The da Vinci Surgical System is described as an interactive video game controlling a robot. It can be used for all kids of internal procedures, including removing a patient’s gallbladder.
CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - New robotic technology is in use during surgeries at Chippenham Hospital and patients say it’s a huge help. The da Vinci Surgical System is described as an interactive video game controlling a robot. It can be used for all kids of internal procedures, including removing a patient’s gallbladder.
"I'm a little nervous. I've never had any surgery before," said Carly Shornak, a patient who underwent surgery on Wednesday. "I've had pretty much a constant pain under my right rib cage."
The pain is from gallstones and up until a few years ago, the surgery to remove the stones was complicated and required doctors to make multiple incisions in the patient's stomach.
Now, doctors will only need to make one incision that will leave a small scar above her belly button that's barely noticeable.
"I'm excited that I'm not going to have a bunch of scars everywhere," said Shornak.
Dr. Brian Smith will do Shornak's surgery. He'll sit at a large console watching a live video feed from inside Shornak's body. As he controls the $2 million robot, tools will do the work.
"It's much, much more efficient, the vision is better and I think it's much safer," said Dr. Smith. "The tools are fairly small and they're flexible. They cross as they go in... which helps them to keep out of the way of the camera."
Shornak's operation was over in about 15 minutes and everything went smoothly. She's thankful technology like the da Vinci robot is around.
"It's really great how far they've come with technology," said Shornak. "I'm definitely grateful that I don't have to have a giant scar across my whole abdomen."