Why Surgeons Suffer Injuries from Minimally Invasive Technique

Last updated: March 6, 2015

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Adrian E. Park, M.D., chief of general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, found that 87 percent of laparoscopic surgeons have experienced physical symptoms or discomfort as a result of managing the unique surgical constraints associated with laparoscopic surgery. A post on the UMMC blog includes a video where Dr. Park explains the challenges of performing minimally invasive surgery and how these challenges limit the surgeon's movements and impact his or her body both during and after the procedure in this video.

This video also shows their usability lab. See https://bit.ly/bXvFVh

New ISO standard for spinal disc implants

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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29 January 2008 International Organization for Standardization press release

A new ISO standard for spinal disc implants will help reduce suffering of back pain patients. The new standard will help ensure that spinal disc prostheses meet requirements for wear resistance, particularly important as once implanted these will need to absorb the impact from the body’s daily activities for years to come.

Medical surgery ISO 18192-1:2008, Implants for surgery – wear of total intervertebral spinal disc prostheses, Part 1: Loading and displacement parameters for wear testing and corresponding environmental conditions for test provides requirements for comparing the wear performance of different spinal disc prostheses.

The primary users of this ISO standard will be medical device manufacturers and laboratories in public and private sectors, providing biomechanical testing services for medical devices. The estimated worldwide market size for artificial disc prostheses will exceed USD 1 billion by the year 2010.

Read more in the ISO Press Release:
https://www.iso.org/iso/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?refid=Ref1109

Medical Resources

Last updated: April 17, 2019

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