ECHN Announces the Arrival of the Newest Technology in Surgery: da Vinci® Si™

Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) is pleased to announce that the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System with Firefly technology is now at Manchester Memorial Hospital and has already been put into service. ECHN is the only health system in the state of Connecticut that has and has used this safest and most advanced technology in surgery. 
The da Vinci® Si™ has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, which translate to patient benefits.
  • Single-Site™ Instrumentation designed for minimally invasive surgical procedures such as the removal of the gallbladder, a procedure also known as a cholecystectomy, from a single incision in the belly button
  • Enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of operative field with up to 10x magnification
  • Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
  • Surgical dexterity and precision
  • Updated and simplified user interface to enhance OR efficiency
  • New ergonomic settings for greater surgeon comfort 
This newest version of the da Vinci also includes Firefly technology, which is an integrated fluorescence imaging capability that provides surgeons real-time, image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology.
A dye is administered by an anesthesiologist. The dye then binds to plasma proteins in blood. The dye under the robot’s special fluoroscopic camera shows up "firefly green" and shows the difference between cancerous and healthy tissue, as well as the blood supply to a tumor. This allows for a more accurate removal of a tumor as the surgeon can leave the healthy tissue of the organ in place and potentially lowers the risk of any cancer being left behind.
Surgeons are able to quickly switch back and forth between Firefly imaging and normal white light. The fluorescence imaging made possible with Firefly technology allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye, further enhancing the unmatched vision, precision and control of minimally invasive da Vinci® surgery.
This system places Manchester Memorial Hospital in a very elite group of hospitals nationwide with this capability.
“The da Vinci provides our surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures,” says Peter J. Karl, President & CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network. “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.”
“The da Vinci replicates the surgeon's movements in real time,” said Linda Lemire, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services at ECHN. “It cannot be programmed or make decisions on its own to move in any way. In fact, when the surgeon pulls back from the view screen, da Vinci freezes — until the surgeon returns to become fully engaged with da Vinci's controls. Compared with human physiology, da Vinci's enhanced visualization of the surgical field and increased dexterity enables surgeons to be more precise. As a result, surgeons can advance their technique and enhance their capability for performing complex, minimally invasive surgery.”
“This acquisition complements our goal of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients,” said Lemire. “At ECHN, we provide the following robotic surgeries: gynecology (hysterectomy-benign and cancer), urology (prostate and kidney), colorectal, and general surgery.”
“We’re excited to be able to offer this advanced technology to our patients—right here in their community,” said Karl.
Single-Site Instrumentation and Firefly Technology place Manchester Memorial Hospital in a very elite group of hospitals nationwide with these capabilities.