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Robotic surgery is now available locally!

Robotic surgery can offer many benefits to patients compared to open surgery, including:

  • Shorter hospitalization.
  • Reduced pain and discomfort.
  • Faster recovery time and return to normal activities.
  • Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection.
  • Reduced blood loss and transfusions.
  • Minimal scarring.


 Mercy Medical Center is now performing a variety of surgeries that utilize the advanced capabilities of its new surgical robot.


 Since taking delivery of the da Vinci Surgical System in late 2017 Mercy surgeons have directed the use of the robot on several general and urologic procedures. The robot was first used to remove a Myrtle Creek woman’s gall bladder, one of the conditions for which robot-assisted surgery has become the standard of care.


 Robotic surgery also is often used for prostate removals and kidney extractions and reconstructions.

 Among its many benefits, robotic technology enhances surgeons’ ability to see inside the body and provides better range of motion than the human hand. It also speeds patient recovery by replacing the large surgical incision required with traditional open surgery with a few small ones.


 Because the incisions are less than a quarter of an inch in size in the average robotic surgery, there is also less risk of blood loss and less scarring.


 The robot doesn’t act on its own, but is simply a state-of-the-art tool that helps surgeons operate with better vision, precision and control. The surgeon directs all the robot’s hand movements using a state-of-the-art interface system.


 While there are important differences, robotic procedures are similar to laparoscopic surgeries, in which the surgeon manipulates tools inserted into small incisions in the patient’s body. “Lap” surgeries are far less invasive than open surgeries, which results in shorter recovery times and has, over the last several years, facilitated the shift of most surgical procedures from hospitals to outpatient settings.


 But while the surgeon’s range of motion is limited with the rigid instruments used laparoscopic surgeries, the robot’s “hands” have six degrees of movement.  This enables them to bend and rotate far greater than the instruments or a surgeon’s own hands.


 In addition, the robot arms surgeons with high-definition, three-dimensional vision, which allows them to see a degree of depth not previously available.


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