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Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

With use of the da Vinci Surgical System by Intuitive Surgical, surgeons and hospitals are re-writing accepted standards for surgical care.

First in Alaska

Alaska Regional Hospital has been offering state-of-the-art robotic surgery since 2005, and was the first hospital in Alaska to offer this minimally invasive option to our patients. Additionally, ours is the only robotics program in the state to offer the latest da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, offering a more minimally invasive surgical approach to patients. The da Vinci Xi has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci Systems. The new system features new “overhead architecture” which enables efficient access throughout the abdomen and chest, and allows for multi-quadrant surgery to be performed without repositioning the system. It also has smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before, and longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater surgical reach.

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During robotic surgery, surgeons operate four robotic arms via the console, which allows them to use miniature endowrist surgical instruments in the 1-centimeter incisions made in the patient. The Da Vinci control console allows the surgeon to see the surgical field in enhanced detail as a result of the three-dimensional (3d-hd) images transmitted from the laparoscopic cameras. The surgeon manipulates the robotic "hands" in real-time using master controls.

The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion that mimic and in some instances expand upon the dexterity of the human wrist. Because small incisions are used instead of more traditional, larger incisions, patients can experience a faster recovery time from surgery, as well as a lowered risk of infection or other complications and the possibility of better outcomes.

Better Outcomes, Quicker Recovery

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View a list of da Vinci surgeons who have completed and maintained at least 20 surgeries. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci surgery is right for them.

For more information about Alaska Regional’s robotic surgery program, call 264-1964.

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