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.
With the digital medicine revolution in full swing, just about every specialty will experience some form of health care technology impact. AI algorithms, deep learning systems, and neural networks are already being used to detect lung cancer, screen skin lesions, and predict acute kidney injury. In the surgical realm, technological advancements previously involved the use of computer-assisted surgery (CAS) to improve precision and facilitate minimally invasive approaches. The da Vinci Surgical System obtained FDA approval in 2000 and, according to the company website, has been used in more than 6 million procedures world-wide. In orthopedics, CAS was introduced in the 1990s with perhaps joint replacement surgery as its most popular and widespread application.
Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, can be lifestyles-altering for lots people who suffer from osteoarthritis and different knee troubles. This procedure can remove pain and repair mobility, allowing patients to renew an energetic lifestyle. Arthroplasty may either be done in conventional way, wherein the surgeon seats the implant manually, or with the help of a robot arm controlled by means of the surgeon. Standard knee replacement uses X-ray images and relies on the surgeon's visual assessment of the knee and direct manual surgery. The robotic knee procedure involves CT scanning, which allows the surgeon to build a virtual model of the patient's knee and make a preoperative plan.
Robotic technology has played an important part in the medical field in the last two decades. The best example in this regard is the Da Vinci system, which is considered the best-selling surgery robot on the market today. This robot can perform high-precision surgical procedures -- down to one millimeter. However, the system comes with a hefty price tag of $2 million, plus the expensive maintenance costs. For those of you who don't know supermicrosurgery refers to a precise reconstructive procedure that connects ultra-thin blood and lymph vessels ranging from 0.3 to 0.8 millimeters.
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.