Swedish Adds Third da Vinci Si HD Robot and Now Has the Fastest Growing, Most Experienced Robotic-As

Swedish Adds Third da Vinci Si HD Robot and Now Has the Fastest Growing, Most Experienced Robotic-Assisted Surgical Program in the Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE – Sept. 29, 2010 – One year ago, Swedish upgraded its da Vinci® robot equipment and purchased two latest generation da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical systems to help surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures in the operating room. The hospital also opened the world’s first integrated operating room specifically outfitted for the da Vinci Si HD robot. Today, Swedish is adding a third da Vinci Si HD robot to advance its pioneering use of robotic-assisted surgery for patients.

“As the most experienced robotic-assisted surgery center in the Pacific Northwest, our use of the device has increased significantly enough that a third system is required to support the demand for this type of minimally invasive surgery at our hospital,” said Dr. James Porter, medical director of the Robotic Surgery program at Swedish and a prostate cancer survivor who himself underwent robotic-assisted surgery.  

Swedish has been utilizing robotic-assisted surgery since 2005, and was one of the first medical centers in the region to perform robotic-assisted surgery.  Since then, Swedish-affiliated surgeons have performed more than 3,000 procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System. Various Swedish-affiliated surgeons have used the robotic-assisted surgical system to perform minimally invasive cancer surgeries including prostate, kidney, colorectal, uterine, cervical, ovarian and lung, and to assist in complex gynecologic reconstruction, non-cancer colorectal and bariatric surgeries.

Robotic-assisted surgery is a growing trend around the world due to quicker recoveries, shortened hospital stays, less pain and scarring, and the potential for better clinical outcomes. One of the benefits of the Swedish Robotic Surgery program is the experience of its medical staff.  Most recently, doctors from flew to Seattle to learn about a thoracic surgeon’s use of the da Vinci robot in chest surgeries. A prostate cancer surgeon demonstrated his unique use of the da Vinci to remove a tumor on a kidney and shared his experience with the American Urology Association. Another surgeon participated in a teaching session with doctors overseas to educate them about the robotic-assisted surgical system.

“The Swedish robotic-assisted surgical team continues to excel through this advanced technology and consistently maintains its position as a global leader in the field,” said Cal Knight, president and chief operating officer at Swedish. “Few hospitals can claim to offer the level of experience we have with the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system.”

The new robotic-assisted surgical system features a dual-console set-up, which allows for greater collaboration among surgeons and enhanced training capabilities for the program. The Robotic Surgery program at Swedish is also among the first in the region to create a robotic-assisted training program for fellows.

The latest da Vinci System at Swedish consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D HD vision system and EndoWrist instruments that allow surgeons to work more precisely than in conventional surgery.  Unlike traditional laparoscopic micro-instruments, da Vinci instruments have a patented EndoWrist that can turn 540 degrees, allowing for much finer movements.  The da Vinci System is designed to seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments to 'virtually' put the surgeon’s hands inside the patient.  A special 3D HD, dual-lens endoscope provides a highly magnified view of the surgical site inside the patient, allowing surgeons to see the surgical site up to 12-times more closely than human vision allows.

For more information about Swedish's Robotic Surgery program, to watch a related video, and to learn more about each of the Swedish-affiliated surgeons who perform robotic-assisted surgery, click here.

About Swedish

Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds – 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 located throughout the Puget Sound area. In fall 2009, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands, as well as an emergency department and medical office building in Ballard. More recently, Swedish announced plans to open freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center facilities in Mill Creek and Redmond. 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, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org and www.swedish100.org.

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