Summerfest Attendees Can Test Drive the Future of Surgery at Columbia St. Mary's Booth

Monday, June 23, 2008

Milwaukee—June 23—Summerfest attendees can “test drive” the new da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 adjacent to the Columbia St. Mary’s “Cool Down Lounge.”

Physicians and nurses from Columbia St. Mary’s will be present to answer questions about the technology and assist those who wish to operate the system.  Visitors will be able to look through the da Vinci’s viewer and manipulate tiny objects using the da Vinci’s robotic arms. 

Columbia St. Mary’s is the first hospital in Milwaukee to utilize the da Vinci Surgical System in conjunction with 3D, high definition video.  Columbia St. Mary’s surgeons are currently using the da Vinci system for prostate and kidney surgeries.

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is a state-of-the-art surgical system that allows surgeons to complete delicate procedures on tiny nerves and vessels, with a precision never before possible.  The da Vinci System’s high-resolution 3D viewer provides surgeons with a highly magnified, brilliantly colored picture of the surgical field.  This 3D viewer allows the surgeon to be “immersed” in the surgical field and view procedures in a manner not possible with traditional open surgery. 

For the patient, robotic surgery offers all the potential benefits of minimally-invasive surgery:  less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to normal activities. 

Columbia St. Mary’s da Vinci Surgical System, located at Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Hospital, has been used for more than 70 surgical procedures since last August.


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