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 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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