Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Northwest Hospital Surgeon Performs First Da Vinci Robot Hand Surgery

Stacey Berner, M.D., medical director of the Hand Center at Northwest Hospital, has become the first surgeon in America to perform a revolutionary new robotic hand surgery.

Berner used the da Vinci Surgical System to perform an ultra precise surgery. Instead of traditional open surgery or conventional laparoscopy surgery, the da Vinci allows the surgeon to use high magnification and movements that eliminate human hand tremors.

“The new approach of using the da Vinci Surgical System significantly increases access to hard-to-reach structures and potentially offers better results for patients," Dr. Berner says.

Berner operated with two robotic arms, one with each hand and a third using a foot pedal. The da Vinci also allows the surgeon to view the entire operation with 3-D imaging.

By using this method, the surgeon can improve patient outcomes. Patients may experience less blood loss, less pain and shorter recovery times. While the a Vinci Surgical System has been used for other procedures such as gynecologic and prostate conditions, this is the first time it's been used for hand surgery.

To learn more about options for hand surgery, call 410-601-WELL (9355).

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