Da Vinci surgical technology allows smaller incisions, shorter recovery [The Times, Munster, Ind.]By Vanessa Renderman, The Times, Munster, Ind.McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
July 20--MERRILLVILLE -- In a surgical suite Thursday at the Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, Dr. Tyler Emley peeled the skin off a grape.
He was sitting a few feet away, with his back to the cluster of fruit.
Emley, an urologist, was at the controls of the hospital's new da Vinci Si Surgical System, an advanced robotic surgical technology, to separate the grape skin from its fruity flesh.
The system, which costs between $1.5 million and $2 million, allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery with smaller incisions, resulting in fewer complications, shorter recovery time, less pain and less blood loss.
"With the da Vinci Si, we will not only be able to offer the most advanced minimally invasive solutions for urology and gynecology, but also in colorectal surgery and thoracic and cardiac surgery as well," said Ian McFadden, president and CEO of Methodist Hospitals.
The instruments mimic the surgeon's behavior, while removing the hand tremor, said Kurt Klepsch, Intuitive Surgical clinical sales representative.
Dr. Perkin Stang, division chief of obstetrics and gynecology, said a lot of patients are requesting this type of surgery, although some are hesitant about being operated via robot.
"I assure them a robot does not do the surgery," Stang said.
It still takes good surgeons to work the equipment, he said.
"People don't have to drive to Chicago or Cleveland Clinic or anywhere," he said. "They can come right here."
McFadden said the new equipment is part of Methodist's ongoing initiative to bring cutting-edge technology to the region.
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