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Advanced Visualization in ENT Surgery

Interview with Prof. Vincent Darrouzet


ENT surgery poses unique challenges. It requires excellent visualization, both in terms of magnification and illumination. As such, choosing the right operating microscope is critical.

Prof. Vincent Darrouzet is the Head of the Otorhinolaryngology Department at the University Hospital of Bordeaux in France. The Department is specialized in otology, otoneurology, audiology, rhinology, oncology and cervical surgery as well as pediatric ENT. Prof. Darrouzet and his team use the PROvido surgical microscope, a multidisciplinary microscope designed to see more of the surgical site in one view.

Key Learnings

With exclusive Fusion Optics technology and concentrated xenon light, PROvido unites the advantages of premium surgical optics with a responsive, stable floor stand. It provides a bright and fully-focused view deeper into narrow cavities. With the PROvido operating microscope, there is no need to search for vital details or constantly refocus during surgery.

In the below video, Prof. Darrouzet shares his first impressions of PROvido. He explains its advantages for ENT procedures: high magnification, illumination, depth of field, recording, maneuverability and flexibility. He points out that, with PROvido, the surgeon can be fully focused on the surgical procedure.

Discover the video below as well as a full transcript. If you would like to learn more about the PROvido surgical microscope, contact a Leica representative. Our team can organize a personalized product demonstration and talk you through our ENT surgical microscope options.

About the PROvido microscope

The Leica PROvido surgical microscope provides unique benefits for ENT surgery allowing to overcome specific challenges. PROvido features outstanding optics, powerful illumination and an extended depth of field to see everything you need to see. The innovative light management system protects patient skin and tissue. The microscope stand is extremely lightweight and versatile for efficient set-up and workflow in the OR. PROvido can be customized and adapted with other devices.

If you would like to learn more about the PROvido surgical microscope, contact a Leica representative.

The statements of the healthcare professional included in this article reflect only his opinion and personal experience. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of any institution with whom he is affiliated.

Transcription of the Video

For which procedures do you recommend the PROvido?

“We can use PROvido for otological procedures, so I recommend it for all otologic surgeons. But probably also, it can be used for larger surgery, to perform laser surgery on the vocal folds.”

What features do you look for in an ENT microscope?

“I need very good illumination that can be optimized to work in narrow and deep fields. A high magnification because when I work, especially in the middle ear around the stapes, I need a very important magnification because we use it to work on a structure which measures one millimeter or two millimeters, it’s very ontological small. And this high magnification is critical for stapes surgery.

When we perform surgery in narrow spaces, and especially in trans-temporal routes going to the CP angle or going to the internal canal, we need a good depth of field. And I found this good depth of field in the Leica PROvido.”

What do you like most about the PROvido?

“The fact that the microscope is very easy to maneuver, very easy to put and to move in the operative theater. The refinement in the capabilities of the microscope, to move with one finger, one hand. The possibility of the microscope to be customized to each surgeon. The possibility to record very easily with one button the surgery you perform.”

How would you summarize your experience with the PROvido?

“We have all the main advantages that we expect when we have to choose a microscope. Finally, with this tool, the surgeon has only to be concentrated on the technical problems, on the difficulties you can encounter during surgery and the tool is not a problem for him.”

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