New 3D HD da Vinci Robotic System Added to Surgery Tools at HealthPark Medical Center

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Feb. 15 2017) --- Surgeons at HealthPark Medical Center are now using a 3D high-definition vision system to get a better view of surgical sites. Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center recently acquired the da Vinci® Xi™ robotic surgical system—the most advanced platform—to be used for a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including cardiac, gynecological, thoracic, general and urologic surgery.

Compared to the previous da Vinci Si model, this next generation da Vinci robotic surgical system provides an enhanced, sharp, clear view of the surgical site. The instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movement of the surgeon’s wrist, which provides enhanced dexterity and control. This platform features a new overhead instrument arm architecture, which allows anatomical access from virtually any position. Additionally, the table (where the patient lies) is integrated using Bluetooth technology so the table and the robot move in synchrony without having to reposition the patient.

For most patients, the benefits of robotic surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced complications
  • Less pain medication

Paul DiGiorgi, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon, performed the first cardiac procedure at HealthPark Medical Center and in Florida using the da Vinci Xi. That procedure was the only da Vinci Xi cardiac case performed in Florida in 2016. In 2017, HealthPark Medical Center is set to be the first hospital in Florida to perform a lobectomy (lung surgery) using the da Vinci Xi. “The new da Vinci platform allows us to safely perform surgeries that previously were not possible,” Dr. DiGiorgi says. “It is the biggest improvement in our robotic program since its inception. The staff is extremely positive about its acquisition.”

Kevin Fleishman, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist, who serves as HealthPark Medical Center’s Obstetrics and Gynecology section chief, says the technology provides advantages to the surgeons and the patients. “We are able to tailor surgery to patients who otherwise would have needed an open procedure,” he says. “For many of our patients, this means less than 24 hours in the hospital and a return to work in about one week.”

In addition to the da Vinci Xi platform, Lee Health also invested in the da Vinci Xi® Skills Simulator™. This training technology offers exercises; 3D videos recorded from clinical cases in urology, gynecology and colorectal surgeries; and the latest graphics and simulation technology. “The skill simulator gives surgeons the sensation of a real operation,” explains Kandy DeWitt, RN, BSN, Associate Director of Nursing Services, HealthPark Medical Center. “Because of the simulator’s ability to deliver such a realistic experience, log hours and provide feedback, we hope to use it to provide regional educational opportunities through Shipley Cardiothoracic Center.”

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