News Release: October 22, 2013



Mercy Hospital Begins Using HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System in the O.R.
Technology improves Speed, Accuracy and Precision of Surgical Procedures


Chicago, IL:  Last month, General surgeon Rami Lutfi, MD of Mercy Hospital performed the first minimally invasive cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery) using the Olympus 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System. Mercy Hospital is the first hospital in the city of Chicago and state of Illinois to receive and begin using this revolutionary, state-of-the-art 3D technology.


 “We are excited to continue to be a leader in the surgical field, providing our patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options,” said Dr. Rami Lutfi. 


The Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping and suturing as compared to traditional 2D surgical systems, based on internal Olympus testing conducted using a simulated surgical model. This is accomplished by restoring natural 3D vision and depth perception when performing laparoscopic procedures and is independent of a surgeon’s skill level.


How it works---Two charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors are located at the distal end of the laparoscope to provide the left and right images respectively. These two image signals are processed by a special-purpose video system to generate high-resolution 3D image. The image is then displayed on a 3D monitor and viewed through 3D glasses to provide realistic three-dimensional images.


“This new 3D technology provides greater depth perception and a precision that cannot be achieved with traditional 2D systems,” said Dr. Lutfi.  “The articulating design provides a critical view of anatomical structures in HD 3D without losing the important visual horizon, which is not possible with traditional fixed angle laparoscopies.”


Mercy’s first 3D innovative laparoscopic surgery was shown at an exhibition during the annual American College of Surgeons conference in Washington D.C. this week in front of almost 20,000 surgeons from all around the world. 


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Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy Hospital
Today, thanks to advances in technology and specialized training, doctors at Mercy Hospital are revolutionizing surgical care, performing a wide variety of surgeries using minimally invasive techniques. These surgeries are often less risky for patients and result in less pain and scarring. Most important, people can usually return to their regular routines in a matter of days. Mercy has long been a leader in minimally invasive techniques and continues to pioneer alternative, less-invasive surgical procedures.


About Olympus Medical Systems Group
Olympus Medical Systems Group, a division of global technology leader Olympus, develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall costs and enhance quality of life for their patients. By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare. For more information visit Olympus at


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