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Da Vinci Gives New Hope To Thoracic Surgery Patients


05.21.2012

With the arrival of da Vinci Robotic Surgery in Delaware, thoracic surgery patients will have less pain, shorter recovery times and better long-term health outcomes.

Bayhealth’s da Vinci® SiSurgical System Robot allows specially trained Bayhealth surgeons to make pinpoint incisions that would be impossible from the human hand.   Da Vinci Robotics also allows the surgeon to view and magnify the smallest detail through a 3D high-definition TV screen.

“In particular, this will mean better outcomes for lung cancer patients.  Not only will we be able to make smaller incisions to access and resect the tumor, we’ll also be able to remove the lymph nodes to properly stage patients for lifesaving treatment following surgery,” said Bayhealth Thoracic Surgeon Paul Fedalen, MD, who notes that Delaware has one of the highest lung cancer rates in the nation.

According to Dr. Fedalen, lung cancers are typically treated with a lobectomy in which a portion of the lung and the lymph nodes are removed.  In a traditional ‘open surgery,’ a surgeon makes a six to eight inch incision through the patient’s back and spreads the ribs back to reach the cancer.  This type of surgery usually requires a five day hospitalization and several weeks for a full recovery.

By contrast, a da Vinci Robotic Surgery involves three small incisions of less than one inch with a fourth incision of approximately four inches to extract the tumor without the need to spread the ribs.  Da Vinci Robotic Surgery reduces hospitalization to three days and typically allows the patient to return to regular activity in one week.

“(Robotic surgery) reduces your pain and allows you to get back on your feet more quickly.  But equally important are the outcomes.  By ensuring we’ve removed the cancer completely, we’ll also ensure that you have better long-term outcomes as well,” said Dr. Fedalen.



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