INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - The future of robotic surgery is ever-advancing and Franciscan Health is leading that movement with expanded uses of the da Vinci® Surgical System.
The system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision field and small wristed instruments that rotate and bend with greater flexibility than the human hand. As a result, surgeons gain enhanced vision, precision and control.
In 2017, surgeons at Franciscan Health Indianapolis performed 455 da Vinci® robotic procedures with 29 performed at Franciscan Health Mooresville. In central Indiana, there are three types of da Vinci® types of systems in use. The newest generation, the Xi, is in place at the Indianapolis campus and is paired with the TruSystem™ 7000dV OR Table. This table works in conjunction with the da Vinci robot and can reposition the patient during procedures to provide optimum exposure and access to the target surgical site.
Surgeons use the da Vinci® system for general, gynecologic, colorectal, thoracic and urologic procedures.
Urologic surgeon William Schwab, MD, is director of the hospital's newly created robotics steering committee. This team was created to help make the robotic systems more efficient and accessible to the growing number of surgeons interested in using them.
"The"robot is fantastic for certain types of procedures and new options continue to evolve,” said Dr. Schwab.
For many years surgeons have carried out robotic prostatectomies, nephrectomies and hysterectomies. More recently, certain kinds of hernia repairs and lung surgeries have been done robotically.
Hazem Shamseddeen, MD, a member of Franciscan Physician Network Indy Southside Surgical, offers robotic care for simple and complex hernias.
"The precision and dexterity of the robotic instruments allow us to approach large hernias that require component separation and myofascial flaps utilizing the same dissection technique as in our open approach," he said. "Patients have less post-operative pain and narcotic use, reduced length of stay and a reduction in the associated infections caused by larger incisions."
Tina Ayeni, MD, is one of the busiest robotic surgeons on staff at Indianapolis. The majority of gynecologic procedures are now done with minimally invasive surgery, and the da Vinci® technology is specifically used to surgically stage and cure cases of endometrial, cervical and early-stage ovarian cancer.
"It is important for patients to understand the benefits of this approach because it increases the likelihood that they will be recovered and ready to initiate initial treatments for cancer on time," said Dr. Ayeni, a member of Franciscan Physician Network Gynecologic Oncology Specialists. "This fact can affect patients' overall recovery and survival."
Dipen Maun, MD, a surgeon with Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Colon & Rectal Specialists, uses da Vinci to perform colon resections and removal of rectal cancer.
"As the trend toward minimally invasive surgery grows, I have no doubt that robotics will remain an integral part of this technological push," said Dr. Maun. "With the continued commitment of Franciscan Health, we are primed to be a leader in central Indiana."
Learn more about the use of da Vinci® surgery systems at all Franciscan Health hospitals.
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