Maury Regional robotic-assisted surgery program expands

Since Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) launched its robotic-assisted surgery program in October 2016, the hospital has continued to expand this service. Six surgeons on the medical staff now perform robotic-assisted surgery in the areas of general surgery, gynecologic surgery, gynecologic oncology and urology.

These surgeries are conducted utilizing the da Vinci Xi, the latest generation of a system that utilizes advanced robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist the surgeon during an operation.

“When patients first hear the term robotic surgery, they understandably have questions. We assure them that the surgeon still performs the surgery, but this tool gives us the ability to perform surgery in a way that is much less invasive than other surgical options,” said John Coursey, M.D., a urologist on the medical staff who was the first to perform a robotic procedure at Maury Regional.

Benefits for patients who qualify for this minimally-invasive approach include:

• Increased precision

• Minimal blood loss

• Faster recovery

The system has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified and 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 body.

For more detail about the procedures conducted and the surgeons utilizing this technology, visit MauryRegional.com.

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