MOBILE, Ala. - It looks something like a high-tech video game, but with thehelp of doctors, the da Vinci Robot has performed 999 surgeries inthe past three years.
Tuesday, Dr. Michael Finan, will perform Mobile Infirmary's1,000th surgery using the surgical system.
It's the latest in modern-day surgery. By using the da VinciRobot instead of traditional laparoscopic surgery, the patient willspend less time in the hospital.
"Now we can offer them almost out-patient procedures where theycome in, they have the surgery, then they go home the next morningin most cases," Said Dr. Finan.
But that's just part of the good news for patients.
"We can see very clearly, almost on a microscopic level, and wecan do a very detailed and fine dissection in cases where we mighthave normally had to open them. Less blood loss and shorterhospital stay, and quicker recovery," said Dr. Finan.
The da Vinci Robot can work with several dozen differentsurgical instruments, depending on the type of surgery. Proceduresinclude surgeries for prostate cancer, gynecological cancer, andhysterectomies.
The instruments move just like your own wrists.
"With laparoscopic surgery, the tips of the instruments arerigid so they really can only go in two different directions," saidDr. Finan.
It may be a robot, but the machine can't work without a surgeoncontrolling its every move.
"With just two hands, we can control three operative arms plusthe camera arm and we toggle between those with our feet. So weactually operate with sock feet so we can feel the pedals, so wecan't wear socks with holes in them," said Dr. Finan.
They might wear only scrubs and socks in the operating room, butdoctors at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, along with the help ofthe da Vinci Robot, are helping patients feel better one surgery ata time.
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