New DaVinci Robot Will Expand Services

December 15, 2014

Saint John’s Health Center acquired a new DaVinci robot that is expected to greatly expand the number and types of surgeries that are performed robotically. The unit is an updated version of an earlier DaVinci robot at the hospital that was used primarily for urologic and gynecologic procedures. The new DaVinci is expected to be used for general surgery and thoracic procedures as well.

The new unit is more mobile and easier to use than previous DaVinci models and has enhanced visualization capabilities, as well as sophisticated instrumentation that allows the surgeon to rotate the tools in a manner that mimics a surgeon’s actual wrist movement. Robotic surgery offers patients numerous benefits including incisions that are much smaller compared to open surgery. Patients typically experience shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, and less pain, blood loss and scarring.