New Robot Allows For Less Invasive Surgery In Manhattan

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Mercy Regional Health center in Manhattan debuted new technology this week, designed for minimally invasive surgery.

The hospital unveiled its da Vinci Surgical System, a sophisticated robotic device that gives a surgeon a better field of vision and surgical precision.

While seated at the da Vinci console, the surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site and the robotic arms emulate their movements.

Doctors say there are also many benefits for the patient including a smaller incision, less blood loss, and a shorter recovery time allowing the patient to get back to regular activities sooner. The technology is being used at hospitals throughout the country and state of Kansas.

John Broberg, Mercy’s President and CEO, says having the equipment, which costs upwards of $1.5 million, will prevent area residents from having to do out of town to have procedures done.

“We purchased it in October and we’ve already done seven or eight procedures already. We have four surgeons that have gone through the training and the patient experience has been very positive,” he said.

Dr. Laki Evangelidis, a urologist, demonstrated how the da Vinci is used Wednesday at the hospital.

The robot has assisted with general surgeries like gall bladder removal, kidney removal and prostate cancer and officials say it is preferred by an increasing number of patients.

“The instruments are much smaller than the human hand so it allows us to do things that we weren’t able to do with our own hands. Even from a laparoscopic technique, the instruments are much smaller and have a lot more dexterity and flexibility,” Evangelidis said.

Officials say the high-tech equipment will help the hospital recruit skilled physicians and operating room staff.


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