da Vinci Surgical System Now Available at Piedmont Fayette Hospital
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (March 22, 2010) – Piedmont Fayette Hospital is now providing surgeons with the most advanced da Vinci Surgical System, enabling them to provide minimally invasive robotic surgery. The system allows surgeons to perform complex procedures using an approach that may result in less scarring and faster recovery times for patients.
Many of today’s surgical procedures using standard techniques may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. In addition, da Vinci leaves only dime-sized incisions rather than the 6- to 12-inch incisions common in traditional surgery. The surgeons operate by manipulating the robot’s four arms and viewing the procedure through a high-resolution camera inside the patient.
Cari Croft of Gay, Ga. was the hospital’s first gynecologic da Vinci patient on January 28. Her previous experience with a similar laparoscopic procedure gives her a unique perspective on the new robotic method.
“Within seven to nine days, I was walking around and able to take care of myself as opposed to the three weeks or so it took to feel normal with my prior laparoscopic procedure,” said Croft. “By week four of my da Vinci surgery, I was feeling fabulous.”
“Bringing the da Vinci surgical system to Piedmont Fayette Hospital increases the care options available to patients in the Fayette and surrounding communities,” said Darrell Cutts, president and CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “Locating it at our hospital makes Fayetteville more attractive to the world-class physicians who have been trained on the equipment and prefer to care for patients in areas where it is available.”
In April 2005, the FDA cleared da Vinci surgery for gynecologic applications and since then has seen significant adoption among surgeons. The most common female surgery is hysterectomy, with one in three women in the United States undergoing one before the age of 60. The procedure is performed for a variety of conditions including excessive bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, cancer and pre-cancer.
“In the United States, 60 percent of hysterectomies are performed through the abdominal incision,” said Elizabeth W. Killebrew, M.D., an OB/GYN and da Vinci surgeon at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “But with da Vinci technology, we can now offer an alternative to the large incisions and extended recovery periods. Women can get back to their life faster - within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery.”
da Vinci Surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- significantly less pain.
- less blood loss and need for transfusion.
- fewer complications.
- shorter hospital stay.
- quicker recovery and return to normal activities.
- small incisions for minimal scarring.
For Croft, the new technology was a secondary factor when choosing where to go for her care.
“The da Vinci has a certain ‘cool’ factor to it and it’s a wonderful option to have,” said Croft. “However, I have complete trust in Dr. Killebrew and that, for me, will always be more important than the technology.”
By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care.
For more information about Piedmont Fayette Hospital visit fayettehospital.org.