DA VINCI: LESS PAIN, QUICKER RECOVERY
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition requiring surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.
Baptist Health Paducah has the only dual-robot program in western Kentucky. The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
The patient may experience these benefits:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
- A faster return to normal daily activities
- And in many cases, better clinical outcomes
The next generation of even more sophisticated da Vinci robotic surgery is available now at Baptist Health Paducah, extending its minimally-invasive options to heart and lung procedures.
Dan Vinci lung surgery can remove early stage cancers with a significantly smaller incision than other minimally invasive techniques and creates less discomfort and scarring for the patient, said cardiothoracic surgeon K. Ken Ung, M.D., (right).
“The safety and efficacy of robotics technology has been well-documented,” Dr. Ung said. “Experts in our field say it is a day and night difference in terms of the surgeon being able to visualize during surgery; and it’s an exciting tool for my cardiothoracic patients, especially when we transition to robotic heart surgery, doing robotic valves or robotic bypasses.”
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Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: "Will my body function normally following surgery?" Traditional open urologic surgery--in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs--has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
da Vinci Surgery is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined, but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
Kidney cancer is traditionally performed using an open approach, which requires a large abdominal incision, or with conventional laparacopy, which limits the doctor's precision and visualization.
The precision, vision and control of the robot allow the surgeon to provide a precise treatment for kidney cancer. It also may provide a means to preserve the kidney by removing just the tumor, not the entire kidney.
Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.
For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, one to two centimeter incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci system can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
Transoral Robotic Surgery for Throat Cancer
The da Vinci can remove cancer from the throat through the mouth with no external incisions or insertion of tubes for breathing and feeding. In contrast, traditional open surgery may involve a long incision through the neck, chin, jaw and throat -- often requiring a breathing tube and possibly a feeding tube.
Benefits can include significantly less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal speech and swallowing, as well as excellent cancer control. It may eliminate or reduce the need for chemotherapy and radiation, reducing the side effects of future cancer treatment.
Besides benign tumors and throat cancers, the da Vinci also can be used for sleep apnea and skull-based tumors.
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Learn more about the da Vinci Surgical System at Baptist Health Paducah by phoning our award-winning Baptist Health Line at (270) 575-2918 to speak with a registered nurse.