Cutting edge robotic surgery
WILKES-BARRE (WOLF) —
Candidates for almost any type of surgery have most likely heard the term “robotic” surgery.
With quicker recovery times and fewer complications, its use is sometimes favored over traditional surgery.
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Dr. Steven Marra, has been on the cutting edge of robotic surgery for almost 20 years.
He purchased the first generation of a system called da Vinci in 1998.
“It’s revolutionized the technological advances of how patients come into the system, get their treatments and go home,” said Dr. Steven Marra, “What’s new is that there’s a greater awareness and more surgeons are becoming trained on the device and the access is becoming more available for patients.”
The technology is constantly evolving to find new uses for robotic surgery as well as making it easier for surgeons to operate.
Surgeons will often practice on models that help keep their skills as sharp as possible.
In the operating room, the doctor works remotely through tiny incisions with magnified 3D high-definition imaging. The tiny instruments bend 360-degrees under the doctor’s precise control to suture, staple, or re-connect tissue.
“There’s a potential for less pain, earlier discharge, earlier return to work, all things possible through a well-established surgical robotic program,” Dr. Marra said.
Better outcomes, smaller incisions, higher degree of skilled surgeons and improving every year and it’s all within reach.
“I think patients don’t have to look further than their own backyard to get the care they need and deserve to feel well,” Dr. Marra added.