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da Vinci Surgeries

Lake Regional Health System now has the da Vinci X robotic surgery system. Lake Regional surgeons use the new system to provide minimally invasive surgeries, including for prostate cancer, kidney cancer, hernia repair, colon resection, spleen removal, gall bladder removal and urinary tract and gynecological conditions.

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.

A surgeon is always present with the patient in the operating room throughout the procedure and is fully in charge of how the instruments move. Surgeons control the instruments as extensions of their 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. For example, 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.

Read the story of Lake Regional's first da Vinci patient.