New technology changing way surgeries are performed

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Posted on June 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 10:21 AM

Jon Schiff of Pro Pep Surgical joins us in the studio to talk about his invention which gives surgeons the ability to see nerves and muscles that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

New technology developed right here in Austin is drastically changing the way surgeries are performed. It's giving surgeons the ability to see nerves and muscles that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. It's called pro pep's nerve monitoring system.

Before now, doctor's would commonly use Da Vinci's magnification in the operating room, giving them a view ten times larger than the human eye. But even with that, surgeons would still have to guess where nerves were located.

This is particularly a problem during robotic prostate surgeries. 50% of all patients suffer urinary incontinence three months after surgery because of nerve damage.

Urologist Peter Ruff, M.D. said that "in essence [doctors] know anatomically where [nerves] are supposed to be but couldn't see them."

With the new technology, Dr. Ruff says that surgeons have realized patients can have as much as a full centimeter difference in nerve location, and with microscopic nerves, that's significant.

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