New da Vinci Gives Surgeons 3-D, HD look inside

January 17, 2012

St. John's Foundation for Community Health

board member, Bob Hammerschmidt, tests

his skills on the da Vinci® Si.™

St. John’s announced Friday the addition of the latest robotic surgical tool at a “First to Know” luncheon sponsored by St. John’s Foundation for Community Health. The event also provided the opportunity for community leaders and others to get in the driving seat to learn how the technology works using the new da Vinci® Si’s new sophisticated simulation tool.

The da Vinci® Sihas several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, including:

  • Enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of operative field with up to 10x magnification
  • New optional dual console allows second surgeon to provide assistance
  • Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
  • Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand
  • Updated and simplified user interface to enhance OR efficiency
  • New ergonomic settings for greater surgeon comfort

Together, these technological advancements provide surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.

“We believe that the new features of the da Vinci Si System will help us provide the best possible outcomes and is proof of our commitment to provide our community access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery,” said Dr. Brad Wyrsch, St. John’s Chief of Surgery.

It can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair and colorectal surgery.

The chance at shortened hospital stays and recovery times have made minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures more desirable for patients. Surgeons have described the addition of the technology as revolutionary and similar to the switch between open and laproscopic surgery 20 years ago.

St. John’s brought robotic surgery to the Ozarks in 2009. The experienced, certified surgeons perform complex procedures through tiny half-inch incisions, guiding the robot’s micro-instruments with their own hand movements. The result is reduced blood loss, less scarring and lower risk of infection. For you, this simply means a quicker return to daily activities after surgery.

The upgrade to the da Vinci® Si will allow St. John’s surgeons to treat a wider variety of conditions.

St. John’s is a part of Mercy which is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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