Penrose-Saint Francis To Expand Robotic Surgery System


Next time you go the hospital for surgery, it may not be just a human performing the procedure.

Penrose-Saint Francis has expanded its robotic surgery system called the da Vinci SHD. The robotic-assisted surgery system works with cardiac, gynecological oncology and urological procedures.

The robot functions with a doctor sitting a few feet away. According to the hospital's news release, the surgeon can guide the arms of the cart that holds surgical instruments by using a high-powered 3-D camera. The arms hold mini-instruments that conduct precise movements with greater control than the human hand.

Doctors say that this system allows for smaller incisions, less pain and less trauma to patients, which then allows for a much faster recovery time.

The robotic surgery platform was funded by Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation donors.

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