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Little Rock hospital introduces 3-D surgery, first in the state

For years doctors relied on a two-dimensional video image to allow them to operate inside of a patient during laparoscopic procedures. Now doctors at Baptist Hospital are able to perform the same procedure, but with better precision thanks to three-dimensional technology.{}

As nurses roll in a patient for a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Mark Gibbs, bariatric surgeon, will utilize a 3-D camera for one of the first times. The technology at Baptist is the first of its kind in the state.{}

"Just like you're watching a 3-D movie at home, we can perform surgery, laparoscopically with the capability of seeing it three-dimensionally," said Gibbs.{}

Similar to watching that 3-D movie, watching 3-D surgery requires wearing glasses. Laparoscopic surgery itself is minimally invasive, using tolls to do the same procedure as open surgery but inside a closed body. It results in quicker recovery times and in the case of 3-D surgery - a quicker operation.{}

"You're able to more readily see the critical areas of dissection and of suturing and just see the anatomy in a much clearer manner," said Gibbs.{}

That clearer image also allows doctors to perform surgery with more precision, creating less of a chance of complication.{}

"It gives the surgeon more confidence that he is seeing the anatomy as it truly exists, in a three-dimensional viewpoint rather than a two-dimensional viewpoint," said Gibbs.{}

{}The cost of the equipment at Baptist isn't cheap - $300,000.

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