Robotic Surgeries- lesser Incision possible with Latest Technology
The ‘Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island’ though has always been an attraction for the women pursuing less invasive surgical procedures, now has come up with a latest technology to make surgeries even lesser invasive. The hospital also has added equipment for identifying main vessels while undertaking a surgery, simulation tools for training and teaching purpose, and additional consoles for teaching future surgeons.
As said by MD Charles Rardin, a gynecologist at ‘Women & Infants’ hospital and among earliest mentors of ‘Robotic Surgery Program for Women’, lesser invasive surgeries such as robotic surgeries, had offered an upright alternative for all those women who were in search of surgical treatments for infertility, cancer, hysterectomy and other gynecological issues. He also said that with that latest technology patients recovered faster and did not need prolonged hospitalization. Mr. Charles has recently been assigned the directorship of all kinds of lesser invasive surgeries under ‘Care New England Health System’.
Usually, robotic surgeries are performed by robots whose arm movements are controlled by the surgeon through a special console – four incisions as wide as half inch are made in patient’s body where ports are placed for the insertion of robotic limbs. One of the four limbs controls a 3D HD camera for taking and transmitting surgery images to console, whereas the other three limbs are connected with different surgical instruments. The surgeon decides manages through the console how to move robotic limbs to perform the surgery.
In case of ‘single-site instrumentation’, the entire procedure is performed through one opening from which instruments are inserted in patient’s body. All surgical instruments required for the procedure are passed through one incision. The smaller and slimmer are the instruments, the more enhanced would be the surgeon’s expertise and lesser invasive would be the surgery.
“Lesser invasive surgeries not only offer a cosmetic allure to patients but it also help us to keep improving the procedure to provide better outcomes,” said Dr. Rardin.
Apart from the introduction of this technology, the recently purchased equipment and consoles would help the hospital open new avenues for education and training about robots. Being a teaching partner of ‘The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University’, the hospital can now train more surgeons, physicians, residents and fellows in high-end surgical procedures and robotic surgeries – the instructor would sit on a console while the student would be on other end. Such dual-end consoles will be greatly helpful in collaborative surgeries as well.
Dr. Rardin further said that the robotic surgeries at ‘Women & Infants Hospital’ would attract excellent medical practitioners who would help us teach the future surgeons at better level. We will use rest of pieces in our Simulation center for teaching purposes, he added.
Finally, the ‘Firefly™ Fluorescence Imaging equipment’ added for robotic surgeries will be helpful for surgeons to get instant identification of patient’s anatomy during the procedures such as sacrocolpopexy. The fluorescent dye injections help illuminate main blood vessels in the body. However, research is on the go about how Fluorescence imaging technology can be beneficial for the treatment of women’s cancers.
According to Dennis Keefe, the CEO and president of ‘Care New England’, they are trying to revolutionize the healthcare system by making latest medical technologies available to patients and offering them most-wanted procedures like lesser invasive surgeries.
He also said: “Mr. Charles has contributed a lot towards improving lesser invasive surgical procedures. He advocates the boons of such surgeries for patients as well as for surgeons, and he has strived hard to make this technology successful at Women & Infants Hospital.” After acquiring latest equipment, the old one has been moved to Kent Hospital, where Dr. Rardin will look after robotic surgery program.