3D Laparoscopes such as ENDOEYE also offer 30-degree image rotation without loss of horizon – making navigation of the surgical plane easier and safer for patients. The Chip-on-the-Tip technology of ENDOEYE also eliminates the ‘honeycomb’ video appearance associated with scopes that use fiber optics, resulting in exceptional image clarity throughout the whole procedure. With this technology, all objects between 2.5 and 12 cm from the tip are in constant focus – enabling better visualisation of structures in the operative field and improved surgical precision.
Technological innovation can enhance surgeon expertise and experience
For surgeons that regularly conduct a high volume of laparoscopic procedures, using devices that maximise detail is crucial to help prevent exhaustion. While conventional 2D procedures can be lengthy and difficult, a recent systematic review of studies using 3D imaging systems showed that these devices lower the cognitive workload required during surgery – reducing surgeon fatigue
Studies have also shown 3D laparoscopes to be highly effective for specific techniques. The exceptional depth perception and accurate colour reproduction provided by 3D laparoscopes can boost the skill of surgeons performing difficult procedures, such as suture reconstruction or lymphadenectomy in confined spaces
. These improvements in experience are also independent of surgeon expertise, with 3D devices proven to enhance the surgical precision of both novice and experienced surgeons alike
Sharing his personal experience, Prof. Giovanni Scambia, chairman of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Catholic University Policlinico Gemelli, states that “The 3D system is very, very effective and it allows us to easily perform very complex procedures.” In his experience, using the 3D system, especially in a complex situation, results in more confidence and less fatigue.