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Robotic-Assisted Surgery On The Rise At Greenwich Hospital

Dr. Paul Waters recently performed Greenwich Hospital's 100th robotic-assisted surgical procedure in the past six months.
Dr. Paul Waters recently performed Greenwich Hospital's 100th robotic-assisted surgical procedure in the past six months. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich Hospital recently completed its 100th robotic-assisted surgery in the past six months.

The procedure, a robotic-assisted thoracoscopy, was performed by Paul Waters, a thoracic surgeon, on June 3.

The occasion marked what has proven to be a dramatic rise in the hospital’s use of robotic technology since its acquisition of the da Vinci XI robotic surgical system in August of 2015.

Under the XI's predecessor, the da Vinci SI, the hospital averaged only 16 robotic-assisted surgical procedures a year.

Along with the improved technology, the hospital has been adding more surgeons.

“With the da Vinci XI’s enhanced capabilities and superior visualization, the use of the robot has expanded from urology and gynecology to include general surgery and thoracic specialties,” said Norman G. Roth, the hospital’s president. “Patients experience smaller incisions and quicker recovery times thanks to this state-of-the-art technology.”

The da Vinci system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with enhanced vision, precision and control through a few small incisions.

The technology features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny instruments that allow for 360 degree rotation.

Surgeons are in control of the system at all times.

The surgeons and operating room staff celebrated the recent milestone by having a “name-the-robot” contest.

The winning name was “ROSE,” which stands for Robotically Operated Surgical Equipment.

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