|SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center has added the da Vinci Surgical System, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes a state-of-the-art robotic platform to enhance surgical capabilities and serve as an alternative to many traditional, open surgeries and conventional laparoscopic procedures. With da Vinci, surgeons are able to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with remarkable precision.
“Mercy Medical Center continues to introduce the most advanced surgical tools and techniques, so that patients in Western Mass. can have access to leading-edge medical technologies,” said Vincent McCorkle, president and CEO of the Sisters of Providence Health System. “The addition of the da Vinci Surgical System is another example of Mercy’s commitment to clinical excellence. Mercy surgeons already provide outstanding outcomes; with robotic technology, they are redefining standards of clinical care.”
Using the da Vinci surgical system, the surgeon performs the operation from a console, while viewing a 3-D 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 own eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist, and finger movements into precise real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.
“The da Vinci Surgical System enhances surgical capabilities by providing better visualization, precision, dexterity, and control,” said Dr. Robert Kasper, a surgeon and vice president of Physician Services at Mercy. “Specific benefits for surgical patients may include reduced blood loss and trauma to the body, less post-operative pain and risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, and less scarring, depending on the type of surgery they have.”
Currently, da Vinci is utilized for prostate surgery at Mercy Medical Center, although plans call for expanding its use to gynecologic and other surgeries.