New Robots Give Surgeons 3D View, Increased Precision


ALL NEW AT 6:00, YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE NEXT GENERATION OF ROBOTICS SURGERY WITH THE DOCTORS CONTROLLING THE ROBOTS EVERY MOVE. DOCTORS SAY THIS OFFERS PATIENTS MORE PRECISE OPERATIONS AND SHORTER RECOVERY TIMES. TODAY WE GET A SURGEONS EYE VIEW. WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THE ROBOT FOR ME IS THAT THIS IS THE WAY TECHNOLOGY WILL GO FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. Reporter: WELCOME TO THE OPERATING ROOM AT UMASS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. JOHN KELLY IS PERFORMING GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND HE IS USING FOUR ROBOTIC ARMS TO DO IT. I CAN DO DIFFERENT MOVES SUTURING, ANGLES, THAT I CANNOT REACH WITH SURGERY. Reporter: YOU CAN SEE IT CLEARLY ON THE ROBOTIC SIMULATOR USED AS A TRAINING TOOL. THIS GIVES SURGEONS A 3-D VIEW WITH REMARKABLE DETAIL. THIS IS A NEW PLATFORM FOR ROBOTIC SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS US TO BRING MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY TO OUR PATIENTS. Reporter: THE SURGEON SITS AT A CONSUL USING HAND AND FOOT CONTROLS TO OPERATE THE ROBOT MAKING THE SURGERY COUPLE FOR THE DOCTOR, AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IF THE SURGEON HAS MULTIPLE OPERATIONS IN A SINGLE DAY. ULTIMATELY IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PATIENT. THE BENEFIT TO THE PATIENT IS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BRING THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING MINIMALLY INVASIVE OPERATION WITH SMALLER INCISIONS AND HOPEFULLY A FASTER RECOVERY TIME TO A LARGER PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION. Reporter: IT IS THE INCREASED AGILITY THAT PUTS THIS TECHNOLOGY AHEAD OF ITS PREDECESSORS. IT ENHANCES THE SURGEON’S ABILITY OF DECREASING THE LENGTH OF SOME SURGERIES AND LESSENING PATIENTS PAIN AFTER SURGERY. AS A TEACHING HOSPITAL, UMASS MEDICAL WILL USE IT WITH AN EYE TO THE FUTURE. I AM ENJOYING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET GOOD AT THIS SO THAT I CAN TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION. THE DA VINCI COST BETWEEN

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