Swedish Opens World's First Integrated Operating Room Specifically Outfitted for the da Vinci® S

Swedish Opens World's First Integrated Operating Room Specifically Outfitted for the da Vinci® Si HD Robotic-Assisted Surgical System

SEATTLE – Oct. 27, 2009 – Swedish has taken another step forward in minimally invasive surgery with the opening of a new, 645-square-foot operating room dedicated to the latest generation da Vinci® Si Robotic-Assisted Surgical System -- a multi-armed, computer-aided robotic machine -- that provides surgeons with more precision and dexterity over existing surgical approaches. This integrated, robotic-assisted surgical suite is the first of its kind to be built in the world. Construction on the project was completed earlier this month.

"This new surgical suite demonstrates our dedication to providing the best possible patient care with the most advanced technology available," said Cal Knight, chief operating officer at Swedish. "The health benefit of robotic surgery to patients is invaluable, and combined with the productivity benefits of an integrated robotic operating room, you have an important, long-term investment for the hospital's minimally invasive surgical needs."

The new robotic-assisted surgical suite is a highly sophisticated operating room that seamlessly integrates digital media components and combines various robot device inputs and outputs into one system. Officially known as the da Vinci Si VisionBoom, the boom-mounted device will increase efficiency for surgeons and their staffs by offering a wireless environment and an obstacle-free work area.

"Being first in the world to open an integrated surgical suite for the latest generation da Vinci Surgical System further reinforces Swedish's position as a global leader in robotic-assisted surgery," said Dr. James Porter, medical director of robotic-assisted surgery at Swedish. "Until now, robotic-assisted surgical systems have been placed in hospital operating rooms that were never intended to house technology like the the da Vinci. We now have a fully integrated surgical suite designed specifically for the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, which fully utilizes all functions of the robotic-assisted system and matches the technology. We've already seen an improvement in ergonomics for the operating room staff and an increase in workflow efficiency due to the new room."

The da Vinci Surgical System -- developed by Sunnyvale, CA-based Intuitive Surgical, Inc. -- is controlled by the surgeon during minimally invasive surgery. By providing surgeons with dramatically improved 3-D visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater freedom of movement, the da Vinci makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with more precision and less trauma to the surrounding tissues, resulting in faster recovery and less pain.

In September 2009, Swedish announced it upgraded its previous da Vinci robotic-assisted machines and obtained two new da Vinci Si HD Surgical Systems with enhanced, high-definition optics and improved surgeon ergonomics. The new integrated, robotic-assisted operating suite will be used by surgeons who perform minimally invasive urological, gynecological and thoracic surgeries for diseases such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer, and to assist in complex gynecologic reconstruction surgeries. Swedish is the only medical center in the Northwest with two da Vinci Si HD Surgical Systems, which allows for dual-surgeon console capabilities.

As one of the first medical centers in the Pacific Northwest to perform robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is home to the fastest growing, most experienced robotic-assisted surgical program in the region. The multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted surgical program was established at Swedish in 2005. Since then, Swedish-affiliated surgeons have performed more than 2,000 procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System, more than any other robotic-assisted surgical program in the Pacific Northwest. The medical center's program now combines the most experienced robotic-assisted surgeons in the region with technology only available at Swedish.

For More Information

  • For more information about the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, click here.
  • For more information about Swedish's Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program, click here and here.

About Swedish Medical Center

Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard – a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics. It has also started building a new medical campus in the Issaquah Highlands. Plans call for a comprehensive ambulatory care center, five-story medical office building targeted to open in summer 2011, and an acute-care community hospital – the first phase of which is slated to open at the end of first quarter 2012. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org.

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Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted on the Seattle/Local Health Guide Web site on Nov. 3, click here.
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