Dr. G. Ted Hughes, medical director of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, recently performed the hospital’s first robot-assisted total hysterectomy. The surgery was completed using a daVinci® SI Surgical System, a surgical robot composed of a dual console, robotic arms, camera and screen displaying three-dimensional panoramic images.
Dr. Hughes was very pleased with the daVinci technology. He says, “The daVinci allowed an extra layer of delicacy and precision and was more gentle with the tissue than conventional laparoscopic surgery approaches. I was surprised at the difference it made in how well I could see and identify tissues and structures. I could be much more precise.”
While robotic surgery is often more expensive than traditional surgical approach, it is much better for the patient in terms of reduced pain, faster recovery and smaller incisions Dr. Hughes says, “The patient can return to work in about two weeks, as opposed to the four weeks required for conventional laparoscopic surgery.”
According to Dr. Hughes, Bon Secours DePaul is the only hospital in the area that has the new state-of-the-art daVinci SI system. The dual-console capabilities allows two surgeons to see high definition images of the surgical site which is especially helpful with complex surgical procedures and in training surgeons on the new technology.
The daVinci SI surgical system is the latest in a series of investments at Bon Secours DePaul to enhance the programs and services on the campus. Investments over the past three years have totaled more than $20 million and have included: renovations of patient care units, the development of an interventional neurovascular suite, the addition of Hampton Roads first low-dose 64-slice CT scanner, a new cardiac catheterization laboratory, a neurovascular intensive care unit and on the horizon, the addition of a new medical office building.