Filming transvaginal surgery

September 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

Vesicovaginal fistula

Vesicovaginal fistula

I recently got a question via the contact form concerning the recording of a transvaginal procedure. As this may be interesting to others I post the question and my answer here. If you got any further advise or ideas for solutions to this difficult problem, please don’t hesitate to comment.
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Filming surgery with camcorders

May 15, 2008 § 12 Comments

Medical videographer with a camcorder

The workhorse of most video production – the professional camcorder – is also one of the best tools for shooting a variety of surgical operations. But it has its limitations and for some types of operations it is simply useless. « Read the rest of this entry »

Hand in gloves

April 17, 2008 § 9 Comments

Surgical gloves

Several studies have shown that wearing two pairs of surgical gloves offer more protection against perforations than single gloving. Wearing a pair of colored indicator gloves as inner gloves makes it much easier to detect glove perforation during surgery.

But it’s for entirely different reasons I like surgeons who double glove.
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Recording speech in the OR

April 12, 2008 § Leave a comment

I recently got a question via the contact form concerning the recording of speech in the OR. As this may be interesting to others I post the question and my answer here. Please don’t hesitate to ask me about anything related to medical or surgical videography. I’m more than happy to share my “expertise” (for what it’s worth). « Read the rest of this entry »

Swan neck camera

February 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

Surgical swan neck cameraWhen I first started filming surgery I was presented with a camera I’d never seen before. They called it a “swan neck camera” and the department that used it thought it was the greatest invention in video ever. « Read the rest of this entry »

You’re not recording sound, are you?

February 12, 2008 § 6 Comments

Listening in with a boom mic

There is one question I always get when I’m filming an operation. No matter if the surgical team knows me or not, someone always asks me, with a concerned look on their face, if I’m recording the sound (photo credit).
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Different shades of red revisited

January 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

Bloodless operative field

A while back I wrote this post about the problems video cameras have with reproducing the insides of our bodies. The blood running through our bodies cause most tissues to be some shade of red.

This week I got an excellent opportunity to visualize this. « Read the rest of this entry »

DeBakey’s surgical film stand

January 12, 2008 § 7 Comments

It’s a little-known fact that Michael E. DeBakey, world-renowned pioneer of cardiovascular surgery, was also one of the first surgeons to capture his operations on film. I only discovered it recently myself. Having heard the call for DeBakey forceps in the OR a lot, it was interesting to find out he had also invented equipment for filming surgery (photo credit).

DeBakey film stand side

In the 1960’s DeBakey started capturing some of his operations on film for educational purposes. « Read the rest of this entry »

Darkness on the edge of wound

January 7, 2008 § 2 Comments

If you’ve watched any videos of open surgery you’ve probably noticed the apparent darkness of the OR. The lights seem to be turned off, except for the surgical light which keeps the surgical field brightly lit.


And yet, surgeons don’t perform open operations shrouded in darkness, do they? « Read the rest of this entry »

Headlight cameras

December 11, 2007 § 19 Comments

MicroLux cameraA camera solution often suggested to me by surgeons is the headlight camera. Headlights are used by surgeons when the OR’s surgical lights don’t supply enough working light. This is often the case when operating in narrow spaces, e.g. the pelvis minor and the oral cavity.

Mounting a camera on the headlight might sound like a good idea, and some of the headlight manufacturers even supply it as a part of their product line. « Read the rest of this entry »

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