Minimally Invasive New Technology in Oncologic Surgery
Minimally Invasive New Technologies in Oncologic Surgery (MINTOS) seeks to identify, develop and integrate into practice effective new technologies that enhance the care of patients with cancer.
MINTOS is comprised of multidisciplinary surgeons from the Division of Surgery at MD Anderson. The program was established in 2006 and is led by a multidisciplinary Board of Directors in collaboration with the Medical Director, Surena Matin, M.D.
The major efforts of the MINTOS program focus on three broad areas:
- Robotic Surgery and related Clinical Operations: MD Anderson uses the Da Vinci® robotic surgery system, which has four robotic arm. Although the robotic arms are doing the actual surgery, they still require direct input from the surgeon and cannot be merely programmed to operate without human intervention. Candidates for robotic-assisted surgery include patients undergoing prostatectomy, hysterectomy, thoracic procedures and some general surgeries.
- Surgical Education: The MINTOS Annual Education and Laboratory Course integrates disciplines of oncologic surgery and develops a forum where participants will receive hands-on training in basic techniques and principles of laparoscopic and robotic surgery, as well as updates on new technology in minimally invasive surgery.
- Research: Research is central to achieving our mission of advancing the elimination of cancer through surgical excellence and multidisciplinary collaboration that fosters discovery, innovation, and optimal patient care. MINTOS is concurrently researching the utility of new surgical robotics techniques and mobile technologies at each point along the surgical spectrum of care.