Robotic surgery at Saint Thomas West Hospital is a less-invasive surgical approach that incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology and allows a surgeon greater visualization, enhanced dexterity, precision and control.
Robotics surgeons discuss the unique advantages of robotics surgery in performing a variety of surgical procedures.
A variety of conditions that can be treated utilizing robotic surgery at Saint Thomas West Hospital include:
- Coronary artery disease, which occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become hard and narrow because of cholesterol or plaque build-up in the inners walls of the arteries.
- Mitral valve prolapse, a condition when one or both of the flaps that are supposed to open and close to control blood flow to the heart do not work properly and allows small amounts of blood to flow backwards into the heart valve.
- Atrial fibrillation, or AF, is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.
- Urologic cancers, including prostate, bladder and kidney and other urologic conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and urinary tract organs.
- Gynecologic conditions, including cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and or excessive bleeding.
Physicians at Saint Thomas West Hospital who utilize the da Vinci surgical system, include:
- Dr. Benjamin Dehner, urologist
- Dr. Harriett Scarpero, urologist
- Dr. Evelio Rodriguez, cardiothoracic surgeon
- Dr. Stephens Dudley, gynecologic oncologist
- Dr. Clinton Marlar, general surgeon.
- Dr. Jonathan Cohen, general surgeon
- Dr. Chand Ramaiah, cardiothoracic surgeon
- Dr. Mark Tedder, cardiothoracic surgeon
- Dr. Mathew Ninan, thoracic surgeon
- Dr. Patrick Wolf, general surgeon
- Dr. Austin Lutz, urologist
How does it work?
Using two small cameras, the system creates a three-dimensional, high-definition view of the operative field. Surgeons work at a kiosk with controls that connect to very small surgical instruments. The kiosk’s controls use Intuitive® motion technology to mimic natural hand and wrist movements, allowing surgeons the same precision they enjoy in traditional open surgeries.
Robotic Procedures at Saint Thomas West Hospital