Jul 1, 2010 1:52 PM by Greg Boyce

Penrose-St. Francis gets new robot surgery tool

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is the first hospital in Southern Colorado to offer robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci S HD Surgical System.


The da Vinci Surgical System is operated by a surgeon sitting a few feet away from the patient at a console. Using a 3-D camera, the surgeon guides the arms of the patient cart, which holds surgical instruments that are inserted into the patient through small, keyhole-sized incisions. The da Vinci System allows the surgeon to move the robotic arms that hold the miniaturized, wrested instruments to conduct precise movements with extraordinary control and greater range of motion than even the human hand. The da Vinci's video monitoring system provides a high-definition, three-dimensional view of the surgery with magnification up to10 times that of the naked eye.

Robotic-assisted surgery means smaller incisions, less pain and trauma for patients, and a much faster recovery period.

The new system will complement the "standard" da Vinci System the hospital has been utilizing since 2005.

Penrose-St. Francis has performed nearly 700 urological, gynecological oncology, and cardiac da Vinci procedures since January 2008. The da Vinci S HD Surgical System will allow Penrose-St. Francis to expand its robotic-assisted surgery program in the future to include benign gynecology candidates, such as patients requiring hysterectomies.

The purchase was funded entirely by Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation donors.

Both da Vinci Surgical Systems are housed at Penrose Hospital.



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