Bayhealth celebrates 10 years of robotics in 2020

10 Years of Robotics at Bayhealth in 2020

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 |
Bayhealth started its robotic assisted surgery program at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus in November 2010. Since the program began, surgeons have done more than 2,700 robotic procedures using the da Vinci surgical system. In 2019, Bayhealth expanded its robotics program to Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus with the purchase of another da Vinci surgical system and expanded the existing program at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus with the addition of the ExcelsiusGPS®, a robotic spine surgery system.

“Robotics is the most advanced form of minimally invasive surgery,” said Bayhealth Colorectal and General Surgeon Assar Rather, MD, FACS, FASCRS. Dr. Rather is one of the surgeons who uses the da Vinci system and is also the chair of Bayhealth’s Robotics Steering Committee. “When you combine the outcomes of all of the surgeons performing robotic-assisted surgery at Bayhealth, we have successfully completed thousands of complex cases and procedures. In fact, our results are better than the national average, and we have nearly 10 years of robotics experience.”

The surgeries performed using the da Vinci robotic-assisted system span a wide range of specialties including bariatric, colorectal, general, gynecologic, thoracic, and urologic. More than 30 specific surgical procedures fall within these broader areas. “It’s not common for a small institution to have several specialties using the robot,” said Bayhealth Thoracic Surgeon Paul Fedalen, MD. “Bayhealth was also the first in the state of Delaware to perform robotic assisted thoracic surgery, and we have done hundreds since.”

As of fall 2019, more than 45 robotic surgeries were completed by the three surgeons trained to use the da Vinci system at Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus. The procedures include hysterectomies, tubal ligations, cholecystectomies (gallbladder surgery), ventral hernia repairs, and inguinal hernia repairs. “Our goal is to do as many surgeries as possible using the robot and to expand into other specialties beyond general and gynecologic so we can provide benefits to more patients,” said Kristin Brimmer, BSN, RN, who serves as the robotics coordinator at the Sussex Campus.

In terms of the ExcelsiusGPS spine robot, Bayhealth Neurosurgeon Amit Goyal, MD, says it allows Bayhealth’s neurosurgeons to place hardware into patients’ spines with the utmost accuracy and precision, often eliminating the need for rare, but costly, revision surgeries due to misplaced hardware. “The system is also very patient-centric, as it allows us to customize the surgery based on each patient’s individual needs,” said Dr. Goyal.

Both robotic surgical systems provide patients with a faster recovery, less pain and fewer complications so they can get back to their daily lives.

Visit Bayhealth's Robotic Surgery page to learn more about Da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and Bayhealth's Robotic Spine Surgery page for more about the Excelsius GPS robotic spine surgery system.

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