University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Welcomes Advanced Robotic Surgery

Adam Klein, MD, and Jason Jankowski, MD, with the new da Vinci Robotic Surgical System going online at UH St. John this month.

University Hospitals St. John Medical Center is welcoming one of the most advanced forms of minimally invasive robotic surgery to its operating facilities, the revolutionary da Vinci Surgical System.

The da Vinci Surgical System, or robot, enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The announcement of the system came at last week’s Urology Seminar hosted at the Westlake Recreation Center the evening of Thurs., Nov. 1. The system goes on line next week.

Last week’s free seminar saw a panel of urology experts discuss the wide-ranging health impacts of urology concerns.

  • Rob David, President, UH St. John with leading Urology specialists, Adam Klein, MD, Jason Jankowski, MD, Juan Jimenez, MD, and Kalish Kedia, MD.

    Adam Klein, MD, discussed topics surrounding benign prostatic hypersplasia (enlarged prostate);

  • Jason Jankowski, MD, discussed prostate cancer and approaches to treatment. Dr. Klein and Dr. Jankowski represent the UH Urology Institute at UH St. John Medical Center.
  • Kalish Kedia, MD, talked about female incontinence and discussed state of the art approaches to treatment, including the unique ACell MatriStem membrane for pelvic floor tissue remodeling. He practices with the highly regarded Cleveland Urology Associates.
  • Juan Jimenez, MD, talked about erectile dysfunction and various approaches to treatment including medication, robotics and prosthetics. Dr. Jimenez represents Urology Partners of Cleveland.
About the da Vinci

The $2 million da Vinci brings an exciting new component of care to UH St. John.

“We are extremely pleased to now be able to offer this highly advanced technology, transforming the way these procedures will now be performed at UH St. John Medical Center,” says Rob David, President, UH St. John. “Surgeries of this type have smaller incisions and enhance recovery time all for the benefit of our patients”

The da Vinci System allows a surgeon to operate from a console.

The robot consists of several key components, including an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a side cart where the patient lies during surgery, four interactive robotic arms, a high-definition 3D vision system, and proprietary EndoWrist instruments. The da Vinci is powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments working inside the patient’s body.

The da Vinci System is a remarkable improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing and uses hand-held, long-shafted instruments that cannot bend or rotate. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments to a nearby 2D video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy.

In contrast, the da Vinci System’s ergonomic design allows the surgeon to operate from a comfortable, seated position at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands.

By providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex and delicate dissection or reconstruction.

The $2 million da Vinci Surgical System.

You can contact the UH Urology Institute at St. John Medical Center at 440-617-4726.

About the da Vinci Surgical System

There are several models of the da Vinci surgical system. The da Vinci surgical systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. Da Vinci systems are not programmed to perform surgery on their own. Instead, the procedure is performed entirely by a surgeon who controls the system. Da Vinci systems offer surgeons high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance. They use specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors, scalpels and forceps) that are designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.

What are da Vinci Surgical Systems?

Made by Intuitive in Sunnyvale, California, da Vinci Surgical Systems are advanced robotic-assisted surgical platforms designed to expand a surgeon’s operating capabilities and offer a minimally invasive option for patients. By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, da Vinci systems make it possible for skilled surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction.

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