Ceremony unveils the New River Valley's first surgical robot
Staff at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center cheered as surgeon Tamera Howell, M.D., took the controls of the hospital's new da Vinci surgical robot and cut a tiny blue ribbon with miniature scissors mounted on the end of surgical robot's arm.
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This state-of-the-art technology enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions.
With the system, our patients can benefit from shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, less blood loss and lower risk of infection and a quicker recovery when compared to traditional surgery.
Surgeons benefit from greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access to a patient’s interior anatomy, while reducing trauma for the patient.
The da Vinci system, already available at CRMH, will provide a new level of service to the New River Valley community. Future plans include using the da Vinci system for urology procedures as well.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Dr. Howell spoke to the audience about the new technology's potential to improve patient care.