The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System recently was delivered to Providence Medical Center, making state-of-the-art surgical care available for Kansas City, Kan., residents.
“Many of the physicians who practice at Providence are trained in robotic surgery,” said Randy Nyp, Providence CEO. “This investment by Prime Healthcare makes it possible for them to now offer the latest technology to their patients, performing complex minimally invasive procedures at Providence. The da Vinci gives our patients the opportunity for the best possible surgical outcomes, while staying closer to home for their care.”
The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool the surgeon uses to perform procedures such as a prostatectomy, hysterectomy or gallbladder surgery. Its movements are controlled by the surgeon’s, but its 3-D high-definition vision system, special instruments and computer software allow the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
The system can magnify images up to 10 times so the surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on.
The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist, allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside the body. It offers surgeons greater precision and can be used for a wide range of procedures. A hallmark of da Vinci surgery is that doctors can make much smaller incisions than are used in traditional open surgeries.
Compared with open surgery, studies have shown da Vinci surgery may result in:
• A shorter hospital stay.
• Less blood loss.
• Fewer complications
• Less need for narcotic pain medicine.
• A faster recovery.
• Smaller incisions for minimal scarring.
“We’re very excited to be able to offer minimally invasive da Vinci surgery to our patients,” said Karen Orr, Providence chief nursing officer. “The da Vinci has a proven track record that is making it the new standard of surgical care.”
Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have been published on the use of the da Vinci Surgical System demonstrating improved surgical outcomes when compared to open surgery.
To date, more than 1.5 million surgeries have been performed worldwide with this system. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System is a type of minimally invasive surgery.
Most major insurance plans include da Vinci surgery in their minimally invasive coverage. Insurance providers have more information about coverage.
– Story from Providence Medical Center