Regional Hospital of Scranton expands robotic-assisted surgery program

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The Da Vinci surgical system is used to move rubber bands by people testing the system during robotic surgery fair of Regional Hospital in Scranton in 2012. Times-Tribune file

Regional Hospital of Scranton recently acquired a new device that will expand its robotic program and allow its surgeons to perform additional types of minimally invasive operations.

The new robot uses advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to offer patients faster recovery time, minimal scarring and pain, less trauma on the body, low blood loss and a shorter hospital stay. The new equipment is being used to perform gynecologic, urologic, and general surgery and has the capacity to support weight loss and thoracic surgeries as well. This approach to surgery allows physicians to perform complex surgical procedures through small incisions. The robot does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by the surgeon.

One of the features of the new device is the ability to offer single-site surgery which means surgeons may make only one incision in the patient.

“The medical staff and hospital team at Regional have been leaders in bringing new technology to Northeast Pennsylvania, and we are very pleased to acquire this latest in minimally invasive technology, for our friends and neighbors here in Northeast Pennsylvania,” CEO Brooks Turkel said.

During a procedure using the new robot, miniature surgical instruments are mounted on three separate robotic arms, allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision. The fourth arm contains a magnified, high-definition, three-dimensional camera that guides the surgeon during the procedure. The surgeon controls the instruments and the camera from a console in the operating room and simultaneously operates all four arms. This method gives the surgeon a clearer, more detailed view of the operating site than the human eye can provide.

Turkel said the hospital is concentrating its efforts on training more surgeons to use robotics in order to provide patients with the most optimal surgical experience.

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