DAILY DOT COM - Groundbreaking robotic surgeries are being performed right in our backyard. Surgeons at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, in Foley, are using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System for general or gynecologic procedures including: ball bladder, hysterectomies, or surgeries of the ovaries.
Dr. Jeffery Caylor is one of two SBRMC physicians trained to use the system. "The hope is in the next few weeks to begin doing even colon surgeries with this," added Caylor.
The da Vinci procedure has significant advantages. Traditional surgery, even minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, often involves three or four incisions compared to just one with the da Vinci.
To be clear, the robot doesn't do everything on its own. Every movement of the surgeon's hand is relayed to the arms on the machine and each arm can control a number of different instruments.
Doctors say they can get into tighter spaces now, because the robotic platform gives them increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access, which can help reduce blood loss and reduce complication rates.
Patients often recover quicker from a da Vinci procedure and typically need little to no pain medication.
SBRMC started using the system in July. It's the only hospital on the Eastern Shore to have it and the hospital says the cost is the same for the patient as a non-da Vinci procedure.
The product is called "da Vinci" in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot. He also used unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details to bring his masterpieces to life. The da Vinci Surgical System similarly provides physicians with such enhanced detail and precision that the System can simulate an open surgical environment while allowing operation through tiny incisions.
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