Mercy Gynecologist Dr. Kevin Audlin Discusses New Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System
Mercy gynecologist Dr. Kevin Audlin
While most people only think of 3D glasses being used in movie or home theaters, they're also making their mark in the operating room of hospitals to help with delicate surgeries.
For several years, Katie Urch suffered with pain in her back and uterus that she thought was caused by urinary tract infections.
"I couldn't leave my house because of the pain. I couldn't go out, and if I did go out, I was in and out of the bathroom constantly thinking that it was something that it wasn't," she said.
When she wasn't having a good day, she was in bed.
Mercy gynecologist Dr. Kevin Audlin diagnosed Urch with endometriosis. Soon afterward, she had laparoscopic surgery in which the surgeon wears 3D glasses and can see in high-definition and 3D vision.
"We are able to see things very crisply, very clearly. We are able to see it in three dimensions. So, I am able to get very aggressive with my dissections -- deeper, closer to the rectal tissues, closer to the ureters -- a lot of things that are much more technically difficult with non-3D scopes, and clearly a lot more technically difficult when it's not high-definition," Dr. Audlin said.
The HD 3D laparoscopic technology can be used in many surgeries.
"We can do hysterectomies, we can remove tubes and ovaries, we can break down very extensive scar tissue. We can do the endometriosis surgeries. Anything that's done laparoscopically can be done with these scopes," Dr. Audlin said.
For Urch, the surgery has made her pain-free.
"I can do whatever I want. I don't have to worry about pain -- I don't have any pain anymore," she said. "It's life changing. It's really life changing."
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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