November 04, 2020
Robotic surgery brings together the agility of a robotic application and the touch of a human to provide unparalleled precision.
HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center just performed its 6000th robotic-assisted surgery. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the robotics team at Swedish has continually sought out and mastered the latest in surgical innovation, expanding its offering of robot-assisted surgeries to those with medical needs in cardiology, general and specialized foregut, gynecology and gynecologic oncology, head and neck, spine, thoracic and urology. During the last two years, Swedish has seen a 187% growth in surgical robotics volume, earning the program recognition as the fastest growing Surgical Robotics Institute in the Rocky Mountain Region.
“As technology advances, our physicians are learning new and better ways to perform all types of surgeries using technology and techniques that lessen the impact of the procedure on the body with little to no pain medications required,” explained Karl Leistikow, Swedish Medical Center chief operating officer. “This means a more rapid return to activity, which is great news for our patients—especially for those who enjoy an active lifestyle.”
Robotic surgery brings together the agility of a robotic application and the touch of a human to provide unparalleled precision. Using advanced robotic technology, the team of board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at Swedish see more clearly, move with greater dexterity, and maintain superior control during surgery than ever previously possible.
Robotic-assisted surgery is not just an exciting technological advancement, it also profoundly improves patient outcomes and experience. Robotic surgery patients often have:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less pain
- Less blood loss and transfusions during surgery
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activity
“Surgery no longer has to mean a lengthy recovery and big scars to show for it,” Leistikow said. “More and more our patients are able to get their surgical needs taken care of sooner, with decreased pain medications and less disruption to their lives due to these robotic advancements.”