Essentia Health Shows Off Latest Surgical Robot Technology


WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE NEW SCHOOL THURSDAY EVENING AT 6:00.>>>BRAINERD COMMUNITY MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO ACT LIKE A SURGEON AND GET BEHIND THE CONTROLS OF ROBOTIC SURGERY. OUR SARAH WINKELMANN TAKES US TO SEE THE TOOL THAT HAS HAD A MAJOR IMPACT ON SURGERY IN THE BRAINERD LAKES.>>THESE ARE OUR HANDS AND INSTRUMENTS AND THIS IS OUR EYES.>>A NEW SET OF HANDS AND EYES FOR SURGEONS COMES IN THE FORM OF THE DA VINCI ROBOT.>>IT LOOKS DAUNTING BUT IT IS ACTUALLY FACILITATES DISSECTION AND PRECISE MOVEMENTS AND SURGERY WITHIN THE ABDOMEN AND PELVIS.>>GIVING SURGEONS NEW OPTIONS WHEN PERFORMING MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERIES.>>WE USE IT TO PERFORM PARTIAL REMOVAL AND WHOLE REMOVAL OF KIDNEYS, THE BLADDER SURGERY OR BLADDER REMOVAL AND PERHAPS MOST COMMONLY PROSTATE REMOVAL FOR PROSTATE CANCER.>>NOW, UNLIKE A TRADITIONAL ROBOT, THE SURGEONS ARE OVER HERE USING THE CONTROLLERS. MEANWHILE, THE INSTRUMENTS ARE ACTUALLY WORKING ON THE PATIENT OVER HERE.>>ONE ARM IS USED FOR A CAMERA. AND THE OTHER THREE CAN BE USED FOR INSTRUMENTS AND THEY CAN BE INTERCHANGED DEPENDING ON WHAT PROCEDURE IS GOING TO BE PERFORMED.>>NO MATTER THE TYPE OF OPERATION, MANY OF THE PATIENTS ARE OFF TO A QUICKER RECOVERY.>>LESS PAIN POST OPERATIVELY, IN CASES WHERE PATIENTS ARE WORKING, THEY ARE GETTING BACK TO WORK MORE QUICKLY. SO IT’S REALLY BEEN GREAT TO SEE THE PROGRESSION THAT’S HAPPENED WITH THE NEW SYSTEM.>>THE DOCTOR USES THE ROBOT ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK WHILE IN THE OPERATING ROOM IN BRAINERD.>>IT ALLOWS US TO DO SOME OPERATIONS THROUGH SMALL INCISIONS THAT MAYBE IN THE PAST WE WOULD HAVE DONE THROUGH MORE TRADITIONAL LARGER INCISIONS.>>TODAY SOME STUDENTS FROM ST. FRANCIS OF THE LAKES CATHOLIC SCHOOL WERE ABLE TO GET BEHIND THE CONTROLS OF ROBOTIC SURGERY.>>IT FELT LIKE — LIKE PINCHING SCISSORS AND PICKING UP THINGS WITH SCISSORS.>>IT WAS FUN, BUT IT WAS ALSO REALLY HARD.>>A FUN TEST BUT ONE THAT MAY LEAD TO SOME FUTURE SURGEONS.>>I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP.>>REPORTING IN BRAINERD, SARAH WINKELMANN, LAKELAND NEWS.>>ESSENTIA HEALTH SAINT JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER HAS BEEN USING THE CURRENT MODEL OF THE ROBOT FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A

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