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Miami Valley Hospital Acquires Third Surgical Robot, Enhances Leadership in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dayton, Ohio, December 14, 2009 – Miami Valley Hospital will extend its leadership in minimally invasive surgery through the addition of a third surgical robotic system.

The new da Vinci Si HD system, which will be delivered December 18, joins two other surgical robotic systems at Miami Valley Hospital.  It gives surgeons enhanced high-definition 3D vision and a dual-console capability to support training.  It also allows magnification of the surgical area by a factor of 10 times.

“Four years ago, Miami Valley Hospital became the first in the Dayton area to perform minimally invasive procedures with a robotic surgery system,” said Marion Brown, MD, Medical Director of Surgery at Miami Valley Hospital. “I am proud to say that since then, surgeons on our medical staff have performed more than 1,000 such procedures.  

The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform complex operations such as prostatectomies, hysterectomies, myomectomies, heart valve repair, colorectal, and other surgeries.  The systems benefit patients by enabling smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays and more rapid recovery time.

“More gynecological procedures have been performed at MVH using the da Vinci robotic system than at any other hospital in Ohio,” said Keith Watson, MD, Chairman of the MVH Gynecological Robotic Surgery Committee.    

With robotic surgery, tiny mechanical arms are inserted into the patient through very small incisions. The surgeon controls the robot’s movements at a control console. The robot translates the surgeon's hand, wrist, and finger movements into corresponding micro-movements of the instrument tip. Similar movements also control a camera to see inside the patient's body. A surgical team at the patient’s side supervises the robotic arms.

“Miami Valley Hospital’s dedicated robotic surgical team has more experience than any regional hospital and has a superior satisfaction rating by both patients and surgeons,” said Dr. Brown.