House Calls

SUM 2019

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2019 } 47 P H O T O G R A P H S D R . B R I T T O N B Y M A R Y M A R T I N H A R P E R & T E C H N O L O G Y C O U R T E S Y O F I N T U I T I V E S U R G I C A L I N C . The Future Is Now Robotic surgery is the new norm, which benefits Lowcountry residents requiring surgeries of all kind –B Y K I N S E Y G I D I C K A cross every industry, technology is innovating at lightning speed. In 1995, movies viewed at home were watched on VHS tapes—an archaic item most middle school students today wouldn't be able to pick out of a lineup. Likewise, two decades ago, "robotic surgery" sounded like something from the Sci-Fi Channel, but today, thousands of medical procedures each year are performed with the help of robotics. In 2017, more than 693,000 robotics-assisted procedures were completed in the U.S. And at Roper Hospital alone, between 700 and 800 minimally invasive robotic surgeries are performed each year. That number is on the rise thanks to the February 2019 arrival of the new da Vinci Xi system, which is being utilized by surgeons across various fields, from oncology and urology to gynecology and more. Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated urologist John Britton shares how this state-of-the-art system works, and how it's benefitting locals needing life-changing and life-saving operations. Dr. John Britton new horizons HC: How does the da Vinci Xi robotic system work? JB: When performing a procedure using the da Vinci system, the surgeon sits at a console and directs the machine's robotic arms. Operating tools are attached to the "hands" of the robotic arms, which enter the body through multiple tiny incisions. A 3-D camera is inserted through the incision sites, as well, giving the surgeon a well-lit, magnified view. HC: How does the new robotic system dier from past models? JB: The biggest change is that we are now able to operate on multiple quadrants—or on different areas of the abdomen and pelvis—without having to reposition the patient. Older models do not allow for that, so if a patient needed surgery on multiple organs, we would have to reposition them, or even perform two separate surgeries. HC: What's the benefit for patients? JB: Being able to operate on multiple parts of the body during one robotics-assisted surgical session means that the patient only requires anesthesia once. That is always beneficial as it minimizes the risks and side eects that are standard with sedation and general surgery. Minimally invasive robotic surgery has a number of benefits over traditional "open" surgery, during which a doctor uses his or her own hands. Robotic surgery patients typically enjoy shorter stays in the hospital and quicker recovery times, plus, they often require less post-operative medication, which can help toward minimizing opioid use. HC: What operations do you all perform using the da Vinci XI? JB: Currently Roper St. Francis has 27 urologists, gynecologists, oncologists, colorectal surgeons, thoracic surgeons, and general surgeons trained in and working with this machine. We perform surgeries ranging from minimally invasive prostatectomies for prostate cancer to the latest lung cancer surgeries, and many more.

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