The MIDASVu endoscopic camera is used for joint surgery and regenerative medicine
An age-old problem with some types of joint surgery isn’t one that patients hear much about: for the surgeon, finding the target area isn’t always precise.
“Forty percent of knee injections are not in the knee. Even with people who know what they’re doing, it’s easy to miss the capsule,” says Dr. Abraham Rivera, Chief Medical Officer of Physician Partners of America.
Knowledge and experience are critical to a specialist’s success, but PPOA has taken patient safety a step further. It has becoming a pilot center for a device called MIDASVu. This next-generation endoscopic video camera can see what a live x-ray, or fluoroscope, can’t.
MIDASVu is an 18-gauge needle with an endoscopic camera attached to the tip. The creator, IntraVu Medical, Inc. of California, developed the device for a number of applications. These include arthroscopic surgery and regenerative medicine procedures.
“It’s an amazing piece of equipment. The endoscopic camera allows us to make certain that the needle is exactly inside the joint to deliver the medication or stem cells exactly in the right place inside the joint. It’s one order better than the fluoroscope,” Rivera says.
“Additionally, a physician can now quickly and easily check on healing and progress following a procedure with a simple, in-office needle stick using the MIDASVu,” Rivera says. “That’s something which previously required another visit to the MRI.”
MIDASVu is available in all PPOA locations.
Watch a demonstration here: https://vimeo.com/223131450