Surgical Robot Hits The Mall

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - People watchers at West Ridge Mall Sunday can set their sites on something a little different - a robot.

St. Francis Health Center will show off its da Vinci surgical robot at the mall. Surgical services staff and physicians trained in robotic-assisted surgery will be near the Old Navy and JCPenney stores from 1 to 4 pm Sunday. They will demonstrate how the da Vinci surgical robot works. They're also encouraging visitors to sit at the da Vinci’s surgeon’s console to see how it works.

The da Vinci surgical robot provides state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical care. St. Francis brought its first da Vinci surgical robot to Topeka in 2006. The most recent model enables 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, a traditional hysterectomy usually entails a soda can’s worth of blood loss, whereas a da Vinci hysterectomy results in blood loss of just one tablespoon with patients often released 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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