BK Medical prides itself on being at the forefront of intraoperative ultrasound technology. Having the chance to hear, firsthand from healthcare practitioners around the world gives us the opportunity to maintain that edge. We recently spoke with Dr. Martin Kowallik to get his thoughts on using advanced ultrasound in the anorectal surgery space. As the current Head of the Department of Proctology in Magen Darm Zentrum Wiener Platz in Cologne, Germany he is, in our humble opinion, an authority worth hearing from.
Unlike other markets or fields that are subject to fluctuations in supply and demand, the healthcare industry is driven by an unwavering commitment to providing the best possible care for patients. Urologists, in particular, recognize the profound significance of this mission. From performing targeted biopsies and developing minimally invasive treatment plans, urologists devote considerable effort to delivering optimal care.
Dr. Hugo Davila is a board-certified urologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University, College of Medicine. He completed his surgery and urology training at the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Davila currently practices at Florida Healthcare Specialists (an affiliate practice of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute) and Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. He is a leading physician researcher, having previously completed clinical studies on fibrosis, aging, and nitric oxide. His studies were published in prestigious journals, such as Biology of Reproduction, Cardiovascular Research, Urology and British Journal of Urology.
Topics: Pelvic Floor
Dr. Giulio A. Santoro, MD, Ph. D, specializes in pelvic floor and colorectal surgery. He is Chief, Tertiary Referral Pelvic Floor and Incontinence Center, Treviso; Director, Italian School of Pelvic Floor Ultrasonography; Associate Professor of Surgery, Italy; and Past-President of the Italian Society of Colorectal Surgery.
Dr. Fran Martinez Ricarte is the Coordinator of Neuro-Oncology and Radiosurgery at the Neurosurgery Service of Vall d’Hebrón University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. He is a member of the Research Unit of Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Research.
Mr. Somaiah Aroori, MB BS, MS (Surg), FRCS (Gen Surg) is a consultant hepatobiliary and renal transplant surgeon at Derriford Hospital and University Hospital Plymouth in the UK. He has more than 10 years of experience in the use of intraoperative ultrasound for HPB and general surgery. University Hospital Plymouth treats many patients with benign and malignant lesions in the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
When performing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, intraoperative ultrasound (iUS) is a good alternative to intraoperative cholangiography because it provides a fast, safe, and repeatable means of visualizing the procedure, with clear details and soft tissue delineation. Read on to learn more about the uses and benefits of laparoscopic intraoperative ultrasound when compared with other methods.
Unlike intraoperative cholangiography, iUS is non-radiating, which helps reduce radiation hazards to patients and staff. iUS has also been shown to be completed more rapidly than IOC, with one study reporting a laparoscopic ultrasound duration of 9.8 minutes versus 17.6 minutes for IOC.1
Whether you are performing open or minimally invasive surgery, intraoperative ultrasound (iUS) provides real-time visualization when you need it most.