St. Francis Shows Off Da Vinci

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - Topeka's St. Francis Health Center is ready to show off its latest surgical technology.

The new da Vinci surgical robot will be on display at 9 am Thursday in St. Francis Health Center’s first floor lobby.

The newest da Vinci surgical robot provides the most state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical care available in northeast Kansas. St. Francis brought its first da Vinci surgical robot to Topeka in 2006. The most recent model will enable the Health Center to further expand its surgical capabilities to improve patient well-being.

Specially trained surgeons across multiple specialties use the da Vinci and other minimally invasive techniques for heart, lung, uterus and prostate surgeries.

Patients who undergo da Vinci surgical procedures typically have much smaller incisions, less scarring, less blood loss, less pain medication, a shorter Health Center stay and a quicker recovery. For example, an abdominal hysterectomy usually entails a soda can’s worth of blood loss and three days of recovery in the hospital, whereas a da Vinci hysterectomy results in blood loss of just one tablespoon with patients often released just 12 hours after the procedure.

The robot has a 3-D high-definition magnification system and provides surgeons with enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control with typical incisions for procedures just one to two centimeters long. The technology was originally developed to perform remote battlefield procedures and since 2000 has been used in more than 1,000 hospitals.


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