Services & Specialties March 08, 2013

Adena Leads the Region by Offering da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery has been used for several years in many metropolitan hospitals. Now, Adena Health System is giving our patients the benefits afforded by robotics with the da Vinci Surgical System™.

This new technology is offering patients access to surgery that is minimally invasive and gets them back on their feet sooner. “Robotic surgery is the next step in laparoscopy,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Fortney. “Adena is currently using the da Vinci surgical robot for many abdominal surgeries, hysterectomies and prostatectomies.”

Robotics give surgeons more precise access to complicated areas of the body, and helps patients heal and get back to their lives more quickly.

First in Our Region

For years, people in southern and southeastern Ohio have had to travel to urban cities to have robotic surgery performed. Now, Adena has launched a robotic surgery program, making it the only hospital system in the region (south of I-70 and east of I-71) offering patients access to this state-of-the-art technology.

“By having a surgical robot on site, Adena’s patients won’t have to struggle with the cost and trouble of traveling away from home for some medical procedures,” added Dr. Fortney. “It is also convenient for families to attend the surgeries of their loved one and help care for them as they recover.”

Depending on the patient’s circumstances, the Health System is now utilizing robotics for: gallbladder surgeries, hernia repair, colon surgery, and small intestine resection; as well as gynecological procedures such as hysterectomies; and prostate removal for male patients.

Benefit to the Patient

Robotic technology enables the surgeon to make small incisions and maneuver tiny instruments, which have a near 360-degree range of motion. These instruments are able to manipulate in areas of the body that are traditionally difficult to access with the human hand. The result is a minimally invasive procedure that has multiple benefits for the patient. “With a small incision and the use of wristed instruments, we see less trauma to the body,” said Dr. Bill Sever, a general surgeon at Adena. “When using the da Vinci, the patient doesn’t have as much pain as with traditional surgery, muscles function sooner and recovery times are faster.”

Eighty-nine year old, Osie Deal of Mt. Tebo (Ross County) is one of more than a dozen patients to benefit from Adena’s robotic surgery program in its first weeks. Osie had a partial colectomy performed by Dr. Sever. “A traditional surgery would have required a six to eight-inch incision and weeks to recover,” he said. “Instead, she had three small incisions to accommodate the robotic instruments, and was ready to be discharged from the hospital within 48 hours.”

Within two weeks, Osie was back to her normal routine, caring for her home and playing music at her church.

“I can’t believe it has healed as fast as it has,” said Osie. “I was surprised how quickly I have been able to get out and get around after such a procedure. I can do almost anything.”

Access to Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci robot is a tool for skilled surgeons to perform these minimally invasive procedures, which result in highly effective surgeries and patient satisfaction. The surgeon is in complete control of the equipment from a console that is located next to the patient. He or she has a 3D view of the inside of the patient’s body, and uses controls that simulate the movement of the surgeon’s hands and fingers.

The cost for a robotic surgery is comparable to that of a traditional laparoscopic surgery. Adena’s investment in the da Vinci Surgical System is an investment in the future of medicine in our region and in the healthcare of every patient. If you or a loved one is facing surgery in the future, ask your physician about a robotic surgery option.

To learn more about Adena’s robotic surgery program, visit our Robotic Surgery page. To offer financial support of this and future technology endeavors at Adena Health System, contact the Adena Health Foundation at (740) 779-7774.