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The Future of Surgery is Here

Imagine a surgeon doing surgery by “remote control” from across the room, without even touching you.

That day is here at Sinai-Grace Hospital, with a revolutionary $2 million surgical system called “da Vinci.” While this remote control surgery may seem unusual, it actually gives surgeons significant advantages over traditional surgical approaches.

“This system is the future of surgery,” states John Barnwell, M.D., chief of surgery. “It takes us to the next level of capability that we didn’t have with even the best laparoscopicequipment.”

With daVinci, the surgeon sits at a remote console in the operating room. A magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site is visible on a computer monitor.

Because of the clarity of this magnified image, doctors can often see the patient’s organs and tissues better than they can with open surgery.

“Just as with other minimally invasive procedures, miniature instruments are inserted into the patient through ½-inch incisions,” says Dr. Barnwell. “A computer translates the doctor’s hand movements into corresponding micromovements of surgical instruments by a robot. This allows very precise control, permitting surgeons to handle more complex minimally invasive cases, such as removal of numerous tumors.”

Because da Vinci allows for more precision and control, the advanced computerized system allows surgeons to perform a wider range of major surgeries using laparoscopic techniques.

The robotic-assisted procedures our Sinai-Grace daVinci-trained surgeons perform include:

  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Sacralcolpopexy

For a referral to a robotically-trained surgeon at Sinai-Grace, call our Health Access Center at 313-966-4800.

A New Solution for Gynecologic Procedures

Minimally invasive procedures have long been used for operations on the female reproductive organs. With the robot we can take on more-difficult procedures and do them as minimally invasive surgery because of the enhanced manipulation capabilities of the instrumentation and the enhanced magnification.

 Because of the high-definition clarity of the images, we can see body structures better than the human eye can with open surgery.”

It is estimated that while about 65 percent of hysterectomies are now done as open procedures, soon 65 percent will be done as minimally invasive surgeries due to the robot.

Another gynecologic procedure that will benefit from the robot is myomectomy, or removal of fibroids. Because with the robot surgeons  can suture the uterine wall very well and achieve a stronger result, patients are more likely to have a successful pregnancy following surgery.

The da Vinci can also be used on other uro-gynecologic procedures, such as surgery to treat urinary incontinence, uterine prolapse, gynecologic cancer, endometriosis, and repair of fallopian tubes.

For Men Too: Prostate Surgery

Benefits from da Vinci aren’t limited to women. For men who need removal of the prostate gland, da Vinci’s improved precision allows for improved accuracy in cancer removal and results in less damage to surrounding tissue. This brings significant benefits to the patient:  lower incidence of impotence and incontinence.

Other conditions that can be treated with da Vinci include:

  • bladder cancer
  • colorectal cancer
  • coronary artery disease
  • kidney disorders and cancer
  • mitral valve prolapse
  • throat cancer
  • thyroid cancer

Sinai-Grace Surgeons Are Trained to Use Robot

Many of Sinai-Grace’s general surgeons, oncologic surgeons, urologists and gynecologists are trained in the use of the da Vinci.

 This story first appeared in Sinai-Grace Hospital’s Healthy Living magazine. Click here to read more Healthy Living stories.



For more information about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital’s daVinci surgical services or a referral to a Sinai-Grace surgeon, call 313-966-4800.