Utilising robotic microscopes in surgery

March 24, 2024 | 18:00
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Medical experts gathered at a seminar in Hanoi on March 23 to discuss the use of robotic microscope surgery.

Drawing the attendance of esteemed physicians from hospitals nationwide, the event expanded the boundaries in the field of medical technology and surgery.

Utilising robotic microscopes in surgery
Assoc. Prof. Ngo Manh Hung shared his extensive experience in neurosurgery at the seminar hosted by HFH

Dr. Ngo Manh Hung, deputy director of the Neuro-Surgery Centre at Viet Duc Hospital, shared his extensive experience and success using the microscope.

“Most surgeons nowadays aim to make the smallest possible incisions but provide the widest possible view. To achieve this, we need two important factors: a light source introduced into the surgical field and ultra-high-resolution imaging to see every detail clearly,” said Dr. Hung.

“Moreover, the light source should not obstruct the surgeon's view. Currently, 80-90 per cent of neurosurgeries require a microscope, and without a surgical microscope, major and deep surgeries cannot be performed.”

The surgical microscope used by Dr. Hung is utilised in surgeries for brain tumors, spinal tumors, aneurysms, and coronary artery bypass.

“In neurosurgery, the surgical microscope acts like an extended arm and eye for the surgeon. Many limitations and obstacles that previously existed can be overcome with the ZEISS KINEVO 900,” said Dr. Hung.

With decades of surgical experience and having used various types of supportive equipment, Dr. Hung said that the ZEISS KINEVO 900 surgical microscope allowed surgeons to perform operations with sophistication and high precision, helping to maximise treatment of diseased areas while minimising or causing the least harm to healthy areas. This, in turn, limits the impact on the nervous system and reduces the sequelae left for patients.

Utilising robotic microscopes in surgery
Hanoi French Hospital uses new generation advanced surgical microscope in surgeries

According to medical experts, in cases like high-grade spinal cord tumor surgeries, the biggest challenge for surgeons is the lack of a clear boundary between the diseased area and the healthy tissue.

The fluorescence features of the ZEISS KINEVO 900 help determine blood flow in the smallest vessels, analyse hemodynamics in real-time, and display tumour tissue through fluorescence imaging, helping to differentiate diseased areas within healthy brain tissue.

Such devices are also of great value in training as surgeries can be recorded or broadcast in a vivid and visual way, allowing every member of the surgical team to follow and analyse.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nguyen Hoang Huy, head of the Ear Department at the National Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital, explored the potential of the surgical microscope in cochlear implant surgery, emphasising the significant advances in surgical practice.

"ENT surgeries are conducted in narrow and dark incisions, where during surgery, very small openings of about 0.3-0.5 mm are made. Touching a nerve could cause the patient to suffer facial paralysis, loss of taste, and taste disorders. The ZEISS KINEVO 900 provides a very bright light source and high-resolution magnified images, which are fundamental needs in ENT surgery," said Dr. Huy.

"Additionally, the ZEISS KINEVO 900 microscope has a position memory function. During surgery, after drilling and operating at one site, the surgeon must move to another site and then return to the original position. With other devices, repositioning is required, but this microscope can return to the original surgical position thanks to its surgical point lock and position memory features, enhancing the observation range and reducing surgery time," he added.

Attendees also had the opportunity to tour the modern operating rooms of Hanoi French Hospital (HFH) and witness the ZEISS KINEVO 900 in action.

HFH is the first medical facility in northern Vietnam equipped with the new generation surgical microscope ZEISS KINEVO 900, demonstrating the hospital's commitment to improving surgical efficiency, reducing treatment time, and helping patients recover quickly, thereby reducing medical costs.

Utilising robotic microscopes in surgery
Chief Medical Director of Hanoi French Hospital Dr. Erwan Debuc welcomed professionals to the conference

HFH’s chief medical officer Dr. Erwan Debuc emphasised the hospital's dedication to excellence and innovation.

“Through events like today's seminar, HFH can share its groundbreaking advancements in medical technology while fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement,” he said.

“Our commitment to adopting and mastering innovative surgical techniques is testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence. By doing so, we enhance our own capabilities and contribute significantly to the broader medical community and patient care standards in Vietnam and beyond,” he added.

Echoing this sentiment, Assoc. Prof. Vo Thanh Quang, deputy general director of HFH, shared his vision for the future. “Today's seminar is an important step in our ongoing effort to enhance surgical care. Our investment in state-of-the-art technology like the ZEISS KINEVO 900 and our focus on professional development through knowledge sharing are crucial to our mission,” he said.

“As we strive to explore new possibilities in medicine, our primary aim is to deliver first class healthcare to our patients and contribute to medical advancements that will positively impact society,” he noted.

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