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May 2011
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da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Offers Many Benefits

Earlier this year, Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) acquired the new da Vinci® Si™ robotic surgical system, which replaces the first da Vinci robot installed at NCH in 2005. This technology represents the latest generation in minimally invasive surgical options used for a wide range of procedures. It brings enhanced precision to surgeons as well as faster recoveries for patients.

Da Vinci robotic technology combines high definition, magnified 3-D imaging and special instruments that function like an extension of the surgeon's own hands, enabling the most delicate procedures through tiny incisions. Compared with conventional surgery, which requires a larger incision, or even minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy, da Vinci gives surgeons an improved level of precision.

The new da Vinci Si system carries with it the benefits seen with previous versions of the technology: shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, reduced risk of infection, less blood loss and faster recovery. The new model includes a few improved features, such as:

  • Enhanced 3-D high definition color imaging that offers unmatched visual clarity with up to 10x magnification
  • Updated and simplified user interface to enhance efficiencies
  • Improved ergonomic settings to the surgeon console that provide greater comfort

"We can expand the breadth of procedures now because we have greater surgical access and enhanced visibility with this new streamlined model," says Meaghan Reshoft, RN, BSN, MBA, CASC, executive director of Surgical Services. This new model expands the surgeon's capability to perform complex urologic, colorectal, gynecologic and gynecologic oncology procedures. Examples of procedures performed robotically at NCH are partial nephrectomy, sacrocolpopexy, colon resection, uterine fibroid removal, complex hysterectomies and complex endometriosis surgeries.

This investment in the next generation system highlights NCH's commitment to integrate the latest technologies to provide the best patient outcomes. Over a year ago, NCH hired a clinical robotics coordinator who has focused on developing an efficient, highly skilled robotics team. Physicians are participating on a multidisciplinary robotics steering committee and providing valuable input on program development.

Reshoft adds that a number of NCH surgeons have been trained in, and actively use, the da Vinci robotic surgical system. In fact, some of these NCH physicians are nationally recognized experts who teach robotics to other physicians in the region.

"Our da Vinci suite is busy, which reflects the popularity of this option and its success in delivering exceptional surgical outcomes," Reshoft says. "Going forward, we expect this technology to be used increasingly because of its numerous advantages to patients."

Northwest Community Hospital is on track to perform 300 procedures annually using the da Vinci Si robotic surgical system. For more information about robotic surgery at NCH, contact Meaghan Reshoft at 847.618.7075.

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