While robotic-assisted surgery has assisted physicians for about three decades now, there have been recent advancements in technology. These advancements have enhanced efficiency and accuracy, while at the same time making the surgery less stressful and less painful for patients.
ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital recently welcomed the da Vinci robot to its facility. This surgical robot is the only one of its kind in the region and is equipped with the tools to enhance surgeons’ skills to perform with even more precision. Surgeons work remotely by controlling the robotics arms attached to micro-instruments from a console a few feet from the operating table.
“The incisions needed for surgeries are reduced greatly to 1 to 2 centimeters in length,” said Ashley Monk, DO, Defiance Regional Hospital obstetrics and gynecology physician, about the da Vinci robot. “With decreased incision size, it means less possibility for post-surgery issues like infection or pain.”
John Monk, DO, agreed the machine has helped with surgical precision and patient recovery.
“Before the da Vinci, patients would have the surgery and be an inpatient for a few days and not be able to return to work for six weeks or so,” he said. “Now, it is an outpatient surgery and they can return to work in as little as three weeks.”
Defiance Regional Hospital is currently using the robot for gynecological surgical procedures with plans for general surgery and urology surgeries in place.
(Information courtesy of ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital.)