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SBL Invites Community to “Play” with da Vinci Surgery Robot

July 25, 2022 10:03 a.m.

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Sarah Bush Lincoln invites the community to interact with a da Vinci Robot that will soon be used in some surgical procedures at the Health Center.


A reception will be held from 7 am to 1 pm, Tuesday, August 9, in the main lobby at Entrance A. Incoming SBL President & CEO Kim Uphoff, surgeon Todd Bierman, MD, and Obstetrician-Gynecologist Scott Meyer, MD, will provide a brief introduction to the robot and answer questions. People are invited to stop by and interact with it.


Uphoff said, “We’re committed to providing the best possible care and helping the community stay healthy and heal faster through minimally invasive robotic surgery. Behind the advanced surgical robot is a team of highly trained surgeons and dedicated healthcare professionals.”


Robotic surgery has many advantages for appropriate patients, including smaller incisions and reduced recovery times. At Sarah Bush Lincoln, the da Vinci surgical system gives the surgeon 100 percent control of the robotic-assisted system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The system’s 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view (up to 10X), virtually extending their eyes and hands.


When recommended by your surgeon, the da Vinci surgical system can be used for these procedures: colorectal (colon resection, colorectal surgery), general surgery (hernia repair, gallbladder surgery), gynecology (hysterectomy for endometriosis, cancer, fibroid resection, and ovarian cystectomy), thoracic (lung resection for cancer), and urology (kidney surgery/nephrectomy and prostatectomy for cancer).


Other physicians planning to use the new equipment include OB-GYNs Mel Fleming, Jeff Galvan, MD, and Ashton Ballinger, MD, who is joining SBL Women’s Healthcare in September.


Patients will experience little-to-no visible scaring, less pain and faster recovery. These advancements in innovative surgical care are now available close to home for Sarah Bush Lincoln patients.




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