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daVinci Robotic Surgery Comes to Coliseum

May 15, 2009

The state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System was approved for use by Coliseum Medical Centers on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. Coliseum Medical Centers will begin providing robotic minimally invasive surgery in May. Dr. James H. Lewis, the only fellowship trained robotic urologist south of Atlanta, and other members of the practice, Urological Professional Association, will offer robotic prostatectomy surgery for men with prostate cancer. 

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. In fact, 1 in 10,000 men under age 40 will be diagnosed this year, the rate shoots up to 1 in 39 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69.1 However, promising new treatment options have been developed to help combat this threatening disease.  One of the most innovative forms of treatment is robotic prostatectomy using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Coliseum Medical Centers is currently one of only a handful of facilities across the country offering this minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedure.

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Many surgical procedures performed today using standard laparoscopic technique may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. This is because the da Vinci Surgical System delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery.

Traditional laparoscopy has never become widely applied outside a limited set of routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons routinely attempt complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System finally allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach – routinely and with confidence.

A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional MIS technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. The advanced feature set and extensive EndoWrist® instrumentation of the da Vinci Surgical System enable surgeons to perform more procedures through 1-2 cm incisions.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits: reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring and improved cosmesis.