New Surgical Robot to Advance Medical Care - VA North Texas Health Care System
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New Surgical Robot to Advance Medical Care

Surgical staff using robot
Friday, November 30, 2012

Requiring surgery is unsettling for anyone, and you have to do your homework. You have spoken to your surgeon about the procedure, recovery time and ways to improve your outcome after surgery so you can quickly return to your active lifestyle.

Would you be surprised if your surgeon recommended that you have your procedure performed by a robot?

At VA North Texas Health Care System, you may hear just that.  Surgical options have improved with technological advances, and in early 2013, the VA North Texas Health Care System will be implementing a Robotic Surgery Program.

Alexandra Webb, MD, is the chief of Surgical Service at VA North Texas and is excited about this new capability. "We are thrilled to bring this technology to our Veterans at VA North Texas. The robotic system will allow us to offer a minimally invasive approach for a variety of surgical procedures."

The advantages of robot-assisted surgery are significant.  The robot allows surgeons to perform delicate procedures with unprecedented precision that results in less pain, blood loss, a quicker return to normal activities and less post surgical scarring.

Surgeons using the robot receive specialized training. The robot is controlled by the surgeon from a separate console in the operating room. The surgeon's hand movements are precisely translated by advanced software to the instrument which is held by the robot.

The robot will be used to perform select procedures that are currently performed with an open or laparoscopic technique.  Initial plans include urology procedures such as radical prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy.  It is also anticipated that general surgery, thoracic surgery and other surgical specialties will perform procedures with the robotic surgery system.

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