Baptist Acquired Mississippi’s First da Vinci Surgical Robot

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

In February 2005, the Surgery Department at Baptist Medical Center, located in Jackson, Miss., acquired the da Vinci™ Surgical System. The magnified, three-dimensional view enables the surgeon to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions.

Manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, the da Vinci Surgical System is a new tool for physicians that incorporate modern robotics into the operating room. The system consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient side cart, a 3-D vision system and proprietary surgical instruments. The da Vinci Surgical System provides the surgeon with the intuitive control, range of motion, fine tissue manipulation capability and 3-d visualization characteristics of open surgery, while simultaneously allowing the surgeon to work through small ports of minimally invasive surgery. Its surgical instruments are the same diameter of a pencil and the ends of the instruments are the size of a dime. The ends of the instruments are modeled after the human wrist and give the surgeon a wide range of motion to work with.

Click here to visit Baptist’s da Vinci web page at www.mbhs.org/roboticsurgery. This portion of Baptist’s website will explain more about how the system treats prostate cancer and hysterectomies. The Baptist Health Line can direct a caller to the appropriate physician by calling 800.948.6262.

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