by: Mike Burke
|The robotic surgical team at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola completed their first robotic surgical case in late April. Left to right: Danise Brown, Surgery Center Nurse Manager; Pam Noellert, RN; Dr. Quaison Alleyne, anesthesiologist; Dr. Sidney Stuart, OB/GYN surgeon; Tonya Renfroe, RN; Patti Wilson, RN, Robotic Coordinator; and Lori Kirkland, CRNA|
Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola now has the most up-to-date robotic technology with the recent addition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System with dual consoles.
Robotic surgery offers surgeons greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, an enhanced view and improved access to the surgical site, as compared to traditional procedures. Benefits experienced by patients may include less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries.
Surgeons use the da Vinci robot while sitting nearby at a control console. Small incisions are made to insert thin surgical instruments and a high-definition, 3D camera. The surgeon views a highly magnified, 3D image of the surgical site, and the robot's technology translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of da Vinci's surgical instruments. The robotic surgical system cannot make any surgical maneuvers without the control of the surgeon.
Sacred Heart's surgical robot is currently being used to provide urology and OB/GYN services, including prostatectomy, hysterectomy and gynecologic oncology surgeries. Other procedures, including general surgery applications, will follow. Sacred Heart's da Vinci is the only robotic surgical system in this area with capabilities for fluorescent dye tracking to help identify the location of tumors.
''This robotic technology allows us to provide a superior surgical approach to those surgical cases where it makes sense and provides the most benefit to our patients,'' says Jennifer Griffin, Vice President of Perioperative Services at Sacred Heart.
Physicians who have participated in the robotic surgery program include Dr. Steven DeCesare, Dr. John Grammer, Dr. Brett Parra, Dr. Davinder Sekhon, as well as Dr. Sidney Stuart, who recently completed the hospital's first da Vinci robotic surgery. These physicians were already credentialed for use of the surgical system and are providing valuable guidance to Sacred Heart's robotic surgical team.
Sacred Heart will be utilizing a best-practice implementation model designed by Intuitive, the maker of the surgical system, to ensure safety, high-quality outcomes and operational excellence as the robotic program is integrated into Perioperative Services at SHHP.
For more information on robotic surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital, call 850-416-7000.