Investment of more than $1 million leads to quicker recovery for patients
by Jennifer Cohron
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Operating room technician Aaron Landers places an instrument in one of the arms of the da Vinci S HD Surgical System at Walker Baptist Medical Center. Robotic surgery has several benefits for patients, including less blood loss, quicker recoveries and a decreased risk of infection. Daily Mountain Eagle photos - Jennifer Cohron
Operating room technician Aaron Landers places an instrument in one of the arms of the da Vinci S HD Surgical System at Walker Baptist Medical Center. Robotic surgery has several benefits for patients, including less blood loss, quicker recoveries and a decreased risk of infection. Daily Mountain Eagle photos - Jennifer Cohron
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Walker Baptist Medical Center recently updated its robotic surgery technology, which leads to quicker recoveries and reduced risk of infection for patients.

The hospital invested more than $1 million in the da Vinci S HD Surgical System. The robot has three arms to hold instruments and one arm that serves as a camera.

The arms are controlled by a physician from a module situated several feet away from the operating table.

The new system has several advantages over its predecessor, which was purchased by WBMC in 2011.

“The technology is better — the visualization, the dexterity, the components,” said Dr. Brian Stone, a urologist who performed numerous prostate surgeries with the hospital’s first robot.

The new system is easier for the trained surgical team to move and faster to set up in the operating room.

It can also be used for some general surgeries and gynecological procedures.

Benefits to patients of minimally invasive procedures performed by robotic technology include smaller incisions, less pain and scarring, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries and reduced risk of infection.

“We believe that the new features of the da Vinci S HD Surgical System will further streamline surgical procedures, improving efficiencies and provide surgeons and surgical teams with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control,” said WBMC administrator Bob Phillips.

The use of robotic surgery technology is not recommended for all patients, including those who have scar tissue resulting from multiple surgeries.