Lexington Medical Center surgical robot contributes to precision and accuracy


It sounds like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, but having surgery via a robot is not uncommon. In fact, it’s now available right here in Lexington.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center now has the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System, allowing the hospital to offer robot-assisted surgeries.

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The system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery for complex procedures with greater precision and accuracy. The robot has four interactive robotic arms that hold long-stemmed instruments that are controlled by the surgeon on a separate console using a camera positioned above the patient.

“Some people are confused; it is again the surgeon who is able to manipulate the robot. It has a greater degree of articulation; it allows the surgeon greater flexibility and visualization. It’s similar to laparoscopic surgery with a single incision but with multiple instruments, ”said Russ Buchanan, nurse in charge of surgical services at Lexington Medical Center.

The first procedure at Lexington Medical Center was performed by general surgeon Dr. Claudiu Cimpean on September 20.

An operating room nurse at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center positions the new Da Vinci Xi surgical system on a patient

“As a surgeon, the Da Vinci Xi robot gives me greater flexibility and access to more areas of the body that are harder to reach,” said Dr. Cimpean. “Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits, including small incisions, which means less blood loss, less pain, less scarring, faster recovery and leaving the hospital sooner.

Robot-assisted surgery technology was originally created for gynecological and prostate procedures, but now the Da Vinci Xi is increasingly used in general surgery, such as hernia, vertebral, pelvic, urological, and abdominal procedures, including gall bladder and colon.

“It helps a lot compared to laparoscopy, because with laparoscopy you work mainly with chopsticks, while with DaVinci you have the endo-wrist technology that allows us to miniaturize our hands to the size of a fingernail. inside the body. It allows for complex maneuvers, but in small spaces, ”says urologist Alex Caillat.

About three in four prostate cancer surgeries in the United States today are performed using da Vinci surgery, according to the company’s website.

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“We are excited to offer our community further advances in minimally invasive surgery,” said Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center. “The Da Vinci Xi enables our surgeons to handle complex procedures with increased precision and accuracy. “

Buchanan said most surgeons are familiar with robotic surgery and have been fully trained on this particular system.

Representatives from Lexington Medical Center said using the DaVinci robot may shorten recovery time because it uses less intrusive procedures and allows patients to stay in the community.

“We are very lucky to have this new system and to be able to offer it to the community. We understand the need to develop our capabilities and extend our services to our patients. This allows our patients to get the care they need and stay here in Lexington, ”said Natalie Borders, Marketing Manager at Lexington Medical Center.

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