Introducing the amazing da Vinci Surgical System.
St. Mary's is the first health care provider in the Athens area to offer this powerful new surgical tool to the community. The da Vinci Surgical System at St. Mary’s enables physicians to perform surgery in a manner never before experienced. Even the most complicated and delicate procedures can be performed through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
For the patient, benefits may include:
Left to right: Vincent J. Maffei, MD; John C. Blankenship, MD; Catherine E. Schwender, MD; Andrew H. Herrin, MD;
Rachel F. Murthy, MD; Sergio T. Mejias, MD; Ruth M. Cline, MD; Chris E. Malone, MD; Robert Byrne, MD
|Ruth M. Cline, MD
|Andrew H. Herrin, MD
|Rachel F. Murthy, MD
|Vincent J. Maffei, MD
Athens Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
|Chris E. Malone, MD
Athen's Vein and Thoracic Specialists
|John C. Blankenship, MD
Urology Group of Athens
|Catherine E. Schwender, MD
Urology Group of Athens
|Robert Byrne, MD
The Urology Clinic
|Gregory A. Delaurier, MD
Athens Regional Specialty Services
|Sergio T. Mejias MD
Athens General & Colorectal Surgeons
Mediastinal Tumor Resection
Myomectomy (Fibroid Tumor Removal)
Endometriosis excision procedures
The da Vinci System seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand movements at the console instrument controls into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient.
Overall, the da Vinci System provides our surgeons with better visualization, dexterity, precision and control than with open surgery, while enabling operation through 1-2 cm incisions.
The da Vinci System provides visualization of the target anatomy unlike that ever experienced, with natural depth-of-field, enhanced contrast and magnification for more accurate tissue identification and tissue layer differentiation.
Improved visualization also enables surgeons to perform delicate tissue handling and dissection with added precision – even in confined spaces. This precision minimizes the chances of trauma to surrounding structures and tissues such as the neurovascular bundle located near the prostate.
The da Vinci System's tremor reduction, motion control and proprietary EndoWrist instrumentation enhance ambidexterity for precision and control beyond the capabilities of the human hand. The surgeon can now move instruments with such accuracy that the current definition of surgical precision is exceeded.
Added instrument range-of-motion enhances access and safety while operating in the confined space of the closed chest, abdomen or pelvis. This enables our surgeons to more accurately and easily perform complex surgical maneuvers through small "ports," eliminating the need for large, traumatic incisions.
The da Vinci System is the only surgical system designed to allow surgeons to operate while seated, which is not only more comfortable, but also may be clinically advantageous due to reduced surgeon fatigue.
Utilizing the incredible da Vinci System is yet another example of how St. Mary's provides patients and their families with high quality health care.
Like all new technology, robotic surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Depending on the application, there are many factors about the condition of the patient that indicate if the patient is a good candidate for robotic surgery or not; therefore, talk with your doctor about the options available to you.
To find out if da Vinci surgery is the right option for you, please talk to your surgeon.