First Hospital in Southern California to use 3-D Surgical Video System - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Published on May 29, 2014

First Hospital in Southern California to use 3-D Surgical Video System

PIH Health Hospital - Downey is the first hospital in Southern California to utilize the Olympus Endoeye Flex 3-D Videoscope to improve surgical precision.

The system provides three-dimensional, high-definition images that help restore the surgeon’s natural 3-D vision and depth perception during procedures.
Through the use of a video processor, light source, laparoscope and monitor, the surgical video system enables surgeons to look inside the human body as if they are looking with their naked eyes. The system is used during laparoscopic procedures to diagnose, detect and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions with only a minimally invasive, small incision.
“The new technology provides critical views with greater depth perception that are not possible with traditional 2-D systems,” said Mark Minkes MD FACS at PIH Health Hospital - Downey. “This system enables greater surgical precision and minimizes the potential of damage to surrounding organs.”
Dr. Minkes has utilized this system for a variety of laparoscopic procedures such as a cholecystectomy, hemicolectomy, sigmoidectomy, adrenalectomy and splenectomy.
Laparoscopy has become increasingly common in hospitals, with about 2.8 million procedures performed in the United States in 2013.