KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is the first hospital in the state to acquire the articulating, high-definition, 3D surgical video system from Olympus.

Surgical video systems – through the collaborative use of a video processor, light source, laparoscope and monitor – enable surgeons to peer inside the human body to diagnose, detect and treat a range of diseases and conditions using a minimally invasive approach.

Laparoscopy, performed through small incisions made in the abdomen or pelvis, has become increasingly common in hospitals with about 2.8 million procedures (laparoscopic, single site and robotic-assisted surgeries) performed in the United States in 2013 with a forecasted compound annual growth rate of 3.1%. A videoscope (laparoscope with a miniature camera built into its tip) allows the surgeon to view the surgery site during an operation. Compared to open surgery, a laparoscopic approach offers reduced pain, less hemorrhaging, shorter recovery times and better cosmetic results, all due to the smaller incision sites.

Surgeons, however, lose some of the natural depth perception and precision when migrating from open surgery to laparoscopic surgery. The ENDOEYE FLEX 3D videoscope from Olympus provides three-dimensional, high-definition images that help restore the surgeon’s natural 3D vision and depth perception. Its articulating-tip design makes it possible to view the desired organs and see areas not previously accessible with standard rigid laparoscopes. The result for the surgeon is better sight lines and the ability to peer around anatomical structures and perform more precise grasping, dissection and suturing—something that is lacking in the flat images provided by 2D imaging systems.

ENDOEYE FLEX 3D scopes are powered by Olympus’ EVIS EXERA III surgical endoscopy video system, which supports both 2D and 3D visualization. This third-generation system delivers enhanced image quality, added brightness and several key technologies; such as HDTV for superior clarity, Narrow Band Imaging for enhanced visualization of mucosal tissue, fog-free function, and focus-free operation.

“The surgical precision our surgeons are able to achieve with the new Olympus HD 3D system is exceptional, helping them to obtain the critical views needed with a depth perception that is not possible with traditional 2D systems,” says Sharon Campbell, Surgical Coordinator at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.

The EVIS EXERA III system will enable our surgeons at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics to perform laparoscopic surgery on a universal platform that supports more than 100 different rigid, flexible and articulating endoscopes used in a broad range of specialties.

“The acquisition of the Olympus EVIS EXERA III system at our hospital will help us achieve our goals to improve the efficiency of our operation, enhance our diagnostic capabilities, and foremost, deliver world-class care to our patients. With this advanced technology, we may be able to provide our patients with more accurate diagnoses, shorten their operation times and improve their overall procedural experience,” says Kevin Kincaid, CEO, at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit