KCVA Welcomes the da Vinci Surgical System - Kansas City VA Medical Center
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KCVA Welcomes the da Vinci Surgical System

da Vinci Robotic-assisted Surgical System

KCVA surgical team prepares the da Vinci for robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

By Vic Ziliani, KCVA Marketing Specialist
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Kansas City VA Medical Center (KCVA) recently began performing surgeries with the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system. The robotic aided da Vinci system, a product of Intuitive Surgical, provides KCVA surgeons the flexibility to perform minimally invasive surgeries, faster recovery times and less pain during recovery. The system is ideal when performing Urology, Cardiac, Gynecology, Thoracic, and Colorectal surgeries.

The robot’s “fingers” mimics all the surgeon's hands' precise movements.

The term "robot" might be slightly misleading to many. A robot is not performing the surgery - KCVA surgeons perform the surgery - utilizing the da Vinci system and controlling surgical instruments that they guide via the unit's control console. The robot’s “fingers” mimics all the surgeon's hands' precise movements. The surgeon has total control of the instruments performing the surgery, at the unit's console. Small surgical instruments follow the surgeon's hand's exact actions while they watch the movements on a magnified, high-definition screens. The surgical instruments facilitate a minimally evasive procedure with a few small incisions in many cases.  

The system consists of three main parts.

The Surgical Console, Patient Cart, and Vision Cart. The surgeon is positioned at the surgical cart controlling the surgical instruments while viewing your anatomy in hi-definition on the screen. Meanwhile, the patient cart keeps the hi-definition camera in position while holding and manipulating the tiny surgical instruments the surgeon controls on the surgical console. The vision cart makes all the functionality possible by supporting the communications between the da Vinci systems and supporting the high-definition vision system.

"The da Vinci robot gives us more flexibility in how we operate during laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgeries," said Dr. Matthew Sappington, KCVA General, and Bariatric Surgeon. "The robot provides much more functionality to our hands in the very confined spaces where the instruments operate."

"One of the things the da Vinci robot adds to our services is the ability to do more operations in minimally invasive fashion versus an open operation," Sappington said. "It also allows us to complete more complex operations that would be difficult to do laparoscopically."

Our teams will be able to help more Veterans because we can schedule more operations thanks to the efficiencies gained with the addition of this new surgical system.

"The da Vinci allows our surgeons to complete routine and complex laparoscopic procedures more efficiently, thus reducing total operation durations, bleeding during procedures and pain and recovery times after surgery," said Dr. Abdul Haleem, KCVA Chief of Surgery.

Millions of surgeries worldwide have been performed utilizing the robotic-assisted surgical system. “This robotic system is just of the latest additions to the advanced tools and equipment our doctors and nurses have at their fingertips when providing outstanding inpatient and outpatient care to Veterans in the Heartland - Our Veteran patients are our top priority. And getting them back to their families and doing what matters most to them is essential to us, and the da Vinci will significantly aid us in that goal,” said Isaacks.


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