St. Cloud Regional Medical Center Installs da Vinci® Surgical System

Latest robotic technology provides better results for patients

ST. CLOUD, FL (November 5, 2012) – St. Cloud Regional Medical Center acquired the newest technology available in surgery: the da Vinci®Si-e Surgical System. “The da Vinci’s advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, and allows our talented physicians to perform these surgeries with little to zero scaring” said Robert Brooks, CEO at St. Cloud Regional. “The future is now. The implementation of the da Vinci® is further proof of our commitment to providing patients with the latest technology and best surgical solutions.” Now, patients will have access to the latest in robotic surgery close to home.

High quality results are just some of the many benefits of this type of surgery, which also includes less pain, a reduced risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time for each patient. This new robotically assisted surgical technology has a proven track record for safety and the surgeon is in control the entire time.

Patient Benefits

The benefits to patients who need minimally-invasive surgery are numerous. Use of the da Vinci® translates to less pain, a reduced risk of infection, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery. This method of surgery decreases the patient’s length of stay at the hospital.

“In our area, most patients have experienced traditional open surgery, which has produced large incisions,” said Sherry Cooper, Surgical Director at St. Cloud Regional. “With da Vinci®, traditional open surgery is quickly becoming a choice of the past, as patients desire smaller incisions and a quicker return to life’s activities.”

Types of Procedures

At St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, the da Vinci® will initially be utilized for gall bladder and hernia procedures as well as other general surgery and gynecological offerings as an alternate to traditional open surgery.  With the single site option for general surgery, our physicians will have the option to do surgery through one single port and provide absolutely no scaring.

Why Surgeons Love It

“The da Vinci® is a significant advancement for the hospital, the community, and most importantly the patient. This System allows us to perform the same delicate and complex operations, but with increased precision and improved dexterity. We can even see the weave of the suture thread we’re using during surgery,” said Dr. Capobianco, Board Certified General Surgeon.

How It Works

During robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient and views an actual image of the surgical site while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using electromechanically-enhanced instruments.

Features include:

  • Visualization that is ten times more powerful than the human eye, including high definition images and 3-D capabilities.
  • Robotic arms can make finer movements than the human hand.
  • The system allows surgeons to operate three robotic arms with unmatched precision and steadiness.

About da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System and the Skills Simulator are developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The company’s da Vinci® Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional surgical approaches.  One-million patients worldwide affected by a range of conditions have had a da Vinci® procedure. Founded in 1995, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. has more than 1,300 employees in offices around the world.