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Mercy Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the Four Corners region to offer minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery. With our specially trained urologic surgeons at the controls, the da Vinci Surgical System allows for greater operative precision, smaller incisions for minimal scarring, and faster return to everyday activities. Currently, robotic-assisted surgery is only available at Mercy for certain urologic surgical procedures, as well as general surgical procedures.
What is robotic-assisted surgery?Robotic-assisted surgery utilizes a platform call the da Vinci® S Surgical System, offering advanced robotic, computer, and optical technologies to assist surgeons with operations. The da Vinci system does not move on its own; rather, its surgical instruments are remotely controlled by a specially trained surgeon.
The da Vinci Surgical System features a 3D, high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments, and computer software that allow surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so surgeons have a close-up view of the operative area. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing surgeons to make small, precise movements inside the body.
da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With robotic-assisted surgery, the incisions are much smaller than the incisions made during open surgery, and thus considered “minimally invasive.”
Studies of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery have shown the following benefits in comparison to open surgery:
Since its introduction, robotic-assisted surgery has greatly reduced the number of open surgeries for common operations (such as prostatectomy). Thanks to this technology, more patients have been offered minimally invasive surgery than at any other time in history.
What procedures use robotic-assisted surgery?Robotic-assisted surgery provides less invasive options for several procedures. Mercy is currently using the da Vinci Surgical System primarily in urologic surgery, such as prostate removal and full or partial kidney removal.
Robotic-assisted surgery may be a better option because it is less invasive than traditional open urologic surgery. Many urologic procedures require precise operative control, such as prostatectomy, as the target site is tightly confined and surrounded by delicate nerves responsible for sexual function. Utilizing the da Vinci system, robotic-assisted surgery allows for greater surgical precision and better ergonomics; therefore, it is much better suited to preserve function and allow for faster return to everyday activities.
Is robotic-assisted surgery right for you?Only your doctor can say if you are a good candidate. If you think you may be a candidate for a robotic-assisted procedure performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, ask your doctor during your next visit.
Mercy Regional Medical Center has two specially-trained urological surgeons, Francisco Carpio, MD, and Sejal Quayle, MD, who are available for consultations for patients with urological surgical needs.
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