State-of-the Art Robotic Surgery System Allows Greater Detail, Precision & Quicker Recovery
Release Date: 05/11/2007

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OMAHA, Neb. — Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center is revolutionizing the way many complex surgeries are performed with the installment of the da Vinci S Surgical System in the operating room. The state-of-the-art system is the latest in surgical robotic technology currently available and a minimally invasive option to traditional open surgeries. The da Vinci S Surgical System is unique in its innovative design and three-dimensional, high definition technology expanding the surgeon’s eye and hand capabilities in the surgical field and providing a quicker recovery time for the patient.

The da Vinci S Surgical System’s enhanced detail and greater accuracy allows surgeons the ability to perform many complex procedures—including prostate, heart and gynecological surgery— using tiny incisions no bigger than the size of a dime. For the patient, this minimally invasive approach results in greatly decreasing the amount of pain, a reduced amount of blood loss, faster recovery time and allows them to return to their normal daily routine sooner.

“In today’s fast-paced life, patients expect to be restored to good health as quickly as possible. Technological advances such as the da Vinci S Surgical System allow Alegent Health the ability to do that and put our Mission—of healing the body, mind and spirit of every person in our care—in action,” said David Tew, chief operating officer, Bergan Mercy Medical Center. “The system arms surgeons with unparalleled dexterity, precision and control resulting in higher patient satisfaction scores and improved hospital efficiencies.”

The surgeon sits at a console a few feet from the patient to directly operate the da Vinci S Surgical System. Using hand controls, the surgeon is able to guide the robot’s four, interactive arms that are positioned inside the patient. The system’s unique instruments, modeled after the human hand, provide surgeons with natural dexterity and full range of motion for precise operation through tiny incisions no bigger than 1-2 cm in length. They also translate the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time corresponding micro-movements of the surgical instruments inside the patient.

The da Vinci’s third arm holds the high-resolution vision system, which allows a clear, bright 3D image of the surgical field with magnification ten times that of the naked eye. The surgeon is easily able to reposition, zoom and rotate the camera to adjust to the field of vision, from the console and the natural depth-of-field enables the surgeon to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with added exactness, even in a very confined space.

“The crystal clear pictures provided by the da Vinci’s fiber optic 3D imaging offer an unprecedented view of the body’s interior. Combined with the 360 degree rotation the robotic arms allows a broader range of motion than the use of my own hand,” said Andrew Trainer, M.D., who specializes in Urology at Alegent Health Bergan Mercy. “Patients will notice the difference with a shorter hospital stay, less post operative pain and a return to their normal routine in as little as one week, rather than six.”

The fourth arm is able to support the surgeon, eliminating the need for a patient-side assistant for selected procedures. The surgeon is then able to control any two of the operating arms simultaneously via a foot pedal located underneath the console. While the da Vinci S Surgical System allows surgeons to advance their technique and exactness in minimally invasive surgeries, it cannot be programmed, nor can it make any decisions on its own to move in any way or perform any type of surgical maneuver without the surgeon’s input.