St. Bernards surgeons are taking laparoscopic surgery to the next level with the help of the most advanced robotic technology known today-the da Vinci Surgical System.
The system is made up of four essential components and allows surgeons to perform computer-assisted minimally invasive surgical procedures. The da Vinci system includes an ergonomic surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a 3D high-definition vision system and proprietary EndoWrist instruments.
While sitting comfortably at the console and viewing the target anatomy through the vision system-at 10 times the magnification of the naked eye-the surgeon guides the arms of the robot holding the jointed surgical tools which are inserted into small dime-sized incisions.
The innovative da Vinci system utilizes the following advanced features:
For the patient, advantages of this minimally invasive option includes:
When medications, lifestyle changes and nonsurgical procedures can no longer relieve symptoms, surgery is usually recommended. With the minimally invasive methods used by da Vinci, the fear and anxiety of large incisions and long recoveries are put to rest. The most common procedures among St. Bernards patients are hysterectomies and prostatectomies.
Common conditions: cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia (excessive bleeding).
Common conditions: prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer and vesicoureteral reflux are commonly treated with surgery using the da Vinci system.
To learn more about the benefits of the da Vinci Surgical System, call the St. Bernards HealthLine at 931-5055 to get a list of certified physicians and approved surgeries.