Franciscan Health Crawfordsville Blesses and Dedicates New Da Vinci Surgical System
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana - Franciscan Health officials, surgery staff and physicians participated in a blessing and dedication ceremony for the hospital's new da Vinci® Surgical System on May 18.
Father Paul Graf, chaplain with Franciscan Health, conducted the service.
The da Vinci® Surgical System was delivered to the hospital in March. The hospital's first case will be Monday, May 22, conducted by Jon Hoversland, MD, OBGYN with Franciscan Physician Network Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Hoversland completed his training several years ago.
Surgery staff have completed their training. In Crawfordsville, Dr. Hoversland and Dr. Scott Sinnott, also with Franciscan Physician Network Obstetrics & Gynecology, are certified on the da Vinci®. Several other surgeons are exploring the training process.
About the da Vinci® Surgical System
Called the da Vinci® Surgical System, it enables surgeons to perform operations through a few tiny incisions and features several key features, including:
- Magnified vision system that gives surgeons a 3D high definition view inside the patient's body
- Ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating
- Patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery
- Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
"The system is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon's hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body," says Dr. Hoversland. One of the instruments is a laparoscope – a thin tube with a tiny camera and light at the end. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery. The surgeon is in complete control at all times.
In addition to the various technological advances, surgery with the da Vinci® leads to quicker recovery times, less bleeding and smaller scars.
The da Vinci® Surgical System provides OBGYN patients with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting the surgeon's hands at the controls of a robotic platform. "We use it primarily when doing hysterectomies. We do about 250 a year in Lafayette with this system," he says.
Dr. Hoversland says the da Vinci® Surgical System also "shines" for treating endometriosis. "With 3-dimensional viewing we can get so close to tissue. We can operate with enhanced vision and precision with this system," he says. "We've also improved our team effort over the past few years when we operate with this platform. The entire process runs even more smoothly and surgery time is reduced from when we first began doing this."
Benefits to the patient undergoing the da Vinci® Surgical System typically include less pain after surgery, less blood loss, fewer complications, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and quicker return time to normal activities.
"Of course it depends on the patient and the severity of the situation, but most patients go home the same day," says Dr. Hoversland.
To make an appointment with Franciscan Physician Network Obstetrics & Gynecology physicians who conduct surgeries with the da Vinci®, please call (765) 364-4500.
For more information on the da Vinci® Surgical System, including additional Franciscan Health locations in your area offering this service, please visit FranciscanHealth.org/davinci.