Winter Park Memorial Hospital Unveils New Robotic Program
Florida Hospital’s Dr. Steven McCarus, the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) and Karl Storz Endoscopy have collaborated on an innovative computer robotic program that allows experienced physicians to remotely proctor surgeons learning how to perform minimally invasive surgeries. Located at the Winter Park Memorial Hospital, the Visitor One robot permits the proctor in a remote location to view exactly what the surgeon is seeing in his operating room and coach him throughout the surgery process.
The Visitor One is a compact, moveable robot with a high-definition camera and screen and is able to be used in a variety of surgical procedures. The proctor sees what the surgeon is viewing on the screen in the operating room. Not only will an experienced proctor like Dr. McCarus be able to give step-by-step instructions to the surgeon, but he can also draw on the screen, like a football analyst, to point out specific aspects of the technique and instruct on specific areas and the procedure. This process is called “telestrating.”
“The Visitor One is a very effective teaching modality to train physicians in minimally invasive surgery,” said Dr. McCarus, Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Center for Pelvic Health. “With this technology, no patient will be left behind as we will be able to provide physicians around the world with the information necessary to perform these life-saving surgeries.”
Winter Park Memorial Hospital, a Florida Hospital, is one of only five nationally acknowledged AIMIS Centers of Excellence. This new technology is another example of how the hospital is providing cutting-edge medical training for physicians.