Kootenai Health’s specially trained surgeons use state-of-the-art robotics to perform the most advanced forms of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques.
Minimally invasive robotic surgery often results in:
- Shorter hospitalization
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Faster recovery time and return to normal activities
- Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection
- Reduced blood loss and transfusions
- Minimal scarring
Da Vinci Robot
The da Vinci Surgical System allows the surgeon to manipulate robotic arms and instruments from a seated position. The technology provides the surgeon with a high definition 3D magnified, 3-D view of the target anatomy. The surgeon’s eyes and hands are within the console and the surgeon’s hand movements control the four interactive robotic arms, instruments and camera. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements translate to precise movements inside the abdominal cavity.
- Precision of movement
- Increased range of motion
- Decreased physician fatigue
- Enhanced visibility, including areas unable to be seen by the naked eye
- Access to hard to reach areas
Procedures Using da Vinci Robot
- Hysterectomy – Removal of the uterus
- Myomectomy – Surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids
- Prostatectomy – removal of all or part of the prostate gland
- Nephrectomy (Partial) – removal of all or part of the kidney
- Cystectomy – removal of the bladder
- Pyeloplasty – the surgical reconstruction of the renal pelvis (a part of the kidney) to drain and decompress the kidney. In nearly all cases, the goal of the surgery is to relieve a ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction
- Sacrocolpopexy – surgical technique for repairing pelvic organ prolapse.
- Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Ventral Hernia Repair
- Nissen Fundoplication – surgical procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia
- Cholecystectomy – removal of the gallbladder
The ExcelsiusGPS combines a rigid robotic arm and full navigation capabilities for precise trajectory alignment in spine surgery. The provider can visualize, plan and navigate patient anatomy in real time. The platform uses x-ray imaging to more precisely treat spine conditions using small incisions. The surgeon uses these images to determine the size and placement of implants and creates a patient plan based on your anatomy. This is used to guide the rigid robotic arm to a specific region of your spine, similar to a planned route or pathway on a GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway or route to accurately place the implants using instruments. ExcelsiusGPS® supports screw placement for a variety of different approaches, including:
- Posterior Cervical
- Posterior Thoracic
- Posterior Lumbar
- Lateral Lumbar in the Lateral position
This minimally invasive technique permits the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cut through them. This robotic technology is designed to increase safety and accuracy within the operating room.
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less tissue damage
- Smaller incisions, which may lead to smaller scars
- Less blood loss
- Less muscle damage
- Potentially a faster recovery
- Reduces overall radiation exposure to patients and operating team
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