Sharon Regional Medical Center is offering advanced robotic technology to help give patients who need surgery faster recovery times following their procedures. The hospital offers the advanced robotics technologies to patients in Lawrence and Mercer counties, including two individual robotics systems used for general surgery as well as for knee arthroplasty or knee replacement surgery. The new technology includes the da Vinci XI Surgical System with Integrated Table Motion system, which can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgeries including gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery procedures. The second system is called the NAVIO Surgical System, which is used for knee arthroplasty procedures. Dr. Randy Hofius, a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in hernia and gallbladder surgeries, and Dr. Shateel Nijhawan, a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon, are performing procedures with the da Vinci system; Dr. Stephen Hand, a board-certified orthopedist, will perform the region's first robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasty in the Mercer and Lawrence county areas in the coming weeks.
Dr. Stephen Szabo, an OB/GYN with Pinehurst Surgical Clinic (PSC), reached a milestone on Thursday, Sept. 19 with his 805th robotic surgery -- a hysterectomy with sacrocolpopexy and bladder suspension. Dr. Szabo first performed a robotically-assisted surgery in 2006 after coming to Pinehurst Surgical in 1998. He and Pinehurst Surgical Urologists Dr. Robert Chamberlain and Dr. Greg Griewe, along with Dr. Walter Fasolak, from FirstHealth's Southern Pines Women's Center, formed the core group of physicians who spearheaded the introduction of robotic surgery in Moore County. With 805 surgeries complete, Dr. Szabo is now in the company of an elite and distinguished group of surgeons practicing the art of robotic-assisted healthcare. The minimally invasive approach means that advanced gynecologic surgeries, which would have resulted in a three-to-five-day hospital stay, now only require a stay of three to five hours -- and carry a reduced risk of complications or infection.
No matter how great a surgeon is, robotic assistance can bring a higher level of precision to the operating table. The ability to remotely operate a robot that can hold precision instruments greatly increases the accuracy of surgical procedures like thoracoscopic surgery, which is used to treat lung cancer. Of the two most common types of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a good candidate for surgery because the tumors spread slowly and are more localized. Since more than 80 percent of people with lung cancer have NSCLC, surgery is a common treatment. Lung cancer usually starts when epithelial cells that line the inside of the lungs rapidly reproduce into cancerous cells, creating tumors inside the lungs.
The field of surgery is ever-changing and evolving. A major revolution has happened in the last 25 years as the focus has shifted to minimally invasive surgery and subsequently to robotic assisted surgery. Minimally-invasive surgical techniques have benefitted the patients in terms of lower morbidity and mortality through lesser violation of the body's natural barriers. The morbidity associated with open surgery like pain, discomfort, and delayed recovery was mainly due to the process of gaining access through bigger incisions. The same surgeries can now be performed through smaller cuts using minimally invasive techniques leading to lesser pain and faster recovery.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with more than 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. But help in beating this form of life-threatening disease is coming in an usual form - from robots. A revolutionary form of surgery that uses a state-of-the-art robot to remove tumours has treated more than 350 patients in its first 18 months in a hospital in Wales. A revolutionary form of surgery which uses a state-of-the-art robot to remove tumours has treated more than 350 patients in its first 18 months in a hospital in Wales. Named the da Vinci robot, the equipment is being used three days a week in the University Hospital of Wales, and solely on prostate cancer patients.