2018-04-15 / Health

Memorial first in state to use daVinci Robots

OWOSSO - Memorial Healthcare in Owosso is the first hospital/surgery center in the state of Michigan to use the daVinci X Robots – the newest technology in robotic surgery available today. Memorial Healthcare received its first daVinci robots in March of last year; the new technology enables a surgeon better mobility and visualization to perform more intricate procedures.

Operations are completed using a few small incisions which benefits patients by less blood loss, fewer complications, less pain, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions for minimal scarring and faster recovery to return to daily life, according to a Memorial Healthcare press release.

The daVinci system has brought minimal invasive surgery to more than three million patients worldwide.

Thomas Smith, DO, MBA, FACOS and general surgeon at Memorial Surgical Associates and champion for Memorial’s robotic program, said the system is powered by technology that allows surgeons’ hand movements to be translated more effectively, “into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.”

“As surgeons and technology continue to advance, the types of procedures that we will be able to perform will allow a safer, better outcome,” Smith said.

“This investment underscores Memorial’s continued commitment to providing the latest in medical technology to our patients.”

Robotic surgeries performed at Memorial may include colon, hernia, gallbladder, hysterectomy, cancer and prostate.

“It’s imperative to mention that not all patients will receive robotic surgery. Some procedures require more invasive techniques, but this technology will give more patients the option for a less invasive surgery,” Smith said.

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