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St. David's HealthCare Takes Robotic-Assisted Surgery to the Next Level With the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center
Date:3/24/2011

al robots for surgery and training.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery is designed to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to patients. Surgeons are provided with all of the clinical and technical capabilities of traditional open surgery, while operating through a few tiny incisions. Intuitive Surgical's products combine superior 3D high definition vision with the company's patented Endo Wrist® Instruments allowing for enhanced dexterity, precision and control.

St. David's HealthCare has long been a leader in robotic-assisted surgery. During the last quarter of 2010, St. David's North Austin Medical Center surgeons performed nearly 200 robotic surgical cases.

St. David's North Austin Medical Center is currently the only hospital in Central Texas with two da Vinci® Surgical Systems, which are used in a number of specialties including urology, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, urologic oncology, general surgery and bariatric surgery.

In 2011, otolaryngological (ENT) surgery will become available at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, including ENT surgery for benign and cancerous conditions as well as total thyroidectomy with no neck scar.  

In addition to the da Vinci® Surgical Systems at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, there is currently one da Vinci® Surgical System at St. David's South Austin Medical Center, which is used for urology, gynecology, oncology and cardiovascular surgeries. St. David's South Austin Medical Center was the first hospital in Austin to use the da Vinci® Surgical System for thoracic procedures.

The establishment of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center further enhances St. David's HealthCare as a leader in this growing field of medicine, placing it in the top 1% of programs in the world.

With robotic-assisted surgery, patients often have improved outcom
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