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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2011
Kristen Austin, OB/GYN (obstetrics and gynecology) physician in Issaquah, Wash. creates a toy-sized, marshmallow man using the da Vinci robot to demonstrate how this device gives surgeons greater surgical precision and dexterity over existing approaches.
Robot-assisted surgery can offer patients significant benefits over traditional approaches, including less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, faster recovery time and quicker return to normal daily activities.
In November 2011, Swedish opened the first full-service hospital to be built in King County, Wash. In nearly 40 years. The hospital offers da Vinci robot-assisted surgical services and is home to one of six robots within Swedish's health care system.
Swedish is a leader in robot-assisted surgical procedures. Its program has a longstanding, successful track record of performing more prostate, kidney and gynecologic surgeries than any other medical center in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Swedish uses the da Vinci Surgical System to perform minimally invasive urological, gynecological and thoracic surgeries for diseases such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer, and to assist in complex gynecologic reconstruction surgeries.