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da Vinci surgical navigation system comes to Baptist Health Louisville

It’s been more than 500 years since Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci first sketched out his rough designs for what was conceptually the world’s first “robot.”

Now the robotic surgical navigation system that bears his name has come to Baptist Health Louisville.

The da Vinci surgical system allows surgeons to perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures in a more intuitive way. Using sophisticated robotic arms, da Vinci responds to surgeons’ natural hand movements with exacting precision, and the system’s high-tech display console enables a more realistic view of the surgery area.

The da Vinci’s 3-D, high-definition vision system allows surgeons to view additional structures and gain access to areas they couldn’t get to before. The ergonomic design is an added benefit. The system helps alleviate much of the fatigue associated with surgery by providing a comfortable interface from which to operate.

To perform a procedure, the surgeon uses the console’s controls to maneuver the da Vinci’s robot arms, which hold instruments and an endoscopic camera. The system features multiple safety features designed to minimize opportunities for human error.

This cutting-edge technology represents yet another step toward growing Baptist Health Louisville’s robust minimally-invasive surgery program.

This minimally-invasive surgery is a popular option for prostate, kidney and G-Y-N cancer patients as well as hysterectomy patients.

Robotic instrumentation makes it possible to engage in more technically demanding cancer procedures, and to do so with greater ease.

For patients, the potential benefits can translate to a shorter hospital stay. Minimally-invasive procedures, including those performed with da Vinci, can result in less pain and a faster recovery for patients.

Many patients are able to go home the day of surgery or the next day.

The decision to offer da Vinci well positions Baptist Health Louisville to meet the needs of those in the community seeking out this technology. For more information or for a physician referral, call the Baptist Health Information Center at (502) 897-8131.