|The most advanced robotic-assisted surgical
cancer technology in Nebraska is at Alegent Creighton Health. Robotic-assisted
Surgery at Alegent Creighton Health's world-class Procedure Centers offers
the latest in minimally-invasive surgical approaches through the use of
the da Vinci Surgical System. Bergan Mercy Medical
University Medical Center, Immanuel Medical
Center and Lakeside Hospital are some of
the few hospitals in the nation offering robotic-assisted surgery for patients
undergoing a wide variety of cardiac, thoracic, urological, gynecological
and oncological procedures. Alegent Creighton Health was the first to bring
the DaVinci S 3DHD state-of-the-art robotic surgical system with its 4-arm
technology to Nebraska. Creighton University Medical Center offers the da
Vinci Si single incision system.
How Robotic-assisted Surgery Works
Robotic-assisted surgery is breakthrough technology. It is an effective,
minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy performed
through small incisions using fully articulating micro-instruments.
Alegent Creighton Health uses the latest-generation da Vinci S® HD robotic-assisted
surgical system. It consists of three main components: a patient side
cart with four interactive robotic arms, an endoscopic camera and video
system that transmits high-definition, three-dimensional images from inside
the body, and a surgeon’s control console.
Better than 20/20 vision
Sitting at the console a few feet from the operating table, the surgeon
looks into viewfinder of the fiber optic imaging system and sees a three-dimensional
high defintion view of the surgical site that is magnified 10 times that
of the naked eye, enabling a superior view of the anatomy. By comparison,
most laparoscopic surgeries provide doctors with 4X magnification. The surgeon
is easily able to reposition, zoom and rotate the camera to adjust to the
field of vision, from the console. The natural depth-of-field enables the
surgeon to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with superior dexterity,
even in a very confined space.
Surgical technique is enhanced
Each movement of the surgeon's hands is translated into smooth, precise
movements of the micro-instruments with extraordinary control, ambidextrous
capability and full 360-degree range of motion.
The small, precise instruments allow for delicate incisions and stitching
not possible through other minimally-invasive techniques. The number of
incisions used varies by procedure, but the significance lies in their
size — an average of only one to two centimeters — or roughly the size
of a dime. The system gives surgeons have the ability to perform many
complex procedures — including prostate, heart and gynecological surgery.
The size, precision and flexibility of instruments make the surgical system
ideal for prostatectomy, because the prostate is closely surrounded by
nerves responsible for preservation of sexual function and urinary continence.
The daVinci SI System requires only a single incision that is made in
the belly button area.
The robot does not replace your surgeon
It is important to note that robotic-assisted surgery does not place a robot
at the controls, your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery
with its assistance. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions
on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be
performed with direct input from your surgeon. It is essentially an extension
of your surgeon's hands.
Since the introduction of the da Vinci System in 2000, the da Vinci System
has been used successfully in tens of thousands of procedures. Its safety
and efficacy have been documented in hundreds of clinical
publications. The literature supporting da Vinci’s use is extensive,
covering all surgical specialties where the System is used.
And in many cases, better clinical outcomes.
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain after the surgery
- Lower risk of infection
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Less scarring & improved cosmetic healing
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
To learn more about robotic-assisted surgical at Alegent Creighton
Health contact us
or call 1-800-ALEGENT.