery, all powers measured at tissue. A full range of accessories is available for microsurgery enabling adaptation to the most popular surgical microscopes for cavitational surgery. Super-pulse models are available, minimizing the thermal damage to the tissue exposed to the laser. The interaction of the laser with living tissue and its specific use in neurosurgery are discussed.

  12. Results of endoscopic surgery and intralesional steroid therapy for airway compromise due to tracheobronchial Wegener's granulomatosis

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    S. A. R. Nouraei


    Full Text Available Background: Upper airway compromise due to tracheobronchial stenosis commonly occurs in patients with Wegener's Granulomatosis (WG. There is at present no consensus on the optimal management of this life-threatening condition. Objective: To assess the results of laryngo-tracheo-bronchoscopy, intralesional steroid therapy, laser surgery, and dilatation in managing obstructive tracheobronchial WG. Methods: Records of eighteen previously-untreated stridulous patients with obstructive tracheobronchial WG, treated between 2004 and 2006 were prospectively recorded on an airway database and retrospectively reviewed. Information about patient and lesion characteristics and treatment details were recorded. Treatment progress was illustrated using a timeline plot, and intervention-free intervals were calculated with actuarial analysis. Results: There were nine males and the average age at presentation was 40 (16 years [range 13–74]. There were thirteen patients with tracheal, and five patients with tracheal and bronchial lesions. The average tracheal lesion height was 8 (3 mm, located 23 (9 mm below the glottis. There were 1, 10 and 7 Myer-Cotton grade I, II and III lesions respectively. Mean intervention-free interval following minimally-invasive treatment was 26 (2.8 months. Following endobronchial therapy the median intervention-free interval was 22 months (p>0.8 vs. tracheal lesions. No patient required a tracheostomy or endoluminal stenting. Conclusions: Intralesional steroid therapy and conservative endoluminal surgery is an effective strategy for treating airway compromise due to active tracheal and bronchial WG, obviating the need for airway bypass or stenting. We recommend the combination of endotracheal dilatation, conservative laser surgery and steroid therapy as the standard of care for treating airway compromise due to obstructive tracheobronchial WG.

  13. Intraocular lens power calculation following laser refractive surgery. (United States)

    Hodge, Christopher; McAlinden, Colm; Lawless, Michael; Chan, Colin; Sutton, Gerard; Martin, Aifric


    Refractive outcomes following cataract surgery in patients that have previously undergone laser refractive surgery have traditionally been underwhelming. This is related to several key issues including the preoperative assessment (keratometry) and intraocular lens power calculations. Peer-reviewed literature is overwhelmed by the influx of methodology to manipulate the corneal or intraocular lens (IOL) powers following refractive surgery. This would suggest that the optimal derivative formula has yet been introduced. This review discusses the problems facing surgeons approaching IOL calculations in these post-refractive laser patients, the existing formulae and programs to address these concerns. Prior published outcomes will be reviewed.


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    Full Text Available Background: Elaboration of automatized and robotic systems for precision and minimally traumatic surgery is one of the main areas of modern surgery. The concept of the so-called “smart” laser scalpels seems a  promising technical solution in this field. Aim: To develop organizational principles of a  feedback smart surgical laser devices based on CO₂ and fiber lasers. Materials and methods: As laser sources, we used a one mode wave CO₂ laser with a power of up to 25 W, high frequency pumping of the active media and radiation wavelength of 10.6 mcm, as well as a one mode fiber Er laser with a power of up to 5 W and radiation wavelength of 1.54  mcm. The laser device feedback was organized with an autodynic control of laser evaporation of biological tissues. The “smart” laser scalpel effects were studied in the porcine tissues in  vitro. The feedback laser devices were tested on normal and tumor animal tissues (white rats in vitro and in vivo. Also, we tested the possibility of diagnostics of laser evaporation on human tumor tissues. Results: Taking the one mode CO₂ laser and one mode fiber Er laser as examples, it was shown that an autodynic signal arising during evaporation of various biological tissues has different spectral characteristics. This makes the bases for organization of a  feedback in surgical devices functioning as a  “smart” scalpel. A “smart” surgical feedback device based on CO₂ laser and a  decoy of a  “smart” surgical device based on a fiber Er laser were developed. We studied the possibilities of differential diagnostics of a type of a tissue being evaporated in vitro with the use of the data from laser scalpels. Also, pre-clinical trials of a CO₂ laser-based “smart” surgical device on biological tissues were performed. The trials showed that such a “smart” laser scalpel allows for intra-operative differentiation between normal and tumor tissues that would give the

  15. Diaphragm pacing with natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: potential for difficult-to-wean intensive care unit patients. (United States)

    Onders, R; McGee, M F; Marks, J; Chak, A; Schilz, R; Rosen, M J; Ignagni, A; Faulx, A; Elmo, M J; Schomisch, S; Ponsky, J


    Up to 50% of the patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) require mechanical ventilation, with 20% requiring the use of a ventilator for more than 7 days. More than 40% of this time is spent weaning the patient from mechanical ventilation. Failure to wean from mechanical ventilation can in part be attributable to rapid onset of diaphragm atrophy, barotrauma, posterior lobe atelectasis, and impaired hemodynamics, which are normally improved by maintaining a more natural negative chest pressure. The authors have previously shown that laparoscopic implantation of a diaphragm pacing system benefits selected patients. They now propose that an acute ventilator assist with interventional neurostimulation of the diaphragm in the ICU is feasible and could facilitate the weaning of ICU patients from mechanical ventilation. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) has the potential to expand the benefits of the diaphragm pacing system to this acute patient population by allowing it to be performed at the bedside similarly to insertion of the common gastrostomy tube. This study evaluates the feasibility of this approach in a porcine model. Pigs were anesthetized, and peritoneal access with the flexible endoscope was obtained using a guidewire, needle knife cautery, and balloon dilation. The diaphragm was mapped using a novel endoscopic electrostimulation catheter to locate the motor point (where stimulation provides complete contraction of the diaphragm). An intramuscular electrode then was placed at the motor point with a percutaneous needle. The gastrotomy was managed with a gastrostomy tube. Four pigs were studied, and the endoscopic mapping instrument was able to map the diaphragm to identify the motor point. In one animal, a percutaneous electrode was placed into the motor point under transgastric endoscopic visualization, and the diaphragm could be paced in conjunction with mechanical ventilation. These animal studies demonstrate the feasibility of

  16. Outcome analysis of holmium laser and pneumatic lithotripsy in the endoscopic management of lower ureteric calculus in pediatric patients: a prospective study

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To analyse outcomes of holmium laser and pneumatic lithotripsy in treatment of lower ureteric calculus in pediatric patients. Materials and methods: Prospective study conducted between August 2013 and July 2015. Inclusion criteria were lower ureteric calculus with stone size ≤1.5cms. Exclusion criteria were other than lower ureteric calculus, stone size ≥1.5cms, congenital renal anomalies, previous ureteral stone surgery. Patients were divided into two groups. Group A underwent pneumatic and group B underwent laser lithotripsy procedure. Patient's baseline demographic and peri-operative data were recorded and analysed. Post operatively X-ray/ultrasound KUB (Kidney, ureter and bladder was performed to assess stone free status. Results: A total of 76 patients who met the inclusion criteria to ureteroscopic intracorporeal lithotripsy were included. Group A and B included 38 patients in each. Mean age was 12.5±2.49 in Group A and 11.97±2.74 years in Group B respectively (p=0.38. Overall success rate was 94.73% in Group A and 100% in Group B, respectively (p=0.87. Conclusion: Holmium Laser lithotripsy is as efficacious as pneumatic lithotripsy and can be used safely for the endoscopic management of lower ureteric calculus in pediatric patients. However, holmium laser requires more expertise and it is a costly alternative.

  17. Triological thesis: concurrent endoscopic sinus surgery and cosmetic rhinoplasty: rationale, risks, rewards, and reality. (United States)

    Sclafani, Anthony P; Schaefer, Steven D


    To examine the effect of concurrent endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) on the postoperative course of cosmetic rhinoplasty (CR), identify any specific contraindications, and to develop more useful treatment regimen in patients undergoing concurrent ESS and CR. Retrospective case-control study. Consecutive patients undergoing CR (performed by the principal investigator (PI) in a tertiary care academic practice) at the same operative setting as ESS from June 2004-June 2007 were identified. Additionally, patients undergoing CR (also by the PI) without ESS over the same time period (matched for gender, age, and rhinoplasty approach and techniques) were identified and used as control subjects. The office and hospital charts of these patients were reviewed for details of pre-, intra-, peri-, and postoperative care, preoperative CT scans as well as for patient and physician observations. Specifically noted were details regarding the type of cosmetic changes sought, course of symptoms of chronic sinusitis, prior treatment, surgical techniques used for both ESS and CR, and postoperative treatment with antibiotics and corticosteroids. Additionally, a literature review of articles describing concurrent CR and ESS was performed. Thirteen patients were identified who underwent ESS at the same time as CR. There were no cases of cerebrospinal fluid leak, epistaxis, orbital complications, septal perforation, cellulitis or saddle nose deformity. No correlation was found between sinus surgery performed and need for revision surgery (CR or ESS) or postoperative infections. However, the time to patient reported resolution of postoperative nasal swelling was significantly higher in patients undergoing concurrent ESS/CR compared to CR only (dorsal swelling: 9.62 +/- 6.18 (ESS/CR) vs. 5.85 +/- 1.95 (CR) weeks, P = .0469; nasal tip swelling: 19.31 +/- 13.02 (ESS/CR) vs. 10.38 +/- 2.96 (CR) weeks, P = .0240, unpaired t test). The same relation held true for doctor noted postoperative edema

  18. Cost utility analysis of endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis with and without nasal polyposis. (United States)

    Scangas, George A; Remenschneider, Aaron K; Su, Brooke M; Shrime, Mark G; Metson, Ralph


    To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) compared to medical therapy for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with and without nasal polyposis (NP). Cohort-style Markov decision-tree economic model with a 36-year time horizon. Two cohorts of 229 CRS patients with and without NP who underwent ESS were compared with a matched cohort of 229 CRS patients from the Medical Expenditures Survey Panel database (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD) who underwent medical management. Utility scores were calculated from sequential patient responses to the EuroQol five-dimensions questionnaire. Decision-tree analysis and a 10-state Markov model utilized published event probabilities and primary data to calculate long-term costs and utility. The primary outcome was the incremental cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY). Thorough sensitivity analyses were performed. The reference case for CRS with NP yielded an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) for ESS versus medical therapy of $5,687.41/QALY. The reference case for CRS without NP yielded an ICER of $5,405.44/QALY. The cost-effectiveness acceptability curve in both cases demonstrated 95% certainty that the ESS strategy was the most cost-effective option at a willingness-to-pay threshold of $20,000/QALY or higher. These results were robust to one-way and probabilistic sensitivity analysis. This study demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of ESS compared to medical therapy alone for the management of CRS patients both with and without NP. The presence of nasal polyps was not found to affect the overall cost-effectiveness of ESS. 2C. Laryngoscope, 127:29-37, 2017. © 2016 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  19. Surgical Management of Pediatric Vesicoureteral Reflux: A Comparative Study Between Endoscopic, Laparoscopic, and Open Surgery. (United States)

    Esposito, Ciro; Escolino, Maria; Lopez, Manuel; Farina, Alessandra; Cerulo, Mariapina; Savanelli, Antonio; La Manna, Angela; Caprio, Maria Grazia; Settimi, Alessandro; Varlet, Francois


    Our retrospective study compared the results of three surgical procedures for correction of pediatric vesicoureteral reflux (VUR): open Cohen, laparoscopic Lich-Gregoir reimplantation (LEVUR), and endoscopic subureteric injection (STING) procedure. We analyzed 90 patients (50 girls, 40 boys, average age 4.86 years) operated in two centers of pediatric surgery for VUR. Exclusion criteria were Grade 1 VUR, Grade 5 VUR with megaureters requiring ureteral tapering, secondary VUR, and patients already operated for VUR. Thirty patients underwent Cohen, 30 LEVUR, and 30 STING procedure. Follow-up included renal ultrasonography and voiding cystourethrography 6 months postoperatively. The statistical analysis was performed using χ(2) Pearson and Fisher tests. Operative time was shorter using STING either for unilateral or bilateral correction (P = .001). Hospitalization was statistically shorter using STING and LEVUR compared to Cohen (P = .001). The pain scores were worse after Cohen (P = .001). Analgesic requirements were higher after Cohen (P = .001). Reflux persistence was higher after STING (10 cases versus 5 Cohen and 4 LEVUR). Cohen presented more complications compared to LEVUR and STING (P = .001). Intraoperative costs were higher for STING procedure (P = .001), while hospitalization costs were significantly higher for Cohen procedure (P = .001). In children affected by VUR, open Cohen and LEVUR reported a higher success rate than STING procedure. However, Cohen procedure had a very long and painful hospital stay, more complications, more analgesic requirements compared to STING and LEVUR. Comparing the three techniques, it seems that LEVUR presents a high success rate similar to the Cohen procedure, but in addition, it presents the same advantages of STING procedure with no postoperative pain and a lower postoperative morbidity.

  20. Factors Affecting the Visual Outcome of Pituitary Adenoma Patients Treated with Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery. (United States)

    Luomaranta, Tuomas; Raappana, Antti; Saarela, Ville; Liinamaa, M Johanna


    To evaluate visual acuity (VA) and visual fields (VF) quantitatively before and after endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery (ETS), with special attention to prognostic factors such as the pituitary adenoma (PA) suprasellar extension (SSE), volume and the patients' age. Medical records of 47 patients with PA undergoing ETS were evaluated. VA, VF, preoperative visual impairment score (VISpre) and postoperative visual impairment score (VISpost) were determined. The PA SSE, volume, chiasmal contact, and their correlation with visual function were assessed preoperatively and postoperatively. The final cohort included 47 patients. VA improved in 54 of 76 eyes (71.0%) after ETS, and 69 of 76 eyes (90.7%) gained normal VA. Postoperative VF recovery occurred in 32 of 37 eyes (86.5%). The mean change in VIS was 12.0 (95% confidence interval [CI], 7.7-16.3) and improved in all patients with tumor-related visual impairment (n = 25). However, visual outcome was poorer when VISpre was greater than 40. When VISpre was 21-40, age linearly correlated with VIS improvement (P = 0.03); younger patients had satisfactory and older poorer visual outcome. The mean SSE in patients with VF defects (n = 20) was 16.6 mm (95% CI, 13.3-19.9). Mean SSE in patients with no VF defects (n = 23) was 6.6 mm (95% CI, 4.9-8.3; P visual perturbations was 9.5 mm for SSE and 8.6 mL for PA volume (P visual outcome after ETS for PAs was excellent, and serious complications were rare. Severe preoperative visual impairment resulted in poorer postoperative visual outcomes. The SSE of the PA was the most important predictor of visual outcome after ETS. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Early postoperative care following endoscopic sinus surgery: an evidence-based review with recommendations. (United States)

    Rudmik, Luke; Soler, Zachary M; Orlandi, Richard R; Stewart, Michael G; Bhattacharyya, Neil; Kennedy, David W; Smith, Timothy L


    Early postoperative care following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) has been suggested to minimize avoidable complications and optimize long-term outcomes. Several postoperative care strategies have been proposed but a formal comprehensive evaluation of the evidence has never been performed. The purpose of this article is to provide an evidence-based approach to early postoperative care following ESS. A systematic review of the literature was performed and the Clinical Practice Guideline Manual, Conference on Guideline Standardization (COGS), and the Appraisal of Guidelines and Research Evaluation (AGREE) instrument recommendations were followed. Study inclusion criteria were: adult population >18 years old; chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) based on published diagnostic criteria; ESS following failed medical therapy; primary study objective was to evaluate an ESS early postoperative care strategy; and clearly defined primary clinical end-point. This review identified and evaluated the literature on 7 early postoperative care strategies following ESS: saline irrigations, sinus cavity debridements, systemic steroids, topical steroids, oral antibiotics, topical decongestants, and drug-eluting spacers/stents. Based on the available evidence, use of nasal saline irrigation, sinus cavity debridement, and standard topical nasal steroid spray are recommended early postoperative care interventions. Postoperative antibiotic, systemic steroid, nonstandard topical nasal steroid solution, and/or drug-eluting spacers/stents are options in postoperative management. These evidence-based recommendations should not necessarily be applied to all postoperative patients and clinical judgment, in addition to evidence, is critical to determining the most appropriate care. Copyright © 2011 American Rhinologic Society-American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, LLC.

  2. Controlled hypotension for functional endoscopic sinus surgery: comparison of esmolol and nitroglycerine. (United States)

    Srivastava, U; Dupargude, A B; Kumar, D; Joshi, K; Gupta, A


    Intraoperative bleeding causing poor visibility of surgical field is of major concern during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and impaired visibility may result in many complications. The study aimed to compare surgical conditions for FESS during controlled hypotension provided by esmolol or nitroglycerine (NTG) under general anaesthesia. 52 adult patients of both sexes requiring FESS under general anaesthesia were randomly divided to receive either esmolol (group ESM, n = 26) or NTG (group NTG, n = 26) to provide controlled hypotension. Surgical condition was assessed by surgeon using average category scale (ACS) of 0-5, a value of 2-3 being ideal. In both groups mean arterial blood pressure (MABP) was gradually reduced till ACS for assessment of surgical condition (ACS) of 2-3 or lowest targeted MABP (60 mm of Hg) was achieved. Both the drugs produced desired hypotension and improved surgical condition by reducing operative field bleeding but ideal operative conditions were achieved at mild hypotension (MABP 75-70) in ESM group while same conditions were achieved at MABP of 69-65 mm of Hg in NTG group. Mean heart rate was significantly higher in NTG group as compared to ESM group. Blood loss was significantly less in ESM group. Both NTG and esmolol can be used safely to provide controlled hypotension during FESS. Both the drugs improved visibility of surgical field by reducing capillary bleeding. But esmolol offered better operative conditions with only minimal reduction in MABP. No reflex tachycardia and less intraoperative haemorrhage were additional advantages of esmolol.

  3. Budget impact analysis of bioabsorbable drug-eluting sinus implants following endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Rizzo, John A; Rudmik, Luke; Mallow, Peter J; Palli, Swetha R


    Propel is a bioabsorbable drug-eluting sinus implant inserted following an endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). The objective of this study was to estimate the budget impact of incorporating Propel post-ESS for CRS patients from a self-insured employer or third-party payer perspective. An Excel-based budget impact model was developed. Estimates of the prevalence of CRS, rates of ESS, and effectiveness outcomes, along with direct and indirect costs from CRS were obtained from published literature. A total population of 1.5 million members was hypothesized for the analysis. All cost data were adjusted to October 2015 US dollars using the Medical Care Component of the Consumer Price Index. The cost and clinical/economic characteristics of Propel were compared to other treatments commonly used to minimize post-operative complications. The primary outcome was the incremental budget impact reported using per-member-per-month (PMPM) costs. Scenario-based, probabilistic, and one-way sensitivity analyses were performed to gauge the robustness of the results and identify the parameters with the most influence on the results. For a US self-insured employer or a commercial health plan of 1.5 million members, the incremental PMPM impact of incorporating Propel was estimated to range from -$0.003 to $0.036, respectively, for all members in the health plan. Sensitivity analyses identified the cost of Propel, probability of polyposis recurrence requiring medical intervention, probability of adhesion formation requiring surgical intervention, and the treatment costs for polyposis as the primary parameters influencing the results. This study has demonstrated the use of Propel following ESS procedures has a negligible impact on the budget of a US self-insured employer or payer. The upfront cost of Propel was offset by savings associated with reduced probability for polyp recurrence, adhesion formation, and their subsequent treatment.

  4. A miniaturized robotic platform for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery: in vivo validation. (United States)

    Tognarelli, Selene; Salerno, Marco; Tortora, Giuseppe; Quaglia, Claudio; Dario, Paolo; Schurr, Marc Oliver; Menciassi, Arianna


    Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) involves accessing the abdominal cavity via one of the body natural orifices for enabling minimally invasive surgical procedures. However, the constraints imposed by the access modality and the limited available technology make NOTES very challenging for surgeons. Tools redesign and introduction of novel surgical instruments are imperative in order to make NOTES operative in a real surgical scenario, reproducible and reliable. Robotic technology has major potential to overcome current limitations. The robotic platform described here consists of a magnetic anchoring frame equipped with dedicated docking/undocking mechanisms to house up to three modular robots for surgical interventions. The magnetic anchoring frame guarantees the required stability for surgical tasks execution, whilst dedicated modular robots provide the platform with adequate vision, stability and manipulation capabilities. Platform potentialities were demonstrated in a porcine model. Assessment was organized into two consecutive experimental steps, with a hybrid testing modality. First, platform deployment, anchoring and assembly through transoral-transgastric access were demonstrated in order to assess protocol feasibility and guarantee the safe achievement of the following experimental session. Second, transabdominal deployment, anchoring, assembly and robotic module actuation were carried out. This study has demonstrated the feasibility of inserting an endoluminal robotic platform composed of an anchoring frame and modular robotic units into a porcine model through a natural orifice. Once inserted into the peritoneal cavity, the platform provides proper visualization from multiple orientations. For the first time, a platform with interchangeable modules has been deployed and its components have been connected, demonstrating in vivo the feasibility of intra-abdominal assembly. Furthermore, increased dexterity employing different robotic

  5. Cavernous sinus compartments from the endoscopic endonasal approach: anatomical considerations and surgical relevance to adenoma surgery. (United States)

    Fernandez-Miranda, Juan C; Zwagerman, Nathan T; Abhinav, Kumar; Lieber, Stefan; Wang, Eric W; Snyderman, Carl H; Gardner, Paul A


    OBJECTIVE Tumors with cavernous sinus (CS) invasion represent a neurosurgical challenge. Increasing application of the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) requires a thorough understanding of the CS anatomy from an endonasal perspective. In this study, the authors aimed to develop a surgical anatomy-based classification of the CS and establish its utility for preoperative surgical planning and intraoperative guidance in adenoma surgery. METHODS Twenty-five colored silicon-injected human head specimens were used for endonasal and transcranial dissections of the CS. Pre- and postoperative MRI studies of 98 patients with pituitary adenoma with intraoperatively confirmed CS invasion were analyzed. RESULTS Four CS compartments are described based on their spatial relationship with the cavernous ICA: superior, posterior, inferior, and lateral. Each compartment has distinct boundaries and dural and neurovascular relationships: the superior compartment relates to the interclinoidal ligament and oculomotor nerve, the posterior compartment bears the gulfar segment of the abducens nerve and inferior hypophyseal artery, the inferior compartment contains the sympathetic nerve and distal cavernous abducens nerve, and the lateral compartment includes all cavernous cranial nerves and the inferolateral arterial trunk. Twenty-nine patients had a single compartment invaded, and 69 had multiple compartments involved. The most commonly invaded compartment was the superior (79 patients), followed by the posterior (n = 64), inferior (n = 45), and lateral (n = 23) compartments. Residual tumor rates by compartment were 79% in lateral, 17% in posterior, 14% in superior, and 11% in inferior. CONCLUSIONS The anatomy-based classification presented here complements current imaging-based classifications and may help to identify involved compartments both preoperatively and intraoperatively.

  6. Comparison of three different polyvinyl alcohol packs following functional endoscopic Nasal surgery. (United States)

    Melis, Andrea; Karligkiotis, Apostolos; Bozzo, Corrado; Machouchas, Nikolaos; Volpi, Luca; Castiglia, Paolo; Castelnuovo, Paolo; Meloni, Francesco


    To compare the extent of bleeding and patient discomfort during packing removal of three different polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) packs: 1) a standard PVA sponge (s-PVA) (Mondocel Standard 10 cm; Mondomed NV, Hamont-Achel, Belgium); 2) a PVA sponge with oxidized cellulose (oc-PVA) (Merocel Hemox 10 cm; Medtronic Xomed Surgical Products, Jacksonville, FL); and 3) a PVA sponge with polyethylene film (pf-PVA) (Merocel 2000 8 cm; Medtronic Xomed Surgical Products, Jacksonville, FL), after functional endoscopic sinus surgery and inferior turbinoplasty. A prospective, randomized, blinded, controlled trial. Ninety consecutive patients were enrolled and randomized to receive in each side one pack in the middle meatus and another pack of the same material in the nasal fossa. The patients were equally divided in three groups of 30 patients each. Group A received the pf-PVA; group B received oc-PVA; and group C received s-PVA. Postoperatively, bleeding after removal of the entire nasal packing was evaluated by an observer, whereas the severity of pain was rated by patients with visual analog scales. Our study evaluated three nasal packing materials, demonstrating that the pf-PVA is less painful than the others but with intermediate bleeding ratio. However, the oc-PVA has an intermediate pain score but minimum bleeding. The s-PVA showed the worst pain and bleeding results. Considering that removal of the second pack (middle meatus) is more painful than the first (nasal fossa), our results suggest that a pf-PVA can be placed in the middle meatus and a oc-PVA in the nasal fossa in order to reduce patient's discomfort in terms of pain and bleeding. 1b. © 2014 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  7. The use of expanding ports in laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery may cause more pain

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    Dressler, Jannie; Jorgensen, Lars N


    BACKGROUND: Previous meta-analyses on the clinical outcome after laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) versus conventional laparoscopic surgery (CLS) have not revealed any major differences in postoperative pain between the two procedures. This meta-analysis aims to evaluate the difference...... for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) on LESS versus CLS for general abdominal procedures. Weighted mean difference (WMD) and Odds ratios (OR) were calculated with 95% confidence intervals (CI). RESULTS: A total of 29 RCTs with 2999 procedures were included. Pain (VAS 0-10) 6 h after surgery was significantly...... in LESSex procedures compared to CLS, OR = 1.94 (1.03-3.63). CONCLUSION: The present meta-analysis indirectly indicates that the type of access device that is used for an abdominal LESS procedure may contribute to the development of early postoperative pain as the use of a non-expanding model was associated...

  8. Current status and future perspectives in laparoendoscopic single-site and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic urological surgery. (United States)

    Autorino, Riccardo; Stein, Robert J; Lima, Estevão; Damiano, Rocco; Khanna, Rakesh; Haber, Georges-Pascal; White, Michael A; Kaouk, Jihad H


    Objective of this study is to provide an evidence-based analysis of the current status and future perspectives of scarless urological surgery. A PubMed search has been performed for all relevant urological literature regarding natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) and laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS). In addition, experience with LESS and NOTES at our own institution has been considered. All clinical and investigative reports for LESS and NOTES procedures in the urological literature have been considered. A wide variety of clinical procedures in urology have been successfully completed by using LESS techniques. Thus far, experience with NOTES has largely been investigational, although early clinical reports are emerging. Further development of instrumentation and platforms is necessary for both techniques to become more widely adopted throughout the urological community.

  9. Comparison of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy and Open Lumbar Surgery for Adjacent Segment Degeneration and Recurrent Disc Herniation

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    Huan-Chieh Chen


    Full Text Available Objective. The goal of the present study was to examine the clinical results of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD and open lumbar surgery for patients with adjacent segment degeneration (ASD and recurrence of disc herniation. Methods. From December 2011 to November 2013, we collected forty-three patients who underwent repeated lumbar surgery. These patients, either received PELD (18 patients or repeated open lumbar surgery (25 patients, due to ASD or recurrence of disc herniation at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1 level, were assigned to different groups according to the surgical approaches. Clinical data were assessed and compared. Results. Mean blood loss was significantly less in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Hospital stay and mean operating time were shorter significantly in the PELD group as compared to the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Immediate postoperative pain improvement in VAS was 3.5 in the PELD group and −0.56 in the open lumbar surgery group P<0.0001. Conclusion. For ASD and recurrent lumbar disc herniation, PELD had more advantages over open lumbar surgery in terms of reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stay, operating time, fewer complications, and less postoperative discomfort.

  10. Analysis of opto-thermal interaction of porcine stomach tissue with 808-nm laser for endoscopic submucosal dissection

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    Seongjun Kim


    Full Text Available In endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD, the narrow gastrointestinal space can cause difficulty in surgical interventions. Tissue ablation apparatuses with high-power CO2 lasers or Nd:YAG lasers have been developed to facilitate endoscopic surgical procedures. We studied the interaction of 808-nm laser light with a porcine stomach tissue, with the aim of developing a therapeutic medical device that can remove lesions at the gastrointestinal wall by irradiating a near-infrared laser light incorporated in an endoscopic system. The perforation depths at the porcine fillet and the stomach tissues linearly increased in the range of 2–8 mm in proportion to the laser energy density of 63.7–382 kJ/cm2. Despite the distinct structural and compositional difference, the variation of the perforation depth between the stomach and the fillet was not found at 808-nm wavelength in our measurement. We further studied the laser–tissue interaction by changing the concentration of the methyl blue solution used conventionally as a submucosal fluidic cushion (SFC in ESD procedures. The temperature of the mucosal layer increased more rapidly at higher concentration of the methyl blue solution, because of enhanced light absorption at the SFC layer. The insertion of the SFC would protect the muscle layer from thermal damage. We confirmed that more effective laser treatment should be enabled by tuning the opto-thermal properties of the SFC. This study can contribute to the optimization of the driving parameters for laser incision techniques as an alternative to conventional surgical interventions.

  11. [Clinical observation on controlling antihypertension with the general anesthesia of TEAS and anesthetics in endoscopic endonasal surgery]. (United States)

    Zhao, Wensheng; Zhao Xian; Li, Jinjin; Fang, Jianqiao


    To study whether the dose of controlling antihypertensive drug is reduced by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) and the anesthetics, as well as the control of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) in endoscopic endonasal surgery with general anesthesia. Sixty patients for selective endoscopic endonasal surgery with general anesthetics and controlling antihypertension involved were selected and randomized into a TEAS group, a sham-TEAS group, 30 cases in each one. The electric pads were attached to bilateral Hegu (LI 4), Zusanli (ST 36), Sanyinjiao (SP 6) and Quchi (LI 11), stimulated with Hans-200 apparatus, 3 to 5 mA, 2 Hz/100 Hz in the TEAS group based on the patients' response to comfort. No electric stimulation was applied to the sham-TEAS group. The general anesthesia started after 30 min intervention and lasted till the end of surgery. The BP and HR were observed and recorded at the end of monitoring in operation room, 10 min after tranquilization (T0), 30 min after intervention (Tj, after induction~of general anestiesa (T2), 30 min after surgery start (T3), 60 min after surgery start (T4) and 30 min after extubation (T5). The doses of vecuronium bromide, propofol and nitroglycerin were recorded statistically in surgery, as well as the operative bleeding volume, the operative time, the resuscitation time and the visual analogue scale (VAS) score after resuscitation. Compared with that at T0, the mean arterial pressure (MAP) at T2, T3, T4 and T5 in the TEAS group and at T3 and T4 in the sham-TEAS group was all reduced, indicating the significant difference (all P 0.05). HR was different at T2 to Ts in the sham-TEAS group statistically (all P 0.05). The general anesthesia with TEAS and anesthetics involved for controlling antihypertension contributes to the control of BP and HR in the patients in endoscopic endonasal surgery. The impacts are not obvious on the doses of antihypertensive drug, the general anesthetics, the operative bleeding

  12. Endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery using the iArmS operation support robot: initial experience in 43 patients. (United States)

    Ogiwara, Toshihiro; Goto, Tetsuya; Nagm, Alhusain; Hongo, Kazuhiro


    Objective The intelligent arm-support system, iArmS, which follows the surgeon's arm and automatically fixes it at an adequate position, was developed as an operation support robot. iArmS was designed to support the surgeon's forearm to prevent hand trembling and to alleviate fatigue during surgery with a microscope. In this study, the authors report on application of this robotic device to endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery (ETSS) and evaluate their initial experiences. Methods The study population consisted of 43 patients: 29 with pituitary adenoma, 3 with meningioma, 3 with Rathke's cleft cyst, 2 with craniopharyngioma, 2 with chordoma, and 4 with other conditions. All patients underwent surgery via the endonasal transsphenoidal approach using a rigid endoscope. During the nasal and sphenoid phases, iArmS was used to support the surgeon's nondominant arm, which held the endoscope. The details of the iArmS and clinical results were collected. Results iArmS followed the surgeon's arm movement automatically. It reduced the surgeon's fatigue and stabilized the surgeon's hand during ETSS. Shaking of the video image decreased due to the steadying of the surgeon's scope-holding hand with iArmS. There were no complications related to use of the device. Conclusions The intelligent armrest, iArmS, seems to be safe and effective during ETSS. iArmS is helpful for improving the precision and safety not only for microscopic neurosurgery, but also for ETSS. Ongoing advances in robotics ensure the continued evolution of neurosurgery.

  13. Review Article Laser Prostatic Surgery: An Update

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    The currently used high-power PVP sys- tems can deliver 80 W. However, the new generation of green light laser (high perfor- mance system) can deliver up to 120 W with a dual-mode power pedal feature that allows instant selection of a lower power setting for coagulation without vaporization. This high- power KTP laser ...

  14. [Combined endoscopic treatment for Zenker's diverticulum versus open approach; review of our experience]. (United States)

    Virós Porcuna, David; Zarraonandía Andraca, Iñaki; León Vintró, Xavier; López Vilas, Montserrat; García Lorenzo, Jacinto; Pujol Olmo, Albert; Quer Agustí, Miquel


    Zenker's diverticulum is a superior esophagus sphincter disease with a surgical management in symptomatic cases. This treatment has undergone important changes in recent years. A retrospective review was carried out of 16 patients treated in our department between 2001 and 2008. Conventional open surgery was used as well as a combined endoscopic approach with stapler and CO(2) laser. Type of treatment, diverticulum size, operating time, oral feeding time, surgical complications, hospital stay and occurrence of relapses were analyzed. The endoscopic approach was used in 8 patients, with a conversion to conventional open surgery being necessary in 2 cases. Operating time was of 90 min for the open approach and 45 in the endoscopic. Oral feeding could be reintroduced 36 hours after open surgery and 24h after endoscopic treatment. The average discharge date was 3.8 days after the surgery in the open group and 2 days in the endoscopic group. Complications appeared in the 12.4% of the cases, all related to cervicotomy. There were 2 cases of relapse in the group treated with open surgery, one case was treated with the endoscopic approach and another with the open approach. The combined endoscopic approach offers good results in patients with symptomatic Zenker's diverticulum who can be under general anesthesia during the surgery. A conversion to open surgery with cervicotomy should be done when a good endoscopic exposure is not possible.

  15. The probiotic VSL#3 has anti-inflammatory effects and could reduce endoscopic recurrence after surgery for Crohn's disease. (United States)

    Fedorak, Richard N; Feagan, Brian G; Hotte, Naomi; Leddin, Des; Dieleman, Levinus A; Petrunia, Denis M; Enns, Robert; Bitton, Alain; Chiba, Naoki; Paré, Pierre; Rostom, Alaa; Marshall, John; Depew, William; Bernstein, Charles N; Panaccione, Remo; Aumais, Guy; Steinhart, A Hillary; Cockeram, Alan; Bailey, Robert J; Gionchetti, Paolo; Wong, Cindy; Madsen, Karen


    Probiotic formulations of single species of bacteria have not been effective in preventing the recurrence of Crohn's disease after surgery. We investigated the ability of VSL#3, a mixture of 8 different bacterial probiotic species, to prevent Crohn's disease recurrence after surgery in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Within 30 days of ileocolonic resection and re-anastomosis, patients with Crohn's disease were randomly assigned to groups given 1 sachet of VSL#3 (900 billion viable bacteria, comprising 4 strains of Lactobacillus, 3 strains of Bifidobacterium, and 1 strain of Streptococcus salivarius subspecies thermophilus) (n = 59) or matching placebo (n = 60). Colonoscopy was performed at days 90 and 365 to evaluate the neoterminal ileum for disease recurrence and obtain mucosal biopsies for cytokine analysis. Patients from both groups with either no or mild endoscopic recurrence at day 90 received VSL#3 until day 365. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients with severe endoscopic recurrence at day 90. At day 90, the proportion of patients with severe endoscopic lesions did not differ significantly between VSL#3 (9.3%) and placebo (15.7%, P = .19). The proportions of patients with non-severe lesions at day 90 who had severe endoscopic recurrence at day 365 were 10.0% in the early VSL#3 group (given VSL#3 for the entire 365 days) and 26.7% in the late VSL#3 group (given VSL#3 from days 90 through 365) (P = .09). Aggregate rates of severe recurrence (on days 90 and 365) were not statistically different, 20.5% of subjects in the early VSL#3 group and 42.1% in the late VSL#3 group. Patients receiving VSL#3 had reduced mucosal inflammatory cytokine levels compared with placebo at day 90 (P < .05). Crohn's disease activity index and inflammatory bowel disease quality of life scores were similar in the 2 groups. There were no statistical differences in endoscopic recurrence rates at day 90 between patients who received VSL#3

  16. Preliminary results of diode laser surgery for early glottic cancer. (United States)

    Tunçel, Umit; Cömert, Ela


    To analyze the complications and preliminary oncologic results of microscopic diode laser surgery. Prospective research. Ankara Oncology Education and Research Hospital. This prospective study was conducted on a series of 64 patients with glottic carcinoma (Tis, T1, T2) treated with microscopic endolaryngeal diode laser surgery. Four patients had local recurrence (6.2%). Local control and larynx preservation rates were 93.8% and 100%, respectively, for all groups of patients. Two-year disease-free survival after primary surgery was 100% for the Tis group, 96.4% for the T1 group, and 89.7% for the T2 group. When considering anterior commissure involvement, 2-year disease-free survival after primary surgery was 100% for the AC0 group, 85.7% for the AC1 group, and 85.7% for the AC2 group. Our study of microscopic diode laser resection of Tis, T1, and T2 glottic tumors showed similar oncologic results to previous reports about CO2 laser surgery. In anterior commissure tumors, both techniques had high complication and recurrence rates.

  17. Femtosecond Lasers in Ophthalmology: Surgery and Imaging (United States)

    Bille, J. F.

    Ophthalmology has traditionally been the field with prevalent laser applications in medicine. The human eye is one of the most accessible human organs and its transparency for visible and near-infrared light allows optical techniques for diagnosis and treatment of almost any ocular structure. Laser vision correction (LVC) was introduced in the late 1980s. Today, the procedural ease, success rate, and lack of disturbing side-effects in laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) have made it the most frequently performed refractive surgical procedure (keratomileusis(greek): cornea-flap-cutting). Recently, it has been demonstrated that specific aspects of LVC can take advantage of unique light-matter interaction processes that occur with femtosecond laser pulses.

  18. Laser in dentistry: Biostimulation and surgery (United States)

    Barzè, Franco; Palmieri, Beniamino; Scalise, Lorenzo; Rottigni, Valentina


    Laser therapy has achieved an important rule in cosmetic dentistry especially in the treatment of several complications such as leukoplakia, oral lichen planus, glossitis, oral mucositis, labial herpes virus, stomatitis, frenulum and oral hemangioma. In our study we enrolled 40 patients affected by these diseases to treat them with a new infrared dental laser demonstrating that it is extremely safe and effective in pain and postoperative discomforts reduction.

  19. Minimal invasive puncture and drainage versus endoscopic surgery for spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage in basal ganglia

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    Li Z


    Full Text Available Zhihong Li,1,* Yuqian Li,1,* Feifei Xu,2,* Xi Zhang,3 Qiang Tian,4 Lihong Li1 1Department of Neurosurgery, Tangdu Hospital, 2Department of Foreign Languages, 3Department of Biomedical Engineering, 4Department of Radiology, Tangdu Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Two prevalent therapies for the treatment of spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH in basal ganglia are, minimally invasive puncture and drainage (MIPD, and endoscopic surgery (ES. Because both surgical techniques are of a minimally invasive nature, they have attracted greater attention in recent years. However, evidence comparing the curative effect of MIPD and ES has been uncertain. The indication for MIPD or ES has been uncertain till now. In the present study, 112 patients with spontaneous ICH in basal ganglia who received MIPD or ES were reviewed retrospectively. Baseline parameters prior to the operation, evacuation rate (ER, perihematoma edema, postoperative complications, and rebleeding incidences were collected. Moreover, 1-year postictus, the long-term functional outcomes of patients with regard to hematoma volume (HV or Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS score were judged, respectively, by the case fatality, Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS, Barthel Index (BI, and modified Rankin Scale (mRS. The ES group had a higher ER than the MIPD group on postoperative day 1. The MIPD group had fewer adverse outcomes, which included less perihematoma edema, anesthetic time, and blood loss, than the ES group. The functional outcomes represented by GOS, BI, and mRS were better in the MIPD group than in the ES group for patients with HV 30–60 mL or GCS score 9–14. These results indicate that ES is more effective in evacuating hematoma in basal ganglia, while MIPD is less invasive than ES. Patients with HV 30–60 mL or GCS score 9–14 may benefit more from the MIPD

  20. Induced hypotension for functional endoscopic sinus surgery: A comparative study of dexmedetomidine versus esmolol

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    Tarek Shams


    Full Text Available Objective: A comparative study to evaluate the efficacy of dexmedetomidine as a hypotensive agent in comparison to esmolol in Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS. Methods: Forty patients ASA I or II scheduled for FESS were equally randomly assigned to receive either dexmedetomidine 1 μg/Kg over 10 min before induction of anesthesia followed by 0.4-0.8 μg/Kg/h infusion during maintenance (DEX group, or esmolol, loading dose 1mg/kg was infused over one min followed by 0.4-0.8 mg/kg/h infusion during maintenance (E group to maintain mean arterial blood pressure (MAP between (55-65 mmHg. General anesthesia was maintained with sevoflurane 2%-4%. The surgical field was assessed using Average Category Scale and average blood loss was calculated. Hemodynamic variables (MAP and HR; arterial blood gas analysis; plasma cortisol level; intraoperative fentanyl consumption; Emergence time and total recovery from anesthesia (Aldrete score ≥9 were recorded. Sedation score was determined at 15, 30, 60 min after tracheal extubation and time to first analgesic request was recorded. Result: Both DEX group and E group reached the desired MAP (55-65 mmHg with no intergroup differences in MAP or HR. The for the quality of the surgical filed in the range of MAP (55-65 mmHg were <=2 with no significant differences between group scores during hypotensive period. Mean intraoperative fentanyl consumption was significantly lower in DEX group than E group. Cortisol level showed no significant changes between or within groups. No significant changes were observed in arterial blood gases. Emergence time and time to achieve Aldrete score ≥9 were significantly lower in E group compared with DEX group. The sedation score were significantly lower in E group compared with DEX group at 15 and 30 minutes postoperatively. Time to first analgesic request was significantly longer in DEX group. Conclusion: Both dexmedetomidine or esmolol with sevoflurane are safe agents for

  1. Cataract surgery with a mid-infrared endo-laser system (United States)

    Ren, Qiushi; Simon, Gabriel; Gailitis, Raymond P.; Parel, Jean-Marie A.


    With most current cataract surgery techniques, an intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted in the capsular bag to emetropize the eye for distance vision. Modern IOLs are made of flexible materials (e.g., silicone and acrylic elastomers) allowing the surgeon to fold and insert the IOL through a smaller limbal incision (4 mm), thus reducing the number of sutures. When using a scleral pocket technique, suturing of such small wounds might not be required. Recently, IOLs having 2 foci (multifocal IOLs) have been introduced. These implants give the patient a second focal plane at normal reading distance, but the double image reduces both visual acuity and contrast sensitivity. However, with all present surgical techniques, the patient loses the natural ability to accommodate. By directing laser energy into a flexible fiber, cataract removal might be performed endoscopically while minimizing trauma to healthy tissue. Bath successfully demonstrated the use of the 308 nm XeCl excimer laser for cataract removal. A significant drawback, however, lies in the fluorescence induced by the 308 nm laser pulses which may cause significant retinal damage. The use of UV radiation also raises serious concerns about carcinogenesis and cataractogenesis risk to both the patient and the surgeon.

  2. Uncompressed video image transmission of laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery for telemedicine. (United States)

    Huang, Ke-Jian; Qiu, Zheng-Jun; Fu, Chun-Yu; Shimizu, Shuji; Okamura, Koji


    Traditional narrowband telemedicine cannot provide quality dynamic images. We conducted videoconferences of laparoscopic and endoscopic operations via an uncompressed video transmission technique. A superfast broadband Internet link was set up between Shanghai in the People's Republic of China and Fukuoka in Japan. Uncompressed dynamic video images of laparoscopic and endoscopic operations were transmitted by a digital video transfer system (DVTS). Seven teleconferences were conducted between June 2005 and June 2007. Of the 7 teleconferences, 5 were live surgical demonstrations and 3 were recorded video teleconsultations. Smoothness of the motion picture, sharpness of images, and clarity of sound were benefited by this form of telemedicine based upon DVTS. Telemedicine based upon DVTS is a superior choice for laparoscopic and endoscopic skill training across the borders.

  3. Meningocele and Meningoencephalocele of the Lateral Wall of Sphenoidal Sinus: The Role of the Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery. (United States)

    Zoli, Matteo; Farneti, Paolo; Ghirelli, Michael; Giulioni, Marco; Frank, Giorgio; Mazzatenta, Diego; Pasquini, Ernesto


    Meningocele and meningoencephalocele of the lateral wall of the sphenoidal sinus (LWSS) are rare lesions, crossing the borders of multiple disciplines such as ear-nose-throat, maxillofacial, and neurologic surgery. We reviewed our surgical experience to analyze the role of the endoscopic endonasal approach and consider these pathologies from different perspectives. All consecutive cases of meningocele and meningoencephalocele of LWSS operated through an endoscopic endonasal approach from 1998 to 2015 in our institutions were collected. Medical history, focusing on previous episodes of cerebrospinal fluid leak, meningitis or seizures, was considered. The outcome was assessed considering the medical condition and the postoperative neuroimaging. The series includes 23 patients (7 male, 16 female). Mean age was 52 years (26-73 years). Eleven cases were meningoencephaloceles and 12 meningoceles. A clear cerebrospinal fluid leak occurred on in 19 patients and was associated with meningitis in 3. Two were presenting a history of epilepsy. No complications were observed, but 1 case presented seizures on waking. At follow-up (mean 84 months, 4-167) each patient is in good clinical condition with no further episodes of leaking or seizures. Endoscopic endonasal surgery is a safe and effective approach for meningocele and meningoencephalocele of LWSS; it allows resection of herniated tissue and repair of the osteodural defect. The favorable clinical outcome and the possible effectiveness on seizures lead us to support this approach as first minimally invasive treatment also in presence of epilepsy, as a first low risk epilepsy surgical procedure. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. [Cartilage reshaping by laser in stomatology and maxillofacial surgery]. (United States)

    Mordon, S


    The restoration of congenital and traumatic malformations of the head and neck, together with the defects resulting from the trauma of ablative surgery, continue to pose significant problems to surgeons. The post-operative results are not always satisfactory because of the difficulty of shaping the cartilage and because of the tendency of cartilage to return to its original shape. Better understanding of laser-cartilage interaction and the development of a specific instrumentation Lasers (CO2, Nd: YAG, Ho: YAG) has enabled ex situ and in situ cartilage reshaping. A recent clinical study has demonstrated that nondestructive laser irradiation can reshape septal deviations

  5. The clinical outcomes of using a new cross-linked hyaluronan gel in endoscopic frontal sinus surgery. (United States)

    Dal, Teoman; Bahar, Seçil


    In endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) synechiae formation and ostial stenosis are frequently encountered. This is not uncommon after frontal recess and ostium interventions due to the narrow recess and difficult anatomy of the region. The goal of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the new cross-linked hyaluronan gel-PureRegen® Gel Sinus-on wound healing and synechiae prevention in endoscopic frontal sinus surgery. The study consists of two groups of patients who underwent ESS, including frontal sinus surgery. In the study group of 37 patients, PureRegen® Gel Sinus was applied to both the frontal recess and ostium at the end of the procedure. The control group consisted of 28 patients. In this group, nasal dressing material was not applied at the end of surgery-neither to the frontal recess nor to the ostium. Postoperatively, epithelization was found to be significantly better at 2 and 4 weeks in the study group when compared with the findings in patients where no postoperative dressing was applied. In the eighth week, there was no significant difference found between the two groups in terms of epithelization. Synechiae formation was significantly lower in the PureRegen® Gel Sinus group than the control group at all 2, 4 and 8 weeks postoperative evaluations. The effects of PureRegen® Gel Sinus on wound healing, especially in reepithelization, have shown to occur earlier in the postoperative period. Rapid reepithelization and control of infection related granulation tissue formation with antibiotics in the early postoperative period may explain the low stenosis rate in frontal sinus ostia in PureRegen® Gel Sinus applied patients.

  6. A comparative study of percutaneous nephrolithotomy in supine position and endoscopic combined intrarenal surgery with flexible instrument. (United States)

    Nuño de la Rosa, I; Palmero, J L; Miralles, J; Pastor, J C; Benedicto, A


    To compare the results obtained in percutaneous nephrolithotomy after introduction of flexible ureteroscopy/nephroscopy (endoscopic combined intrarenal surgery - ECIRS) with nephrolitomies with only rigid nephroscopy (standard percutaneous nephrolithotomy; sPCNL). A retrospective study of 171 sPCNL in Galdakao position performed between January 2005 and December 2011 was conducted. We compared the results obtained in those procedures in which endoscopic combined intrarenal surgery (ECIRS) was performed with those in which only the rigid nephroscopy (sPCNL) was used. Specific and global success, percentage of lithiasic load eliminated, days of hospital stay and complications derived were calculated. We defined success by complete absence of lithiasis or residual presence of<5mm. We differentiated specific success, that only achieved with percutaneous surgery, from global success, or that achieved after a second line of treatment. In 73 procedures (42.4%) ECIRS was performed with flexible endoscopy while in 98 (57.6%) it was done with sPCNL. Both groups were comparable in regards to demographic parameters and characteristics of the lithiasis. The success rates in the first procedure and global success were superior for the ECIRS group (75.3% vs 40.8% and 93.1% vs 74.5%), the differences being statistically significant (P<.05). No statistically significant differences were found in regards to the complications (28.8% vs 28.3% P=.86) or days of hospital stay (4.5 vs 5.0 P=.18). Use of the flexible ureteroscopy/nephroscopy in sPCNL (ECIRS) improves the success rates and elimination of lithiasic load, making it possible to perform the surgery with a single access in most of the cases. Copyright © 2013 AEU. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  7. Blue Laser Imaging-Bright Improves Endoscopic Recognition of Superficial Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Akira Tomie


    Full Text Available Background/Aims. The aim of this study was to evaluate the endoscopic recognition of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC using four different methods (Olympus white light imaging (O-WLI, Fujifilm white light imaging (F-WLI, narrow band imaging (NBI, and blue laser imaging- (BLI- bright. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed 25 superficial ESCCs that had been examined using the four different methods. Subjective evaluation was provided by three endoscopists as a ranking score (RS of each image based on the ease of detection of the cancerous area. For the objective evaluation we calculated the color difference scores (CDS between the cancerous and noncancerous areas with each of the four methods. Results. There was no difference between the mean RS of O-WLI and F-WLI. The mean RS of NBI was significantly higher than that of O-WLI and that of BLI-bright was significantly higher than that of F-WLI. Moreover, the mean RS of BLI-bright was significantly higher than that of NBI. Furthermore, in the objective evaluation, the mean CDS of BLI-bright was significantly higher than that of O-WLI, F-WLI, and NBI. Conclusion. The recognition of superficial ESCC using BLI-bright was more efficacious than the other methods tested both subjectively and objectively.

  8. Femtosecond lasers as novel tool in dental surgery (United States)

    Serbin, J.; Bauer, T.; Fallnich, C.; Kasenbacher, A.; Arnold, W. H.


    There is a proven potential of femtosecond lasers for medical applications like cornea shaping [1], ear surgery or dental surgery [2]. Minimal invasive treatment of carious tissue has become an increasingly important aspect in modern dentistry. State of the art methods like grinding using turbine-driven drills or ablation by Er:YAG lasers [3] generate mechanical and thermal stress, thus generating micro cracks of several tens of microns in the enamel [4]. These cracks are starting points for new carious attacks and have to be avoided for long term success of the dental treatment. By using femtosecond lasers (1 fs=10 -15 s) for ablating dental tissue, these drawbacks can be overcome. We have demonstrated that femtosecond laser ablation offers a tool for crack-free generation of cavities in dental tissue. Furthermore, spectral analysis of the laser induced plasma has been used to indicate carious oral tissue. Our latest results on femtosecond laser dentistry will be presented, demonstrating the great potential of this kind of laser technology in medicine.

  9. comparing the 810nm diode laser with conventional surgery in ...

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    David Ofori-Adjei


    Sep 1, 2013 ... SUMMARY. Aim: To compare the use of the 810nm diode laser with conventional surgery in the management of soft tissue mucogingival problems associated with orthodontic treatment. Methods: Orthodontic patients requiring different soft tissue surgical procedures were randomly assigned to.

  10. Effect of desmopressin administration on intraoperative blood loss and quality of the surgical field during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: a randomized, clinical trial. (United States)

    Shao, Hua; Kuang, Li-Ting; Hou, Wei-Jian; Zhang, Tao


    Bleeding during functional endoscopic sinus surgery is a challenge for the quality of the surgical field for surgeons. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of desmopressin premedication on blood loss and the quality of the surgical field in endoscopic sinus surgery. A total of 90 American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I-II patients underwent endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic sinusitis. They were randomly allocated to receive either desmopressin 0.3 μg/kg or saline before the operation. Management of anesthesia was achieved with propofol and remifentanil infusions, with moderate, controlled hypotension. Blood loss and quality of the surgical field were assessed after surgery. Effects of desmopressin on anesthetic requirements and hemodynamic variables were analyzed. Blood loss was significantly less in the desmopressin group (mean ± SD, 42 ± 8.7 ml) than in the control group (70 ± 9.2 ml, P desmopressin group than in the control group (median score, 4 [3-5] vs. 7 [6-9], P desmopressin group than in the control group. Premedication with desmopressin 0.3 μg/kg can effectively reduce bleeding during endoscopic sinus surgery.

  11. Ongoing evolution of practice gaps in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery: 2014 report from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Continuing Education Committee. (United States)

    McLemore, Elisabeth C; Paige, John T; Bergman, Simon; Hori, Yumi; Schwarz, Erin; Farrell, Timothy M


    In an effort to fulfill the charge to develop and maintain a comprehensive educational program to serve the members of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the SAGES Continuing Education Committee reports a summary of findings related to the evaluation of the 2014 SAGES annual meeting. All attendees to the 2014 annual meeting had the opportunity to complete an immediate post-meeting questionnaire as part of their continuing medical education (CME) certification, and identify up to two learning themes, answer questions related to potential practice change items based on these learning themes, and complete a needs assessment for relevant learning topics for future meetings. In addition, participants in the postgraduate and hands-on courses were asked to complete questions about case volume and comfort level related to procedures/topics in those courses. All respondents to this initial survey were sent a 3-month follow-up questionnaire in which they were asked how successful they had been in the implementation of the targeted practice changes and what, if any, barriers were encountered. Descriptive statistical analysis of de-identified data was undertaken. SAGES University attendees respond to a post-test and post-activity evaluation. Response rates were 43 and 31 % for CME-eligible attendees/respondents for the immediate post-meeting and 3-month follow-up questionnaires, respectively. Top learning themes for respondents were foregut, hernia, bariatric, and colorectal. Improving minimally invasive surgical (MIS) technique and managing complications related to MIS procedures were top intended practice changes. Partial implementation was common with top barriers including lack of resources and lack of time. Desired topics for future meetings included management of complications, enhanced recovery after surgery, introduction of new procedures into clinical practice, and re-operative surgery. The SAGES 2014 annual meeting analysis

  12. Quality of Local Excision for Rectal Neoplasms Using Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery Versus Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery: A Multi-institutional Matched Analysis. (United States)

    Lee, Lawrence; Edwards, Kimberly; Hunter, Iain A; Hartley, John E; Atallah, Sam B; Albert, Matthew R; Hill, James; Monson, John R


    There are no data comparing the quality of local excision of rectal neoplasms using transanal endoscopic microsurgery and transanal minimally invasive surgery. The purpose of this study was to compare the incidence of tumor fragmentation and positive margins for patients undergoing local excision of benign and malignant rectal neoplasms using transanal endoscopic microsurgery versus transanal minimally invasive surgery. This was a multi-institutional cohort study using coarsened exact matching. The study was conducted at high-volume tertiary institutions with specialist colorectal surgeons. Patients undergoing full-thickness local excision for benign and malignant rectal neoplasms were included. Transanal endoscopic microsurgery and transanal minimally invasive surgery were the included interventions. The incidence of poor quality excision (composite measure including tumor fragmentation and/or positive resection margin) was measured. The matched cohort consisted of 428 patients (247 with transanal endoscopic microsurgery and 181 with transanal minimally invasive surgery). Transanal minimally invasive surgery was associated with shorter operative time and length of stay. Poor quality excision was similar (8% vs 11%; p = 0.233). There were also no differences in peritoneal violation (3% vs 3%; p = 0.965) and postoperative complications (11% vs 9%; p = 0.477). Cumulative 5-year disease-free survival for patients undergoing transanal endoscopic microsurgery was 80% compared with 78% for patients undergoing transanal minimally invasive surgery (log rank p = 0.824). The incidence of local recurrence for patients with malignancy who did not undergo immediate salvage surgery was 7% (8/117) for transanal endoscopic microsurgery and 7% (7/94) for transanal minimally invasive surgery (p = 0.864). All of the procedures were also performed at high-volume referral centers by specialist colorectal surgeons with slightly differing perioperative practices and different time

  13. Minimally invasive surgery - endoscopic retinal detachment repair in patients with media opacities

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    de Smet, M. D.; Mura, M.


    Purpose Evaluate the use of an ophthalmic endoscope in patients with a retinal detachment and anterior media opacity. Materials and methods A retrospective interventional case series. Search of a comprehensive database of retinal detachment patients with pre-operatively impaired anterior segments

  14. Prediction of Skin Temperature Distribution in Cosmetic Laser Surgery (United States)

    Ting, Kuen; Chen, Kuen-Tasnn; Cheng, Shih-Feng; Lin, Wen-Shiung; Chang, Cheng-Ren


    The use of lasers in cosmetic surgery has increased dramatically in the past decade. To achieve minimal damage to tissues, the study of the temperature distribution of skin in laser irradiation is very important. The phenomenon of the thermal wave effect is significant due to the highly focused light energy of lasers in very a short time period. The conventional Pennes equation does not take the thermal wave effect into account, which the thermal relaxation time (τ) is neglected, so it is not sufficient to solve instantaneous heating and cooling problem. The purpose of this study is to solve the thermal wave equation to determine the realistic temperature distribution during laser surgery. The analytic solutions of the thermal wave equation are compared with those of the Pennes equation. Moreover, comparisons are made between the results of the above equations and the results of temperature measurement using an infrared thermal image instrument. The thermal wave equation could likely to predict the skin temperature distribution in cosmetic laser surgery.

  15. Diode laser-assisted endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy: a comparison of three different combinations of adjunctive procedures. (United States)

    Dogan, Remzi; Meric, Aysenur; Ozsütcü, Mustafa; Yenigun, Alper


    significant differences regarding the duration of surgery, with p diode laser DCR was combined with bicanalicular silicone intubation and intraoperative mitomycin C application, those adjunctive procedures, while increasing operative time, enhanced the success rate and diminished complications as compared to diode laser plus intubation and/or diode laser plus mitomycin C.

  16. Evolution and applications of lasers in oral and maxillofacial surgery

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    Luke Nandu Kale


    Full Text Available With the advent of new and developing technology into the field of dentistry, it becomes increasingly important for dentists to become familiar with these developing techniques. The use of lasers in oral and maxillofacial surgery has seen a substantial increase in both, applications of lasers for different techniques, and also the number of surgeons opting to use them on a regular basis. This article serves to update practitioners on the development and current applications of these modern tools in regular practice so as to efficiently perform dental treatment and minimize complications associated with conventional techniques. The authors have reviewed articles on the subject from PubMed, Science Direct, and relevant textbooks so as to compile an accurate history of the evolution of lasers, its introduction to the field of dentistry and also its current applications in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

  17. Efficacy of Endoscopic Fluorescein Video Angiography in Aneurysm Surgery-Novel and Innovative Assessment of Vascular Blood Flow in the Dead Angles of the Microscope. (United States)

    Hashimoto, Koji; Kinouchi, Hiroyuki; Yoshioka, Hideyuki; Kanemaru, Kazuya; Ogiwara, Masakazu; Yagi, Takashi; Wakai, Takuma; Fukumoto, Yuichiro


    In aneurysm surgery, assessment of the blood flow around the aneurysm is crucial. Recently, intraoperative fluorescence video angiography has been widely adopted for this purpose. However, the observation field of this procedure is limited to the microscopic view, and it is difficult to visualize blood flow obscured by the skull base anatomy, parent arteries, and aneurysm. To demonstrate the efficacy of a new small-caliber endoscopic fluorescence video angiography system employing sodium fluorescein in aneurysm surgery for the first time. Eighteen patients with 18 cerebral aneurysms were enrolled in this study. Both microscopic fluorescence angiography and endoscopic fluorescein video angiography were performed before and after clip placement. Endoscopic fluorescein video angiography provided bright fluorescence imaging even with a 2.7-mm-diameter endoscope and clearly revealed blood flow within the vessels in the dead angle areas of the microscope in all 18 aneurysms. Consequently, it revealed information about aneurysmal occlusion and perforator patency in 15 aneurysms (83.3%) that was not obtainable with microscopic fluorescence video angiography. Furthermore, only endoscopic video angiography detected the incomplete clipping in 2 aneurysms and the occlusion of the perforating branches in 3 aneurysms, which led to the reapplication of clips in 2 aneurysms. The innovative endoscopic fluorescein video angiography system we developed features a small-caliber endoscope and bright fluorescence images. Because it reveals blood flow in the dead angle areas of the microscope, this novel system could contribute to the safety and long-term effectiveness of aneurysm surgery even in a narrow operative field.

  18. Diode laser surgery. Ab interno and ab externo versus conventional surgery in rabbits. (United States)

    Karp, C L; Higginbotham, E J; Edward, D P; Musch, D C


    Fibroblastic proliferation of subconjunctival tissues remains a primary mechanism of failure in filtration surgery. Minimizing the surgical manipulation of episcleral tissues may reduce scarring. Laser sclerostomy surgery involves minimal tissue dissection, and is gaining attention as a method of potentially improving filter duration in high-risk cases. Twenty-five New Zealand rabbits underwent filtration surgery in one eye, and the fellow eye remained as the unoperated control. Ten rabbits underwent ab externo diode laser sclerostomy surgery, ten underwent ab interno diode sclerostomy surgery, and five had posterior sclerostomy procedures. Filtration failure was defined as a less-than-4-mmHg intraocular pressure (IOP) difference between the operative and control eyes. The mean time to failure for the ab externo, ab interno, and conventional posterior sclerostomy techniques measured 17.4 +/- 11.5, 13.1 +/- 6.7, and 6.0 +/- 3.1 days, respectively. In a comparison of the laser-treated groups with the conventional procedure, the time to failure was significantly longer (P = 0.02) for the ab externo filter. The mean ab interno sclerostomy duration was longer than the posterior lip procedure, but this difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.15). The overall level of IOP reduction was similar in the three groups. These data suggest that diode laser sclerostomy is a feasible technique in rabbits, and the ab externo approach resulted in longer filter duration than the conventional posterior lip procedure in this model.

  19. Holmium:YAG Laser Ablation for the Management of Lower Urinary Tract Foreign Bodies Following Incontinence Surgery: A Case Series and Systematic Review. (United States)

    Chan, Garson; Mamut, Adiel; Martin, Paul; Welk, Blayne


    The objective of this study was to determine the outcomes associated with the endoscopic removal of foreign bodies (such as mesh or permanent suture) in the lower urinary tract after female stress incontinence surgery with the Holmium:YAG (Ho:YAG) laser, and to systematically review the literature on this topic. A retrospective chart review of 18 consecutive women found to have mesh or suture exposure was performed. All patients underwent Ho:YAG laser ablation. A systematic review was performed to identify literature addressing the endoscopic management of mesh/suture exposure after stress incontinence surgery. Between November 2011 and February 2016, 18 women underwent Ho:YAG laser ablation of exposed mesh or suture. Presenting symptoms included lower urinary tract symptoms, pelvic pain, incontinence, or recurrent urinary tract infections. Thirteen women had a previous synthetic midurethral sling and five had a prior retropubic suspension. The median age was 58 years (interquartile range [IQR] 50-60) and median follow-up was 2 years (IQR 1-2). Four patients (22%) had residual mesh after the first procedure, requiring a repeat endoscopic procedure. Only one patient had a small amount of asymptomatic residual mesh on cystoscopy after the final procedure. Only minor postoperative complications were observed. Eight patients had stress incontinence and four underwent operative treatment for this. In our systematic review, we identified 16 case series, which described a total of 158 patients. Women most commonly presented with voiding symptoms or incontinence. Based on the synthesis of these data, repeat procedures were necessary in 16% and vesicovaginal fistula occurred in 2%. Recurrent/persistent stress incontinence was present in 20%, and of these patients, 3/4 underwent a new stress incontinence procedure. Both our case series and the systematic review of the literature demonstrated that endoscopic treatment of lower urinary tract foreign bodies after stress

  20. Compact forceps manipulator with a spherical-coordinate linear and circular telescopic rail mechanism for endoscopic surgery. (United States)

    Kawai, Toshikazu; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Nishizawa, Yuji; Nishikawa, Atsushi; Nakamura, Ryoichi; Kawahira, Hiroshi; Ito, Masaaki; Nakamura, Tatsuo


    By integrating locally operated small surgical robots in a sterilized area, a surgeon can perform safe and accurate robotically assisted laparoscopic surgery. At present, there is no locally operated compact forceps robot that can operate within a small space while providing a wide working area on the abdominal wall. In the present study, a new spherical-coordinate manipulator with a linear telescopic rail and two circular telescopic rails that can act as a third arm for the surgeon has been developed. A compact locally operated detachable end-effector manipulator (LODEM) was developed. This manipulator uses circular telescopic rails with linkage mechanisms for the yaw and pitch axes, and a linear telescopic rail for the insertion/extraction axis is attached to forceps. The dimensions of the manipulator are [Formula: see text] when contracted and [Formula: see text] when expanded. The positional accuracy, mechanical deflection, and backlash of the prototype were evaluated while performing simulated in vivo laparoscopic surgery. The positional accuracy, deflection, and backlash of the telescopic rail mechanism were 2.1, 1.8, and 5.1 mm, respectively. The manipulator could successfully handle the target and maintain stability, while the arms of the endoscope specialist were free from collisions with the manipulator during an in vivo laparoscopic surgery. A compact LODEM was designed to facilitate minimally invasive, robotically assisted laparoscopic surgery by a doctor working near the patient. This device could be used for such applications.

  1. Using preoperative unsupervised cluster analysis of chronic rhinosinusitis to inform patient decision and endoscopic sinus surgery outcome. (United States)

    Adnane, Choaib; Adouly, Taoufik; Khallouk, Amine; Rouadi, Sami; Abada, Redallah; Roubal, Mohamed; Mahtar, Mohamed


    The purpose of this study is to use unsupervised cluster methodology to identify phenotype and mucosal eosinophilia endotype subgroups of patients with medical refractory chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), and evaluate the difference in quality of life (QOL) outcomes after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) between these clusters for better surgical case selection. A prospective cohort study included 131 patients with medical refractory CRS who elected ESS. The Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) was used to evaluate QOL before and 12 months after surgery. Unsupervised two-step clustering method was performed. One hundred and thirteen subjects were retained in this study: 46 patients with CRS without nasal polyps and 67 patients with nasal polyps. Nasal polyps, gender, mucosal eosinophilia profile, and prior sinus surgery were the most discriminating factors in the generated clusters. Three clusters were identified. A significant clinical improvement was observed in all clusters 12 months after surgery with a reduction of SNOT-22 scores. There was a significant difference in QOL outcomes between clusters; cluster 1 had the worst QOL improvement after FESS in comparison with the other clusters 2 and 3. All patients in cluster 1 presented CRSwNP with the highest mucosal eosinophilia endotype. Clustering method is able to classify CRS phenotypes and endotypes with different associated surgical outcomes.

  2. Smell impairment in chronic rhinosinusitis – evaluation of endoscopic sinus surgery results and review of literature concerning olfactory function predictors. (United States)

    Szaleniec, Joanna; Wróbel, Agnieszka; Stręk, Paweł; Kowalczyk, Monika; Bylica, Ewa; Przeklasa, Maria; Żyła, Małgorzata; Składzień, Jacek


    Endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) is the treatment of choice for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) refractory to medical therapy. ESS successfully reduces most symptoms of CRS, but its effect on olfaction is always uncertain. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of sinus surgery on olfaction and to analyze the predictors of olfactory function before and after ESS in the context of a literature review. The study group comprised of 153 patients with CRS refractory to medical treatment. The patients evaluated their olfactory function before ESS, 3-6 months after ESS (121 individuals) and 12 months after ESS (58 individuals). Statistical analysis concerned the postoperative olfactory improvement as well as the influence of various predictors on the impairment of smell before and after surgery. Olfactory dysfunction was significantly reduced after ESS. The smell impairment before and after surgery depended on different predictors. Patients with severe preoperative olfactory dysfunction and extensive pathological changes in the nose and sinuses, including nasal polyps, reported most pronounced improvement after ESS. However, severely hyposmic subjects with nasal polyposis, asthma or aspirin intolerance as well as older patients reported worse postoperative smell scores.

  3. Applications for the femtosecond laser in corneal surgery. (United States)

    Slade, Stephen G


    Little has changed in how corneal surgery, particularly full-thickness penetrating keratoplasty, has been performed since the introduction of the operating microscope and microsurgery more than 40 years ago. The introduction of IntraLase Enabled Keratoplasty represents the first true advancement in corneal surgery in that time. There are numerous studies that have documented the high degree of complications seen in procedures such as penetrating keratoplasty. The advent of IntraLase Enabled Keratoplasty affords an opportunity to improve the safety and effectiveness of such procedures. Complications and visual outcomes remain an ongoing concern when it comes to managing patients following corneal surgery. The intensive postoperative follow up represents a significant undertaking for clinicians, staff and patients. Initial studies indicate that the use of the femtosecond laser in corneal surgery can simplify surgery, improve wound healing and lower levels of induced astigmatism. This review will examine the uses of the femtosecond laser in corneal surgery, as well as early results that have been reported.

  4. Nitroglycerine, esmolol and dexmedetomidine for induced hypotension during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: A comparative evaluation (United States)

    Bajwa, Sukhminder Jit Singh; Kaur, Jasleen; Kulshrestha, Ashish; Haldar, Rudrashish; Sethi, Rakesh; Singh, Amarjit


    Background and Aim: Induced hypotension limits intra-operative blood loss to provide better visibility of the surgical field and diminishes the incidence of major complications during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). We aimed at comparing nitroglycerine, esmolol and dexmedetomidine for inducing controlled hypotension in patients undergoing FESS. Material and Methods: One hundred and fifty American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I or II adult patients undergoing FESS under general anesthesia were randomly allocated to three groups of 50 patients each. Group E received esmolol in a loading and maintenance dose of 1 mg/kg over 1 min and 0.5-1.0 mg/kg/h, respectively. Group D received a loading dose of dexmedetomidine 1 μg/kg over 10 min followed by an infusion 0.5-1.0 μg/kg/h, and group N received nitroglycerine infusion at a dose of 0.5-2 μg/kg/min so as to maintain mean arterial pressure (MAP) between 60 and 70 mmHg in all the groups. The visibility of the surgical field was assessed by surgeon using Fromme and Boezaart scoring system. Hemodynamic variables, total intra-operative fentanyl consumption, emergence time and time to first analgesic request were recorded. Any side-effects were noted. The postoperative sedation was assessed using Ramsay Sedation Score. Result: The desired MAP (60-70 mmHg) could be achieved in all the three study groups albeit with titration of study drugs during intra-operative period. No significant intergroup difference was observed in Fromme's score during the intra-operative period. The mean total dose of fentanyl (μg/kg) used was found to be significantly lower in group D compared to groups E and N (1.2 ± 0.75 vs. 3.6 ± 1.3 and 2.9 ± 1.1 respectively). The mean heart rate was significantly lower in group D compared to groups E and N at all times of measurement (P < 0.05). The MAP was found to be significantly lower in group D compared to groups E and N after infusion of study drugs, after induction

  5. Nitroglycerine, esmolol and dexmedetomidine for induced hypotension during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: A comparative evaluation

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    Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa


    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Induced hypotension limits intra-operative blood loss to provide better visibility of the surgical field and diminishes the incidence of major complications during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS. We aimed at comparing nitroglycerine, esmolol and dexmedetomidine for inducing controlled hypotension in patients undergoing FESS. Material and Methods: One hundred and fifty American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I or II adult patients undergoing FESS under general anesthesia were randomly allocated to three groups of 50 patients each. Group E received esmolol in a loading and maintenance dose of 1 mg/kg over 1 min and 0.5-1.0 mg/kg/h, respectively. Group D received a loading dose of dexmedetomidine 1 μg/kg over 10 min followed by an infusion 0.5-1.0 μg/kg/h, and group N received nitroglycerine infusion at a dose of 0.5-2 μg/kg/min so as to maintain mean arterial pressure (MAP between 60 and 70 mmHg in all the groups. The visibility of the surgical field was assessed by surgeon using Fromme and Boezaart scoring system. Hemodynamic variables, total intra-operative fentanyl consumption, emergence time and time to first analgesic request were recorded. Any side-effects were noted. The postoperative sedation was assessed using Ramsay Sedation Score. Result: The desired MAP (60-70 mmHg could be achieved in all the three study groups albeit with titration of study drugs during intra-operative period. No significant intergroup difference was observed in Fromme′s score during the intra-operative period. The mean total dose of fentanyl (μg/kg used was found to be significantly lower in group D compared to groups E and N (1.2 ± 0.75 vs. 3.6 ± 1.3 and 2.9 ± 1.1 respectively. The mean heart rate was significantly lower in group D compared to groups E and N at all times of measurement (P < 0.05. The MAP was found to be significantly lower in group D compared to groups E and N after infusion of study drugs

  6. Endoscopic sinus surgery in adult patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (PolypESS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

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    Lourijsen, Evelijn S.; de Borgie, Corianne A. J. M.; Vleming, Marleen; Fokkens, Wytske J.


    Background: Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is a chronic disease frequently seen in otorhinolaryngological practice. Along with its chronic disease burden it creates high societal costs. Therapy consists of long-term use of medication and, if insufficient, endoscopic sinus surgery. No

  7. Increase in Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery Regarding the Therapeutic Approach of Gastric Cancer Detected by Cancer Screening in Saga Prefecture, Japan. (United States)

    Yamaguchi, Shunsuke; Sakata, Yasuhisa; Iwakiri, Ryuichi; Hara, Megumi; Akutagawa, Kayo; Shimoda, Ryo; Yamaguchi, Daisuke; Hidaka, Hidenori; Sakata, Hiroyuki; Fujimoto, Kazuma; Mizuguchi, Masanobu; Shimoda, Yuichiro; Irie, Hiroyuki; Noshiro, Hirokazu


    Objective Despite recent advances in endoscopic treatment and laparoscopic surgery for gastric cancers, an increase in the uptake of these therapeutic approaches has not yet been fully demonstrated. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the change in therapeutic approaches regarding the treatment of gastric cancers detected by cancer screening in Saga Prefecture, Japan between April 2002 and March 2011. Methods Gastric cancer screening by X-ray was performed on 311,074 subjects between April 2002 and March 2011. In total, 534 patients were thereafter diagnosed with gastric cancer. Eighteen subjects were excluded because precise details of their treatment were not available. To evaluate the changes in the therapeutic approach, the observation period was divided into three 3-year intervals: Period I: April 2002 to March 2005; Period II: April 2005 to March 2008; Period III: April 2008 to March 2011. Results The use of open laparotomy for the treatment of gastric cancer decreased, and laparoscopic surgery and endoscopic treatment increased markedly in a time-dependent manner. A 2.5-fold increase in endoscopic treatment, and a 18.4-fold increase in laparoscopic surgery were observed in Period III compared with Period I (after adjusting for age and tumor characteristics). Conclusion Endoscopic treatment and laparoscopic surgery for gastric cancer increased during the investigation period (2002-2011), although the tumor characteristics of the gastric cancers detected through cancer screening in Saga Prefecture, Japan did not show any changes.

  8. Endoscopic surgery versus conservative treatment for the moderate-volume hematoma in spontaneous basal ganglia hemorrhage (ECMOH: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    Zan Xin


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage is a disease with high morbidity, high disability rate, high mortality, and high economic burden. Whether patients can benefit from surgical evacuation of hematomas is still controversial, especially for those with moderate-volume hematomas in the basal ganglia. This study is designed to compare the efficacy of endoscopic surgery and conservative treatment for the moderate-volume hematoma in spontaneous basal ganglia hemorrhage. Methods Patients meet the criteria will be randomized into the endoscopic surgery group (endoscopic surgery for hematoma evacuation and the best medical treatment or the conservative treatment group (the best medical treatment. Patients will be followed up at 1, 3, and 6 months after initial treatment. The primary outcomes include the Extended Glasgow Outcome Scale and the Modified Rankin Scale. The secondary outcomes consist of the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and the mortality. The Barthel Index(BI will also be evaluated. The sample size is 100 patients. Discussion The ECMOH trial is a randomized controlled trial designed to evaluate if endoscopic surgery is better than conservative treatment for patients with moderate-volume hematomas in the basal ganglia. Trial registration Chinese Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-TRC-11001614 (

  9. Application of a computer-assisted flexible endoscope system for transoral surgery of the hypopharynx and upper esophagus. (United States)

    Friedrich, Daniel T; Scheithauer, M O; Greve, J; Rotter, N; Doescher, J; Hoffmann, T K; Schuler, P J


    Zenker's diverticulum is a common pathology in the transition zone of the posterior hypopharynx and esophagus. Surgical treatment is routinely performed by ENT and general surgeons. Besides the traditional open transcervical diverticulectomy, the introduction of transoral rigid treatment led to a paradigm change and is now the preferred treatment option for patients who are fit for general anesthesia. The implementation of interventional flexible endoscopy has opened another new micro-invasive approach for patients with high morbidity. Here, we present the potential utilization of a flexible, single port, robot-assisted, and physician-controlled endoscope system to facilitate transoral surgical access to the hypopharynx and upper esophagus. Transoral surgery of the hypopharynx and upper esophagus was performed in human cadavers (n = 5) using the Flex System (Medrobotics, Raynham, USA). Anatomical landmarks were identified, and posterior cricothyroid myotomy was performed with compatible flexible instruments in all cases. The approach to the hypopharynx and upper esophagus using the Flex system is feasible in a cadaveric model. Myotomy with a flexible tool and needle knife (from the perspective of treatment of Zenker´s diverticulum) was successful in all cases. Visualization of the surgical site with the system's HD camera is suitable and the flexible instruments meet the special needs of a micro-invasive transoral approach. Zenker´s diverticulum can be potentially treated with a transoral minimally invasive approach using a computer-assisted flexible endoscope system. This setup could be of advantage in patients with reduced mobility of the cervical spine to prevent open transcervical surgery. In our study, the Flex system enabled advanced visualization of the surgical site and extended intervention options, compared to standard flexible endoscopic treatment. However, general anesthesia is mandatory for the presented approach. Application in live patients

  10. Laser-assisted oral surgery in general practice (United States)

    McCauley, Mark C.


    This presentation will demonstrate and discuss any surgical applications of the Argon dental laser. This presentation will also increase the awareness and basic understanding of the physical principals of the Argon laser. The wavelength of the Argon laser is specifically absorbed by red pigments such a hemoglobin which is abundant in oral soft tissue. The result is a sharp clean incision with minimal thermal damage to adjacent healthy tissue. Preprosthetic procedures such as full arch vestibuloplasty, labial and lingual frenectomy, and epulis fissuratum removal will be demonstrated. Other soft tissue management procedures such as minor periodontal pocket elimination surgery (gingivectomy), removal of hyperplastic granulation tissue from around poorly maintained implants, and the removal of granulation and/or cystic tissue from the apex of teeth undergoing endodontic (apicoec-tomy) surgery will also be demonstrated and discussed. Provided basic oral surgery protocol is followed, surgical procedures utilizing the Argon laser can be accomplished with minimal bleeding, minimal trauma and with minimal post-operative discomfort.

  11. Preliminary observation of refractive cataract surgery assisted by femtosecond laser

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    Xiao-Li Wang


    Full Text Available AIM:To compare the differences of visual acuity and corneal astigmatism postoperatively between conventional refractive cataract surgery and that assisted by femtosecond laser.METHODS:Sixty patients(60 eyeswith age-related cataract and cornea astigmatism were divided into femtosecond group and conventional group randomly or voluntarily. The flat shaft, steep shaft and diopter of corneal astigmatism in patients in femtosecond group were inputted into the online vector calculators to get the location and width of the incision. Then femtosecond laser was used to make corneal releasing incision, the main and auxiliary incision. Phacoemulsification and aspheric multifocal intraocular lens implantation were undergone. Patients in conventional group received full-thickness relaxing incision by cornea paracentesis knife at the steepest meridian axis during phacoemulsification. Then aspheric multifocal intraocular lenses were implanted. Uncorrected distance visual acuity(UCDVA, uncorrected near visual acuity(UCNVAand cornea astigmatism were observed at 1d,1wk and 1mo postoperative. RESULTS:UCVA of patients in both groups was improved after the surgeries. UCDVA and UCNVA of femtosecond group were higher than those of conventional group, while the cornea astigmatism of femtosecond group was lower than that of conventional group.CONCLUSION:Refractile cataract surgery assisted by femtosecond laser canoffer better visual quality than conventional refractive cataract surgery because of lower cornea astigmatism and better visual acuity.

  12. Fundamentals of endoscopic surgery: creation and validation of the hands-on test. (United States)

    Vassiliou, Melina C; Dunkin, Brian J; Fried, Gerald M; Mellinger, John D; Trus, Thadeus; Kaneva, Pepa; Lyons, Calvin; Korndorffer, James R; Ujiki, Michael; Velanovich, Vic; Kochman, Michael L; Tsuda, Shawn; Martinez, Jose; Scott, Daniel J; Korus, Gary; Park, Adrian; Marks, Jeffrey M


    The Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery™ (FES) program consists of online materials and didactic and skills-based tests. All components were designed to measure the skills and knowledge required to perform safe flexible endoscopy. The purpose of this multicenter study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the hands-on component of the FES examination, and to establish the pass score. Expert endoscopists identified the critical skill set required for flexible endoscopy. They were then modeled in a virtual reality simulator (GI Mentor™ II, Simbionix™ Ltd., Airport City, Israel) to create five tasks and metrics. Scores were designed to measure both speed and precision. Validity evidence was assessed by correlating performance with self-reported endoscopic experience (surgeons and gastroenterologists [GIs]). Internal consistency of each test task was assessed using Cronbach's alpha. Test-retest reliability was determined by having the same participant perform the test a second time and comparing their scores. Passing scores were determined by a contrasting groups methodology and use of receiver operating characteristic curves. A total of 160 participants (17 % GIs) performed the simulator test. Scores on the five tasks showed good internal consistency reliability and all had significant correlations with endoscopic experience. Total FES scores correlated 0.73, with participants' level of endoscopic experience providing evidence of their validity, and their internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha) was 0.82. Test-retest reliability was assessed in 11 participants, and the intraclass correlation was 0.85. The passing score was determined and is estimated to have a sensitivity (true positive rate) of 0.81 and a 1-specificity (false positive rate) of 0.21. The FES hands-on skills test examines the basic procedural components required to perform safe flexible endoscopy. It meets rigorous standards of reliability and validity required for high

  13. Postoperative care for Samter's triad patients undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery: a double-blinded, randomized controlled trial. (United States)

    Rotenberg, Brian W; Zhang, Irene; Arra, Ian; Payton, Keith B


    Evidence is lacking to guide the postoperative management of Samter's triad patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with polyposis (CRSwP) undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). The purpose of this study was to compare three different standardized medication regimens prescribed to these patients after ESS. Three-arm, randomized, double-blinded, controlled trial. Patients with Samter's triad undergoing ESS were postoperatively randomized into three medication regimens, those being saline irrigation alone (control group A), saline irrigation plus separate budesonide nasal spray (group B), and saline irrigation mixed with budesonide nasal spray (group C). Outcome measures were Sino-Nasal Outcome Test scores, Lund-Mackay computed tomography scores, and Lund-Kennedy endoscopic scores taken at preoperative baseline, and then at 6 months and 1 year postoperatively. Side effect profiles were also measured (adrenocorticotropic hormone blood level ranges and intraocular pressure at the same interval points). Analysis of variance and χ(2) analyses were conducted using a Bonferroni correction method and routine descriptive statistics. Inter- and intragroup comparisons were made. Sixty subjects were recruited. All groups were equivalent at baseline in all outcomes. All intragroup analyses showed statistically and clinically significant improvement in disease status as compared to baseline (P .05). There was no treatment effect noted. In this study, nasal steroids did not confer any additional benefit over saline alone as post-ESS care for the Samter's triad CRSwP patient population. Copyright © 2011 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.

  14. Application of ultrashort laser pulses for intrastromal refractive surgery. (United States)

    Lubatschowski, H; Maatz, G; Heisterkamp, A; Hetzel, U; Drommer, W; Welling, H; Ertmer, W


    Recently, laser systems have become available which generate ultrashort laser pulses with a duration of 100-200 femtoseconds (fs). By generating micro-plasmas inside the corneal stroma with fs pulses, it is possible to achieve a cutting effect inside the tissue while leaving the anterior layers intact. The energy threshold to generate a micro-plasma with fs pulses is some orders of magnitude lower than it is for picosecond or nanosecond pulses. This results in a strong reduction of the thermal and mechanical damage of the surrounding tissue. With a titanium:sapphire fs laser system, the cutting effect on corneal tissue from freshly enucleated porcine eye globes was investigated with different pulse energies. The irradiated samples were examined by light and electron microscopy. The laser-induced pressure transients and the laser-induced bubble formation were analysed with a broadband acoustic transducer and by flash photography. With fs laser pulses, the extent of thermal and mechanical damage of the adjacent tissue is in the order of 1 microm or below and therefore comparable with the tissue alterations after ArF excimer laser ablation. Using pulse energies of approximately 1-2 microJ and a spot diameter of 5-10 microm, intrastromal cuts can be performed very precisely in order to prepare corneal flaps and lenticules. Femtosecond photodisruption has the potential to become an attractive tool for intrastromal refractive surgery.

  15. Laser nano-surgery for neuronal manipulation (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Sarker, Hori Pada; Chudal, Lalit; Mahapatra, Vasu; Kim, Young-tae; Mohanty, Samarendra K.


    Optical manipulation has enabled study of bio-chemical and bio-mechanical properties of the cells. Laser nanosurgery by ultrafast laser beam with appropriate laser parameters provides spatially-targeted manipulation of neurons in a minimal invasiveness manner with high efficiency. We utilized femto-second laser nano-surgery for both axotomy and sub-axotomy of rat cortical neurons. Degeneration and regeneration after axotomy was studied with and without external growth-factor(s) and biochemical(s). Further, axonal injury was studied as a function of pulse energy, exposure and site of injury. The ability to study the response of neurons to localized injury opens up opportunities for screening potential molecules for repair and regeneration after nerve injury. Sub-axotomy enabled transient opening of axonal membrane for optical delivery of impermeable molecules to the axoplasm. Fast resealing of the axonal membrane after sub-axotomy without significant long-term damage to axon (monitored by its growth) was observed. We will present these experimental results along with theoretical simulation of injury due to laser nano-surgery and delivery via the transient pore. Targeted delivery of proteins such as antibodies, genes encoding reporter proteins, ion-channels and voltage indicators will allow visualization, activation and detection of the neuronal structure and function.

  16. [Short-term efficacy observation on Chinese traditional medicine used after functional endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic sinusitis]. (United States)

    Peng, Qinghua; Qin, Guanduan; Hou, Tao; Liang, Zhicheng; Zhou, Wenjin


    To evaluate the efficacy of chinese traditional treatment after functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) for patients with chronic sinusitis. Eighty-eight cases of patients with chronic sinusitis were randomly divided into control group and treatment group after FESS and followed for 3 months. The control group received routine treatment. The treatment group received Chinese traditional treatment on the basis of routine treatment. VAS scores, Lund-Kennedy scores and Lund-Mackay scores were employed to conduct the subjective and objective assessment, comprehensively evaluate the clinical efficacy before and after treatment. (1) After 3 months of treatment, the two groups of VAS scores and Lund-Mackay scores were significantly improved before treatment (Ptreatment, the effectiveness of the control group was 81. 8%, treatment group was 97. 7%, the difference was statistically significant(Ptreatment after FESS can reduce postoperative mucosal edema and promote the postoperative recovery of sinus mucosal inflammation, is effective in preventing the recurrence of postoperative.

  17. Microbiology and antimicrobial resistance in chronic resistant rhino sinusitis with or without polyp after functional endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this study was microbiology of chronic resistant rhino sinusitis with or without nasal polyp in patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery and antimicrobial resistance testing. Patients and Methods: In a cross-sectional study during December 2000 to June 2002, 94 CRS patients with or without nasal polyp were sampled through FESS for microbiology culture and In-vivo antimicrobial resistance was tested in both groups. Results: In CRS group with polyps (42 patients, the most common isolated organisms were Staph. coagulase-negative (26.2%, Staph. areous (23.8%, E-Coli (16.7%, Klebsiella (14.3% and Enterobacter (7.1%. In CRS group without polyps (52 patients, the most common isolated organisms were Staph. coagulase-negative (25%, Staph. areous (11.5%, Klebsiella (9.6%, E-Coli (7.7% and Strep. Non-group A (7.7%. Normal flora grew in 5 cultures (9.6%. In only one culture of CRS group without polyp, Pseudomonas was isolated. No resistance was reported from gram-positive bacteria against vancomycin and gram-negative rods were sensitive to ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxon and ceftizoxim. Conclusion: Despite of some previous studies, the most common micro- organisms in the cultures of CRS cases, regardless of having nasal polyps or not, were Staph. coagulase-negative, Staph. aureus and gram-negative rods, respectively. The incidence of GNRs in CRS group with nasal polyps is higher which may lead to special antibiotic therapy in them. Increasing In Vivo resistance of these bacteria to antibiotics is problematic and the routine old antimicrobial therapy may not be effective enough to control these pathogens and avoid surgical therapy. However, In Vivo evaluations are recommended to reveal a better interpretation. Key words: Chronic Resistant Rhino Sinusitis-Polyp-Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

  18. Reduction effect of bacterial counts by preoperative saline lavage of the stomach in performing laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery. (United States)

    Mori, Hirohito; Kobara, Hideki; Tsushimi, Takaaki; Fujihara, Shintaro; Nishiyama, Noriko; Matsunaga, Tae; Ayaki, Maki; Yachida, Tatsuo; Tani, Joji; Miyoshi, Hisaaki; Morishita, Asahiro; Masaki, Tsutomu


    To investigate the effects of gastric lavage with 2000 mL of saline in laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery. Twenty two patients who were diagnosed with a gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumor were enrolled. In former term, irrigations of the stomach were conducted whenever it was necessary, not systematically (Non systemic lavage group). In latter term, the stomach was thoroughly cleaned with 2000 mL of saline using an endoscope with a water jet, and Duodenal balloon occlusion was conducted to prevent refluxed bile and pancreatic juice (Systemic lavage+balloon occlusion group). The gastric wall was sprayed with 20 mL of distilled water, and 20 mL of gastric juice was collected in a sterile tube and submitted for culture. 20 mL of ascites was also collected from the laparoscopic ports and submitted for culture. We compared WBC, CRP, BT between two groups, and verify the reduction effect of bacterial counts in Systemic lavage+balloon occlusion group. WBC count before, 1 d after, and 3 d after laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery (LECS) were 5060 (95%CI: 4250-9640), 12140 (6050-14110), and 6910 (5320-12520) in Non systemic lavage group, 4400 (3660-7620), 8910 (6480-10980), and 5950 (4840-7860) in Systemic lavage+balloon occlusion group. Significant differences between two groups at the day after LECS (P = 0.029) and the 3 d after LECS (P = 0.042). CRP levels in Non systemic lavage group and in Systemic lavage+balloon occlusion group were significantly different at the day after LECS (P = 0.005) and the 3 d after LECS (P = 0.028). BTs (°C) in Non systemic lavage group and in Systemic lavage+balloon occlusion group were also significantly different at the day after LECS (P = 0.004) and the 3 d after LECS (P = 0.006). In a logarithmic comparison, bacterial load before gastric lavage, after lavage, and ascites culture were 6.08 (95%CI: 4.04-6.97), 0.48 (0-0.85), and 0.21 (0-0.56). The bacterial counts before and after gastric lavage were

  19. Preliminary experience with 4K ultra-high definition endoscope: analysis of pros and cons in skull base surgery. (United States)

    Rigante, M; La Rocca, G; Lauretti, L; D'Alessandris, G Q; Mangiola, A; Anile, C; Olivi, A; Paludetti, G


    During the last two decades endoscopic skull base surgery observed a continuous technical and technological development 3D endoscopy and ultra High Definition (HD) endoscopy have provided great advances in terms of visualisation and spatial resolution. Ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K systems, recently introduced in the clinical practice, will shape next steps forward especially in skull base surgery field. Patients were operated on through transnasal transsphenoidal endoscopic approaches performed using Olympus NBI 4K UHD endoscope with a 4 mm 0° Ultra Telescope, 300 W xenon lamp (CLV-S400) predisposed for narrow band imaging (NBI) technology connected through a camera head to a high-quality control unit (OTV-S400 - VISERA 4K UHD) (Olympus Corporation, Tokyo, Japan). Two screens are used, one 31" Monitor - (LMD-X310S) and one main ultra-HD 55" screen optimised for UHD image reproduction (LMD-X550S). In selected cases, we used a navigation system (Stealthstation S7, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, US). We evaluated 22 pituitary adenomas (86.3% macroadenomas; 13.7% microadenomas). 50% were not functional (NF), 22.8% GH, 18.2% ACTH, 9% PRL-secreting. Three of 22 were recurrences. In 91% of cases we achieved total removal, while in 9% near total resection. A mean follow-up of 187 days and average length of hospitalisation was 3.09 ± 0.61 days. Surgical duration was 128.18± 30.74 minutes. We experienced only 1 case of intraoperative low flow fistula with no further complications. None of the cases required any post- or intraoperative blood transfusion. The visualisation and high resolution of the operative field provided a very detailed view of all anatomical structures and pathologies allowing an improvement in safety and efficacy of the surgical procedure. The operative time was similar to the standard 2D HD and 3D procedures and the physical strain was also comparable to others in terms of ergonomics and weight. © Copyright by Società Italiana di Otorinolaringologia

  20. Analgesic Effects of Intravenous Acetaminophen vs Placebo for Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Postoperative Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. (United States)

    Tyler, Matthew A; Lam, Kent; Ashoori, Faramarz; Cai, Chunyan; Kain, Joshua J; Fakhri, Samer; Citardi, Martin J; Cattano, Davide; Luong, Amber


    Intravenous acetaminophen is a commonly prescribed analgesic for the prevention and treatment of postsurgical pain. Its efficacy in the context of endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) has yielded mixed results. To compare the efficacy of perioperative intravenous acetaminophen (IVAPAP) with that of placebo in improving early postoperative pain after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). A prospective, randomized clinical trial including 62 patients undergoing ESS for chronic rhinosinusitis in a single tertiary referral hospital. Participants were randomized to receive 1 g of IVAPAP or 100 mL of placebo consisting of saline infusions immediately before the start of surgery and 4 hours after the initial dose. The primary outcome was postoperative pain measured by visual analog scale (VAS) scores up to 24 hours after surgery by blinded observers. Secondary endpoints included postoperative opioid (intravenous and oral) use and adverse events in the 24-hour postoperative period. Of the 62 enrolled adult participants, 60 were randomized (31 to IVAPAP intervention and 29 to placebo). The mean (SD) age of participants was 53.7 (14.7) years and 35 (58%) of the participants were men and 25 (42%) were women. Within the first hour, mean pain scores were reduced in the IVAPAP group compared with the control group, reaching a maximum difference of 7.7 mm on a VAS scale favoring the treatment group with a true difference possibly as high as 22 mm, and the data are compatible with a clinically meaningful difference. At 12- and 24-hours, average pain scores were less in the placebo group and the data are compatible with a clinically meaningful difference of 5.8 (-5.2 to 16.8) and 8.2 (-1.9 to 18.4), respectively, favoring the placebo group. However, at all time points the CIs included the null value and were wide, thus preventing definitive conclusions. Inspection of the secondary outcomes favored IVAPAP, but the wide range of the CIs and inclusion of the null value prevent definitive

  1. Artificial intelligence may help in predicting the need for additional surgery after endoscopic resection of T1 colorectal cancer. (United States)

    Ichimasa, Katsuro; Kudo, Shin-Ei; Mori, Yuichi; Misawa, Masashi; Matsudaira, Shingo; Kouyama, Yuta; Baba, Toshiyuki; Hidaka, Eiji; Wakamura, Kunihiko; Hayashi, Takemasa; Kudo, Toyoki; Ishigaki, Tomoyuki; Yagawa, Yusuke; Nakamura, Hiroki; Takeda, Kenichi; Haji, Amyn; Hamatani, Shigeharu; Mori, Kensaku; Ishida, Fumio; Miyachi, Hideyuki


     Decisions concerning additional surgery after endoscopic resection of T1 colorectal cancer (CRC) are difficult because preoperative prediction of lymph node metastasis (LNM) is problematic. We investigated whether artificial intelligence can predict LNM presence, thus minimizing the need for additional surgery.  Data on 690 consecutive patients with T1 CRCs that were surgically resected in 2001 - 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. We divided patients into two groups according to date: data from 590 patients were used for machine learning for the artificial intelligence model, and the remaining 100 patients were included for model validation. The artificial intelligence model analyzed 45 clinicopathological factors and then predicted positivity or negativity for LNM. Operative specimens were used as the gold standard for the presence of LNM. The artificial intelligence model was validated by calculating the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for predicting LNM, and comparing these data with those of the American, European, and Japanese guidelines.  Sensitivity was 100 % (95 % confidence interval [CI] 72 % to 100 %) in all models. Specificity of the artificial intelligence model and the American, European, and Japanese guidelines was 66 % (95 %CI 56 % to 76 %), 44 % (95 %CI 34 % to 55 %), 0 % (95 %CI 0 % to 3 %), and 0 % (95 %CI 0 % to 3 %), respectively; and accuracy was 69 % (95 %CI 59 % to 78 %), 49 % (95 %CI 39 % to 59 %), 9 % (95 %CI 4 % to 16 %), and 9 % (95 %CI 4 % - 16 %), respectively. The rates of unnecessary additional surgery attributable to misdiagnosing LNM-negative patients as having LNM were: 77 % (95 %CI 62 % to 89 %) for the artificial intelligence model, and 85 % (95 %CI 73 % to 93 %; P  artificial intelligence significantly reduced unnecessary additional surgery after endoscopic resection of T1 CRC without missing LNM positivity. © Georg

  2. Instrumentation: endoscopes and equipment. (United States)

    Gaab, Michael R


    The technology and instrumentation for neuroendoscopy are described: endoscopes (principles, designs, applications), light sources, instruments, accessories, holders, and navigation. Procedures for cleaning, sterilizing, and storing are included. The description is based on the author's own technical development and neuroendoscopic experience, published technology and devices, and publications on endoscopic surgery. The main work horses in neuroendoscopy are rigid glass rod endoscopes (Hopkins optics) due to the optical quality, which allows full high-definition video imaging, different angles of view, and autoclavability, which is especially important in neuroendoscopy due to the risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease infection. Applications are endoscopy assistance to microsurgery, stand-alone endoscopy controlled approaches such as transnasal skull base, ventriculoscopy, and cystoscopy in the cranium. Rigid glass rod optics are also applicable in spinal endoscopy and peripheral nerve decompression using special tubes and cannulas. Rigid minifiberoptics with less resolution may be used in less complex procedures (ventriculoscopy, cystoscopy, endoscopy assistance with pen-designs) and have the advantages of smaller diameters and disposable designs. Flexible fiberoptics are usually used in combination with rigid scopes and can be steered, e.g. through the ventricles, in spinal procedures for indications including syringomyelia and multicystic hydrocephalus. Upcoming flexible chip endoscopes ("chip-in-the-tip") may replace flexible fiberoptics in the future, offering higher resolution and cold LED-illumination, and may provide for stereoscopic neuroendoscopy. Various instruments (mechanical, coagulation, laser guides, ultrasonic aspirators) and holders are available. Certified methods for cleaning and sterilization, with special requirements in neuroapplications, are important. Neuroendoscopic instrumentation is now an established technique in neurosurgical practice and

  3. Early Experience in Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

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    Bilgehan Sezgin Asena


    Full Text Available Objectives: To analyze the early experience and intraoperative complications of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract and refractive lens exchange (RLE surgery. Materials and Methods: The initial 50 eyes of 29 patients who underwent cataract or RLE surgery between March 2013 and May 2013 were included in this study. All patients underwent anterior capsulotomy, lens fragmentation, and corneal incisions with the femtosecond laser (LenSx®, Alcon Inc.. The operation was completed by phacoemulsification and implantation of an intraocular lens. Intraoperative complications were evaluated from patient charts and video reviews retrospectively. Results: The mean age of the patients included was 63.8±11.7 years. No suction break or anterior capsule tear occurred in any case. Small anterior capsular tags occurred in 11 eyes (22%. The capsulotomy buttons were free-floating in 7 eyes (14%, while capsulorrhexis was partially completed with microadhesions in 40 eyes (60% and uncompleted in 3 eyes (6%. One eye (2% had a posterior capsule rupture secondary to increase in the intracapsular pressure. Corneal incisions either were not preferred to be used in 8 eyes (16% or could not be completed in 4 eyes (8%. Miosis occurred in 20 eyes (40%. No vision lost or dropped nuclei were observed. Conclusion: The use of femtosecond lasers in cataract and RLE surgery is safe. There had been no vision lost secondary to complications. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2015; 45: 97-101

  4. A Case of Pseudoaneurysm of the Internal Carotid Artery Following Endoscopic Endonasal Pituitary Surgery: Endovascular Treatment with Flow-Diverting Stent Implantation

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    Ali Karadag


    Full Text Available Internal carotid artery (ICA pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication of endoscopic endonasal surgery occurring in 0.4–1.1% of cases. Pseudoaneurysms can subsequently result in other complications, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, epistaxis, and caroticocavernous fistula with resultant death or permanent neurologic deficit. In this case, we illustrate endovascular treatment with a flow-diverting stent for an ICA pseudoaneurysm after endoscopic endonasal surgery for a pituitary adenoma in a 56-year-old male. Surgery was complicated by excessive intraoperative bleeding and emergent CT angiography confirmed an iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm on the anteromedial surface of the ICA. The pseudoaneurysm was treated endovascularly with flow-diverting stent implantation only. Follow-up CT angiography after three months demonstrated occlusion of the pseudoaneurysm.

  5. Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyposis Before and After Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: A Study Based on SINO-NASAL OUTCOME TEST

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    Mehrnoosh Musavi Aghdas


    Full Text Available Background: Chronic rhinosinusitis is one of the most common diseases in the world. The high prevalence and chronicity of disease increasing burden of disease. Burden of this disease, productivity and the quality of life of patients decreased. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of endoscopic sinus surgery on the quality of life of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis. Method: This prospective study was performed on 59 patients suffering chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis referring to ENT clinic of educational hospital of Tabriz University of medical sciences during 2015 to 2017. These patients underwent Endoscopic Sinus Surgery as treatment. For all patients, SINO-NASAL OUTCOME (TEST (SNOT-22 was completed before and twelve months after surgery. Results:  Fifty-nine patients were enrolled in this study. 21 were female (35.6% and 38 were male (64.40%. The mean age of the studied population was 40.88 ± 16.11 years. The mean score of the preoperative score was 59.38 ± 5.84 and the mean score of the postoperative score was 24.01 ± 10.48. The results of the statistical analysis showed that endoscopic surgery reduced The SNOT-22 questionnaire score is significant. (P < 0.000. The results of the test showed that the increase in preoperative score increases the gain after surgery. (Spearman correlation coefficient: 0.419 and P: 0.001 Conclusion: Endoscopic sinus surgery seems to improve the symptoms and quality of Life in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.

  6. [Endoscopic surgery for benign diseases and injuries of the esophagus (with commentary)]. (United States)

    Oskretkov, V I; Gur'yanov, A A; Gankov, V A; Klimova, G I; Andreasyan, A R; Balatsky, D V; Fedorov, V V; Maslikova, S A

    To analyze the results of surgical treatment of patients with benign diseases and injuries of the esophagus. We summarized the experience of different endoscopic interventions in 159 patients with various benign diseases and perforation of the esophagus. Patients with achalasia (72 cases) underwent videolaparoscopic Geller's esophagomyotomy with anterior hemiesophagofundoplication by Dor. Video-assisted thoracoscopic extirpation of the esophagus with simultaneous or delayed esophagocolo/gastroplasty was performed in 56 patients with post-ambustial cicatricial stenosis of the esophagus. Patients with esophageal perforation (14 cases) underwent videolaparoscopic transhiatal mediastinal drainage. Esophageal leiomyoma has been excised through thoracoscopic (9 cases) or laparoscopic access (4 cases). Removal of esophageal diverticulum was made via VATS-access in 4 patients. Satisfactory early and remote results were achieved in all patients with achalasia. Mortality rate was 5.4% (3 out of 56 patients) and 14.3% (2 out of 14 patients) in groups of cicatricial esophageal stenosis and esophageal perforation respectively. Sutures failure after removal of the diverticulum and leiomyoma occurred in 2 and 1 patient respectively and has been successfully cured. Endoscopic technologies allow to perform successfully complex reconstructive interventions for dysphagia in patients with cicatricial esophageal stenosis and achalasia even at late stages, to remove benign tumors and diverticula of thoracic esophagus and provide adequate drainage of posterior mediastinum in case of esophageal perforation.

  7. [Lasers in dentistry 8. Use of lasers in oral and maxillofacial surgery]. (United States)

    Roodenburg, J L N; Witjes, M J H; de Veld, D C G; Tan, I B; Nauta, J M


    Since the 1970's lasers are used in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The effect of a laser on tissue is determined by the wavelength of the laserlight and the tissue specific absorbtion. Lasers are used for evaporation, excision and coagulation of tissue. The CO2-laser, the Nd:YAG-laser and the Argonlaser are used for these purposes. Light and laserlight are used for the diagnosis of mucosal lesions. By using different excitation wavelength autofluorescence of lesions can be detected and analysed. An artificial neural network can be used to analyse these data. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a cancer therapy based on the more or less specific absorption of a drug in tumour, that can be activated with light of a specific wavelength. Activation of this drug causes tumour destruction due to the formation of oxyginradicals. PDT is limited by the penetration of the activating light and is therefore only suitable for the treatment of superficial tumours.

  8. Utility of preoperative in vitro platelet function tests for predicting bleeding risk in patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery

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    Lee AJ


    Full Text Available A-Jin Lee, Sang-Gyung Kim Department of Laboratory Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Republic of Korea Background: It is necessary to predict the bleeding risk in patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS. To evaluate the adequacy of primary hemostasis, preoperative hemostatic screening tests are used. In the present study, we determined whether there is a positive correlation between prolonged closure time (CT with collagen/epinephrine (CT-epi, prothrombin time (PT, international normalized ratio (INR, activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT and bleeding during FESS.Patients and methods: We reviewed the medical records of 90 patients without bleeding histories who had undergone FESS from March 2013 to June 2014. More than 200 mL of blood loss was defined as moderate bleeding during surgery. With respect to bleeding during surgery, we determined the sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value (NPV and positive predictive value (PPV of CT-epi, PT, INR and aPTT.Results: Of the 90 patients, 17 (18.9% patients had preoperative prolonged CT values and three (17.6% patients had bleeding. In comparison, five (6.8% of the 73 (81.1% patients who had undergone FESS with preoperative normal PFA values experienced bleeding (P=0.171. On the other hand, patients with prolonged PT values (2, 2.2%, prolonged INR values (3, 3.3% or prolonged PTT values (1, 1.1% had no bleeding episode. Preoperative CT had low sensitivity (44.4% and PPV (23.5%.Conclusion: During preoperative period, the hemostatic screening may not be helpful to detect the bleeding tendency in adult patients undergoing FESS. Routine measurement of CT-epi, PT, INR and aPTT for preoperative screening may not be recommended for FESS patients. Keywords: bleeding time, platelet function tests, blood coagulation tests, surgery, screening

  9. Advances in bone surgery: the Er:YAG laser in oral surgery and implant dentistry

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    Stefan Stübinger


    Full Text Available Stefan StübingerCompetence Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine, University of Zürich, Zürich, SwitzerlandAbstract: The erbium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Er:YAG laser has emerged as a possible alternative to conventional methods of bone ablation because of its wavelength of 2.94 μm, which coincides with the absorption peak of water. Over the last decades in several experimental and clinical studies, the widespread initial assumption that light amplification for stimulated emission of radiation (laser osteotomy inevitably provokes profound tissue damage and delayed wound healing has been refuted. In addition, the supposed disadvantage of prolonged osteotomy times could be overcome by modern short-pulsed Er:YAG laser systems. Currently, the limiting factors for a routine application of lasers for bone ablation are mainly technical drawbacks such as missing depth control and a difficult and safe guidance of the laser beam. This article gives a short overview of the development process and current possibilities of noncontact Er:YAG laser osteotomy in oral and implant surgery.Keywords: carbonization, laser osteotomy, ablation, dental implants

  10. Novel fiber optic tip designs and devices for laser surgery (United States)

    Hutchens, Thomas Clifton

    Fiber optic delivery of laser energy has been used for years in various types of surgical procedures in the human body. Optical energy provides several benefits over electrical or mechanical surgery, including the ability to selectively target specific tissue types while preserving others. Specialty fiber optic tips have also been introduced to further customize delivery of laser energy to the tissue. Recent evolution in lasers and miniaturization has opened up opportunities for many novel surgical techniques. Currently, ophthalmic surgeons use relatively invasive mechanical tools to dissect retinal deposits which occur in proliferative diabetic retinopathy. By using the tight focusing properties of microspheres combined with the short optical penetration depth of the Erbium:YAG laser and mid-IR fiber delivery, a precise laser scalpel can be constructed as an alternative, less invasive and more precise approach to this surgery. Chains of microspheres may allow for a self limiting ablation depth of approximately 10 microm based on the defocusing of paraxial rays. The microsphere laser scalpel may also be integrated with other surgical instruments to reduce the total number of handpieces for the surgeon. In current clinical laser lithotripsy procedures, poor input coupling of the Holmium:YAG laser energy frequently damages and requires discarding of the optical fiber. However, recent stone ablation studies with the Thulium fiber laser have provided comparable results to the Ho:YAG laser. The improved spatial beam profile of the Thulium fiber laser can also be efficiently coupled into a fiber approximately one third the diameter and reduces the risk of damaging the fiber input. For this reason, the trunk optical fiber minus the distal fiber tip can be preserved between procedures. The distal fiber tip, which degrades during stone ablation, could be made detachable and disposable. A novel, low-profile, twist-locking, detachable distal fiber tip interface was designed

  11. Value of free-run electromyographic monitoring of lower cranial nerves in endoscopic endonasal approach to skull base surgeries. (United States)

    Thirumala, Parthasarathy D; Mohanraj, Santhosh Kumar; Habeych, Miguel; Wichman, Kelley; Chang, Yue-Fang; Gardner, Paul; Snyderman, Carl; Crammond, Donald J; Balzer, Jeffrey


    Objective The main objective of this study was to evaluate the value of free-run electromyography (f-EMG) monitoring of cranial nerves (CNs) VII, IX, X, XI, and XII in skull base surgeries performed using endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) to reduce iatrogenic CN deficits. Design We retrospectively identified 73 patients out of 990 patients who had EEA in our institution who had at least one CN monitored. In each CN group, we classified patients who had significant (SG) f-EMG activity as group I and those who did not as group II. Results We monitored a total of 342 CNs. A total of 62 nerves had SG f-EMG activity including CN VII = 18, CN IX = 16, CN X = 13, CN XI = 5, and CN XII = 10. No nerve deficit was found in the nerves that had significant activity during procedure. A total of five nerve deficits including (CN IX = 1, CN X = 2, CN XII = 2) were observed in the group that did not display SG f-EMG activity during surgery. Conclusions f-EMG seems highly sensitive to surgical manipulations and in locating CNs. It seems to have limited value in predicting postoperative neurological deficits. Future studies to evaluate the EMG of lower CNs during EEA procedures need to be done with both f-EMG and triggered EMG.

  12. Adverse Events in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Infectious Orbital Complications of Sinusitis: 30-Day NSQIP Pediatric Outcomes. (United States)

    Cheng, Jeffrey; Liu, Beiyu; Farjat, Alfredo E; Jang, David W


    Objective Identify predictors of adverse events for children who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery for treatment of orbital complications associated with sinusitis. Study Design Cross-sectional analysis of a US national database. Setting American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), pediatric version (2012-2015). Subjects and Methods Patients were identified with a combination of codes from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision and 2014 Current Procedural Terminology. Our primary outcome measure was adverse events, which were compared with clinical risk factors to examine for any associations. Results A total of 57 patients were included for analysis. No significant relationship was identified between 30-day postoperative adverse events and age, sex, race, body mass index, prematurity, history of asthma, steroid use (within 30 days), and preoperative white blood cell count. There was a statistically significant increase in adverse events for those patients who underwent delayed surgery ( P sinusitis in children appears to be safe. Serious or significant adverse events were uncommon. Areas for improvement include limiting and reducing unplanned reoperations and readmissions.

  13. The ergonomics of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) navigation in terms of performance, stress, and cognitive behavior. (United States)

    James, David R C; Orihuela-Espina, Felipe; Leff, Daniel R; Sodergren, Mikael H; Athanasiou, Thanos; Darzi, Ara W; Yang, Guang-Zhong


    The evolution toward minimally invasive surgery and subsequently to natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) poses challenges to the surgeon in terms of increased task complexity requiring greater visuospatial and navigational ability. Neuroergonomics is the study of the brain and behavior at work, and establishing the baseline cortical response for NOTES procedures will help to ascertain whether technological innovation such as navigational aids can alleviate the task-induced cognitive burden. The aims of the current study are to characterize the impact of navigation within a NOTES environment on the subject in terms of (1) performance, (2) stress, (3) prefrontal cortical activity, and (4) how this is influenced by expertise. In all, 29 subjects were assessed for performance, stress response, and prefrontal cortical activity during a NOTES navigational task within a validated NOTES simulator. Experts performed significantly better than novices (P execution, and they serve as a baseline within the neuroergonomic paradigm for investigating performance-enhancing technology. Copyright © 2011 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Resident surgeon efficiency in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery

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    Pittner AC


    Full Text Available Andrew C Pittner,1 Brian R Sullivan2 1Department of Ophthalmology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, 2Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital, Ophthalmology Section, Hines, IL, USA Purpose: Comparison of resident surgeon performance efficiencies in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS versus conventional phacoemulsification.Patients and methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on consecutive patients undergoing phacoemulsification cataract surgery performed by senior ophthalmology residents under the supervision of 1 attending physician during a 9-month period in a large Veterans Affairs medical center. Medical records were reviewed for demographic information, preoperative nucleus grade, femtosecond laser pretreatment, operative procedure times, total operating room times, and surgical complications. Review of digital video records provided quantitative interval measurements of core steps of the procedures, including completion of incisions, anterior capsulotomy, nucleus removal, cortical removal, and intraocular lens implantation.Results: Total room time, operation time, and corneal incision completion time were found to be significantly longer in the femtosecond laser group versus the traditional phacoemulsification group (each P<0.05. Mean duration for manual completion of anterior capsulotomy was shorter in the laser group (P<0.001. There were no statistically significant differences in the individual steps of nucleus removal, cortical removal, or intraocular lens placement. Surgical complication rates were not significantly different between the groups.Conclusion: In early cases, resident completion of femtosecond cataract surgery is generally less efficient when trainees have more experience with traditional phacoemulsification. FLACS was found to have a significant advantage in completion of capsulotomy, but subsequent surgical steps were not shorter or longer. Resident learning curve for the

  15. Endoscopic indocyanine green video angiography in aneurysm surgery: an innovative method for intraoperative assessment of blood flow in vasculature hidden from microscopic view. (United States)

    Nishiyama, Yoshihisa; Kinouchi, Hiroyuki; Senbokuya, Nobuo; Kato, Tatsuya; Kanemaru, Kazuya; Yoshioka, Hideyuki; Horikoshi, Toru


    Recently, intraoperative fluorescence video angiography using indocyanine green (ICG) has been widely used in aneurysm surgery. This is a simple and useful method to confirm complete occlusion of the aneurysm lumen and preservation of blood flow in the arteries around the aneurysm. However, the observation field of ICG video angiography is limited under a microscope, making it difficult to confirm the flow in the arteries behind the parent arteries or aneurysm. The authors developed a new technique of intraoperative endoscopic ICG video angiography to assess the blood flow in perforating arteries hidden by the parent arteries or aneurysm. The endoscope emits excitation light with a wavelength of approximately 800 nm, and video images were obtained through a cut filter. The authors used this ICG fluorescence endoscope in treating 3 patients with unruptured cerebral aneurysms. During clip placement, the endoscope was inserted to confirm aneurysm occlusion. Then, ICG was intravenously administered, and the fluorescence in the vessels was observed via the endoscope as well as under the microscope. The blood flow in the perforating arteries was clearly identified, and no procedural complication occurred. The authors conclude that the technique is very useful and facilitates intraoperative real-time assessment of the patency of perforating arteries behind parent arteries or aneurysms.

  16. Overview of commercially available femtosecond lasers in refractive surgery. (United States)

    Lubatschowski, Holger


    To report on four different commercially available femtosecond laser systems used in refractive surgery. Four systems were analyzed: Ziemer DaVinci system, Zeiss VisuMax, IntraLase FS laser, and 20/10 Perfect Vision FEMTEC. The DaVinci system attracts attention with its concept of low laser pulse energy and flexible mirror arm as a beam delivery. The low pulse energy makes it compact and robust, because only an oscillator as a laser source is required. Another important feature of the low energy pulses is the reduced bubble formation during the cutting process. The smaller the bubbles, the more precise the cut can be positioned. However, the compact setup limits the system in its flexibility in cutting geometry. The VisuMax also uses the new generation of femtosecond technology, which should make it more immune to environmental and temperature changes. However, it is a bulky system, and the patient has to be moved to the excimer laser system after the flap is created. The IntraLase is the laser with the most clinical experience by far, which should be an important issue in terms of safety and technical support. On the other hand, it uses older femtosecond laser technology. This technology is sensitive to changes in temperature or humidity, which can be an important factor if the surgical environment is not air conditioned. The 20/10 Perfect Vision FEMTEC system is comparable with the IntraLase with respect to its technical parameters. However, no data are available about the amount of clinical experience. Although the systems are based on the same principle of photodisruption in corneal tissue, differences exist regarding the concept of these devices.

  17. New technology update: femtosecond laser in cataract surgery

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    Nagy ZZ


    Full Text Available Zoltan Z NagyDepartment of Ophthalmology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, HungaryAbstract: Femtosecond lasers represent a new frontier in cataract surgery. Since their ­introduction and first human treatment in 2008, a lot of new developments have been achieved. In this review article, the physical principle of femtolasers is discussed, together with the indications and side effects of the method in cataract surgery. The most important clinical results are also presented regarding capsulotomy, fragmentation of the crystalline lens, corneal wound creation, and refractive results. Safety issues such as endothelial and macular changes are also discussed. The most important advantage of femtolaser cataract technology at present is that all the important surgical steps of cataract surgery can be planned and customized, delivering unparalleled accuracy, repeatability, and consistency in surgical results. The advantages of premium lenses can be maximally used in visual and presbyopia restoration as well. The advantages of ­premium lenses can be maximally used, not only in visual, but in presbyopia restoration as well. Quality of vision can be improved with less posterior chamber lens (PCL tilt, more centralized position of the PCL, possibly less endothelial damage, less macular edema, and less posterior capsule opacification (PCO formation. This technological achievement should be followed by other technical developments in the lens industry. Hopefully this review article will help us to understand the technology and the results to ­demonstrate the differences between the use of femtolasers and phacoemulsification-based cataract surgery. The most important data of the literature are summarized to show ophthalmologists the benefits of the technology in order to provide the best refractive results to the patient.Keywords: femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, capsulotomy, lens fragmentation, corneal wound, arcuate keratotomy, safety

  18. Ultraprecise medical applications with ultrafast lasers: corneal surgery with femtosecond lasers (United States)

    Loesel, Frieder H.; Kurtz, Ron M.; Horvath, Christopher; Sayegh, Samir I.; Mourou, Gerard A.; Bille, Josef F.; Juhasz, Tibor


    We investigated refractive corneal surgery in vivo and in vitro by intrastromal photodisruption using a compact ultrafast femtosecond laser system. Ultrashort-pulsed lasers operating in the femtosecond time regime are associated with significantly smaller and deterministic threshold energies for photodisruption, as well as reduced shock waves and smaller cavitation bubbles than the nanosecond or picosecond lasers. Our reliable all-solid-state laser system was specifically designed for real world medical applications. By scanning the 5 micron focus spot of the laser below the corneal surface, the overlapping small ablation volumes of single pulses resulted in contiguous tissue cutting and vaporization. Pulse energies were typically in the order of a few microjoules. Combination of different scanning patterns enabled us to perform corneal flap cutting, femtosecond-LASIK, and femtosecond intrastromal keratectomy in porcine, rabbit, and primate eyes. The cuts proved to be highly precise and possessed superior dissection and surface quality. Preliminary studies show consistent refractive changes in the in vivo studies. We conclude that the technology is capable to perform a variety of corneal refractive procedures at high precision, offering advantages over current mechanical and laser devices and enabling entirely new approaches for refractive surgery.

  19. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided endoscopic transmural drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts


    César Vivian Lopes; Christian Pesenti; Erwan Bories; Fabrice Caillol; Marc Giovannini


    BACKGROUND: Surgery is the traditional treatment for symptomatic pancreatic pseudocysts, but the morbidity is still too high. Minimally invasive endoscopic approaches have been encouraged. AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of endoscopic ultrasound-guided endoscopic transmural drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts. METHODS: From January, 2003 to August, 2006, 31 consecutive symptomatic patients submitted to 37 procedures at the same endoscopic unit were retrospectively analysed. Chronic and acute pa...

  20. Nasal mucosa healing after endoscopic sinus surgery in chronic rhinosinusitis of elderly patients: role of topic alpha-tocopherol acetate. (United States)

    Testa, Domenico; Marcuccio, Giuseppina; Panin, Giorgio; Bianco, Andrea; Tafuri, Domenico; Thyrion, Francesco Zappoli; Nunziata, Michele; Piombino, Pasquale; Guerra, Germano; Motta, Gaetano


    Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) in European country ranges in elderly patients from 4.5 to 12% of population and has a significant effect on quality of life. In these patients, rhinosinusitis is linked to immune functions changes with age and to mucosal paraphysiological alterations such as crusting formations with atrophic epithelium, variations of nasal airflow and modifications of the mucociliary clearance. Failure of medical treatments leads to surgery in patients with persistent symptoms and radiographic signs of CRS. The choice of appropriate post-surgical topic treatments is important for healing time and for preventing mucosal complications such as synechiae, crusting formation and atrophy with secondary bacterial and fungal infections. Defining the effects of topic alpha-tocopherol acetate administration on nasal mucosa healing after endoscopic sinus surgery in CRS of elderly patients. In this study were included 32 patients, mean age 68.6, who underwent FESS because affected by CRS not responsive to medical treatments. After surgical treatment, we distinguish two groups basing on local nasal therapy. We investigated, in the postoperative time, the role of alpha-tocopherol acetate compared to gomenol oil. Follow-up was performed at 7-15 days and 1-3 months after surgery. We evaluated mucosal restoration using Rhinoscopy Sum Score and quality of life using Nasal Six Items Symptom Questionnaire. We observed a faster healing time and less recurrence of complications in patients who underwent topic treatment with alpha-tocopherol acetate. In our research, we observed that alpha-tocopherol acetate has no contraindications and side effects. Our study showed the effectiveness of alpha-tocopherol acetate topic treatment in elderly patients affected by CRS after FESS, in improving and speeding up the process of restoring the sinonasal mucosa, compared to another topic medication.

  1. Complicações maternas decorrentes das cirurgias endoscópicas em Medicina fetal Maternal complications following endoscopic surgeries in fetal Medicine

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    Cleisson Fábio Andrioli Peralta


    STFF, HDC e SPAR parecem superar os riscos de complicações maternas que, raramente, foram consideradas graves.PURPOSE: to describe the maternal complications due to therapeutic endoscopic procedures in fetal Medicine performed at an university center in Brazil. METHODS: retrospective observational study including patients treated from April 2007 to May 2010 who underwent laser ablation of placental vessels (LAPV for severe twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS; fetal tracheal occlusion (FETO and endoscopic removal of tracheal balloon in cases of severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH; LAPV with or without bipolar coagulation of the umbilical cord in cases of twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP sequence. The main variables described for each disease/type of surgery were maternal complications and neonatal survival (discharge from nursery. RESULTS: fifty-six patients underwent 70 procedures: Severe TTTS (34 patients; 34 surgeries; severe CDH (16 patients; 30 surgeries, and TRAP sequence (6 patients; 6 surgeries. Among 34 women who underwent LAPV for TTTS, two (2/34=5.9% experienced amniotic fluid leakage to the peritoneal cavity and seven (7/34=20.6% miscarried after the procedure. Survival of at least one twin was 64.7% (22/34. Among 30 interventions performed in cases of CDH, there was amniotic fluid leakage into the maternal peritoneal cavity in one patient (1/30=3.3% and premature preterm rupture of membranes after three (3/30=30% fetoscopies for removal of the tracheal balloon. Infant survival with discharge from nursery was 43.8% (7/16. Among six cases of TRAP sequence, there was bleeding into the peritoneal cavity after surgery in one patient (1/6=16.7% and neonatal survival with discharge from nursery was 50% (3/6. CONCLUSIONS: in agreement with the available data in literature, at our center, the benefits related to therapeutic endoscopic interventions for TTTS, CDH and TRAP sequence seem to overcome the risks of maternal complications, which were

  2. Endoscopic Evaluation of Symptomatic Patients following Bariatric Surgery: A Literature Review

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    Miral Subhani


    Full Text Available Obesity is an epidemic in our society, and rates continue to rise, along with comorbid conditions associated with obesity. Unfortunately, obesity remains refractory to behavioral and drug therapy but has shown response to bariatric surgery. Not only can long-term weight loss be achieved, but a majority of patients have also shown improvement of the comorbid conditions associated with obesity. A rise in the use of surgical therapy for management of obesity presents a challenge with an increased number of patients with problems after bariatric surgery. It is important to be familiar with symptoms following bariatric surgery, such as nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, dysphagia, and upper gastrointestinal bleeding and to utilize appropriate available tests for upper gastrointestinal tract pathology in the postoperative period.

  3. Extensive endoscopic image-guided sinus surgery decreases BPI-ANCA in patients with cystic fibrosis

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    Aanaes, K; Rasmussen, N; Pressler, T


    of BPI-ANCA may be due to the costimulation of BPI when mounting an immune response against P. aeruginosa. The effect of surgery aiming to eradicate bacteria and infected tissue on BPI-ANCA levels is sparsely described. A cohort of patients with CF were included: 53 patients having extensive image......-guided sinus surgery (EIGSS) with topical postoperative antibiotic treatment, 131 non-operated controls and 36 who had double lung transplantation (LTX). In all 219 patients, serum samples before and after surgery or at similar intervals were analysed for IgG and IgA BPI-ANCA. The EIGSS group showed a highly...... in patients with CF, indicating that extensive removal of infected tissue influences the pathogenic process of autoantibody production. The results shown herein are in favour of applying EIGSS in selected patients with CF and for using BPI-ANCA as a surrogate marker for guiding further therapeutic...

  4. Endoscopic gastric pouch plication – a novel endoluminal incision free approach to revisional bariatric surgery

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    Virk CS


    Full Text Available 10-40% of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB patients regain significant weight after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery due to dilation of the pouch and/or the gastrojejunal (GJ anastomosis. Traditional revision surgery is associated with significant morbidity (e.g. post-anastomotic GJ leak where less invasive endoluminal procedures may represent safer alternatives. The present article reports a case of the safe and successful use of endoluminal gastric pouch plication (EGPP using the StomaphyX™ device to correct both a dilated gastric pouch and a dilated gastrojejunostomy in a post-RYGB patient who regained significant weight.

  5. A standardized resident training program in endoscopic surgery in general and in laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal (TEP) inguinal hernia repair in particular

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    Miserez, Marc; Arregui, Maurice; Bisgaard, Thue


    The need for acquisition of specific laparoscopic skills has emphasized the role of a preclinical laboratory-training program. However, for laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair with a steep learning curve, especially for totally extraperitoneal repair, preclinical skill training remains a challenge....... A standardized preclinical resident training program in endoscopic surgery is described. Also, a standardized clinical training program is proposed with systematic dissection in 10 different consecutive steps for totally extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair. Continuous mentoring by an expert is an absolute...

  6. Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia after diode laser oral surgery. An experimental study (United States)

    Seoane, Juan; González-Mosquera, Antonio; García-Martín, José-Manuel; García-Caballero, Lucía; Varela-Centelles, Pablo


    Background To examine the process of epithelial reparation in a surgical wound caused by diode laser. Material and Methods An experimental study with 27 Sprage-Dawley rats was undertaken. The animals were randomly allocated to two experimental groups, whose individuals underwent glossectomy by means of a diode laser at different wattages, and a control group treated using a number 15 scalpel blade. The animals were slaughtered at the 2nd, 7th, and 14th day after glossectomy. The specimens were independently studied by two pathologists (blinded for the specimens’ group). Results At the 7th day, re-epithelisation was slightly faster for the control group (conventional scalpel) (p=0.011). At the 14th day, complete re-epithelization was observed for all groups. The experimental groups displayed a pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia. Conclusions It is concluded that, considering the limitations of this kind of experimental studies, early re-epithelisation occurs slightly faster when a conventional scalpel is used for incision, although re-epithelisation is completed in two weeks no matter the instrument used. In addition, pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia is a potential event after oral mucosa surgery with diode laser. Knowledge about this phenomenon (not previously described) may prevent diagnostic mistakes and inadequate treatment approaches, particularly when dealing with potentially malignant oral lesions. Key words:Diode laser, animal model, oral biopsy, oral cancer, oral precancer, pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia. PMID:26116841

  7. Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and implantable miniature telescope

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    Randal Pham


    Conclusions and importance: To our knowledge and confirmed by the manufacturer of the implantable miniature telescope this is the first case ever reported of a patient who has undergone femtosecond laser cataract surgery with corneal astigmatism correction and implantation of the implantable miniature telescope. This is also the first case report of the preoperative use of microperimetry and visual electrophysiology to evaluate a patient's postoperative potential visual acuity. The success of the procedure illustrated the importance of meticulous preoperative planning, the combined use of state-of-the-art technologies and the seamless teamwork in order to achieve the best clinical outcome for patients who undergo implantation of the implantable miniature telescope.

  8. Amnioinfusion with Hartmann's solution: a safe distention medium for endoscopic fetal surgery in the ovine model. (United States)

    Evrard, V A; Verbeke, K; Peers, K H; Luks, F I; Lerut, A E; Vandenberghe, K; Deprest, J A


    In this study, we have investigated the maternal effects of distending the uterine cavity with Hartmann's solution in 2nd trimester equivalent pregnant sheep. In 7 pregnant ewes, double endoscopic cannulation of the amniotic cavity was performed under general anesthesia, and 1 liter of Hartmann's solution at 38 degrees C, radiolabeled with 99mTc-red blood cells, was infused. Maternal central venous pressure, hematocrit, serum and amniotic fluid osmolarity, and amniotic fluid volume were measured at nine time points within a 2-hour period. Over this time interval, no significant fluid shift to the maternal compartment was observed. We detected no adsorption of radioactivity to the fetus or membranes, and no diffusion of radioactivity to maternal or fetal tissues was noticed. We conclude from these experiments that following double cannulation and intra-amniotic infusion of Hartmann's solution into the 2nd-trimester pregnant ovine uterus, no significant shift of fluid to the maternal compartment was observed over a 2-hour time period.

  9. Distal pancreatic resection via laparo-endoscopic single site surgery – development of the technique

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    Michał Orłowski


    Full Text Available Aim: To present a novel technique of a laparo-endoscopic single site (LESS distal pancreatic resection via the umbilicuswith use of the QuadPortTM Access System.Material and methods: The technique of distal pancreatic resection through a 30 mm longitudinal incision in theumbilicus is described. Medial to lateral approach of pancreas preparation using a harmonic scalpel and regularlaparoscopic instruments is applied. The described technique was successfully applied in a 26-year-old female patientwith tumour of the pancreatic body and tail (90/41/27 mm. Pancreatectomy was followed by splenectomy due toinfiltration of the splenic vessels.Results: Total operative time was 160 min. Blood loss was 800 ml. Initial wound size was 30 mm. Splenic vein andartery infiltration forced augmentation of the wound to 80 mm. The patient required only per request medication.Peristalsis returned spontaneously on the first postoperative day. Hospital stay was 4 days. There were no early perioperativecomplications. The patient required readmission due to electrolyte imbalance 7 weeks after the operation.Conclusions: The proposed operative technique of single incision laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy is difficult andchallenging. Nonetheless, the authors proved that it is safe and feasible when performed by an experienced laparoscopicteam.

  10. Treatment outcomes of implants performed after regenerative treatment of absorbed alveolar bone due to the severe periodontal disease and endoscopic surgery for maxillary sinus lift without bone grafts. (United States)

    Kiyokawa, Kensuke; Rikimaru, Hideaki; Kiyokawa, Munekatsu; Fukaya, Hajime; Sakaguchi, Shinji


    We have developed a regenerative medicine therapy for the alveolar bone and endoscopic surgery for maxillary sinus lift without bone grafts, in patients experiencing severe periodontal disease with significant absorption of the maxillary alveolar bone, in which more than 10 mm of bone thickness in the maxillary bone was attained, with satisfactory results. The objective of this study was to examine the treatment outcomes of implants that were performed after these therapies. The participants were 36 patients with severe periodontal disease, who cannot be cured with any other treatments except the extirpation of all teeth. The 36 patients are all patients who underwent regenerative treatment of the alveolar bone through tooth replantation and transplantation of the iliac cancellous bone (the bone marrow) as well as endoscopic surgery for maxillary sinus lift from May 2003 to July 2007 in our clinic. A total of 120 implants were placed in these patients when the replanted teeth fell out because of root resorption, and the success rate was examined. The success rates of the implants were 16 of 33 (48%) in the group when surveyed less than 2 years after the surgery and 84 of 87 (96.5%) in the group when surveyed more than 2 years after the surgery. A statistically significant difference was found between the 2 groups (Chi-squared test, P bones in the maxillary sinus floor, augmented through endoscopic surgery for maxillary sinus lift, to attain the thickness and hardness required for implant placement. Therefore, although the implant treatment should be performed later than 2 years after surgery, chewing is possible during this period, with the replanted teeth that were used for regenerative treatment of the alveolar bone. It is believed that this is an extremely effective treatment method to improve the patients' quality of life.

  11. Magnesium sulfate or diltiazem as adjuvants to total intravenous anesthesia to reduce blood loss in functional endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Aravindan, Ajisha; Subramanium, Rajeshwari; Chhabra, Anjolie; Datta, Priyankar K; Rewari, Vimi; Sharma, Suresh C; Kumar, Rakesh


    This study was designed to know whether addition of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) or diltiazem to total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) (propofol) aided reduction in blood loss during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). The secondary outcomes measured were surgeon's assessment of the surgical field and hemodynamics. Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. Operating room. Forty-five American Society of Anesthesiologists I and II adult patients (18-60years) undergoing FESS. All groups received propofol-fentanyl TIVA. Patients were randomly allocated to 1 of the 3 groups (MgSO4 group, n=15; diltiazem group, n=15; saline group, n=15). Intraoperative bleeding was quantified, and quality of surgical field was graded. Hemodynamic parameters were recorded. Addition of both MgSO4 and diltiazem significantly reduced blood loss (240 and 350mL) in comparison to control group (415mL) (P=.003). The surgical field was significantly better in the MgSO4 group compared with the diltiazem (P=.028) and saline groups (P=.0001). It was concluded that the addition of both MgSO4 and diltiazem to TIVA propofol results in significant reduction in blood loss and significant improvement in the quality of surgical field during FESS without causing any adverse effects on the hemodynamics or on the recovery from anesthesia. The surgical field in the MgSO4 group was significantly better than that in the diltiazem group (P=.04). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Intravenous clonidine as a part of balanced anaesthesia for controlled hypotension in functional endoscopic sinus surgery: A randomised controled trial. (United States)

    Jiwanmall, Meghna; Joselyn, Anita Shirley; Kandasamy, Subramani


    Controlled hypotension with balanced anaesthesia minimises blood loss. This study was done to evaluate the effectiveness of intravenous clonidine as a single bolus dose to establish controlled hypotension during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was done in a tertiary hospital in India. Sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I and II patients (18-65 years) undergoing FESS were randomly allocated to one of the two groups. Placebo group (group A, n = 30) received sterile water whereas the clonidine group (group B, n = 30) received 3μg/kg of clonidine intravenously, 30 min prior to induction of anaesthesia. The primary outcome was to achieve a target mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) of 55-65 mmHg intraoperatively. The secondary outcomes measured were requirement of additional fentanyl and metoprolol, intra-operative blood loss, surgeon's opinion on the surgical field, pain, sedation score and complications requiring treatment. Target MAP was easily achieved in clonidine group as against the placebo group ( P hypotensive drugs and good analgesia ( P = 0.01) were seen in clonidine group. The complication rates were similar in both the groups. Clonidine is effective in achieving controlled hypotension in patients undergoing FESS. It reduces intra-operative blood loss, requirement of additional hypotensive drugs, improves the surgical field and offers good analgesia without significant side effects.

  13. One-Step Maxillary Sinus Augmentation in Association With Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Case Series and Review of the Literature. (United States)

    Saibene, Alberto Maria; Pipolo, Carlotta; Maccari, Alberto; Lozza, Paolo; Chiapasco, Matteo; Scotti, Alberto; Borloni, Roberto; Felisati, Giovanni


    Sinonasal anatomical anomalies and inflammatory conditions may reduce success rates of maxillary sinus elevation (MSE) procedures used to allow implant placement in the atrophic posterior maxilla. Approaches combining endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) and MSE were firstly proposed by our group and have already been described in the literature. This article aims to re-evaluate the procedure in a larger sample of patients comparing results and indications with the pertaining literature. Thirty-three patients (19 men and 14 women, mean age 52.79 ± 11.95 years) underwent combined ESS/MSE with 48 MSE procedures performed. No intraoperative complications were reported. An uneventful and complete graft integration was obtained after 6 months in all but one patient. All patients completed prosthetic rehabilitation within 9 to 12 months. Combined ESS and MSE has proven to be a safe and reliable procedure, which can be proposed to selected patients presenting with reversible sinonasal contraindications to MSE and should be no more considered an experimental procedure.

  14. REVIEW ARTICLE: Ultrashort pulse laser surgery of the cornea and the sclera (United States)

    Plamann, K.; Aptel, F.; Arnold, C. L.; Courjaud, A.; Crotti, C.; Deloison, F.; Druon, F.; Georges, P.; Hanna, M.; Legeais, J.-M.; Morin, F.; Mottay, É.; Nuzzo, V.; Peyrot, D. A.; Savoldelli, M.


    The strongly localized interaction process of ultrashort laser pulses with tissue makes femtosecond lasers a powerful tool for eye surgery. These lasers are now routinely used in refractive surgery and other forms of surgery of the anterior segment of the eye. Several clinical laser systems also offer options for corneal grafting and the potential use of ultrashort pulse lasers in glaucoma surgery has been the object of several recent studies which have shown promising results. While devices aimed for interventions in clear tissue may be based on available solid state or fibre laser technology, the development of tools for surgery in more strongly scattering tissue has to account for the compromised tissular transparency and requires the development of optimized laser sources. The present paper focuses on surgery of clear and pathological cornea as well as sclera. It aims to give an overview over typical medical indications for ultrashort pulse laser surgery, the optics of the tissues involved, the available laser technology, the laser-tissue interaction process, and possible future developments.

  15. Endoscopic plasma argon coagulation in treatment of weight regain after bariatric surgery: what does the patient think about this? (United States)

    Marchesini, Simone Dallegrave; Baretta, Giorgio Alfredo Pedroso; Cambi, Maria Paula Carlini; Marchesini, João Batista


    Bariatric surgery, especially Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is an effective treatment for refractory morbid obesity, causing the loss of 75% of initial excess weight. After the surgery, however, weight regain can occur in 10-20% of cases. To help, endoscopic argon plasma coagulation (APC) is used to reduce the anastomotic diameter. Many patients who undergo this treatment, are not always familiar with this procedure and its respective precautions. The aim of this study was to determine how well the candidate for APC understands the procedure and absorbs the information provided by the multidisciplinary team. We prepared a questionnaire with 12 true/false questions to evaluate the knowledge of the patients about the procedure they were to undergo. The questionnaire was administered by the surgeon during consultation in the preoperative period. The patients were invited to fill out the questionnaire. We found out that the majority learned about the procedure through the internet. They knew it was an outpatient treatment, where the anesthesia was similar to that for endoscopy, and that they would have to follow a liquid diet. But none of them knew that the purpose of this diet was to improve local wound healing. Bariatric patients who have a second chance to resume weight loss, need continuous guidance. The internet should be used by the multidisciplinary team to promote awareness that APC will not be sufficient for weight loss and weight-loss maintenance in the long term. Furthermore, there is a need to clarify again the harm of drinking alcohol in the process of weight loss, making its curse widely known.

  16. Risk factors associated with postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak after endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. (United States)

    Fraser, Shannon; Gardner, Paul A; Koutourousiou, Maria; Kubik, Mark; Fernandez-Miranda, Juan C; Snyderman, Carl H; Wang, Eric W


    OBJECTIVE The aim in this paper was to determine risk factors for the development of a postoperative CSF leak after an endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) for resection of skull base tumors. METHODS A retrospective review of patients who underwent EEA for the resection of intradural pathology between January 1997 and June 2012 was performed. Basic demographic data were collected, along with patient body mass index (BMI), tumor pathology, reconstruction technique, lumbar drainage, and outcomes. RESULTS Of the 615 patients studied, 103 developed a postoperative CSF leak (16.7%). Sex and perioperative lumbar drainage did not affect CSF leakage rates. Posterior fossa tumors had the highest rate of CSF leakage (32.6%), followed by anterior skull base lesions (21.0%) and sellar/suprasellar lesions (9.9%) (p 25 kg/m2) than for those with a healthy-weight BMI (18.7% vs 11.5%; p = 0.04). Patients in whom a pedicled vascularized flap was used for reconstruction had a lower leakage rate than those in whom a free graft was used (13.5% vs 27.8%; p = 0.0015). In patients with a BMI > 25 kg/m2, the use of a pedicled flap reduced the rate of CSF leakage from 29.5% to 15.0% (p = 0.001); in patients of normal weight, this reduction did not reach statistical significance (21.9% [pedicled flap] vs 9.2% [free graft]; p = 0.09). CONCLUSIONS Preoperative BMI > 25 kg/m2 and tumor location in the posterior fossa were associated with higher rates of postoperative CSF leak. Use of a pedicled vascularized flap may be associated with reduced risk of a CSF leak, particularly in overweight patients.

  17. Mobile gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery in rural Ecuador: 20 years' experience of Cinterandes. (United States)

    Shalabi, H T; Price, M D; Shalabi, S T; Rodas, E B; Vicuña, A L; Guzhñay, B; Price, R R; Rodas, E


    Five billion people worldwide do not have timely access to surgical care. Cinterandes is one of the only mobile surgical units in low- and middle-income countries. This paper examines the methodology that Cinterandes uses to deliver mobile surgery. Founding and core staff were interviewed, four missions were participated in, and internal documents and records were analysed between 1 May and 1 July 2014. Cinterandes performed 7641 operations over the last 20 years (60% gastrointestinal/laparoscopic), travelling 300,000 km to remote areas of Ecuador. The mobile surgery programme was initiated by a local Ecuadorian surgeon in 1980. Funding was acquired from businesses, private hospitals, and individuals, to fund a low-cost surgical truck, simple equipment, and running costs. The mobile surgical unit is a 24-foot modified Isuzu truck containing a preparation room with general equipment storage and running water, together with an operating room including the operating table, anaesthetic and surgical equipment. Mission structure includes: patient identification by a network of local medical personnel in remote regions; pre-operative assessment at 1 week by core team via teleconsultations; four-day surgical missions; post-operative recovery in tents or a local clinic; post-operative follow-up care by local personnel and remote teleconsultations. The permanent core team includes seven members; lead surgeon, lead anaesthetist, operating-room technician, medical coordinator, driver, general coordinator, and receptionist. Additional support members include seven regular surgeons, residents, medical students, and volunteers. Surgery is a very effective way to gain the trust of the community, due to immediate results. Trust opens doors to other programmes (e.g. family medicine). Surgery can be incorporated with all other aspects of health care, which can in turn be incorporated with all other aspects of human development, education, food production and nutrition, housing

  18. Transoral laser surgery for laryngeal carcinoma: has Steiner achieved a genuine paradigm shift in oncological surgery? (United States)

    Harris, A T; Tanyi, A; Hart, R D; Trites, J; Rigby, M H; Lancaster, J; Nicolaides, A; Taylor, S M


    Transoral laser microsurgery applies to the piecemeal removal of malignant tumours of the upper aerodigestive tract using the CO 2 laser under the operating microscope. This method of surgery is being increasingly popularised as a single modality treatment of choice in early laryngeal cancers (T1 and T2) and occasionally in the more advanced forms of the disease (T3 and T4), predominantly within the supraglottis. Thomas Kuhn, the American physicist turned philosopher and historian of science, coined the phrase 'paradigm shift' in his groundbreaking book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. He argued that the arrival of the new and often incompatible idea forms the core of a new paradigm, the birth of an entirely new way of thinking. This article discusses whether Steiner and colleagues truly brought about a paradigm shift in oncological surgery. By rejecting the principle of en block resection and by replacing it with the belief that not only is it oncologically safe to cut through the substance of the tumour but in doing so one can actually achieve better results, Steiner was able to truly revolutionise the management of laryngeal cancer. Even though within this article the repercussions of his insight are limited to the upper aerodigestive tract oncological surgery, his willingness to question other peoples' dogma makes his contribution truly a genuine paradigm shift.

  19. The awake endoscope-guided sealant technique with fibrin glue in the treatment of postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak after extended transsphenoidal surgery: technical note. (United States)

    Cavallo, Luigi M; Solari, Domenico; Somma, Teresa; Savic, Dragan; Cappabianca, Paolo


    The introduction of extended endoscopic endonasal approaches for the management of midline skull base lesions has brought again the focus on the problem of postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak management. Notwithstanding the improvements in reconstruction techniques that have reduced the rate of postoperative CSF leakage, no technique has proven to be thoroughly effective. Nine patients complaining of postoperative CSF leaking after extended endoscopic endonasal surgery for different suprasellar lesions were managed without reoperation by means of repeated endoscopic endonasal fibrin glue injections in the sphenoid sinus cavity while they were awake in the outpatient operating room. Only a few patients required light sedation with benzodiazepine. To help the healing process, lumbar CSF diversion was used in four patients who complained of moderate and severe leaks, We achieved an effective and resilient closure of the skull-base defect in all cases who underwent the endoscope-guided fibrin glue injection for the management of postoperative CSF leak after endoscopic endonasal surgery. Of the four patients presenting a "weeping" leak, one patient required a single injection, whereas three required two procedures; no lumbar drainage was used. Two patients with "moderate" leaks received four injections and in both a lumbar drain also was positioned. In the other two patients, three (in this case a lumbar drain was used) and two injections were performed, respectively. We managed the patient with severe leaking by performing an injection five times, and lumbar drainage was placed. No complications related to procedure or to the use of this material were observed (mean follow-up, 26.6 months; range, 5-63). An endoscope-guided sealant technique with fibrin glue used while the patient is awake has proven, in our experience, to be effective in reducing the rate of reoperations in the management of postoperative CSF leaking after endoscopic endonasal approaches for

  20. Sealed Orifice Laparoscopic or Endoscopic (SOLE) Surgery: technology and technique convergence for next-step colorectal surgery.

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    Cahill, R A


    The new avenue of minimally invasive surgery, referred to as single-incision\\/access laparoscopy, is often presented as an alternative to standard multiport approaches, whereas in fact it is more usefully perceived as a complementary modality. The emergence of the technique can be of greater use both to patients and to the colorectal specialty if its principles can be merged into next-stage evolution by synergy with more conventional practice. In particular, rather than device specificity, what is needed is convergence of capability that can be applied by the same surgeon in differing scenarios depending on the individualized patient and disease characteristics. We detail here the global applicability of a simple access device construct that allows the provision of simple and complex single-port laparoscopy as well as contributing to multiport laparoscopic and transanal resections in a manner that is reliable, reproducible, ergonomical and economical.

  1. [The safety and efficacy of endoscopic versus microscopic surgery for transsphenoidal pituitary adenoma in China: an updated and cumulative meta-analysis]. (United States)

    Xu, Tao; Peng, Lin; Li, Hao; Wang, Yuhan; Liu, Liang; Jiang, Yong; Gu, Yingjiang


    To evaluate the present clinical effectiveness and its change trend by an updated and cumulative meta-analysis of endoscopic versus microscopic surgery for transsphenoidal pituitary adenoma in China. We conducted a systematic review of the literature related to theme,and the meta-analysis of the data extracted onto a standard form was conducted by State 12.0 software. Finally 14 studies were included. There were 1 888 patients in total including 962 patients receiving endoscopic surgery and 926 patients undergoing microscopic surgery. Compared with microscopic group,there were significant advantages in endoscopic group including the high rate of complete tumor resection (OR=1.951, 95% CI: 1.525-2.495) and the lower incidence of overall operation complication (OR=0.480, 95% CI: 0.298-0.773) and cerebrospinal fluid leakage (OR=0.592, 95% CI: 0.399-0.878), but the advantage of the incidence rate of diabetes insipidus (OR=0.72, 95% CI: 0.420-1.252) was no statistically significant. Cumulative meta-analysis suggested that the advantage of total resection of tumor has stabilized in 2013. At present in our country, compared with microscopic group, there were significant advantages in endoscopic group including the rate of complete tumor resection and the incidence of overall operation complications and cerebrospinal fluid leakage, but the advantage of the incidence rate of diabetes insipidus was no statistically significant difference. The follow-up studies related to the rate of total resection of tumor may not change the existing meta-analysis results.

  2. Oral mucosal melanoma: conservative treatment including laser surgery. (United States)

    Luna-Ortiz, Kuauhyama; Campos-Ramos, Eunice; Pasche, Philippe; Mosqueda-Taylor, Adalberto


    To discuss the convenience of laser surgery as optimal treatment for melanoma of the oral mucosa. A retrospective evaluation of four patients with primary oral melanomas treated at a single Cancer Institution in Mexico City. Two patients were treated with resection of the melanoma with CO2 laser together with extraction of the involved dental organs and curettage of the alveolar walls. These two cases had melanoma in situ with multiple isolated foci. The third patient had a lesion with vertical growth, who was submitted to partial maxillectomy along with selective dissection of bilateral neck levels I-V with a negative report and the fourth patient had a history of oral nodular melanoma and presented with lymph node metastasis. According to follow-up status, there was no distant metastasis in any of the patients reported here. In our experience, conservative management with CO2 laser is adequate for melanomas of the oral mucosa with extraction of the dental organs and curettage of the alveoli to achieve complete surgical resection microscopically without sacrifice of the quality of life. Management of the neck is controversial. We recommend selective therapeutic resection of the neck only if it is found to be clinically positive. Elective dissection has not shown to have an impact in overall survival.

  3. Blue diode laser: a new approach in oral surgery? (United States)

    Fornaini, Carlo; Merigo, Elisabetta; Selleri, Stefano; Cucinotta, Annamaria


    The introduction of diode lasers in dentistry had several advantages, principally consisting on the reduced size, reduced cost and possibility to beam delivering by optical fibbers. Up today two diode wavelengths, 810 and 980 nm, were the most utilized in oral surgery but recently a new wavelength emitting in the blue had been proposed. The aim of this ex vivo study was to compare the efficacy of five laser wavelengths (450, 532, 808, 1064 and 1340 nm) for the ablation of soft tissues. Specimens were surgically collected from the dorsal surface of four bovine tongues and irradiated by the five different wavelengths. Thermal increase was measured by two thermocouples, the first at a depth of 0.5 mm, and the second at a depth of 2 mm while initial and final surface temperatures were recorded by IR thermometer. The quality of the incision was histologically evaluated by a pathologist by giving a score from 0 to 5. The time necessary to perform the excision varied between 215 seconds (1340 nm, 5W) and 292 seconds (808 nm, 3W). Surface temperature increase was highest for 1340 nm, 5W and lowest for 405 nm, 4 W. The most significant deep temperature increase was recorded by 1340 nm, 5 W and the lowest by 450 nm, 2 W. The quality of incision was better and the thermal elevation lower in the specimens obtained with shortest laser wavelength (450 nm).

  4. Role of molecular photodissociation in ultrafast laser surgery (United States)

    Wang, Jenny; Schuele, Georg; Huie, Phil; Palanker, Daniel V.


    Transparent ocular tissues such as cornea and crystalline lens can be precisely ablated or dissected using ultrafast ultraviolet, visible, and infrared lasers. In refractive or cataract surgery, cutting of the cornea, lens, and lens capsule is typically produced by dielectric breakdown in the focus of a short-pulse laser which results in explosive vaporization of the interstitial water and mechanically ruptures the surrounding tissue. Here, we report that tissue can also be disrupted below the threshold of bubble appearance using 400 nm femtosecond pulses with minimal mechanical damage. Using gel electrophoresis and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry, we assessed photodissociation of proteins and polypeptides by 400 nm femtosecond pulses both below and above the cavitation bubble threshold. Negligible protein dissociation was observed with 800 nm femtosecond lasers even above the threshold of dielectric breakdown. Scanning electron microscopy of the cut edges in porcine lens capsule demonstrated that plasma-mediated cutting results in the formation of grooves. Below the cavitation bubble threshold, precise cutting could still be produced with 400 nm femtosecond pulses, possibly due to molecular photodissociation of the tissue structural proteins.

  5. Post-bariatric surgery weight regain: evaluation of nutritional profile of candidate patients for endoscopic argon plasma coagulation. (United States)

    Cambi, Maria Paula Carlini; Marchesini, Simone Dallegrave; Baretta, Giorgio Alfredo Pedroso


    Bariatric surgery is effective treatment for weight loss, but demand continuous nutritional care and physical activity. They regain weight happens with inadequate diets, physical inactivity and high alcohol consumption. To investigate in patients undergoing Roux-Y-of gastroplasty weight regain, nutritional deficiencies, candidates for the treatment with endoscopic argon plasma, the diameter of the gastrojejunostomy and the size of the gastric pouch at the time of treatment with plasma. A prospective 59 patients non-randomized study with no control group undergoing gastroplasty with recurrence of weight and candidates for the endoscopic procedure of argon plasma was realized. The surgical evaluation consisted of investigation of complications in the digestive system and verification of the increased diameter of the gastrojejunostomy. Nutritional evaluation was based on body mass index at the time of operation, in the minimum BMI achieved after and in which BMI was when making the procedure with plasma. The laboratory tests included hemoglobin, erythrocyte volume, ferritin, vitamin D, B12, iron, calcium, zinc and serum albumin. Clinical analysis was based on scheduled follow-up. Of the 59 selected, five were men and 51 women; were included 49 people (four men and 44 women) with all the complete data. The exclusion was due to the lack of some of the laboratory tests. Of this total 19 patients (38.7%) had a restrictive ring, while 30 (61.2%) did not. Iron deficiency anemia was common; 30 patients (61.2%) were below 30 with ferritin (unit); 35 (71.4%) with vitamin B12 were below 300 pg/ml; vitamin D3 deficiency occurred in more than 90%; there were no cases of deficiency of protein, calcium and zinc; glucose levels were above 99 mg/dl in three patients (6.12%). Clinically all had complaints of labile memory, irritability and poor concentration. All reported that they stopped treatment with the multidisciplinary team in the first year after the operation. The profile of

  6. A cable-driven soft robot surgical system for cardiothoracic endoscopic surgery: preclinical tests in animals. (United States)

    Wang, Hesheng; Zhang, Runxi; Chen, Weidong; Wang, Xiaozhou; Pfeifer, Rolf


    Minimally invasive surgery attracts more and more attention because of the advantages of minimal trauma, less bleeding and pain and low complication rate. However, minimally invasive surgery for beating hearts is still a challenge. Our goal is to develop a soft robot surgical system for single-port minimally invasive surgery on a beating heart. The soft robot described in this paper is inspired by the octopus arm. Although the octopus arm is soft and has more degrees of freedom (DOFs), it can be controlled flexibly. The soft robot is driven by cables that are embedded into the soft robot manipulator and can control the direction of the end and middle of the soft robot manipulator. The forward, backward and rotation movement of the soft robot is driven by a propulsion plant. The soft robot can move freely by properly controlling the cables and the propulsion plant. The soft surgical robot system can perform different thoracic operations by changing surgical instruments. To evaluate the flexibility, controllability and reachability of the designed soft robot surgical system, some testing experiments have been conducted in vivo on a swine. Through the subxiphoid, the soft robot manipulator could enter into the thoracic cavity and pericardial cavity smoothly and perform some operations such as biopsy, ligation and ablation. The operations were performed successfully and did not cause any damage to the surrounding soft tissues. From the experiments, the flexibility, controllability and reachability of the soft robot surgical system have been verified. Also, it has been shown that this system can be used in the thoracic and pericardial cavity for different operations. Compared with other endoscopy robots, the soft robot surgical system is safer, has more DOFs and is more flexible for control. When performing operations in a beating heart, this system maybe more suitable than traditional endoscopy robots.

  7. Follicular loss in endoscopic surgery for ovarian endometriosis: quantitative and qualitative observations. (United States)

    Romualdi, Daniela; Franco Zannoni, Gian; Lanzone, Antonio; Selvaggi, Luigi; Tagliaferri, Valeria; Gaetano Vellone, Valerio; Campagna, Giuseppe; Guido, Maurizio


    To identify a possible marker of follicular depletion in relation to some histologic parameters of endometriotic cysts. Prospective study. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Operative Division of Endocrinological Gynecology. Seventy-seven patients (aged 20-40 years) with endometrioma. Patients underwent laparoscopic surgery for ovarian endometriosis. After excision of the cyst wall, involuntarily removed follicles were correlated with age at surgery and with intrinsic histologic parameters of the specimen (thickness and composition of capsule; size of cyst). There was a statistically significant relationship between patient age and number of follicles in the histologic section, a statistically significant inverse relationship between size of cyst and number of follicles, and no significant correlation between thickness of the capsule and number of follicles. Fibroblastic-type capsule, most frequently found in younger patients, was associated with removal of a significantly higher number of follicles. Our study suggests that patient age and cyst dimension are related to the histologic composition of the capsule, which is a marker of the aggressiveness of the cyst itself. Copyright © 2011 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Endoscopic Ear Surgery: Critical Review of Anatomy and Physiology of Normal and Reconstructive Middle Ear. (United States)

    Udagatti, Vithal D; Dinesh Kumar, Rajendran


    Middle ear anatomy is complex hence it is difficult to study the microscopic vibration of tympanic membrane and ossicles. The basic research has been done in few centres. Our experience is based on clinical data. The lack of quantitative understanding of structural and functional relationship in the mechanical response of the normal and reconstructed middle ear is major factor in poor hearing results after surgery (Merchant et al. in J Laryngol Otol 112:715-731, 1998). The vibration pattern of tympanic membrane changes with different frequencies. It depends upon shape, position and tension of tympanic membrane. Sometimes reconstructed tympanic membrane loses its shape and tension and thus its vibratory response (Pusalkar and Steinbach in Transplants and implants in otology II, 1992). Then what should be the shape, position, tension of the tympanic membrane and the ossicles. In order to have a serviceable hearing, dry and safe ear, there is a necessity of answering all these queries by us.

  9. Effect of laser immunotherapy and surgery on the treatment of mouse mammary tumors (United States)

    Chen, Vivian A.; Le, Henry; Li, Xiaosong; Wolf, Roman F.; Ferguson, Halie; Sarkar, Akhee; Liu, Hong; Nordquist, Robert E.; Chen, Wei R.


    Laser immunotherapy using laser photothermal therapy and immunological stimulation could achieve tumor-specific immune responses, as indicated by our previous pre-clinical and preliminary clinical studies. To further study the effect of laser immunotherapy, we conducted an investigation combining laser immunotherapy and surgery. After laser immunotherapy, treated tumors were surgically removed at different time points. The survival rates of treated mice were compared among different groups. Furthermore, the cured mice were rechallenged to test the immunity induced by laser immunotherapy. Our results showed that the mice treated with surgical removal one week after laser immunotherapy had the highest survival rate (77%). When the tumors were removed immediately after laser immunotherapy treatment, the survival rate was 57%. Most cured mice withstood tumor rechallenges, indicating an induction of tumor immunity by laser immunotherapy. The differentiations between different surgery groups indicate that the treated tumors have contributed to the immunological responses of the hosts.

  10. Development of EKC after Eximer Laser Photorefractive Surgery and Subsequent Recurrence of EKC-like Keratitis


    Park, Sung Joon; Jang, Yoon Soo; Koh, Tae Hyuk; Kwon, Young A; Song, Sang Wroul


    This research focuses on four cases of patients having undergone eximer laser photorefractive surgery who were diagnosed with adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis during the postoperative period and who later developed epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)-like keratitis. Two of the patients had undergone laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK), one had undergone laser in situ keratomileusis and one had photorefractive keratectomy. After the surgery adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis and recur...

  11. The efficacy of Labetalol versus Nitroglycerin for induction of controlled hypotension during sinus endoscopic surgery. A prospective, double-blind and randomized study. (United States)

    El-Shmaa, Nagat S; Ezz, Hoda Alsaid Ahmed; Younes, Ahmed


    To assess the efficacy of labetalol versus nitroglycerin for induction of controlled hypotension during sinus endoscopic surgery. A prospective, double-blind and randomized study. Carried out in operating room in university hospital. 60 patients of both sexes, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status I and II, age range from 20 to 60years; scheduled for elective sinus endoscopic surgery under general anesthesia (GA). Patients were divided into two groups (30 each). NTG group received nitroglycerin infusion at a dose of 2-5μg/kg/min, LAB group received labetalol infusion at a dose of 0.5-2mg/min. Surgical condition was assessed by surgeon using average category scale (ACS) of 0-5, a value of 2-3 being ideal. In both groups mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) was gradually reduced till the ideal ACS for assessment of surgical condition, the target of ACS was 2-3 or lower. Both studied drugs achieved desired hypotension and improved visualization of surgical field by decreasing bleeding in the surgical site, but ideal surgical conditions were created at mild hypotension (MAP 70-75) in LAB group while same conditions were created at MAP of 65-69mmHg in NTG group. Mean heart rate (HR) was significantly higher in NTG group as compared to LAB group. Blood loss decreased significantly in LAB group. Both labetalol and NTG are effective and safe drugs for induction of controlled hypotension during sinus endoscopic surgery. While, labetalol was better as it offered optimum operative condition with mild decrease in blood pressure, decreased surgical bleeding and less tachycardia during the surgery. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Treatment of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia with CO(2) laser vaporization and excision surgery. (United States)

    Leufflen, Léa; Baermann, Pauline; Rauch, Philippe; Routiot, Thierry; Bezdetnava, Lina; Guillemin, Francois; Desandes, Emmanuel; Marchal, Frederic


    To evaluate the recurrence rate after a single treatment of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) with CO(2) laser vaporization. Fifty women with usual-type or differentiated VIN (grades 2 and 3) treated with CO(2) laser vaporization or surgery excision (cold knife or CO(2) laser) were retrospectively evaluated. Of the 50 patients, 41 (82.0%) had usual-type VIN and 9 (18.0%) had differentiated VIN. Moreover, 24 (48.0%) were treated with surgery excision and 26 (52.0%) underwent CO(2) laser vaporization. Laser-treated patients were significantly younger (p vaporization groups (p vaporization treatment (p vaporization requires regular, close, and extended monitoring.

  13. The development of a virtual simulator for training neurosurgeons to perform and perfect endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgery. (United States)

    Rosseau, Gail; Bailes, Julian; del Maestro, Rolando; Cabral, Anne; Choudhury, Nusrat; Comas, Olivier; Debergue, Patricia; De Luca, Gino; Hovdebo, Jordan; Jiang, Di; Laroche, Denis; Neubauer, Andre; Pazos, Valerie; Thibault, Francis; Diraddo, Robert


    A virtual reality (VR) neurosurgical simulator with haptic feedback may provide the best model for training and perfecting surgical techniques for transsphenoidal approaches to the sella turcica and cranial base. Currently there are 2 commercially available simulators: NeuroTouch (Cranio and Endo) developed by the National Research Council of Canada in collaboration with surgeons at teaching hospitals in Canada, and the Immersive Touch. Work in progress on other simulators at additional institutions is currently unpublished. This article describes a newly developed application of the NeuroTouch simulator that facilitates the performance and assessment of technical skills for endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal surgical procedures as well as plans for collecting metrics during its early use. The main components of the NeuroTouch-Endo VR neurosurgical simulator are a stereovision system, bimanual haptic tool manipulators, and high-end computers. The software engine continues to evolve, allowing additional surgical tasks to be performed in the VR environment. Device utility for efficient practice and performance metrics continue to be developed by its originators in collaboration with neurosurgeons at several teaching hospitals in the United States. Training tasks are being developed for teaching 1- and 2-nostril endonasal transsphenoidal approaches. Practice sessions benefit from anatomic labeling of normal structures along the surgical approach and inclusion (for avoidance) of critical structures, such as the internal carotid arteries and optic nerves. The simulation software for NeuroTouch-Endo VR simulation of transsphenoidal surgery provides an opportunity for beta testing, validation, and evaluation of performance metrics for use in neurosurgical residency training. CTA, cognitive task analysisVR, virtual reality.

  14. [Prevalence and psychopathological characteristics of anxiety and depression in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis before endoscopic sinus surgery]. (United States)

    Hao, Tian; Youxiang, Ma; Xiuyong, Ding; Ruxiang, Zhang; Jiao, Xia


    To investigate the prevalence and psychopathological characteristics of anxiety and depression in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and to find the risk factors leading to psychological problems. Between August 2013 and April 2014, 117 consecutive patients with the diagnosis of CRS who had been scheduled for endoscopic sinus surgery were prospectively enrolled. Somatic and psychological symptoms were evaluated using a series of questionnaire instruments. The instruments included symptom checklist-90 (SCL-90), self-rating depression scale (SDS), self-rating anxiety scale (SAS) and the visual analogue scale (VAS) and the sinonasal outcome test 20 (SNOT-20) and Lund-Mackay computed tomography score. The results of SAS, SDS, SCL-90 were compared with the standard, obtained from healthy Chinese population. Multivariate Logistic regression was used to analyze the factors that might cause anxiety and depression. SPSS 19.0 software was used to analyze the data. The scores of SAS and SDS (39.40 ± 11.55, 54.05 ± 10.96) were significantly higher than those of our country's normal standard (29.78 ± 10.46, 41.88 ± 10.57, t equals 5.648, 7.529, all P anxiety, depression, psychosis and total average score of the factors ( all P anxiety, depression had positive correlation with the scores of SAS and SDS (r equals 0.681, 0.781, 0.531, 0.866, 0.674, 0.557, all P anxiety depression comorbid. In addition, the gender and concurrent asthma had positive correlation with incidence of any anxiety or depressive disorder. To compare the abnormal psychological state group and healthy group, the SNOT-20 scores had no statistical significance (all P > 0.05). High prevalence of anxiety and depression was found in CRS patients. Such factors as gender, nasal obstruction and concurrent with asthma or AR are high risk factors for anxiety and depression in patients with CRS.

  15. Effects of functional endoscopic sinus surgery on the treatment of bronchiectasis combined with chronic rhino-sinusitis. (United States)

    Wang, Ying; Yang, Hai-Bo


    Idiopathic bronchiectasis is closely associated with chronic rhino-sinusitis. It can effectively control bronchiectasic symptoms to treat chronic rhino-sinusitis by FESS in the cases with bronchiectasis and chronic rhino-sinusitis. To explore the effect of functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) on the treatment of bronchiectasis combined with chronic rhino-sinusitis. In this study, a total of 161 cases with bronchiectasis and chronic rhino-sinusitis were divided into medication group and operation group according to the therapeutic method for chronic rhino-sinusitis selected by them. For the treatment of chronic rhino-sinusitis, the cases in the operation group received FESS, but in the medication group cases took drugs alone. The score of clinical symptoms for bronchiectasis, forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), SNOT-22 score, and Lund-Mackay score were evaluated for all cases before and after treatment, respectively, and then the value changes in the score of clinical symptoms, FEV1, SNOT-22 score, and Lund-Mackay score between both time points were calculated. The frequency of acute exacerbation for bronchiectasis was also recorded within the 6-month follow-up. In this study, 58.9% of cases with bronchiectasis had chronic rhino-sinusitis. Follow-up lasted 6 months. Compared with pre-therapy, post-therapy score of clinical symptoms, SNOT-22 score, and Lund-Mackay score were all significantly decreased (all p therapy FEV1 failed to significantly improve (p > 0.05) in both groups. During the 6-month follow-up, the frequency of acute exacerbation was significantly less in the operation group than in the medication group (p therapy FEV1 between the two groups (p > 0.05).

  16. Surgical Outcomes of Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery of Craniopharyngiomas Evaluated According to the Degree of Hypothalamic Extension. (United States)

    Yano, Shigetoshi; Hide, Takuichiro; Shinojima, Naoki


    Sparing the hypothalamus after craniopharyngioma treatment is a prerequisite to ensure a good quality of life. In this study, the functional prognosis of craniopharyngioma after endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery (EES) was examined in function of the degree of hypothalamic extension. Twenty cases of craniopharyngioma treated by EES were categorized according to the Puget classification using preoperative and postoperative magnetic resonance imaging. The degree of resection rates, amelioration of symptoms, and endocrinologic and hypothalamic functions were evaluated during the postoperative follow-up period. All cases were preoperatively classified into grades 0 (n = 8), 1 (n = 7), and 2 (n = 5). Near total resection was achieved in half of the cases. Moreover, visual improvement was observed in 75% of the cases. The incidence rate of additional endocrinologic dysfunction was not related to the preoperative grade or intraoperative stalk preservation. Postoperative magnetic resonance imaging indicated hypothalamic preservation for all grades. After an average of 60 months follow-up of 11 patients with primary tumors, 4 patients showed tumor regrowth controlled by stereotactic radiation therapy. All patients recorded more than 80% on the Karnofsky Performance Scale and showed no additional obesity at follow-up. EES provides optimal resection rate and limited complications because of the preservation of the hypothalamus, regardless of the degree of preoperative hypothalamic involvement. Consequently, the rate of obesity occurrence is also decreased. This study indicates that EES protects hypothalamus function and improves tumor removal rate, and that it will become the first choice of surgical procedure for managing craniopharyngiomas. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  17. A retrospective study of clinical and radiologic outcomes of 69 consecutive maxillary sinus augmentations associated with functional endoscopic sinus surgery. (United States)

    Falco, Antonello; Amoroso, Cinzia; Berardini, Marco; D'Archivio, Lanfranco


    The aim of this clinical investigation was to evaluate the clinical and radiologic outcomes of a single-step surgical procedure that includes functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and maxillary sinus elevation by the lateral window approach in patients with reversible contraindications to sinus elevation. Thirty-eight patients with insufficient bone height in the posterior maxilla caused by pneumatization of the sinus and with reversible ear-nose-throat (ENT) contraindications to sinus elevation were recruited for this investigation between January 2010 and January 2012. All patients were treated in a single session under general anesthesia for a total of 69 consecutive sinus augmentations. FESS was performed by an ENT specialist, and an oral surgeon carried out sinus elevation through the lateral window approach. Particulate xenograft was used beneath the sinus membrane. Intraoperative and postoperative complications (eg, membrane tears, rhinosinusitis, graft infection or loss) were reported. Nasal endoscopies were performed at 7, 14, and 30 days and 3 months after treatment. After a healing period of 6 months, 137 implants were inserted. Computed tomography scans were performed after 6 months and 1 year. Intraoperative membrane perforation occurred in only one case. No implant failures were recorded during the follow-up period. Radiologic and clinical findings showed the resolution of ENT disease and good bone graft integration after 1 year. A relapse of mucosal thickening observed in some patients did not influence the graft healing. Preliminary rhinosinusal evaluation by an ENT specialist and computed tomography of the ostiomeatal complex are necessary in patients needing maxillary sinus elevation. A single-step approach to FESS and sinus elevation is a predictable technique to manage patients with ENT reversible contraindications to sinus elevation.

  18. A 3D scanning laser endoscope architecture utilizing a circular piezoelectric membrane (United States)

    Khayatzadeh, Ramin; Çivitci, Fehmi; Ferhanoğlu, Onur


    A piezo-scanning fiber endoscopic device architecture is proposed for 3D imaging or ablation. The endoscopic device consists of a piezoelectric membrane that is placed perpendicular to the optical axis, a fiber optic cable that extends out from and actuated by the piezoelectric membrane, and one or multiple lenses for beam delivery and collection. Unlike its counterparts that utilize piezoelectric cylinders for fiber actuation, the proposed architecture offers quasi-static actuation in the axial direction along with resonant actuation in the lateral directions forming a 3D scanning pattern, allowing adjustment of the focus plane. The actuation of the four-quadrant piezoelectric membrane involves driving of two orthogonal electrodes with AC signals for lateral scanning, while simultaneously driving all electrodes for axial scanning and focus adjustment. We have characterized piezoelectric membranes (5 -15mm diameter) with varying sizes to monitor axial displacement behavior with respect to applied DC voltage. We also demonstrate simultaneous lateral and axial actuation on a resolution target, and observe the change of lateral resolution on a selected plane through performing 1D cross-sectional images, as an indicator of focal shift through axial actuation. Based on experimental results, we identify the optical and geometrical parameters for optimal 3D imaging of tissue samples. Our findings reveal that a simple piezoelectric membrane, having comparable dimensions and drive voltage requirement with off-the-shelf MEMS scanner chips, offers tissue epithelial imaging with sub-cellular resolution.

  19. Pilot study of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for tissue differentiation by monitoring the plume created during laser surgery — An approach on a feedback Laser control mechanism

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    Kanawade, Rajesh, E-mail: [Clinical Photonics Lab, Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Paul-Gordan-Str. 6, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Institute of Photonics Technologies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Paul-Gordan-Str. 3, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Mehari, Fanuel [Master Programme in Advanced Optical Technologies (MAOT), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Paul-Gordan-Str. 6, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Knipfer, Christian; Rohde, Maximilian [Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Erlangen, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Glueckstrasse 11, 91054 Erlangen (Germany); Tangermann-Gerk, Katja [Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH, Konrad-Zuse-Strasse 2-6, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Schmidt, Michael [Clinical Photonics Lab, Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Paul-Gordan-Str. 6, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Institute of Photonics Technologies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Paul-Gordan-Str. 3, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH, Konrad-Zuse-Strasse 2-6, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); and others


    This study focuses on tissue differentiation using ‘Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy’ (LIBS) by monitoring the plasma plume created during laser surgery processes. This technique is aimed at controlling a laser surgery feedback system in real time. An Excimer laser (Ar-F 193 nm) was used for the ablation of tissue samples. Fat, muscle, nerve and skin tissue samples of bisected ex-vivo pig heads were prepared as test objects for the ablation procedure. A single fiber was used to collect emissions and deliver them to a spectrometer. The obtained LIBS spectra in the measured emissions were analyzed to determine each tissue type according to their chemical composition. The elements found in the samples and their emission spectra were in agreement with those described in literature. The collected LIBS spectra were analyzed to differentiate the tissues using statistical data analysis: Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) and Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC). The obtained preliminary results suggest a successful differentiation of the target tissues with high sensitivity and specificity. The main goal of this study was to qualitatively identify tissue types during laser ablation, which will provide a real time feedback mechanism for clinical Laser surgery applications to significantly improve the accuracy and safety of laser surgery procedures. - Graphical abstract: Skin, fat, muscle and nerve tissue differentiation. - Highlights: • Methods to differentiate tissues for the application in a laser surgery feedback control system • Successful differentiati