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Manager's Guide to Abdominal Surgery - March 2014

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2 6 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | M O N T H 2 0 1 4 S moke, lens fogging, debris, lighting that's never perfect: too dark or too light, too bright or not bright enough. Add in the challenge of operating in tunnel vision and it's a wonder surgeons can see well enough to perform surgery at all. But they can, and perform it well, thanks in part to a few technologies that overcome the fundamental visualization limitations of laparoscopy. 1. Imaging upgrades Laparoscopic instruments don't let surgeons "feel" the abdominal cavity. They can't determine if the anatomy they're manipulating is hard, soft or textured. You can tell the difference between a circle and square on a 2D picture, but can you tell the difference between a soft square and hard square? That's the sort of B E T T E R V I E W S Technology is improving the views of laparoscopic surgery. Dmitry Oleynikov, MD, FACS | Omaha, Neb. Dmitry Oleynikov, MD, FACS ROOM WITH A VIEW Laparoscopy is tough enough to perform, without additional visualization-related challenges. 1403_AbdominalSurgeryGuide_Layout 1 2/24/14 10:36 AM Page 26

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