Charles E. Miller, MD, FACOG, had already sold his surgical team on the 4K video platform he wanted for performing same-day minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries. The hospital’s administrators who controlled the purse strings for the major purchase were next.
He ushered the group into an OR and showed them the brilliant ultra-high-def imagery displayed on a bank of large wall-mounted monitors. The leaders were amazed by the colors of the tissue, the ability to see anatomical landmarks and the depth perception that allowed them to differentiate various tissue planes.
“I was leery about upgrading from standard high-def, because it’s a big ask,” says Dr. Miller, founder and president of the Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Institute in suburban Chicago. “But the ‘wow factor’ was amazing. Shortly after leadership saw the presentation, they said it was a done deal. When you can get administrators excited about spending a large amount of money, that’s a wonderful moment.”
It was also a good moment for his patients. The 4K system allows him to make more precise cuts that lead to faster and safer procedures. “It’s not surprising to me that studies have shown that operating in 4K results in an increased speed of navigation in the surgical space, which results in less operative time,” says Dr. Miller. “Surgeons can be more precise, which is why the research shows 4K reduces procedural errors and patient blood loss.”