What are the advantages of 3D cameras in gynaecological laparoscopy?

S. Baum*, M. Sillem, J. T. Ney, A. Baum, M. Friedrich, J. Radosa, K. M. Kramer, B. Gronwald, S. Gottschling, E. F. Solomayer, A. Rody, R. Joukhadar

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Introduction: Minimally invasive operative techniques are being used increasingly in gynaecological surgery. The expansion of the laparoscopic operation spectrum is in part the result of improved imaging. This study investigates the practical advantages of using 3D cameras in routine surgical practice. Materials and Methods: Two different 3-dimensional camera systems were compared with a 2-dimensional HD system; the operating surgeon's experiences were documented immediately postoperatively using a questionnaire. Results: Significant advantages were reported for suturing and cutting of anatomical structures when using the 3D compared to 2D camera systems. There was only a slight advantage for coagulating. The use of 3D cameras significantly improved the general operative visibility and in particular the representation of spacial depth compared to 2-dimensional images. There was not a significant advantage for image width. Depiction of adhesions and retroperitoneal neural structures was significantly improved by the stereoscopic cameras, though this did not apply to blood vessels, ureter, uterus or ovaries. Conclusion: 3-dimensional cameras were particularly advantageous for the depiction of fine anatomical structures due to improved spacial depth representation compared to 2D systems. 3D cameras provide the operating surgeon with a monitor image that more closely resembles actual anatomy, thus simplifying laparoscopic procedures.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGeburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.2017

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)


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