Mercy launches regions first robotic-assisted surgery program

(Durango, Colo.) Mercy Regional Medical Center recently became the first hospital in the Four Corners region to offer minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Mercys specially trained urologic surgeons have performed several procedures using the da Vinci S Surgical System since launching the program in late August. Robotic-assisted surgery at Mercy is currently being used for urologic procedures such as prostate removal and full or partial kidney removal.

There is growing demand for minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgeryespecially for delicate procedures such as prostatectomy, said Mercy CEO Tom Gessel. Were proud to be the first hospital in the region to offer the benefits of this state-of-the-art technology. This is one way were working to keep care close to home. Until now, the nearest locations for robotic-assisted surgery were Albuquerque and Montrose.

Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery compared to open surgery include smaller incisions, less pain, and a faster recovery period. Surgeons benefit from greater surgical precision, an improved view of the surgical field, and better ergonomics.

Guided by images from high-powered, 3-D video camera, the surgeon uses special controls at a console to move the devices arms which hold small surgical instruments that the surgeon has inserted into the patient through keyhole-sized incisions. The surgeon can control the surgical instruments with extraordinary precision and a greater range of motion than the human hand. The da Vincis video monitoring system gives the surgeon a high-definition, three-dimensional view of the operative field, and the camera can magnify up to 40 times what can be seen by the naked eye. In addition, the robot is able to eliminate surgeon hand tremor.

Urologists David Sisul, M.D., and Sejal Quayle, M.D., of Mercy Urology Associates, have been trained to use the da Vinci Surgical System and are performing surgeries at Mercy with the technology.

I am very excited about the expansion of urological services with this new technology said Dr. Quayle. I hope that this allows patients to get the care they need locally, here at Mercy, rather than having to travel to a place where they may not have the social support they need to optimize recovery.

Having the da Vinci robotic system here is consistent with Mercy's established goal of keeping at the forefront of medical technology. I am eager to bring my extensive robotic surgery experience to the Four Corners to offer the region treatment options and outcomes seen at the country's best institutions, said Dr. Sisul, who relocated to Durango from San Diego, where he performed more than 100 robotic-assisted surgeries as part of his residency.

The public is invited to view and test drive a da Vinci Surgical System at Mercy Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The unit will be in the hospitals main lobby from 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m., and in conference room A, on the Garden Level, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See for more information.

About Centura Health
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