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Swedish Robotic-Assisted Surgical Program Grows, Continues to Gain Momentum
Date:5/11/2011

SEATTLE, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As one of the first medical centers in the Northwest to perform robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is home to the fastest growing, most comprehensive and experienced robotic-assisted surgical program in the region. Swedish established the multidisciplinary, robotic-assisted surgical program in 2005 and has since performed more than 3,400 robotic-assisted surgeries -- more than any other program in the region.

Swedish-affiliated surgeons are using the robotic-assisted surgical system to perform minimally invasive urological, gynecological and thoracic surgeries for diseases such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer, lung cancer and endometriosis in complex gynecological reconstruction surgeries. Recently, Swedish expanded its robotic-assisted surgery offerings and began using it for bariatric, ear-nose-and-throat, colorectal, and general surgery cases, including colon and pancreatic cancer.

In the past year, Swedish upgraded its robotic-assisted equipment and purchased three next generation robotic-assisted surgical systems to help surgeons perform an array of minimally invasive procedures. This fall, Swedish is adding a fourth robotic-assisted surgical system to advance its pioneering use of this minimally invasive surgical technology for patients at its new hospital under construction in Issaquah.  

"In the hands of a skilled surgeon, the da Vinci Si HD system has several advantages over traditional surgery and we're committed to bringing it to the community when possible," said James Porter, M.D., medical director of the robotic-assisted surgery program at Swedish and a prostate cancer survivor who himself underwent robotic-assisted surgery.  "While the robot's movements are under the control of the surgeon, the computer can be adjusted so that the movements of the surgeon's hands on the controllers are scaled down and translated to far smaller mo
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