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January 7 2016

ProHealth Care now offers the latest generation of robotic surgery technology

ProHealth Care now offers the latest generation of robotic surgery technology, a significant advance in minimally invasive surgery.

The new da Vinci Xi robot now in place at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital allows physicians to perform minimally invasive surgery in a broader range of cases, including more complex surgeries that previously would have required an open procedure.

“The design of the new robot, with the arms overhead, allows me to access areas inside the body safely from almost any position,” said John Touzios, MD. “Better visualization and positioning allow me to offer robotic surgery as a new option for some of my patients with complex conditions and cancers.”

Dr. Touzios, a fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon, was the first to use the new robot at Waukesha Memorial.

ProHealth Care is just the second health care system in southeastern Wisconsin to employ the new robotic system.

When using the da Vinci system, the surgeon operates through small incisions. The system translates the surgeon’s hand movements at a control panel into precise movements of tiny instruments attached to the robot’s arms. The system’s endoscope gives the surgeon a magnified, high-definition, 3D view inside the body.

Because the system allows surgery to be performed with significantly smaller incisions than traditional open surgery, patients generally experience less blood loss, scarring and pain, a reduced risk of infection and a shorter hospital stay. Patients heal faster and return to normal activities much sooner.

Compared with earlier generations of the da Vinci system, the new robot features:

  • A more advanced endoscope that improves the surgeon’s ability to see inside the body.
  • The ability to attach the endoscope to any of the robot’s arms, providing greater flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.
  • Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion and make tasks such as suturing and stapling easier.
  • Longer instrument shafts that give surgeons greater reach.

The new robot also has a fluorescence imaging capability that allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than ever before. Under the robot’s fluoroscopic camera, a dye administered through an IV during surgery shows the difference between cancerous and healthy tissue and also aids the visualization of blood supply to a tumor.

“We’ve been using robotic technology for more than a decade,” Dr. Touzios said. “Now we are pleased to be one of only a few hospitals in the state to offer the very latest advancements, giving us even more capability in the operating room.”

Waukesha Memorial’s medical staff includes 26 specially trained robotic surgeons representing eight specialties: cardiothoracic surgery, colorectal surgery, general surgery, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, otolaryngology, urology and urogynecology. Surgical robots have been used to perform more than 2,600 surgeries at Waukesha Memorial.

If you need surgery, ask whether robotic surgery is an option for you. Learn more about the robotically trained surgeons at Waukesha Memorial by calling 262-928-2745.


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