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Sarasota Memorial Setting Pace in Robotic Surgery

With technologically advanced i-Suites, a large and experienced group of multi-specialty robotic surgeons and the latest generation da Vinci surgical robot, delivered in late 2012, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is enabling more surgeons to perform more complex procedures on more patients using a minimally invasive approach. 

The $2 million da Vinci Si robot – installed in one of the health system’s new iSuite integrated operating rooms – is the hospital’s third robotic system. Sarasota Memorial was the first to pioneer robotic surgery in southwest Florida, and now has more than 22 robotic-proficient surgeons who have performed more than 2,000 procedures in an ever-growing field of specialties – cardiovascular, thoracic, gynecology, urology, oncology and general surgery. 

“That’s one of the features that makes Sarasota Memorial’s robotics program unique – our team’s considerable experience, the many subspecialties we offer and the collaboration that ensures our patients receive the best surgical care available,” said Lorraine Butler, director of surgery at Sarasota Memorial.   

Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the region with so many experienced robotic surgeons and now three robotic operating suites to ensure a comprehensive range of minimally invasive surgical options are available to patients when they need them.

Using the da Vinci system, surgeons operate remotely from a computer console a few feet away from the operating table. The robot has four arms that hold a camera and miniaturized surgical instruments that are inserted into a patient’s body through keyhole size incisions. The endoscopic tools allow the surgeon to grasp, cut, cauterize, suction and stitch with a range of motion beyond that of the human wrist, while high definition cameras inside the body and outside monitors provide a real-time 3D view inside the body, 10 times the magnification of the naked eye.  Continue>

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