October 8, 2012
Dr. Mark A. Fusco, General Surgeon and Medical Director of LifeShape Advanced Bariatric Center of Florida hosted Covidien’s Innovation Tour 2012 truck in Melbourne, FL. On October 1 and 2, students, medical professionals and public were invited to gain hands-on experience with the latest technology in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) through a state-of-the-art operating room on wheels.
On Monday, October 1, students from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Pre-Med club took a class field trip to the Innovation Tour. Dr. Fusco gave an informative lecture on the history of surgery and provided a complete tour of the truck. Students experienced the different stations and were given example surgical tasks to perform. Holy Trinity Pre-Med Club President Christina Darwish (age 17) stated, “We got to learn a lot about different surgical techniques and laparoscopic procedures were fun to try out. This was our first field trip and a great experience. Very inspiring.” Brevard Community College Surgical Technologist Trainees attended the event as well, along with many medical professionals and the public.
States Dr. Mark Fusco, “OUR PURPOSE was to offer the local medical community the opportunity to gain experience with the latest surgery technology, and provide a way to introduce the latest surgical procedures to local students with the intention to inspire them to pursue careers in science, technology, and medicine. We were very happy to host Mr. Chiarella and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy premed club. There is no doubt that these bright enthusiastic high school students are the scientists and physicians of the future.”
The 85-foot tractor-trailer truck featured a 1200 square foot training facility, including five operating room stations, where the world’s most advanced minimally invasive surgical tools can be demonstrated. Some procedures that utilize MIS procedures include: LapBand (for weight loss), Nissen Fundoplication (Anti-reflux surgery), Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Splenectomy (Removal of the spleen), Hernia Surgery, Gallbladder removal and Hysterectomy.
Dr. Mark Fusco is the Medical Director for LifeShape Advanced Bariatric Center of Florida, a full service multidisciplinary weight loss center offering physician supervised medical weight loss programs, personalized fitness training in private state-of-the-art gym, and surgical treatment. With a highly trained team of surgeons, internal medicine doctors, nurses, nutritionists, personal trainers, and psychologists, LifeShape is able to provide patients with a safe and effective weight-loss surgery, comprehensive pre- and post-operative education and ongoing aftercare. LifeShape is located at 1223 Gateway Drive, Suite 2B, Melbourne, FL 32901. 321-728-7553.
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