TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, Kentucky proudly announces that it has acquired the latest in robotic technology, da Vinci Si Surgical System with the region’s only Firefly integrated fluorescence imaging capability providing real-time, image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology.

Surgeons at TriStar Greenview began utilizing the da Vinci Si Surgical System in July to perform a variety of surgical procedures, including gynecologic, urologic, colorectal and gall bladder procedures.

Patients will have access to the latest technology in robotic surgery and be able to remain close to home.

Benefits to the patient frequently include less pain, a reduced risk of infection, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time.

This new robotically assisted surgical technology has a proven track record for safety and is designed to provide additional clinical benefits.

"We are extremely pleased to introduce the da Vinci Si to our operating room and to our patients," said Mike Sherrod, CEO of TriStar Greenview.

"The da Vinci will enable our surgeons to provide the most up to date technology available to their patients. The Bowling Green area is fortunate to have some of the best surgeons practicing at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital. The addition of the da Vinci is part of our commitment to provide patients with the best surgeons and the best surgical solutions available in healthcare today."

The Si is the newest version of the revolutionary da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and it offers enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of the operative field, superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy, and surgical dexterity and precision far greater than the human hand. These technological advancements will provide our surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.

Types of Procedures
da Vinci’s advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. This acquisition complements our goal of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. It can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, and colorectal surgery.

How It Works
During robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient and views an actual image of the surgical site while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using electromechanically-enhanced instruments. The system allows surgeons to operate three robotic arms with precision and steadiness. The da Vinci system provides visualization that is ten times more powerful than the human eye, including high-definition images and enhanced 3-D capabilities.

The da Vinci Si Surgical System and the Firefly are developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The company’s da Vinci Si Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional surgical approaches. More than one-million patients worldwide affected by a range of conditions have had a da Vinci procedure.

TriStar Greenview has named Jennifer Callan, RN, BSN, CNOR, our new Robotic Surgery Coordinator.