Health system debuts new robotic equipment

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BHSH System representatives displayed the precision of the da Vinci single port robot by using it at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Courtesy BHSH System

BHSH System unveiled a new robotics technology for invasive surgeries. 

The health system on Thursday, May 19, introduced the da Vinci single port robot, a new, minimally invasive robotic technology that enables surgeons to perform delicate surgical procedures with a single incision. 

To demonstrate its capabilities, the robot was used to cut the ribbon at the unveiling ceremony. 

The single port robot only requires one surgical cut to perform operations, resulting in less blood loss, less scarring and reduced risk of infection. As a result of this, surgery also is less painful and will require less medication. 

By only requiring one incision for surgery, the robot simplifies the recovery time for minimally invasive urologic and ear, nose and throat procedures. This enables surgeries that would have required extended hospital stays to instead handle recovery as outpatient procedures. 

The da Vinci is the newest offering from American robotics corporation Intuitive Surgical. 

According to Section Chief of Urology Dr. Chris Brede, the da Vinci will transform patient experience during surgery and surgeon capability. 

“From the urology perspective, we’re using this robotic platform for basically all of our intra abdominal surgeries, including prostate surgery, bladder surgery, kidney surgery and ureter surgery both for cancer and reconstructive purposes,” Brede said. 

Currently, BHSH is the only hospital system in West Michigan using the single port robot for surgical procedures. 

“It’s been a wonderful addition to our surgical armamentarium here,” Brede said. “The biggest thing for patients is we are seeing less pain medicine required. That’s probably one of our No. 1 initiatives.

“That’s really the reason for bringing in new technologies, it’s really for patient care and improving patient care. If we can reduce their hospital stays and reduce their time around other sick people, it’s another big win in the area of communicable diseases.”

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