Less than two years ago, Archbold Memorial Hospital welcomed the daVinci surgical robot to the hospital’s operating room.
And just last year, Archbold surgeons performed over 300 robotic cases, 100 more than predicted for the year.
The overwhelming success and high demand for robotic surgery—Archbold surgeons average six robotic cases a week—led the hospital to recently purchase a second robot.
“Our robotics program continues to grow, and a second robot will help us keep pace with increased volume and provide our patients the care they need in a timely manner,” said Jan Croley, director of surgery at Archbold.
Archbold’s multispecialty robotics program offers leading-edge, minimally invasive surgical treatments in several disciplines, including general, thoracic, colorectal, gynecologic and urologic surgery.
The daVinci system uses innovative, advanced robotic technology that allows surgeons to operate through small, dime-size incisions. This provides surgeons with a closer look to the surgical site—closer than human vision will allow—all while working at a smaller scale than conventional surgery permits.
“The daVinci system has really revolutionized minimally invasive surgical treatment,” said general surgeon Ed Hall, MD. “We’re now able to perform surgeries that prior to robotic-assisted surgery were often considered impossible.”
Within the first four months of implementing a robotics program in 2011, Hall and Archbold radiation oncologist Steven Johnson, MD, were recognized as the first in Georgia and second worldwide to implement mesh brachytherapy using the robot. This involved removing a lung cancer with robotic assistance and placing a chemotherapy-infused patch over the surgical site to provide direct treatment for any remaining or returning cancer cells in that area. The procedure was performed on an elderly patient who would not have been a candidate for conventional surgery.
And this fall, Hall became the first surgeon in the region to offer single-incision robotic surgery, making the hospital the first and only in the region to offer the cutting-edge approach to treat gall bladder disease.
“Because of the great patient benefits, robotics has really gained in popularity among patients,” said Hall. “The incisions are much smaller compared to open surgery and even traditional laparoscopic surgery. Smaller incisions help limit post-surgery discomfort, allow faster recovery for patients and lead to a much nicer cosmetic result.”