Robotically- Assisted Surgical Procedures Now Available at Clara Barton Hospital


Clara Barton Hospital is excited to now provide patients with robotically- assisted surgical procedures utilizing their brand new da Vinci Xi Surgical Robotic System, which is the very latest in surgical robotic technology.


How it Works


Although it is called a robot, it cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed with unmatched precision entirely by the surgeon who manipulates the machine’s multiple arms—all while viewing a high-definition, 3D image of the surgical site captured by a tiny camera on one of the device’s arms. The robot enables the surgeon to operate through a few small incisions, like traditional laparoscopic procedures, instead of a large open incision.


The difference though, between a traditional laparoscopic procedure and a robotic procedure, is that instead of directly manipulating the instruments, the surgeon uses multiple robotic arms to translate hand movements into smaller, precise movements inside the patient’s body.


What to Expect During Procedure


When performing a traditional laparoscopic procedure,  straight, non-articulating instruments are used to maneuver throughout the patient’s abdominal area. Utilizing robotic technology essentially gives the surgeon wrists, providing 360° articulation on the ends of our tools, allowing them to make detailed, precise movements and cuts inside the body


Robotic surgery is a better, more advanced method of laparoscopy with wrists and tools that greatly enhance the surgeons capabilities during the procedure.

The Benefits


By utilizing robotic technology, patients will experience:

  • Less post-operative pain

  • Shorter hospital stays

  • Faster recoveries, resulting in a quicker return to normal activities

  • Less risk of infection

  • Less blood loss and fewer blood transfusions

  • Less scarring

  • Fewer would complications

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