What is one part skilled surgeon, one part robot and one part high-tech 3D video game? The answer is the da Vinci® Surgical System.
When we began planning this edition of LIVING, we decided we wanted a cover image showing a medical professional in an authentic setting. Rona Curphy, the CEO at Banner Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, was extremely helpful in setting up this opportunity, as getting into the operating room takes a bit more effort and planning than other photo shoots. The e-mail came in late Friday afternoon saying there was a slot open in the operating room schedule on Monday. So first thing Monday morning, Tina Cates from Elegance N Images and I met with Karen Tiemann from Banner. The first stop was getting into our “bunny suits.” The staff was gracious and patient with us, taking the time to answer the zillion questions we asked – questions that had nothing to do with the photo shoot and all to do with satisfying our own curiosity. Dr. Mourelo was equally as gracious to take the time from his busy schedule to meet in the operating room for the photo shoot. The focus of the shoot was the hospital’s new robotic surgical system. It was difficult to get everything into the image, such as the doctor and his control console, the actual da Vinci® robotic device and the nurses. It literally FILLS the room! So the cover image focuses on Dr. Mourelo, with the unit behind him. The images here show more of the device, along with information on the apparatus from the hospital’s and the manufacturer’s websites.
Introduced by Intuitive Surgical, the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Si can help surgeons perform minimally invasive, complex surgeries. The system features four lightweight surgical arms, allowing for extended reach of motion into the body. The system is also much easier to use than past surgical robots with minimal setup in the operating room.
What is da Vinci®?
Banner Health uses the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Da Vinci®, a well-known system, consists of an ergonomically-designed surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and specially-designed instruments.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
With robotic surgery, patients who once faced several weeks in recovery following surgery can be back on their feet within days. Through advanced technology that creates a less-invasive approach to surgery, patients may experience:
- Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
- Less post-operative pain and discomfort
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
- Less scarring
Banner Casa Grande Regional Medical Center installed and began using the da Vinci® System in fall 2015. Specially-trained surgeons use robotics to help patients have better, faster and easier recoveries from difficult procedures. The robot provides surgeons with all the benefits of traditional surgery while enabling them to operate through tiny incisions. With smaller incisions, patients can heal faster.
The surgical robot allows surgeons at Banner Casa Grande Regional Medical Center to closely explore the surgical site using 3D high definition robotic-guided instruments through small incisions. The robotic instruments bend in all directions and precisely mimic the surgeon’s hand movements, permitting access to tight and difficult to reach areas that would otherwise be inaccessible by hand and require larger incisions. The surgeon’s hand movements are seamlessly translated into precise movements for the robotic arms.
The surgical system cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. It requires every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from the surgeon.