Providence Medical Center Gets New Surgical Robot

The da Vinci XI is Southern Oregon's newest robotic surgical system.

Posted: Nov 14, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2018 6:33 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Providence Medford Medical Center is adding a new surgical robot to it's arsenal. The da Vinci XI is Southern Oregon's newest robotic surgical system. 

Dr. Nicole Brooks, Urogynecologist Surgeon, said the high-tech machine will let surgeons do more complex surgeries than before. 

It also allow for a faster recovery time for patients.

"Overnight in the hospital or going home the same day versus staying in the hospital for three to five days in order to recover from a large abdominal incision," Brooks said. 

The robot is similar to the hospital's other da Vinci robot. 

The machine also means less pain and less scarring for patients.

Dr. Brooks said it takes a minimally-invasive approach to surgeries, meaning without having to open the patient.

"That is really where we try not to do that because it's such a hard insult on the body," Brooks said. 

It will be used in part for abdominal surgeries, hysterectomies, and colon and hernia procedures.

"This is particually well-suited for very large patients. It makes it much easier to access the areas that we need to operate on," Brooks said.

The robot is made possible because of $4.3 million raised by the Providence Health Foundation. 

It will be put to its first use Thursday, Nov. 15.

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