Surgical Microscopy

What does a surgeon expect from a surgical microscope? Sharp, clear images, flexibility and ease of use, and high-quality video and recording systems. Surgeons in the fields of neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT) and plastic reconstructive surgery rely on operating microscopes to magnify their view of the surgical site and provide information beyond what is visible to the naked eye.

In recent years, surgeons have benefitted from many technological innovations that have enhanced microscope performance, expanded the array of available diagnostic and operative tools, and ultimately improved surgical outcomes and patient wellbeing. Some examples of recent developments in surgical microscopy include: compact horizontal optics, increased reach and overhead clearance for optimum maneuverability, ergonomically-designed microscopes and accessories to improve surgeon posture and comfort, fully integrated HD video and recording in 2D and 3D, intraoperative fluorescence to see blood flow or brain tumors, and stable red reflex.

In this topic on Science Lab, we will report on state-of-the art technologies for microsurgery disciplines, publish interviews with surgeons and provide expert knowledge.