da Vinci® ... Changing the Experience of Surgery at Frederick Memorial Hospital
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require
surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options,
including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.
The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative
to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting
a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform.
The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex
and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
For the patient, benefits may include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
- A faster return to normal daily activities
- And in many cases, better clinical outcomes
da Vinci Prostatectomy
Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for
most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally
following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in
which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has
been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks
of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery
and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest
in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic
surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not
only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary
control and sexual function.
Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urology Services available at Frederick
Minimally invasive options for urologic surgery
da Vinci Prostatectomy
da Vinci Hysterectomy
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access
to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard
approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come
significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding
organs and nerves.
For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted
surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least
invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using
the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing
the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the
likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
Minimally invasive options for gynecologic surgery
da Vinci Hysterectomy
da Vinci Thoracic Surgery
The historic conventional thoracotomy approach for thoracic surgery customarily
resulted in a 5-10 day length of hospital stay. This approach resulted
in notable persistent postoperative pain with a return back to normal
activity in six to eight weeks.
Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) is a wonderful technology for some
patients. Unfortunately the "presumed" benefit of pain relief
is not evident in all patients secondary to chest wall neuralgia (irritation
of chest wall nerves). The customary hospital length of stay can be reduced
to 3 - 5 days. From a surgical technical perspective, VATS instrumentation
is "technically limiting" and does not allow the surgeon to
utilize all natural hand movements during the conduct of surgery. The
procedure is very time consuming. The technology utilizes a 2-D video
output that unfortunately forces the surgeon to perform an operation without
any true visual depth perception.
da Vinci Robotic Thoracic Surgery utilizes a state of the art technology
that provides a seamless translation of the surgeon's hand movements
into precise real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.
The da Vinci system offers the operating surgeon a 3-Dimensional visualization
with true optical depth of perception. This technologic advancement allows
the surgeon to perform complex surgical procedures through small puncture
sites. The patient benefits by experiencing reduced postoperative pain,
shorter hospital stay, accelerated recovery time, and a faster return
to normal activity.
Thoracic surgical procedures that can be performed with the da Vinci system include:
- Sublobar (limited) lung resection
- Lymph node biopsy
- Mediastinal tumor / cyst resection
- Chest wall mass / tumor resection
- Esophageal surgery
da Vinci Lobectomy
Center for Chest Disease