they are. I’ll tell you, in many cases the
picture we see on the 70-inch 3D monitors
is better and brighter than what we see in the
surgeon console on the da Vinci system.”
Ready, Set, Go!
Being able to quickly incorporate the system
into the OR helped both surgeons leverage its
benefits immediately. According to Dr. Eun,
the system’s wiring was already set up for 3D.
Furthermore, in contrast to previous systems
where a scope alignment was necessary, the
Sony screens came pre-aligned.
“There was less tinkering around that we
had to do,” he says. “We turned it on and it was
working. It was that level of simplicity that I was
Both surgeons feel many types of facilities
may benefit from the investment in this type of
3D visualization technology. According to Dr.
Valvo, busy robotics centers, teaching centers,
and facilities concerned with reducing mistakes
in the OR may find 3D visualization to be a
“I think that this is for a health system that
wants to be fully invested, one that wants to go
in at a very high level,” says Dr. Eun.
“That’s what Temple had done,” he contin-
ues. “They decided to go all in on robotics and
really invest fully in not only the surgeons and
recruiting the right people to do the operations,
SP: Once it was purchased
and in place, did the system
meet your expectations?
Dr. Daniel Eun: We turned it on
and it was working... It was
that level of simplicity I was
looking for... Once we got it
set up, (meeting our expec-
tations) was almost instan-
taneous... I am very pleased
with the picture quality and
ease of use.
SP: Were there any challenges for your staff once the system was
put in place?
Dr. John Valvo: Once they were able to visualize, it was like my im-
mersion into robotic surgery from the beginning. I had gone from an
open surgeon to a laparoscopic surgeon and now to a robotic sur-
geon. I was coming full circle. Now that I could see the way I could
with my own eyes, I think the learning curve was shortened.
but also getting high-end equipment. That
way it would be not only a good way to show
patients and the community that we were fully
invested in this robotics program, but also a
great recruiting tool.”
Technology has transformed the way sight is
defined in the OR, and the innovative visualization tools being developed inside and outside
the healthcare industry have surgeons and other
hospital personnel excited for what the future
“There is a push toward 3D in our world,”
says Dr. Valvo.
“One of the things that attracted me to
robotic surgery was, as a surgeon, I wanted
to be able to see with my naked eye what
I was seeing before in the open arena,” he
continues. “Laparoscopic surgery kind off
cut that of for us. Now we can see what it is
we want to do surgically, and this extends
that to everyone else in the room. As we
move to a much more integrated surgical
team approach, it puts everybody on the