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Published on November 10, 2009

Dual Control da Vinci Surgical System Debuts at University of Colorado Hospital

AURORA, Colo. – University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) has another state-of- the-art tool to bring patients the most up to date care. UCH is the first hospital in the state of Colorado to use the new dual-control da Vinci robotic surgery system. The "da Vinci Si" is used to treat a variety of conditions, including cancers of the prostate, ovary, endometrium and kidney.

UCH surgeons have used the robot-assisted system to perform a prostatectomy and two hysterectomies for endometrial cancer.

Robotic surgery has several advantages compared to traditional surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced pain and trauma to the body, less scarring, faster recovery and return to normal activities.

Paul Maroni, MD, a urologist at UCH and assistant professor in surgery at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, says recovery time is a big benefit for patients.

"Ten years ago, patients would stay in the hospital for three or four days after prostate cancer surgery. With the robotic device I can reliably send patients home the day after surgery and they frequently go back to work after one or two weeks, " said Maroni.

Using the "da Vinci Si" system, the surgeon operates seated at a console, viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

The "da Vinci Si" robotic surgery system also allows greater collaboration among UCH surgeons and more teaching opportunities for medical students at University of Colorado Hospital.

"Use of the 'da Vinci Si' allows two surgeons to participate in the procedure simultaneously, similar to what is done with a larger incision," said Susan Davidson, MD, chief of gynecological oncology at UCH. "With two experienced surgeons, it makes a difficult procedure quicker and easier. In a teaching environment, it also makes the procedures safer."

UCH will be using "da Vinci Si" in the urology, gynecology and gynecologic oncology programs. There are also plans to expand its use into general surgery.

The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center, and has been recognized as one of the United States' best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients' bedsides. Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital's physicians are all affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. For more information, visit the UC Denver Newsroom.

For More Information Contact:

Erika Matich
720-848-7852
erika.matich@ucdenver.edu