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Technology with a Human Touch 

Baylor Garland Welcomes da Vinci 

Just like the scientist, inventor and artist it was named after, the new da Vinci® Si™ surgical system at Baylor Medical Center at Garland is a true “Renaissance man” in the operating room.

The surgeon sits in front of a console a few feet away from the patient and manipulates the instrument controls while looking at the magnified surgical field through a viewfinder linked to a high-definition, 3D display.

“The da Vinci system allows us to expand the range and scope of the surgical services we provide,” says Steven Arze, MD, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at Baylor Garland.

Less Pain and Faster Recovery

For the surgeon, “The robot gives us better control and more dexterity at the tips of the instruments,” says Dr. Birdwell., MD, a surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Garland. “It also gives us better optics; we can zoom in up to 10X the level of detail we get with an endoscopic camera.”

“Humans are limited in how they can bend their wrists and fingers, but because the robot articulates 360 degrees, it allows us to operate on very small structures in very small spaces with extreme accuracy,” adds Mark Bailey, MD, a general surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Garland.

With small, 1- to 2-centimeter incisions, patients usually have less postoperative pain and generally can leave the hospital and recover more quickly.

“Robotics has been used in gynecology to treat women with heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic prolapse, and even uterine and cervical cancers,” says Kathryn Brown, MD, an OB-GYN on the medical staff at Baylor Garland.

“In the past, procedures that were difficult or even impossible to perform with traditional laparoscopy are now able to be performed robotically with improved outcomes - less pain, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.”

On the Forefront

Abdominal surgery is where the da Vinci system really proves itself, by taking “minimally invasive” a step further. For example, “We can take the three tiny incisions required in laparoscopic gallbladder removal and make that one tiny incision by using the robot,” says Dr. Arze.

Also, for some major OB-GYN surgeries, new minimally invasive options are becoming possible thanks to the robot.

Baylor Garland acquired the da Vinci system because it is committed to staying on the forefront of technology and offering its patients advanced techniques.

Procedures With the da Vinci Robot

The da Vinci Si robotic surgical system at Baylor Medical Center at Garland enhances many different types of surgical procedures. At Baylor Garland, the list includes:

  • General surgery: Gallbladder removal, Nissen fundoplication (for acid reflux), colon surgery
  • Cardiac surgery: mitral valve repair
  • Thoracic surgery: lung removal and biopsies
  • OB/GYN surgery: hysterectomy, uterine fibroid removal, ovarian surgery
  • Urologic surgery: prostate removal, bladder procedures

For a referral to a surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Garland, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search our online directory.