SP: What do/should surgeons and
other OR personnel demand from
new products to help them achieve such
goals as improved patient outcomes,
long-term procedural success rates,
reduced patient recovery times, and
faster/more precise surgical procedures?
Mancini: New devices should have the following
• Reusable components with highly effective
cleaning properties to reduce the risk of surgi-
cal-site infections, which remain a significant
cost for the U.S. healthcare system and also
negatively impact patient outcomes and patient recovery times.
• Solutions that reduce procedure costs without sacrificing surgical
performance, which allows the facility to improve overall profitability and/or reinvest the savings into emerging technologies and
• Adaptable technologies that can produce the results of multiple
devices into one, which typically translates into a per-procedure
cost reduction, but also makes the physician more efficient and
reduces the time to complete the procedure.
SP: In what ways will minimally-invasive surgery
change over the course of the next five years?
What about 10 years? What about 20 years?
Mancini: Especially given the changes in the healthcare industry
as a result of the Affordable Care Act, we will continue to see an
emphasis on cost reduction from reusable and reposable devices
replacing single-use devices. The challenge will be to develop
devices for minimally-invasive surgery that control costs and
also improve patient outcomes. Additionally, given that patient
satisfaction scores will directly impact hospital reimbursement
rates, we will see increased adoption of devices and techniques
that increase procedural efficiency and allow the physicians to
increase the amount of time they spend with their patients.
SP: How have advancements in imaging technology helped
push hospitals to perform more minimally-invasive surgical
procedures and improve the outcomes of those procedures?
Brian Schlueter, Sr. Marketing Manager, FSN Medical
Technologies: Time is money in the hospital environment. Minimally-invasive surgery offers reduced operating times and shorter patient
recovery times. Shorter procedures that are less invasive help improve
the hospital’s efficiency and profitability. Minimally-invasive surgery
requires that the performing doctor feels comfortable looking at the
surgical site via a display monitor. Today’s live video signals generated
and displayed during a procedure are high definition, which allows
doctors to have a more precise image of the operation. Medical grade
display monitors can be color calibrated to the doctor’s preference,
which can change according to the type of procedure. Additionally,
patients prefer minimally-invasive surgery if they have the option.
Benefits include shorter recovery time, less post-operative pain,
decreased incidence of wound infections and other complications,
as well as shorter hospital stays. Faster patient healing means a faster
return to doing the things of normal, everyday life.
SP: How will imaging technology continue to evolve
with time to help surgeons and staff perform minimal-
ly-invasive procedures and achieve desired results and
outcomes in the OR?
Schlueter: Moving forward, imaging technology in the OR will be developed to improve the acquisition of images, the processing of images, and
the display of images. Some of the latest endoscopic cameras show not only
a front lens view, but also side views. Today’s integrated operating room
does not need a closet full of massive video processing hardware. Small
footprint solutions are available. As with the trend in consumer electronics,
older bulky CRT displays have become obsolete. Flat panel LCDs will
continue to be improved with more features and better picture quality.
SP: Why is imaging technology a key consideration for
hospitals looking to perform more (and more effective)
Manager, FSN Medical
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