Rambam: Brain Surgery Using the World's Most Advanced Surgical Microscope
New, state-of-the-art technology enables Rambam Health Care Campus to perform brain surgery using robotic capabilities, navigation, imaging, and 3D vision. The surgical microscope used for this procedure is changing the face of medicine. January 16, 2020 – For the first time in Northern Israel, the world's most advanced surgical microscope was used recently in the Department of Neurosurgery at Rambam Health Care Campus. The department recently acquired the Zeiss Kinevo 900, an innovative, highly advanced technological device that enables performing complex surgical operations using robotics for navigation, intraoperative imaging, endoscopies, 3D functionality, and more. The combination of the microscope’s multitude of cutting-edge features greatly increases the efficiency of surgery for tumor resections, cerebral vascular malformations, and more, with maximum accuracy and minimum injury in sensitive brain areas. The first procedure at Rambam using the new microscope was brain surgery in an 80-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with a large tumor. Removal of such tumors is a highly complex and delicate procedure. Use of the microscope greatly simplified the procedure, with microscopic enlargement being used to visualize the area and remove the tumor from the brain and surrounding vessels. Following the successful surgery, the patient felt good, and was scheduled for release from the hospital shortly thereafter. In the near future, other patients will also benefit from surgeries using the microscope. According to Dr. Gil Sviri, Director of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery in the Head and Neck Center, the new microscope is an important tool. "This microscope allows us to perform brain and spinal cord surgery using the most advanced technology available in the world today,” he explains. “The precision, magnification options, and the 3D capabilities, as well as the ability to combine these capabilities with a robotic system, help us see pathologies in ways not previously possible. Today, this technology is available to patients from all over the country who choose to come to Rambam, and we can provide our patients with the most accurate, high-quality, and best care possible.” Dr. Iddo Paldor, Deputy Director of the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Tumor Specialist adds, "Using the microscope’s advanced capabilities allow us at Rambam to align our brain tumor treatment with the world's leading centers. The microscope helps us to further reduce damage to sensitive areas of the brain surrounding the lesions being treated. Using this microscope, we can offer the world's most advanced neurosurgery to patients who have chosen Rambam." In the photo: Dr. Iddo Paldor, Deputy Director of the Department of Neurosurgery and the new microscope in the operating room. Photography: Rambam Health Care Campus
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