Optimal port placement and enhanced guidance in robotically assisted cardiac surgery

R. Bauernschmitt, M. Feuerstein, J. Traub, Eva U. Schirmbeck, G. Klinker, R. Lange

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Abstract

Background: Optimal port placement and enhanced guidance in robotically assisted cardiac surgery is required to improve preoperative planning and intraoperative navigation. Methods: Offline optimal port placement is planned on a three-dimensional virtual reconstruction of the patient's computed tomography scan. Using this data, an accurate in vivo port placement can be performed, which is achieved by augmented reality techniques superimposing virtual models of the thorax and the teleoperator arms on top of the real worldview. Results: A new system incorporating both port placement planning and intraoperative navigation in robotically assisted minimally invasive heart surgery was established to aid the operative workflow. A significant reduction of operation time by improved planning and intraoperative support is anticipated. Conclusions: The enhanced intraoperative orientation possibilities may lead to further decrease in operation time and have the continuing ability to improve quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-687
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical Endoscopy
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Computer assisted heart surgery
  • Port placement
  • Surgical navigation

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