The da Vinci® Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer state-of-the art minimally invasive options for complex diseases and conditions in gynecologic, urologic, thoracic, cardiac, colorectal and general surgeries.
Wesley Medical Center is the first and only hospital in south-central Kansas and the second hospital in the state to offer the newest and most advanced da Vinci Surgical System, da Vinci Xi.
As the popularity of da Vinci has grown rapidly in recent years, both patients and physicians have come to appreciate its advantages.
The da Vinci advantage
Providing robotic-assisted tools and superior high-definition, three-dimensional imagery, da Vinci surgery can reduce complication rates and surgical time. Studies show it also can shorten patients’ length of stay and postoperative pain, enabling patients to return to their normal activities more quickly.
The da Vinci enables physicians to perform some surgeries laparoscopically that otherwise would have to be done by opening the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery uses small instruments and a camera inserted through a few small openings in the body.
The smaller incisions mean fewer wound complications. The shorter hospital stay can result in fewer lung problems and blood clots. Less postoperative pain is another advantage of this type of surgery.
The da Vinci offers several advantages over normal laparoscopic surgery. At the patient’s bedside are da Vinci’s four robotic arms attached to the surgical instruments and a lighted, miniature camera inserted through incisions less than an inch long.
At a console a few feet away, the surgeon views a high-definition, color image captured by the camera. The three-dimensional image can be magnified up to seven times the actual size, providing greater visibility than conventional laparoscopic surgery images. As the surgeon manipulates the master controls, his or her hand, wrist and finger movements are translated to the surgical instruments.
Refining the surgeon's hand movements
The instruments cannot move by themselves, so the surgeon is always in control. However, da Vinci’s technology improves the surgeon’s movements. The instruments’ jointed-wrist design exceeds the natural range of motion of the human hand. The “tremor filtration system” further refines the surgeon’s hand movements. The ability to maneuver the surgical instruments very precisely helps avoid damage to adjacent tissue.
Wesley has performed more than 5,000 da Vinci surgeries and currently has four systems, three at its main campus and one at Galichia Heart Hospital.
da Vinci surgeries performed:
- Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
- Single site cholecystectomy
- Nissen fundoplication
- Hellar myotomy
- Pediatric nephrectomy
- Bowel resection
- Ovarian cystectomy
- Endometrial resection
- Sacral neurectomy
- Oncology hysterectomy and lymph node dissection with oncology staging
- Trans oral resection
- Prostatectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection
- Ureteral reimplant
- Total and partial nephrectomy
- Pediatric urology procedures
- Pediatric nephrectomy
- Thorascopic procedures