Dr. Timothy Wilson (center), head of the urology department at City of Hope, stands with a da Vinci surgical robot

Dr. Timothy Wilson (center), head of the urology department at City of Hope, stands with a da Vinci surgical robot

 New surgical treatment offers hope to thousands

When Dr. Amir Abolhoda recently performed robot-assisted lung cancer surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center — the first procedure of its kind in Orange County — it marked the latest leap in the fast-evolving field of robotics.

The minimally invasive procedure successfully removed a cancerous lobe from the lung of a 52-year-old patient and sampled nearby lymph nodes for cancerous cells — entirely by robotic-controlled instruments. It was a high-tech extension of the surgeon’s touch.

The result was maximum precision with minimal pain, and a phenomenally quick recovery time.

“The patient was able to leave the hospital in two days,” Abolhoda said.

At City of Hope, an entire kidney was removed using the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, through a single 2.5-inch incision. The patient was home and feeling fine three days later.

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Robotic surgery at Tauranga's Grace Hospital.

Robotic surgery at Tauranga’s Grace Hospital.Ne

Five years of robotics surgery

It has been five years since New Zealand’s first robotic surgery took place at Tauranga’s Grace Hospital. “DaVinci” has since been used in 250 operations on people from across the country. As part of the robot’s anniversary, Bay of Plenty Times reporter Kiri Gillespie and chief photographer John Borren were invited to see it in action.

The first thing you notice inside the operating room is that the surgeon is not with his patient when he begins to operate.

Instead, Peter Gilling is seated at a console up to five metres away, where he can view the surgical field of his patient through a special visor in magnified 3D clarity.

He slips his thumbs and forefingers into soft plastic loops instead of metal surgical tools. The loops correspond to those tools already inside the patient, attached to four robotic arms.

For more on New  Zealand’s history of robotic surgery go to http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/robot-gives-surgeons-cutting-edge/1594969/

First hospital in Northeast Houston acquires robotic technology

Kingwood Medical Center proudly announces that it is the first hospital in Northeast Houston to acquire the latest in robotic technology, da Vinci Si Surgical System and the da Vinci Skills Simulator.

Surgeons at Kingwood Medical Center will soon begin utilizing the da Vinci Si Surgical System to perform a variety of surgical procedures, including gynecologic, urologic, cardiovascular, colorectal and gall bladder procedures.

Patients will have access to the latest technology in robotic surgery and be able to remain close to home.

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Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital

Memorial Herman Northeast is poised and ready to beging using their da Vinci Surgical System

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital will receive delivery of the da Vinci Si Surgical System robot, a leading-edge surgical system that is transforming surgical procedures Nov. 26.

Memorial Hermann Northeast will begin scheduling these procedures in December.

“With robotic surgery, a small mechanical arm is inserted into the patient through a tiny incision,” said Urological Surgeon Burkitt Jensen, M.D., one of several members of the Memorial Hermann Northeast medical staff who are trained in the da Vinci system.

“Memorial Hermann Northeast surgeons will be able to control the robotic movements of the arms through special hand-and-foot controls at a console next to the operating table.”

Initially, the daVinci robot will be used by specially-trained Memorial Hermann Northeast surgeons to perform surgery in three areas – urology, gynecology and general surgery – and has the potential to grow to other specialties.

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Urologist Operated the Da Vinci Robot

Urologist Operated the Da Vinci Robot

Check out this great article we found from Cambridge News!

As a significant milestone is reached by prostate specialists at Addenbrooke’s, health correspondent Rachel Allen takes a look at the state-of-the-art surgery attracting men from across the country.

A 1.4 million dollar robot has raised the bar even higher for prostate surgery around the country as it offers the most precise treatment for this cancer with the least side effects.

Robotic Surgery System

Robotic Surgery System

Great article regarding the future of Robotic Surgery!

Most surgeries involve a doctor’s hand working inside the body. But each year more doctors and patients are opting for a robotics-assisted approach. There’s more precision and greater visibility for doctors with 3-D imaging, plus less scarring and faster recovery for patients.  But the approach has its critics.

Dr. Kemp Kernstine talked about this in a KERA Health Checkup. Dr. Kernstine chairs UT Southwestern’s thoracic surgery division and has a strong research interest in robotic surgery.

A great read thanks to the Herald Tribune…

Being the first area hospital with a da Vinci surgical robot once felt like being the first neighborhood family with a TV in the 1950s: The dazzling new technology’s ultimate power was unclear, but there was prestige in owning something so cutting-edge.

Robotic surgery held the promise of less pain, blood loss and scarring, and faster recovery.

Da Vinci robot that's used for training

Da Vinci robot that’s used for training

I found this fascinating article on Kera News, follow the link below to read more.

Imagine heading into surgery. Instead of a doctor’s soothing voice, you hear the whirs and beeps of R2D2. OK, so Star Wars droids aren’t holding the scalpel, but robotic techniques are radically changing the world of medicine. And North Texas hospitals are harnessing the power of robots.

Beth Nail zips around her back yard in Allen, past the fire pit, getting ready for an evening on the terrace. It’s a respite from her physically demanding job; deep tissue massage therapy.

“On a routine chest x-ray they found what looked like an anomaly and it came back very suspicious for carcinoma of the lung,” Nail says.

Gift of life

Gift of life

Amazing, heartwarming read from Daily Mail.

As first birthday parties go, Olivia Bisson’s was joyfully over the top. Held in the garden of her family home last September, the theme was ‘pink princess’ and there was not one but two brand-new outfits for the birthday girl (both pink, of course).

‘She had the best time ever,’ laughs her mother Jocelyn, her eyes welling as she remembers the happy day. ‘Olivia beamed from ear to ear all day. She loves being the centre of attention, of course.’

Check out this great article I found on newswise!

Jimmie Jones of Calumet Park, Ill., has beaten all odds to survive 17 years on the waiting list for a new kidney.

Diagnosed with hypertensive kidney disease in his 40s, Jones’ health quickly deteriorated to the point where he needed dialysis three times a week.

Physicians at a south side Chicago hospital placed him on the waiting list for a new kidney in 1995 but told him that he needed to lose weight before he could be a candidate.