Adena Strengthens Robotic Surgery Program with New Robots

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Adena Health System is pleased to announce the expansion of its surgical robotics program at Adena Regional Medical Center. Recently, Adena completed the purchase and installation of the new da Vinci X and da Vinci Xi Surgical Systems. Adena’s Robotic Surgery Program began in Oct. 2012 with a single da Vinci Si Surgical System. The introduction of robot-assisted surgery has transformed Adena’s program from an upstart to a nationally-recognized “Epicenter of Excellence.” Adena is only one of five hospitals in Ohio to receive this distinction.

“It has always been Adena Health System’s focus to offer the latest surgical advances to patients in our region, enabling them to stay close to home and family while receiving the best care,” said Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham. “Adena’s robotic surgery program has been a huge success, with our patients experiencing good outcomes. By upgrading our original surgical robot and adding a second, we are making sure our surgeons have the latest technology and are able to meet our communities’ need for minimally-invasive surgery that will get them back on their feet sooner than traditional methods.”

Today, Adena surgeons perform 25 types of robot-assisted surgeries, compared to only seven just five years ago. Adena’s Robotic Surgery Program is now supported by 10 surgeons who have performed more than 2,000 robot-assisted surgeries since the program began in late 2012.

“The da Vinci X and Xi Systems are the latest generation of robots, and allow us to perform more complex procedures, such as: anti-reflux, small bowel and colon, and hernia surgeries, all in a minimally-invasive fashion,” said Adena General Surgeon Dr. Bill Sever. “More than 90-percent of the operations I do are performed robotically, drastically decreasing a patient’s need for a hospital stay.”

The da Vinci Surgical Systems enable a surgeon to perform extremely precise procedures, using small incisions, in areas of the body that are difficult for the human hand to reach. Robotic instruments can rotate 360 degrees and provide greater mobility than a surgeon's own hands. However, the surgeon is in complete control of the instruments throughout the procedure.

The newer da Vinci X and Xi Systems are designed with the goal of further advancing the technology being used in minimally-invasive surgery. Today’s systems offer versatile access to the anatomy, better visual definition for the surgeon to see inside the body, due to an advanced endoscope and thinner, longer arms that extend operative reach. These new features can be used for a wide spectrum of minimally-invasive procedures including: hepatobiliary (liver plus the gallbladder, bile ducts, or bile), colorectal (colon and bowels), thoracic (chest cavity/heart and lungs), gynecology (female reproductive anatomy), urology (male reproductive anatomy, male/female bladder treatment) and general surgery.