How do Hospitals and Surgeons Feel About Da Vinci---A Testamonial
Avera McKennan Adds to da Vinci Technology
After successfully using robotics in surgery for more than three years, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has added a second da Vinci® Surgical System – the da Vinci Si™.
Avera McKennan is the first and only hospital in South Dakota to offer the latest da Vinci Si technology and the first in the region to acquire the da Vinci Skills Simulator, a new virtual-reality training simulator for robotic surgery.
Avera McKennan purchased its first da Vinci S HD in fall 2007. “The da Vinci Si is the next generation in this technology,” says Dr. Luis Rojas, gynecologic oncologist and surgeon with Avera Medical Group Gynecologic Oncology. “The new system accommodates the latest surgical techniques, as well as the growing numbers of patients who choose robotic procedures.” In the past three years, 18 surgeons have performed more than 530 robotic procedures at Avera McKennan.
Avera McKennan also has added the da Vinci Skills Simulator, a state-of-the-art computer that looks and feels like the real thing, but allows surgeons to practice with virtual instruments to improve their proficiency with the da Vinci.
The da Vinci Si will accommodate new technology as it becomes available, including blood vessel mapping, tumor mapping and single-port-incision surgery.
“Robotics significantly has changed minimally invasive surgery at Avera McKennan. Our surgeons and patients have been extremely pleased with the outcomes,” says Dr. Rojas. “The popularity of robotics is growing, leading to increased demand for these procedures. Adding a second da Vinci system will allow even more patients to experience the benefits of robotics.”