While robotic-assisted surgery has assisted physicians for about three decades now, there have been recent advancements in technology. These advancements have enhanced efficiency and accuracy, while at the same time making the surgery less stressful and less painful for patients.

ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital recently welcomed the da Vinci robot to their facility. This state-of-the-art surgical robot is the only one of its kind in the region. The machine is equipped with the tools to enhance the surgeons’ skills to perform with even more precision. Surgeons work remotely by controlling the robotics arms attached to micro-instruments from a console a few feet from the operating table.

“The incisions needed for surgeries are reduced greatly to 1-2 centimeters in length,” Ashley Monk, DO, Defiance Regional Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology physician said about the da Vinci robot. “With decreased incision size, it means less possibility for post-surgery issues like infection or pain.”

Monk joined the ProMedica team late 2018, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.

John Monk, DO agreed that the machine has helped with surgical precision and patient recovery. “Before the da Vinci patients would have the surgery and be an inpatient for a few days, and not be able to return to work for six weeks or so. Now, it is an outpatient surgery and they can return to work in as little as three weeks.”

The robot allows for more complicated surgeries to be performed in a safer manor with faster recovery, less blood loss, fewer post-surgical complications, and reduced scarring and pain. Defiance Regional Hospital has big plans for the da Vinci Surgical System.

The robot is currently being used for gynecological surgical procedures with plans for general surgery and urology surgeries in place.

For more information about ProMedica, visit promedica.org.

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