WB HEART 300PADUCAH, KY (5/15/12) – The next generation of even more sophisticated da Vinci robotic surgery is available now at Western Baptist Hospital, extending its minimally-invasive options to heart and lung procedures.
 
More than 600 people have benefited from shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery close to home, since Western Baptist brought the first da Vinci to western Kentucky in 2009. Procedures have included hysterectomy; treatment of throat cancer; removal of the prostate and partial removal of the kidney.
 
The da Vinci Si Surgical System has just been added, and cardiothoracic surgeon K. Ken Ung, M.D., recently trained to perform lung and heart surgery with the robot. He is assisted by cardiothoracic surgeon Carl Johnson, M.D.
 
Da Vinci lung surgery can remove early stage cancers with a significantly smaller incision than other minimally invasive techniques and creates less discomfort and scarring for the patient, Dr. Ung said.
 
“The safety and efficacy of robotics technology has been well-documented,” Dr. Ung said. “Experts in our field say it is a day and night difference in terms of the surgeon being able to visualize during surgery; and it’s an exciting tool for my cardiothoracic patients, especially when we transition to robotic heart surgery, doing robotic valves or robotic bypasses.”
 
The da Vinci seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient in an area smaller than would be required for the surgeon’s hands.
 
The new system offers upgrades from the original system with additional clinical benefits and operation efficiencies. Its fluorescence imaging allows surgeons to capture images of tissue and surrounding blood vessels by injecting a unique dye activated by near-infrared light, which marks the difference between normal tissue and cancerous tissue.
 
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