Five hundred years ago, Leonardo da Vinci was working in Italy as an artist and engineer, drawing amazingly detailed sketches of human anatomy and designing a number of complex machines. Today, the state-of-the-art robot-assisted surgery system bearing his name is used by highly skilled surgeons to perform prostatectomy and hysterectomy as well as other procedures.
Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery may offer a variety of benefits, including quicker recoveries, shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, and better clinical outcomes.
In 2002, Saint Alphonsus was proud to be the first hospital in Idaho to use this amazing technology. Several years later, we expanded our Robotics Center of Excellence with a four-arm da Vinci Si robot.
Inside the da Vinci Surgical System
The da Vinci Surgical System at Saint Alphonsus in Boise, Idaho, consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D HD vision system and EndoWrist instruments that allow surgeons to work more precisely than in conventional surgery.
Unlike traditional laparoscopic microinstruments, da Vinci instruments have a patented EndoWrist that can turn 540 degrees, allowing for much finer movements and eliminating the natural tremor of even the steadiest of human hands.
The da Vinci System is designed to seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into the more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. This “virtually” puts the surgeon’s hands inside the patient. A special 3D HD dual-lens endoscope provides a highly magnified view of the surgical site inside the patient, allowing surgeons to see the surgical site up to 12 times more closely than human vision allows. This makes da Vinci ideal for extremely sensitive procedures, such as prostate surgery.
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What surgeries can da Vinci be used for?
The highly trained surgeons at Saint Alphonsus can offer residents of Boise and the surrounding area da Vinci surgery for a variety of laparoscopic surgeries, including:
Prostate surgery (prostatectomy).
Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy).
Removal of uterine fibroids (myomectomy).
Surgeries to treat cancer in the bladder, colon and kidneys.
Surgeries for gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids (myomectomy), abnormal bleeding (menorrhagia), chronic pelvic pain (pelvic adhesive disease), infertility, and falling uterus or bladder (prolapse).
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The latest technology, close to home
For more information on da Vinci surgery in Boise, Idaho, call Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center at 208-367-DOCS.