Jan 4, 2010 2:44 PM by Carina Corral
A futuristic approach to surgical procedures is about to enter an operating room near you.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center introduces the community to the da Vinci Surgical System.
The nearly $2 million robotic surgical tool needs only 1 cm incisions for most procedures, which results in faster recovery.
Traditional surgery typically requires 12-14 cm incisions.
Using the da Vinci, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.
"By bringing state-of-the-art technology generally offered only at academic based medical centers in large metropolitan areas, our community is able to stay closer to home and not have to compromise on quality or the most up to date technology," said Candy Markwith, Sierra Vista's Chief Executive Officer.
Sierra Vista will be the first in San Luis Obispo County to offer this robotic minimally invasive surgery.
Surgeons will undergo training soon with the first cases expected to be scheduled in about a month.
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