WVU Medicine East Berkeley Medical Center Launches da Vinci robotic surgery program
WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, has acquired a new da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System, further advancing the technology available to surgery patients in our region.
The development of this program allows for minimally invasive surgery options for many common large-incision surgeries. The da Vinci robot has several unique features designed to enhance patient experience and reduce recovery times.
Robotic surgery, in the hands of a skilled surgeon, can perform complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible via conventional surgery. Because robotic surgery requires minimal incisions, patients heal faster with fewer complications resulting in a quick return to a normal family and work life schedule.
The first procedure on the da Vinci Xi at Berkeley Medical Center, a hernia repair, took place on Nov.19. It was completed by Mazin Shackour, M.D., general surgeon. Since that time, Dr. Shackour has been performing several procedures each week using the robot.
The da Vinci system, offered by Intuitive Surgical Inc., consists of several key components, including an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system, and wristed instruments.
While the da Vinci is currently being used at Berkeley Medical Center for various general surgery procedures, hospital officials are planning to expand its service offerings in the near future to include urological, gynecological, and thoracic procedures as more providers are trained to use the da Vinci robot.
(Picture: The da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System is shown housed in one of the new operating rooms at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center.)