Da Vinci surgical robot breaks 100-case milestone

By on August 20, 2010

Geneva—Delnor Hospital, which first introduced the da Vinci Si High Definition Surgical Robot to the community in November 2009, recently celebrated a milestone by completing its 100th surgery using the revolutionary technology.

Obstetrician and gynecologist Jennifer L. Lew, M.D., performed the 100th procedure on July 27, a robotic hysterectomy and salpingo oophorectomy (removal of uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries) of a 53-year-old St. Charles resident.

Da Vinci allows a surgeon, seated at a control console, to perform surgery by using hand controls that operate the surgical instruments. Da Vinci technology translates his/her exact hand movements to the micro-instruments within the operative site.

A magnified three-dimensional view permits better visualization and allows surgeons to perform a finer, more precise dissection of critical structures. Robotic instruments, due to their small size and maneuverability, can be used in areas that are difficult to reach when using conventional surgical instruments held by the human hand. The result is better surgical technique and better surgical outcomes for the patient.

Using the robotic technology, certain complex surgeries like a hysterectomy can be done through small incisions that are just big enough to accommodate the instruments versus an open, large incision.

“The advent of robotics has been a monumental leap forward in the surgical technique used to remove the uterus,” Dr. Lew said. “Being able to see the uterus in three-dimension, high-definition and magnified, we are now able to remove it in a precise way while preserving critical structures.”

Multiple clinical studies have shown that da Vinci robotic surgery patients experience much shorter hospital stays (usually one night), less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, improved cosmetic results and a faster recover and return to work and normal activities.

Dr. Lew said there are benefits for the surgeon, too.

“The da Vinci is a much more ergonomically pleasing system than other laparoscopic methods, because it causes less strain on the surgeon’s musculoskeletal system,” she said.

The da Vinci Si High Definition Surgical Robot at Delnor Hospital is also being used for radical prostatectomy, or surgical removal of the prostate.

To learn more about the da Vinci Si High Definition, call (630) 208-3993, or visit Delnor Hospital online at delnor.com.

One Comment

  1. RM

    August 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    What the article doesn’t say is how much more expensive the procedure is or how much longer it takes. Anesthesia risk isn’t insignificant. How do you get the uterus out without making some sort of incision? Improved cosmetic results? – Give me a break. The incision required for a conventional hysterectomy isn’t really that big. The average stay for a conventional hyst is only 1 night, sometimes 2 but that doesn’t begin to compare with the cost of using the robot. Recovery is not that significantly impacted. A good surgeon doesn’t lose that much blood during a hyst.