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Lake Regional Announces Addition of da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

Friday, October 12, 2018
Teresa Buol, FNP-C, and Urologist Eric McQueary, D.O., with Lake Regional Health System’s new da Vinci X robotic surgery system Teresa Buol, FNP-C, and Urologist Eric McQueary, D.O., with Lake Regional Health System’s new da Vinci X robotic surgery system

Lake Regional Health System now has the da Vinci X robotic surgery system. Lake Regional Urologist Eric McQueary, D.O., is the first Lake Regional surgeon to use the new system to provide minimally invasive surgeries, including for prostate cancer, kidney cancer and urinary tract conditions.

“Adding the da Vinci robotic surgery system expands the care patients can receive here at Lake Regional,” said Lake Regional Health System CEO Dane W. Henry, FACHE. “Lake Regional is excited to take this step to do more for our patients.”

Skilled surgeons such as Dr. McQueary use the da Vinci system to perform minimally invasive surgeries with greater precision. The system provides a magnified view inside the body, so surgeons see in much greater detail. The system also enables surgeons to reach more places. It has tiny instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. The instruments also minimize hand tremors.

Dr. McQueary has performed more than 100 da Vinci surgeries and trained for five years on the system during his residency in urologic surgery in Detroit, Michigan.

“I am present with the patient in the operating room throughout the procedure, and I am always fully in charge of how the instruments move,” he said. “I control the instruments as extensions of my hands.”

Compared to open surgery, the da Vinci robotic surgery system has many potential benefits, including shorter recovery times, less pain — so less pain medication — and minimal scarring. The benefits compared to traditional minimally invasive surgery vary with the procedure. Potential benefits of a da Vinci prostatectomy (partial or full removal of the prostate gland) include fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster return of pre-surgery erectile function and urinary continence. Potential benefits of a da Vinci nephrectomy (removal of a kidney) include less blood loss, fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay.

“I am excited to be a part of bringing da Vinci surgeries to Lake Regional,” Dr. McQueary said. “This advance makes it possible for us to do much more for patients who have prostate cancer and kidney cancer, and I’m thankful to be with a health system that is committed to providing these patients exceptional, comprehensive care.”

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialists, including for cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehabilitation therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies. To learn more, visit