Robotic surgery in the Rio Grande Valley

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POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 6:05pm

UPDATED: Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 11:48am

The human factor will always be the key to healing, but doctors these days have mechanical allies that make their jobs easier, and make patient outcomes more successful. The “Da Vince” SI Robotic Surgical System has been around since the early 90s. But this newest generation of robots feature cutting-edge 3-d high definition cameras, multiple tools, and more arms than either you or I have.

"Actually you can have three arms instead of two so you have three arms inside a patient instead of two…so you can have one arm holding something into place and do surgery with the other two arms."

Surgery is about precision, and some of these robotic joints are more supple, steady, and dexterous than our own.

"The differences between these tools and the traditional microscopic tools is the movement is rigid….and this one has a wrist-ed motion and it moves even freer than the human wrist.. So anything any type of movement you can do with your hands…you can do with these instruments."

There are only four of these surgical robots in the valley.

So doctors say this machine is in high demand, and almost never sits idle.

"We can send patients home a little bit earlier, they recover faster, and they bet back to their lives faster."

Set-up time for robotic surgery takes a little longer than traditional surgery, but there's far less trauma to the patient, a lowered risk of surgical infection, and hospital stays are generally shortened. Reporting from Brownsville Abigail Camilo KVEO Newscenter 23.
 

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