[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVC9r7ztnoU”][mk_padding_divider][vc_column_text]Dr. Janu is a surgeon at Calumet Medical Center in Chilton Wisconsin, a critical access, rural hospital. Dr. Janu was one of the earliest adopters of the FlexDex needle driver. He and Jennifer Derks, Chief Administrative Officer at Calumet, discuss their experience with the technology and how FlexDex has enabled them to offer the benefits of robotics at their rural hospital.

According to Derks, Calumet¬†can’t accommodate a traditional robotics program, but in addition, she argues that hospitals and caregivers need to be good stewards of their resources.¬†When the FlexDex needle driver became available, Dr. Janu viewed it as a way in which he could utilize robotic techniques and give patients the same kind of benefits as those offered by robotics. Where community members previously had to travel to other larger facilities in order to receive robotic procedures, they are now able to remain in the community and receive many of the benefits offered by robotics at larger facilities.

In describing the technology, Dr. Janu states, “Any motion that your hand or wrist is able to do is propogated to the end piece, almost as if your hand is inside the surgical procedure.

“It allows you get around corners and do laparoscopic procedures that normal straight laparoscopic instruments aren’t designed or able to do, such as sewing a piece of mesh to the anterior abdominal wall for umbilical hernia repair, or sewing up the peritoneal defect or intracorporeal anastomosis of the intestines.

“In general this technology provides a leap for surgeons who are currently doing laparoscopic surgery and will help make certain procedures easier, or even enable them to do procedures that they otherwise wouldn’t necessarily do laparoscopically.”

He finishes by saying that FlexDex has broadened the scope of what he’s able to provide, while at the same time affording patients the same benefits they’d only get by going to other facilities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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