Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton recently installed a new Intuitive Surgical daVinci X® robotic surgical platform, becoming the first hospital in the Beth Israel Deaconess system to have the 4th generation, minimally invasive surgical system.
According to hospital officials, the daVinci X® offers the latest robotic surgical technology, including an advanced endoscope which dramatically improves the surgeon’s vision and longer, thinner arms that allow the surgeon to easily access more areas within the body.
“The hospital’s Robotic Surgery Program is growing rapidly, and this advanced, state-of-the-art piece of medical technology will be of great benefit to our robotic surgeons and their patients,” said Ashley Yeats, MD, chief medical officer and vice president of healthcare quality and clinical integration at BID-Milton. “We look to continue to grow, not just our robotics program, but our entire community-based Surgical Services Center of Excellence.”
Robotic surgery is minimally invasive. Instead of one “open” incision, the surgeon operates through three of four smaller incisions which are roughly the size of a button each. Through these tiny incisions, the surgeon inserts a miniaturized high-definition camera and surgical instruments with the help of the “robot’s” mechanical arms. The surgeon controls the camera and instruments from a computer console located to the side of the operating table.
Numerous medical studies have shown that minimally invasive robotic surgery reduces blood loss as well as tissue and nerve damage. Patients have a shorter hospital stay, usually overnight, and are able to return to normal activities more quickly than with the traditional open surgery.
BID-Milton began offering robotic-assisted surgery for removal of the prostate gland several years ago. In addition to this operation, the hospital now provides robotic surgery for hysterectomies, pelvic organ prolapse and certain types of endometrial and cervical cancers.
Currently BID-Milton has seven surgeons, including four from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, performing robotic surgery at the hospital.