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Patients at P&S Surgical Hospital will now benefit from the da Vinci Surgical System, a tool with robotic, computer and optical technologies that allow the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside the patient’s body. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, giving the surgeon a close-up view of the operative area.

These advancements mean significant benefit to the P&S patient, said Bart Liles, M.D., chief of staff at P&S Surgical Hospital. Liles is now an advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon at P&S.

“The daVinci Xi robot is a game-changer for certain types of surgeries. It expands our options for all types of hernia surgery, weight loss surgery, and many other types. It gives the surgeon enhanced visual acuity, and it allows for a more precise surgery,” he said. “Recovery times are shorter, and return to work time is quicker. Our patients will benefit from this advancement.”

The da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With da Vinci Surgery, the incisions made in the patient’s body are much smaller than what is typical during open surgery. This technology is considered minimally invasive surgery and may result in a shorter hospital stay; less blood loss; fewer complications; less need for pain medication; and a faster recovery. 

Since its introduction, da Vinci Surgery has greatly reduced the number of open surgeries for common operations (such as a hysterectomy and a prostatectomy). As a result of the da Vinci technology, more patients have been offered minimally invasive surgery than at any other time in history.

Hospital President and CEO Linda S Holyfield said, “This robotic tool is yet another technology offered by P&S. We have performed extensive laparoscopic surgery at our hospital for several years. P&S was named a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology in 2014 and a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery in 2010.”

P&S Surgical Hospital is a joint venture among physician specialists and St. Francis Medical Center.