Robotic Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery
Otsego Memorial Hospital has already been offering minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery – surgery that uses small incisions and allows a doctor to see inside a patient’s body using a tiny camera attached to a tube – and this spring, the hospital will begin offering a new type of state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery with the addition of the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System features a 3-D high-definition vision system with tiny instruments that bend and rotate in sync with a surgeon’s movements, offering surgeons great precision, enhanced vision, and greater control. OMH is only the second hospital in northern Michigan to offer the da Vinci Surgical System to patients for minimally invasive surgeries.
What is da Vinci Surgery and how can it help me?
da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With da Vinci Surgery, the cuts (incisions) made in your body by your surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during open surgery. da Vinci Surgery is therefore considered “minimally invasive surgery.” Studies of da Vinci Surgery have shown the following benefits in comparison to open surgery:
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stays
- Smaller or fewer incisions
- Less scarring than traditional open surgery
- Decreased risk of infection and bleeding
- Less pain
When is the da Vinci System Used?
The da Vinci Surgical System is available for use in the following specialty areas: