ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Absolute precision is difficult when accounting for the possibility of human error. This circumstance can be a deciding factor in surgeries, where a slight hand movement can end a life. To thwart this, one company has crossed the threshold in scientific surgical innovation: robot-assisted surgery.
Under a contract for the U.S. Army, the first robotic surgical system prototype was created in the 1980s to be utilized during battlefield surgeries. In 2000, however, Intuitive Surgical became the first company cleared by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to create these advanced tools for commercial use.
Referred to as the da Vinci Surgical system, the robotic tool is comprised of a surgeon console, patient-side cart, endowrist instruments and a vision system to aid surgeons in performing complex procedures with only a few small incisions. Currently, the da Vinci surgical system is approved to perform minimally invasive surgeries in cardiac urologic, gynecologic, and pediatric procedures, among others. To View a Video of the da Vinci Surgical System go Here.
Although the robotic arms are what technically cut, clamp, and dissect during the procedure, it's the surgeon situated in the console that masterminds the entire surgery. In real-time, the system translates a surgeon's hand movements to the robotic arms with whatever endowrist instruments—such as suction and clamp—they choose to utilize. These instruments are superior to human hands due to their seven degrees of motion.
To connect the surgeon to the patient, a high definition 3D endoscope relays real images to the surgeon throughout the process. This display has the ability to be connected to larger ones that allow for multiple spectators. It is this vision system that is instrumentally vital to a successful surgery; it is the only way in which the surgeon actually sees. Therefore, vision systems are thoroughly checked for repair and recalibration, as there is potential for loss of life if not adequately maintained.
Since 2007, Ampronix has been certified to repair the 19 inch displays used in the Da Vinci vision systems. Our service center works closely with Fimi, an Italy-based display company that was acquired in 2010 by Barco, who manufactures world class displays. This close relationship ensures that we are notified of any changes of the repair process, and that we have back-up support if any issues were to arise. "Sometimes it's just for calibration or installing updates, sometimes for a repair, but on average, we receive about 5 da Vinci displays a month," said Albert Maldonado, Service Assistant Manager.
When a display is received, we follow strict guidelines as the OEM would, like burning the display for four hours even before any repairs are performed. After each repair the LCD will go through a calibration process to ensure it is set to OEM specifications, ensuring that the displays will not fail during critical procedures. Beyond that, we utilize an ISO 14644 certified clean room to install a protective sheet over the LCD, to prevent debris or dust particles from settling. In fact, Ampronix carries all the necessary parts in-house, making us readily available for fast turnaround, as necessary.
Ampronix is currently working with FIMI on two new products for the Da Vinci system. The current 19" CCFL monitor will be replaced with a LED panel and a 26" touch screen monitor, so we will be able to broaden our horizons with the capacity to service all da Vinci displays.
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