Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare is now offering minimally invasive robotic surgery to qualified patients. By using the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic surgical assist device, surgeons are able to perform surgery with increased accuracy, control and flexibility.
“The da Vinci Surgical System is another resource we can offer patients in the operating room,” says Gokhan Anil, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist specially trained in robotic surgery. “Patients who have robotic surgery often experience less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery compared to those who undergo standard surgical procedures.”
During robotic surgery, surgeons control the four-armed da Vinci Surgical System with joystick-like controls and enter a patient’s body through incisions as small as one centimeter. The robotic device uses specialized surgical tools to operate on the patient. During the operation, surgeons also use a high-definition 3-D camera to project images onto a computer screen at 10 times larger than what is seen by the human eye.
The robotic surgical system is being used in gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomy. Dr. Anil and his staff partnered with Mayo Clinic surgeons and staff for specialized training and mentoring.
“Having partners in Rochester (Minn.) with years of robotic surgery experience allowed our surgical team and support staff to quickly gain the experience and expertise necessary to provide our patients with the high-quality and safe surgical experience they expect from Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare,” Dr. Anil says.