December 2016 

The NGenuity 3D Surgical Viewing system is a revolutionary new technology which became available to eye surgeons and their patients this week for the first time ever. This system offers a unique way for retinal surgeons to visualize their surgery in real time while performing a procedure. Replacing the traditional microscope viewing oculars with a high definition stereoscopic camera allows for enhanced visualization techniques and improved collaboration among the operating room staff. The system was originally designed by TrueVision for neurosurgery, and this company partnered with Alcon, the iconic eye surgery company, to adapt the technology to retina surgery. 


These two companies, with the help of the surgeons at Retina Associates of Kentucky and the staff at Lexington Surgery Center (LSC), have been refining the technology over the last few months. The first official production version of the device was delivered to the LSC late last month, and used for the first time on November 29.  


It has taken a dedicated team from multiple areas to bring this project to completion. The surgeons at Retina Associates of Kentucky include Dr. John Kitchens, Dr. Tom Stone, Dr. Belinda Shirkey and Dr. Blake Isernhagen. At the LSC, the entire eye team under the direction of OR Manager Barry Bussell have been instrumental in bringing this new technology to the Lexington area to provide better care for our patients. 

The future holds great promise for this viewing system, and plans are already in place to use video from surgeries to educate other eye care providers all over the state and at national conferences. In addition, the groups hope to leverage this technology platform to trial other new imaging techniques which will integrate with the system and provide additional patient benefits. 



Dr. Kitchens interview from Friday January 6, 2017 



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