Mercy's Drs. Fermin Barrueto And Kevin Audlin First Gynecologists In The U.S. To Utilize New Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System In A Surgical Procedure

August 12, 2013
Drs. Kevin Audlin and Fermin Barrueto, Sr.

Mercy gynecologists Drs. Kevin Audlin and Fermin Barrueto, Sr., of Mercy’s Gynecology Center, Division of Endoscopy and Pelvic Reconstruction

Mercy Medical Center physicians Fermin F. Barrueto, M.D., Director of The Gynecology Center and Chief of Endoscopy and Pelvic Reconstruction, and Kevin M. Audlin, M.D., Division of Endoscopy and Pelvic Reconstruction, recently became the first gynecologists in the United States to perform a surgical procedure (for endometriosis) using the Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System.

The Olympus system reduces surgical errors and improves the speed, accuracy and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping and suturing (as compared to traditional 2D surgical systems, based on internal Olympus testing conducted using a simulated surgical model). This is accomplished by restoring natural 3D vision and depth perception when performing laparoscopic procedures and is independent of a surgeon’s skill level.

“This new 3D system facilitates suturing, in identifying tissue planes, and in various precision surgical tasks,” Dr. Barrueto said. “The articulating design provides a critical view of anatomical structures in HD 3D without losing the important visual horizon.”

“The Olympus system offers the precision, resolution, and depth perception of 3D. Anything that enhances the surgeon’s vision is always going to be a major plus,” Dr. Audlin said.

About Olympus Medical Systems Group

Olympus Medical Systems Group, a division of global technology leader Olympus, develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall costs and enhance quality of life for their patients. By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and early stage lung cancer evaluation and treatments, Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare. For more information visit Olympus at

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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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