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MU Health Care expands robotic surgery program with new dual-console da Vinci Surgical System

January 27, 2011                                                                       Contact: Matt Splett
                                                                                                      Media Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    (573) 882-5663

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care, the first health system in mid-Missouri to offer robotic minimally invasive surgery, is expanding its robotic surgery program with the addition of a new dual-console da Vinci® Surgical System at University Hospital.

The next generation da Vinci surgical robot will assist surgeons at University Hospital in performing complex minimally invasive procedures with even greater precision and control.

The da Vinci’s dual-console design allows two physicians to operate at one time, promoting collaboration and training during the surgery. Both surgeons benefit from da Vinci’s superior 3-D visualization, enhanced dexterity and increased range of motion.

“The addition of a dual-console da Vinci Surgical System at University Hospital provides our surgeons and patients with the latest state-of-the-art technology when it comes to robotic surgery,” said Jerry Rogers, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery at MU Health Care. “This second da Vinci Surgical System will allow MU Health Care to expand our robotic surgery program to offer new types of robotic surgery to our patients.”

University Hospital surgeons will use the dual-console da Vinci to perform many types of surgeries including general surgery, urologic and prostate surgery, cardiac and non-cardiac thoracic surgery, oncology and gastrointestinal surgery, otolaryngology and colorectal surgery.

Since 2008, surgeons at Women’s and Children’s Hospital have been using a da Vinci surgical system for prostate cancer, hysterectomy and gastrointestinal surgeries.

With da Vinci, surgeons operate through tiny holes in the body instead of a large open incision. Each hole is one to two centimeters in length, or smaller than a dime.

Robotic surgery brings many benefits to patients compared to traditional open surgery. Patients can expect tiny incisions, minimal scarring, shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, a reduced risk of infection and quicker return to normal daily activities.

“The da Vinci helps patients get back on their feet faster and offers many cosmetic advantages,” said Rogers. “Instead of spending four or five days in the hospital after an open procedure, some patients can return home the next day following a da Vinci surgery.”

Jerry Rogers, M.D., describes the
patient benefits of the new da Vinci
surgical robot.

Even though it is referred to as a robot, the da Vinci is under the full control of a surgeon at all times.

During an operation, surgeons sit a few feet away from the patient and view a magnified three-dimensional, high definition image on a console. Using hand controls, surgeons are able to guide the robot’s four interactive arms, which are positioned inside the patient. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements translate into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

In addition to the surgeons operating at the consoles, an additional surgeon is available at the patient’s side.

University of Missouri Health Care invested approximately $3.2 million to purchase the dual-console da Vinci Surgical System. The purchase was approved by the University of Missouri Board of Curators during its Dec. 10 meeting.

As one of the state’s premier academic medical centers, University of Missouri Health Care provides highly specialized, multidisciplinary care to patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries from every county in the state. MU Health Care includes University Hospital and Clinics, MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and the Missouri Psychiatric Center in Columbia, Mo., and the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, in Mount Vernon, Mo. Our academic partners include the MU School of Medicine, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions.

To view photos from MU Health Care's da Vinci demonstration, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=282525&l=a2e1edd118&id=170313162232


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