As a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, the da Vinci surgical team at CAMC has more doctors performing more procedures in more specialties than any other hospital in the state. With da Vinci surgery there is less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, less scarring and a faster recovery.
Patients undergoing gynecology procedures such as hysterectomy and fibroid removal; urology procedures such as prostatectomy and kidney and bladder surgeries; and many general surgery procedures such as bariatric, colon and hernia surgery, are potential candidates for da Vinci surgery.
The da Vinci Surgical System is a totally "intuitive" laparoscopic surgical robot. It's not a robot in the sense that you would imagine, but it integrates the latest advancements in robotics, computer-enhanced technology and the skills of surgeons. This system is a part of CAMC's surgical tools, which means the surgeon's hands are at the control of this state-of-the-art robotic device and can perform the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions, with unmatched accuracy.
The da Vinci surgical team at CAMC is specially-trained in efficiency to prepare for, assist with and complete robotic surgery cases. The CAMC team is used to demonstrate procedures and train new robotic teams from around the country and around the world, and is one of the many important aspects of this medical breakthrough.
This breakthrough is allowing hospitals everywhere to extend the benefits of robotic surgery to a broader base of patients. Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access.
Patients routinely travel to receive care at hospitals that offer robotic surgical technology. Since CAMC invested in this technology and now has two da Vinci systems, patients in southern West Virginia don't have to go far.