It may look like something out of a science fiction film, but the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System is very real and a lifesaver. Most people don’t get the chance to get up close and personal with the robot until the day of their surgery. However, the public not only got a good look at the robot many of them took turns at the control panel at a Robotic Surgical Open House held at Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) on March 17. While sitting at the controls their task was to operate the da Vinci arms, to remove various sized rubber bands set up to demonstrate the robot’s precision. The robot’s arms hold tools with devices at the end that act as scissors, pincers and needle drivers and move with the same rotation as the human wrist. After several attempts, a few guests succeeded. ECHN surgeons and surgical staff were on hand to answer questions. “Amazing” was the word of the night!
The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. Through the use of the da Vinci, surgeons are now able to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures. Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions. Imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities, as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes. The da Vinci robot makes it all possible.
Some of the procedures performed at MMH with the da Vinci Surgical System include:
- Nephrolithotomy (removal of a large calcified kidney stone)
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- Prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland)
- Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- Myomectomy (treatment for uterine fibroids)
The surgeons on the Eastern Connecticut Health Network Medical Staff who are currently using the da Vinci system are:
Lawrence Arky, MD (OB/GYN)
Anthony Distefano, MD (Urologist)
Danielle Grieco, MD (OB/GYN)
William Guinan, MD (OB/GYN)
Martin Hancock, MD (OB/GYNn)
Lon Manfredi, MD (OB/GYN)
Katerina Micheals-Bogdan, MD (OB/GYN)
Aziza Omrani, MD (OB/GYN)
William Pennoyer, MD (Colon & Rectal Surgeon)
David Rosenberg, MD (Urologist)
Thomas Staley, MD (Urologist)
David Walters, MD (Colon & Rectal Surgeon)
Daniel Welling, MD (OB/GYN)
Attendees at the Robotic Surgery Open House at Manchester Memorial Hospital on May 17 took turns at the control panel of the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.
“Amazing!” was uttered by everyone who test drove the da Vinci surgical robot. Attendees operated the da Vinci arms, to remove various sized rubber bands set up to demonstrate the robot’s precision. After several attempts, a few succeeded.