Greater precision ... more control ... better vision ... just a few of the many reasons that a growing number of surgeons at Saint Agnes Medical Center are treating complex conditions − ranging from cancer to uterine prolapse, fibroids and even heart disease − using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. This minimally invasive approach requires only a few tiny incisions, so patients get back to life faster without the usual recovery following traditional surgery.
Leading the Surgical Revolution
Saint Agnes Medical Center introduced robotic surgery to the Central Valley in 2001 and, soon after, made headlines as the first hospital on the West Coast to use the robot during a minimally invasive coronary bypass. Since then, robotic technology has evolved significantly, enabling surgeons to perform more complex surgeries than ever before.
Dedicated to remaining at the forefront, Saint Agnes made a significant investment in patient care with the acquisition of its second robot − the da Vinic Si®.
Considered the world's most advanced robotic system, the Si offers several upgraded features, which help to further perfect the physician's surgical capabilities so the benefits of minimally invasive surgery can be extended to the broadest possible range of patients.
The da Vinci Si® is revolutionizing urological, gynecological, cardiac and general surgery. Patient benefits of da Vinci® surgery:
- Less trauma, which reduces postoperative pain
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk for infection
- Faster recovery times
- Reduced length of hospital stays
- Enhanced cosmetic results
How Robotic Surgery Works
The da Vinci® Surgical System provided surgeons with the precision, dexterity and control of traditional open surgery, while only requiring 1-2 cm incisions.
Like a conductor leading a symphony, the surgeon orchestrates every move the robot makes from a console a few feet away from the surgical table. The robotic surgery system cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. It operates like an extension of the surgeon's own highly skilled hands, translating hand and wrist movements to micro-instruments inserted into the patient's body.
These microinstruments, better known as EndoWrists, reproduce the range of motion and dexterity of the surgeon's hand, but with even higher precision, greater flexibility and the ability to rotate instruments more than 360 degrees.
Looking through a video monitoring system − like a pair of binoculars − the surgeon gets a 3-D, high-definition view inside the patient's body, with magnification up to 10 times the vision of the naked eye.
What types of surgery can be performed robotically
Saint Agnes is using its robotic surgical system in procedures that treat a range of conditions, including:
- Bladder Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Gynecologic Cancer
- Heavy Uterine Bleeding
- Kidney Disorders
- Kidney Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Uterine Fibroids
- Uterine Prolapse