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

vements. This provides a level of precision that the unaided human hand could never achieve."

The robot's surgical instruments have a high-definition camera that provides surgeons an up-close, three-dimensional view of the surgery with 10-fold magnification that permits visualization of organs and tissues in the body with more clarity than either a standard laparoscope or an open procedure.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the robotic-assisted surgical system provides a precise method to help a trained surgeon use finely controlled robotic instruments to perform minimally invasive procedures safely, while speeding patient recovery.  Minimally invasive surgery is performed through dime-sized (one to two cm) incisions in contrast to the much larger incisions used in traditional, open surgery, which are often as large as six to 12 inches long. Patient benefits can include faster recovery times, shortened hospital stays, less pain and scarring, and the potential for better clinical outcomes.

In addition to the growing number of surgical specialties being performed with the robotic-assisted surgical systems at Swedish, many of the surgeons are on the forefront of education and research in their respective specialties. The Swedish robotics program recently became the first in the Northwest to add a new virtual-reality training simulator to help surgeons practice on the robot. The device contains a variety of exercises designed to give surgeons the opportunity to improve their proficiency with the system. Simulation in all forms is becoming an important part of the learning experience for surgical technology. By providing a controlled re-creation of critical steps in instrument control, simulation allows surgeons to hone their skills in a non-clinical environment that once required expensive models or cadavers for learning.

"Experience matters when it comes to robotic-assisted surgery and we're proud to say that our physicians are the m
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