Robots are changing the way we live and work at a tremendously fast pace – and now they are playing a vital role in health care and the advancement of surgical techniques, including at Carson Tahoe Health here in Northern Nevada.
The new surgical assistant at Carson Tahoe Health is changing the way surgeons perform various surgeries and benefiting patients.
In November 2017, the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center unveiled the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the most advanced iteration of a robotic platform that fundamentally changes the way surgeons operate.
"The da Vinci Xi does not replace the surgeon," says Michelle Joy, Chief Operating Officer of Carson Tahoe Health. "It improves their skills rather."
From a console next to the operating table, the surgeon can see the surgical field in high-resolution 3-D and control the movements of the robot's instrument arms. The arms flex and turn like a human wrist, but with a greater range of motion.
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The flexibility and precision of the robot as well as a mobile bed that surgeons can use to maneuver the patient The ideal surgical position allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures in inaccessible areas of the body.
Gynecologic surgeons are pioneering the use of the da Vinci Xi at the medical center, including hysterectomies and the treatment of uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
"Da Vinci Xi patients experience less pain and blood loss due to smaller incisions and shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries," Joy says. "The robot is a great tool for our surgical team and helps them achieve great results for patients."
And More Happens
Gynecologists were the first specialists at Carson Tahoe Health to use the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, but they will not be the last.
In February 201
Next up are urological operations. Med's staff of urologists will start the robot this spring, and in the summer, Carson Tahoe Health will welcome the addition of a new, da Vinci-trained urological surgeon from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
He will join Carson's urologists and will B. removing the prostate to treat cancer.
With the addition of the robot, Carson Tahoe Health continues to fulfill its mission to provide exceptional care for the community today and for generations
Visit http://www.carsontahoe.com/robotics for more information on robotic surgery at Cason Tahoe Health.
This article was provided to Peak NV on behalf of Carson Tahoe Health. Visit carsontahoe.com to learn more.
This story is based on the Spring / Summer 2018 issue of Peak NV, a special magazine published by the Sierra Nevada Media Group, which was released in April at the Nevada Appeal. Record Courier and Lahontan Valley News print editions. Visit <span class = "STND: STND Factbox bit.ly/2JSc2HN" target = "_ blank"> Bold "> bit.ly/2JSc2HN to view an e-edition of the magazine.