SOURCE: Texas Institute for Surgery

Texas Institute for Surgery

June 19, 2009 18:20 ET

Texas Institute for Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Introduces the First Wireless OR in DFW

Surgeons at the Texas Institute for Surgery at PHD Are the First to Perform Surgeries in the Area's First Wireless Group of Operating Rooms

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - Texas Institute for Surgery at PHD today announced a partnership with Stryker Endoscopy to upgrade seven of its existing operating rooms with Stryker's latest HD technology and wireless video monitors. Stryker Endoscopy's WiSe™ Wireless HDTV's are embedded with a wireless HD technology, granted exclusively to Stryker, by AMIMON Inc. This technology allows for greater surgeon flexibility in positioning the surgical monitors during procedures, decreased operating room clutter, and less downtime due to cable breakage.

In addition to upgrading the video displays within the operating rooms, Texas Institute for Surgery installed a WiSe™ Wireless HDTV in both an observation room and a boardroom. This will produce better visualization for remote instruction of residents, athletic trainers, students, and others. The procedures in the operating room will be transmitted to these secondary monitors with no perceptible lag or interference. This makes for real-time observation for teaching new techniques on-site.

"We now have the ability to transmit images and audio from the ground floor operating room monitor to a second floor boardroom and beyond without cables," said Steven Thornton, M.D., a TIS orthopedic surgeon. "I'm personally amazed with the clarity and color resolution in the operative field. As a surgeon, I can see better when using the most advanced visual systems."

Hospital leaders say they anticipate seeing improvement in patient outcomes with the new technology. "If the surgeon can see better, surgical times may decrease, along with decreasing hospital stays and rehabilitation periods," Dr. Thornton said.

"Advancement in medical electronics usually follows the consumer industry, (i.e. HD technology)," TIS President Debbie Hay, RN, BSN, CASC said. "However, in this case, the medical imaging technology advancement is ahead of the consumer market. Just imagine having the freedom to move your home television around the way you do your laptop computer."

Ms. Hay anticipates more operating rooms will follow the new trend with wireless HD monitoring systems. "The freedom of being able to position monitors without cables will be revolutionary for operating room designs," she said.

About Texas Institute for Surgery:

Texas Institute for Surgery, located at 7115 Greenville Avenue, is jointly owned by a group of highly acclaimed Dallas surgeons and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. This dynamic combination has produced a state of the art surgical hospital which provides the best in surgical services along with the personal care and convenience of a small facility. The facility has 9 ORs, 3 pain management/lithotripsy treatment rooms, and CT scan radiology services. The majority of our patients receive outpatient treatment. There are 9 inpatient beds for longer recovery needs. For more information, visit www.texasinstituteforsurgery.com

About Stryker:

Stryker Corporation is one of the world's leading medical technology companies with the most broadly based range of products in orthopaedics and a significant presence in other medical specialties. Stryker works with respected medical professionals to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives.

The Company's products include implants used in joint replacement, trauma, craniomaxillofacial and spinal surgeries; biologics; surgical, neurologic, ear, nose & throat and interventional pain equipment; endoscopic, surgical navigation, communications and digital imaging systems; as well as patient handling and emergency medical equipment.

For more information about Stryker Endoscopy's high definition, wireless transmission platform, please visit http://www.stryker.com/endoscopy.