Crestwood Introduces da Vinci Robotic Assisted Surgical System: Why Doctors and Patients Alike Are Finding Trust In an Unlikely Source, a Robot
Crestwood now offers a new less invasive surgery option. The advanced da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgery program may be used for hysterectomies and other gynecological surgery, as well as for prostate, urologic and kidney procedures. In the hands of skilled surgeons, these minimally invasive procedures may mean less pain, less scarring, and less time in the hospital for many patients.
The da Vinci System provides surgeons with greater precision, control, and access to areas that are difficult to reach, allowing complex operations to be performed through smaller incisions than traditional open surgery.
Dr. Michael Conrad, OB/GYN, says of the da Vinci technology that “there is the certainty that physicians are in control of what is going on.” The da Vinci system is computer aided and robotically aided, meaning that the system only assists the actual movements and directions of the surgeon. In the same manner that a person’s power steering will aid in the maneuvering of a motor vehicle, the driver is still in total control.
Dr. Conrad reaffirms, “patients are less likely to have complications”, and his assurance comes from the “visualization being so much greater” when using the da Vinci system. The da Vinci system has more enhanced visualization than its predecessor technique, laparoscopy, allowing doctors to make more precise movements and maneuver more easily through small incisions and around important organs and nerves during surgery.
For urologists and gynecologists like Dr. Conrad, the New York Times claims “it is rapidly becoming unusual for a urologist (or gynecologist) to operate without using one of Intuitive’s da Vinci robots.”
For more information about robotic-assisted surgery, consult with your physician, check out the da Vinci website at http://www.davincisurgery.com/, or call Susan Bryce, Crestwood ACNO and Director of Perioperative Services at 256.429.4953.