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Robotic Surgery Comes to West Kendall Baptist Hospital
|By Business Wire
|May 5, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
An advanced robotic surgery system recently installed at West Kendall
Baptist Hospital is slated to go into action today, when surgeons
perform three surgical procedures using the equipment.
The da Vinci Si system combines the benefits of minimally
invasive surgery, meaning fewer and smaller incisions, with the
incredibly detailed movements of computer-guided equipment. Surgeons
worldwide use the da Vinci robot on patients diagnosed with many
complex conditions, including cancers of the prostate, cervix, uterus,
lung, colon and rectum, as well as heart disease and fibroid tumors.
“The da Vinci system installation is a very significant
investment in the health of our West Kendall community,” said Javier
Hernández-Lichtl, CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “Our goal is to
provide our patients with the least invasive, most precise surgical
options available, allowing them to get back to their everyday
activities as quickly as possible.”
During a da Vinci procedure, the surgeon is in complete control
of the robotic-assisted system, which translates the surgeon’s hand
movements into smaller, highly precise movements of tiny instruments
inside the patient’s body. The da Vinci’s system also features a
magnified, 3-D, high-definition vision system that enables the surgeon
to operate with greatly enhanced vision and precision. In the past
decade, surgeons using the da Vinci surgical system have
performed more than 1.5 million operations worldwide.
In today's demonstration of the da Vinci Si’s versatility,
four West Kendall Baptist Hospital robotic surgery specialists will
perform three surgical procedures using the equipment:
Julio Arronte, M.D. – Hysterectomy
Omar Llaguna, M.D., and Charan Donkor, M.D. – Hernia Repair
Troy Gatcliffe, M.D. – Ovarian Cystectomy
“The da Vinci equipment allows us to operate through a single or
multiple tiny incisions – only half an inch long, in some cases –
instead of one large opening,” said Ricardo Estape, M.D., medical
director of Baptist Health’s Center for Robotic Surgery. “Because the
incisions are so small, they cause less trauma to the body. Patients
tend to have less discomfort, fewer infections, shorter hospital stays
and quicker recovery times than with traditional surgery.” The Center
for Robotic Surgery surgeons perform more than 3,500 robotic procedures
annually, employing 10 machines at four hospitals.
Instead of standing over the patient, as in traditional surgery, the
surgeon sits at a nearby da Vinci computer console equipped with
an array of video, audio and motion controls.
“The system translates our hand movements into much more highly precise
actions and can even bend and rotate the surgical instruments with far
more flexibility than our own hands and wrists,” said Juan-Carlos
Verdeja, M.D., founding president of the hospital’s medical staff. “With
the 3-D, high-definition video screen, we have total visual immersion in
the surgical site – far better than if we were actually at the patient’s
The da Vinci system is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc., a
global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.
ABOUT BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA
Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region,
with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital,
Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami
Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital) and more than 30 outpatient
and urgent care facilities spanning three counties. The not-for-profit,
faith-based Baptist Health has more than 15,000 employees and 2,200
affiliated physicians, and also includes Baptist Health Medical Group,
Baptist Outpatient Services and internationally renowned centers of
excellence. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising
arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities.
Baptist Health was just listed by Fortune magazine as one of the 100
Best Companies to Work For in America (#19 in the nation and #1 in
Florida) and has remained on the list for 14 years. It was also
recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fourth
year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute. Visit BaptistHealth.net.
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