Unveiling the latest in surgical technology, the staff at Memorial Hermann Northeast displayed the da Vinci Si Surgical System robot, a leading-edge surgical system that is transforming surgical procedures. With procedures beginning in December, the instrument will be used in urology, gynecology and general surgery, though it has potential to move to other specialized surgical needs. “We are introducing something completely different to the Lake Houston area. Robotic surgery is the future of medicine because the da Vinci robot will enable our surgeons to provide their patients with an innovative alternative approach to traditional surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery allows our physicians greater precision and better control during surgery. For our patients, the robot offers less pain, less risk of infection, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities,” said Heath Rushing, the hospital’s chief operating officer. A special ribbon cutting in November allowed for visitors to see the operation of the machine and even participate in controlling the robotic movements themselves. The robot translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements at the control console into corresponding micro-movements of the instrument’s tip.  Similar movements also control the camera to allow the surgeon to see inside the patient’s body.  “With robotic surgery, a small mechanical arm is inserted into the patient through a tiny incision,” said Urological Surgeon Burkitt Jensen, M.D., one of several members of the Memorial Hermann Northeast medical staff who are trained in the da Vinci system.  “Memorial Hermann Northeast surgeons will be able to control the robotic movements of the arms through special hand-and-foot controls at a console next to the operating table,” Jensen continued. The robot delivered to Memorial Hermann Northeast will include the latest technology including the “single-site” system.  Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision. The results can be a possible shorter stay in the hospital, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and, most important of all, a quicker return to normal daily activities. Additional staff surgeons are being trained to operate the da Vinci system at the Memorial Hermann Surgical Innovation and Robotics Institute which is located at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Photo: Hospital staff and visitors took part in controlling the robot at ribbon cutting event.Photo by Patsy Oliver

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