Wuesthoff Medical Center Announces the Arrival of the Newest Technology in Surgery Today:  da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System

ROCKLEDGE, FL (October 18, 2012) – Wuesthoff Medical Center is privileged to announce that General Surgeon H. Drexel Dobson lll, MD has completed two Total Abdominal Proctocolectomy with Ileo-Pouch Anal Anasmatosis procedures with the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System.

This is a defining procedure of an advanced colon and rectal/GI surgeon. Most colorectal surgeons in the community do not perform this particular procedure, and it is usually only available at university/academic centers. This is done primarily for ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory/debilitating disease of the colon, and for a type of familial syndrome of colon polyps (FAP) or occasionally in hereditary non-polyp colon cancer (HNPCC).

“These procedures are usually done open, and only in some areas done laparoscopically,” said Dr. Dobson. “This is certainly a first in many ways for Brevard County, and quite possibly Florida.”

The da Vinci® Si™ has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, many of which translate to patient benefits. Here are a few features of the da Vinci® Si™:

  • Enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of operative field with up to 10x magnification
  • New optional dual console allows second surgeon to provide assistance
  • Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
  • Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand
  • Updated and simplified user interface to enhance OR efficiency
  • New ergonomic settings for greater surgeon comfort

Together, these technological advancements provide Wuesthoff surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.

Commenting on the introduction of the da Vinci® Si™ System, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cerullo said, “We believe the new features of the da Vinci® Si™ System will help us provide the best possible outcomes and is proof of our commitment to provide our community access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery.”

da Vinci’s advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. This acquisition complements our goal of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. It can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair and colorectal surgery.