St. Francis Health Center is one of only 400 hospitals worldwide and the only hospital west of Kansas City and east of Denver to offer the da Vinci surgical robot. This multifaceted medical tool gives surgeons greater precision and control in the operating room, enabling patients to experience less pain, less blood loss, quicker recoveries, smaller incisions and better outcomes.
With four robotic arms and a superior 3-D visualization system, the da Vinci's capabilities are used for urologic, general, cardiac and gynecological surgeries. With magnification options up to 15 times what a surgeon's eye can see unassisted, the da Vinci's applications allow for more precise incisions and faster recoveries. St. Francis began using the technology for surgeries on Feb. 8.
Noting that the da Vinci surgical robot is named for Leonardo da Vinci, famed painter, architect, engineer, mathematician and philosopher, Sister Loretto Marie Colwell, president and chief executive officer of St. Francis Health Center, said, "The technology benefits surgeons and patients in achieving their common goal-a positive outcome so a normal routine can be resumed quickly."
Once the surgeon makes laparoscopic incisions and positions the robotic arms, he or she sits at a remote control panel near the patient's bed to view the surgical site in 3-D. The surgeon then manipulates the robot to complete the work that needs to be done. The robot filters out hand tremors and other factors that can affect a traditional open surgery. A complete surgical team is with the surgeon and the patient at all times, assessing the patient and assisting the robot.
The da Vinci surgical robot was introduced in 2000. Surgeons who use the da Vinci system must attend training sessions to become certified. Additionally, a certified surgeon serving as a proctor must then observe the surgeon for two surgeries before he or she can begin using the robot.
Carlyle Dunshee, MD, a general surgeon, says, "The da Vinci will allow us to do more complex laparoscopic procedures through smaller openings, resulting in less pain for the patient."
Grace Morrison, MD, will use the surgical robot for some gynecological applications because it "provides more precision, allowing us to do laparoscopic procedures instead of having the patient undergo major abdominal surgery, resulting in less blood loss and a shorter hospital stay."
Dr. Yu, whose specialty is urologic surgery, particularly prostate cancer, notes that the increased magnification and 3-D imaging "allow for better cancer control and results equal to or greater than traditional open radical prostatectomy procedures, as well as greater preservation of the nerves, resulting in lower impotence rates." – less–ZoomInfo