Paris Regional Medical Centers’ Dr. Mark Campbell recently celebrated a medical milestone as he completed his 1,000th robotic-assisted surgery and his colleague Dr. Robert Young completed his 500th assisted surgery both on April 26.
“The da Vinci® system is 100 percent physician-operated and utilizes robotic technology to give surgeons the advantage of magnified 3D imagery, greater surgical precision, and the ability to perform complex procedures through a few tiny incisions,” Dr. Campbell said.
The da Vinci surgical system helps enable the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgery with an advanced set of instruments and a 3D high-definition view of the surgical area.
“Minimally invasive surgery with da Vinci is widely used in urology and gynecology procedures, and in several other procedures, too,” as stated on davincisurgery.com, “one reason surgeons use da Vinci is that it may provide improved outcomes.”
The highly popular device is readily used at PRMC with 2890 robotic-assisted surgeries to date completed.
“During these procedures, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing 3D, high-definition images of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera,” Erin Barnes Director of Marketing and Community Relations with PRMC explained.
In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
“We’re the busiest hospital in the state of Texas that utilizes a single robot,” Barnes said, “The da Vinci surgical system was one of the first robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgical systems cleared by the FDA.”
Both surgeries performed were gallbladder removals and were assisted by Bethany Sloan, First Assist and Jasz Blake, First Assist.
“They [medical team] celebrated with a cookie cake that was gifted to them by Intuitive, maker of the DaVinci Robot System,” Barnes said.
Today, a family of da Vinci systems and technologies is used by surgeons in all 50 U.S. states and 66 countries around the world.
Some of the surgical procedures that utilize the robot include hysterectomy, hernia, and gallbladder removal, prostatectomy.