Patients can now access state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical technology right here in Sheridan. The new da Vinci Xi Robot-Assisted Surgical System at Sheridan Memorial Hospital provides overall better outcomes. Patients experience shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time, reduced pain/discomfort, reduced scarring, and reduced blood loss. The da Vinci system is designed to be the safest and least invasive option for many surgical interventions. This is the fourth generation of the da Vinci robotic platform and it brings with it over 20 years of learning for enhancing surgical performance.
Dr. Josh Scott recently moved back home to Sheridan and is a surgeon with Big Horn Surgical at SMH. He says patients should be excited about the capabilities of this new system and what it means for them post-surgery.
“As surgeons, we will be able to conduct even less invasive surgeries because this new robot only requires two to four incisions between eight to 13 millimeters long,” Scott says. “Pair that with the post-surgery benefits of shorter hospital stays and reduced recovery time, and it’s a win-win situation for patients. To have this level of technology here in Sheridan is amazing.”
There are many types of surgery that can be performed using this surgical system according to Dr. Scott. Some of those include hernia repair, gall bladder removal, hysterectomies, ovary removal, prostatectomies, and more.
“As our many specialists become more familiar with this technology, other surgical options will become available in the near future,” Dr. Scott added.
While the robot is what makes this surgery less invasive, Dr. Scott went on to say, “It’s very important for patients to know the surgeon is in control of the robot at all times. The robot does nothing without the surgeon directing every movement of the instruments.”
The surgeon uses a console right at the bedside to control the precision instruments with a 3D, high definition camera with 10x magnification allowing access to hard-to-reach areas of the body not normally visible to the human eye.
“This robot will allow our patients to remain closer to home, family and friends and that always provides a better healing environment after surgery,” Dr. Scott added.