Photo Gallery | Bartlett hospital leads Mid-South in surgical robotics
At first glance, the futuristic technology behind surgical robotics seems like something that is found in a science fiction novel. Realistically, it is cutting-edge treatment for surgery departments dedicated to providing the latest options in health care technology.
Saint Francis Hospital in Bartlett is leading the Mid-South with the most advanced surgical system in the Memphis area. Referred to as the da Vinci Si, the system is designed to facilitate complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach that allows surgeons to perform procedures through just a few tiny incisions.
The equipment arrived at the hospial last week.
These small incisions often result in less blood loss, less pain, shorter hospital stays, and a faster return to daily activities, according to Saint Francis Hospital.
What is especially different about this surgical system is that it is equipped with Firefly. Firefly uses near infrared imaging to detect injected dye that helps identify vascular flow to the kidney and distinguish between a normal issue and cancer tissue. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is the only hospital in the Memphis area to have this addition.
"We believe that the new features of the da Vinci Si System will help us provide the best possible outcomes," said Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett chief executive officer Jeremy Clark. "It's a commitment to provide our community access to some of the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery."
Less than 25 years ago, surgical robotics were no more than sketches and ideas. The da Vinci surgical system is an industry leader with the first system being introduced into the market in 1999. The FDA cleared da Vinci for laparoscopic surgery in 2000. Now, hundreds are operated worldwide.