Catawba Valley Medical Center regularly invests in state-of-the-art surgical
technology to provide the most advanced healthcare choices available to
patients facing surgery. Advances in minimally-invasive surgery, including
robotic-assisted knee replacement and the da Vinci robot, have kept our
surgical services on the leading edge in our region. Significant investments
in surgical suites set the stage for ongoing surgical innovations.
Some of our more advanced surgical services include the following:
The StealthStation – Utilizes 3D imaging to literally see inside a patient’s
body with images so precise that neurosurgeons are able to use them to
plan the surgery in advance. By converting CT or MRI scans to three dimensional
images, the surgeon can determine the best route to a targeted area –
one that will cause the least damage to surrounding tissue, nerves and
blood vessels. During the operation, the technology allows the surgeons
to manipulate their instruments with precision and make adjustments as
Laser Applications – These include Ophthalmology, ENT, General Surgery, Gynecology,
Plastic Surgery, and Urology.
Vitrectomy Retinal Surgery – Uses miniature instruments that are inserted into the eye through
very small incisions. A fiber optic light illuminates the interior of
the eye, while a videomicroscope gives the ophthalmologist a magnified
picture of the area. Using a tiny cutting tool or laser, the surgeon can
work very precisely, repairing the ocular damage caused by eye conditions
involving the vitreous.
Stealth Image-Guided Surgery System – A three dimensional guidance system utilizing a computer, specialized
software and electromagnetic field tracking. The surgeon’s instruments
appear on a computer model of the patient’s head, allowing him or
her to see exactly where those instruments are in relation to the sinuses
and guide them with great precision.
Intraoperative Lymphatic Mapping – Used to evaluate the potential spread of cancer to lymph node
tissues and other organs.
Autologous Blood Transfusions – Many surgical procedures involve a significant loss of blood,
requiring patients to receive transfusions. We utilize advanced equipment
and highly skilled, thoroughly trained contract staff to collect and process
a patient’s blood, clean it and return it to the patient’s system.
Minimally Invasive Surgery – CVMC continues to pursue minimally-invasive technologies for a
wide variety of surgical procedures. These include state-of-the-art systems,
such as the da Vinci Surgical System, and advances in laparoscopic surgery
for specialized surgical needs. Minimally-invasive surgery has been proven
to benefit patients through shorter hospital stays and recovery times,
making it a key component of CVMC’s surgical offerings.