Could a camera holder replace an assistant?

Another advance in general laparoscopic surgery that was launched at the recent annual meeting of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and received an innovation award was the Free Hand robotic camera holder from Prosurgics of Cupertino, CA.

The camera is securely clamped onto the OR table, while the surgeons wear a controller attached to their surgical caps. The Free Hand device then moves the camera according to the surgeon's head movements, which leaves the surgeons free to move the camera where they want it without assistants doing it for them.

The Free Hand laparoscopic camera holder acts as an extension of the operating surgeon and potentially eliminates the requirement of an assistant.