Newswise — Ranjith Ramasamy, M.D., director of Reproductive Urology and Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and his team, are performing male infertility microsurgeries using the ORBEYE, a 4K-3D video microscope. Ramasamy’s team was the first to perform male infertility microsurgery using the ORBEYE in Florida last year.
The ORBEYE is an advanced digital video microscope that combines the agility and mobility of the most advanced surgical equipment with the magnification of a microscope. The camera provides the highest resolution, 3D imagery at the end of a fully mobile arm that relieves surgeons from hunching over a microcope. It also can zoom to up to 26x magnification, as needed. As a microsurgical team works, all of this is displayed on a large 4K monitor for easy and immersive observation.
The imaging tool has the potential to transform microsurgical procedures for many specialties. So far, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has used the tool for more than 45 fertility microsurgeries ranging from vasectomy reversals to microsurgical varicelectomy.
June is Men’s Health Month and the unique procedure is a big step forward for male fertility health. Performing surgery on the testicles and other organs of the reproductive system has always posed challenges. “The structures of the spermatic cord and within the testicles are very small,” said Dr. Ramasamy. “In the past, that required a fixed microscope to provide the level of magnification required for the procedure.”
While a traditional microscope made it easy to see while performing fertility microsurgery, it’s not designed to move around. That meant that both the large, unwieldy microscope and the patient had to remain in a fixed position throughout the procedure. “Some have advocated for a robot to address this challenge, but they traditionally have only provided 10x magnification,” said Dr. Ramasamy. “The Orbeye video provides 26x magnification.”
“Overall, the operative times using the ORBEYE are shorter, which means the patient’s recovery time is faster, and he gets to go home sooner,” Dr. Ramasamy said.