F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College hosts robotic surgery seminar

Local surgeons and Midland Memorial Hospital employees attend demonstrations relating to da Vinci robotic surgery system

For more information, contact MC Dean of Community Relations Rebecca Bell,
rbell@midland.edu, 432/685-4556 (office), 432/853-7099 (cell)

On Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College (MC) was the site of exciting demonstrationsda Vinci    cropped in surgical procedures involving da Vinci robotic technology.

The da Vinci System represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies.  The surgeon is 100 percent in control at all times.  The technology translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the human body.

The da Vinci Surgical System is used for cardiac surgery, colorectal surgery, gynecologic surgery, head and neck surgery, thoracic surgery, urological surgery and general surgery.  The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand.  As a result, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control, and only a few small incisions are needed.

At Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH), the da Vinci System is already being used by local surgeons for a variety of procedures including hysterectomies, prostatectomies, colectomies and rectal resections.

MMH surgical technician Scott Brown, who assists with robotic surgeries, said, “Using robotic technology means that patient recovery time is dramatically shortened.  Surgeries such as hysterectomies are no longer considered ‘invasive’ because only a few incisions are made.  Patient recovery is reduced from approximately 8 weeks to less than 2 weeks.”

The da Vinci System demonstrations at MC were part of a regional nursing perianesthesia conference coordinated by Jeannette Frantz, nurse educator at MMH.  The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College is used regularly for professional development by MMH employees and other area healthcare providers.  For the two-day conference, one of the simulated operating rooms at the college’s training facility was equipped with the da Vinci equipment.  Saturday, June 18, seminars and demonstrations were focused on training for nurses.  However, Friday evening, June 17, local surgeons participated in demonstrations of the equipment.