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Tufts Medical Center now performing minimally invasive surgeries with da Vinci robotic system

06/02/2009

BOSTON – Surgeons at Tufts Medical Center are now using the da Vinci Surgical System, a sophisticated robotic platform that further expands the arsenal of surgical tools. The Medical Center will use the system to enhance a number of minimally invasive procedures in the areas of Urology, Gynecology, Cardiology and General Surgery.

As a result of having their surgery performed with the da Vinci Surgery System, many patients benefit by experiencing noticeably less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, a shorter recovery time and a speedy return to normal activities. “Utilization of the da Vinci System for a radical prostatectomy (the removal of the prostate gland to treat prostate cancer) is the most frequently chosen treatment option for prostate cancer today” said Chief of the Urology Department Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD.

The da Vinci® Surgical System has been used in everything from minimally invasive cancer surgery to minimally invasive heart surgery, to treat conditions as diverse as prostate cancer, uterine and ovarian cancer, myomectomy (uterine fibroids), morbid obesity and mitral valve regurgitation

The da Vinci Surgical System is operated by a surgeon sitting a few feet away from the patient at a console. Using a high-powered camera, the surgeon guides the arms of the robot that holds surgical tools which are inserted into the patient through small, keyhole-sized incisions. The da Vinci’s highly accurate instruments allow the surgeon to move his own hands - and the robots – to conduct precise movements with extraordinary control and range of motion. The da Vinci’s video monitoring system provides a three-dimensional view of the surgery with magnification 10 times that of the naked eye.

“Our vast experience in minimally invasive surgery just received an additional boost and we are pleased to offer this option to our patients when the use of the robot is most appropriate,” said Dr. Carpinito. “There is no doubt in my mind, that my colleagues in other specialties who routinely perform various laparoscopic surgeries will appreciate this new extraordinary device that offers greater precision.”

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Media Contact: 
Julie Jette
(617) 636-3265
jjette@tuftsmedicalcenter.org