Da Vinci robot helps patients, doctors at Sacred Heart Medical Center

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by KREM.com & Tove Tupper

KREM.com

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 27 at 12:41 PM

SPOKANE-- Doctors at Sacred Heart Medical Center are working with a high tech robot to help patients recover quickly from surgery and Tuesday, the public had a chance to test it out.

Doctors at Sacred Heart Medical Center started using the da Vinci Robot back in 2002, but are getting a new one. The robot will help both patients and doctors.

With the da Vinci Robot, surgeons will make a very small incision rather than opening a patient up. Surgeons control four interactive robotic arms from a console.

The new robot has a dual consul which allows two surgeons to work together at the same time. Officials say it is especially helpful for training.    

Dr. Leland Siwek a cardiac surgeon, at Sacred Heart Medical Center said, “With this scope that is, not only three dimensional, but is magnified, we actually see it better than we do in open surgery, and so our ability to repair the valve has never been better."

The robot is less invasive and patient recover is quicker.

The da Vinci robot is used for a variety of different kinds of surgeries including heart surgery, prostate cancer surgeries, and hysterectomies.

Tuesday the public was invited to check out the new robot at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center from 6:30 a.m. Morning until 7 p.m. People will even have an opportunity to try it out.

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