Catawba Valley Medical Center became the first hospital in the northwestern
North Carolina area to offer state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology
to patients with the da Vinci Surgical System, an innovative surgical
platform designed to enable complex, minimally invasive surgery. It allows
surgeons to conduct extremely precise surgical operations with a high
degree of fluidity and accuracy. When compared with traditional open surgery
or even laparoscopic surgery, the da Vinci system can result in better
clinical outcomes and allow patients to return to active, productive lives
more quickly. Catawba Valley Medical Center upgraded to the daVinci Si
Surgical System in 2012.
The da Vinci Si system is currently utilized at CVMC for prostatectomy,
hysterectomy, colon resection, gall bladder, and hernia repair surgeries.
The following surgeons can perform daVinci procedures at Catawba Valley
Medical Center: Dr. Matthew Creighton, Dr. Douglas Eller, Dr. Edward Gerrard
Jr., Dr. Heather Willis, Dr. Jason Walker, Dr. Nancy Toy, Dr. Robert Boyd,
Dr. Harold Dufour and Dr. Bryan McCluer.
How it Works
The da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s
console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a 3-D
vision system with an endoscopic camera, and miniature surgical instruments.
Powered by computer-enhanced technology, the surgeon’s hand movements
at the console are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise
movements of the surgical instruments inside the patient. The technology
extends the surgeons’ capabilities by providing a three-dimensional
view of the operating field and improving access to the surgical site
through small instrument “ports” that eliminate the need for
large incisions. The system also provides full freedom of movement at
its instrument tips, allowing precise operation in a closed chest, abdomen
The da Vinci system is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:
ISRG), the global leader in the rapidly emerging field of robotic-assisted surgery.
- Smaller incisions
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less risk of infection and complications
- Less blood loss and transfusions
- Shorter recovery time