Smaller incision. Maximum precision.

July 22, 2021

Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital now offers robotic-assisted surgery as part of our general surgery services. The result of months of assessment, commitment from the EBCH leadership team and Board of Directors, and our continued investment in the health in our communities, the da Vinci Surgical System brings advanced procedures to our team and patients. This state-of-the-art technology gives surgeons greater accuracy and more control during procedures—and patients now have access to advanced, minimally invasive surgery right here where it’s closer and more convenient.

Patient benefits of robotic-assisted procedures include: 

  • Less scarring  
  • Lower risk of infection or complications
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Fewer transfusions and less blood loss
  • Reduced pain 
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

Surgeons utilizing robotic-assisted surgery have:

  • Greater surgical precision 
  • Enhanced clarity and visibility — including areas that the naked eye may not see 
  • Improved access to hard-to-reach areas
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved dexterity and greater stability

How does robot-assisted surgery work?

The da Vinci Surgical System combines physical and virtual technologies creating an intuitive surgical tool. Surgeons control precision-guided robotic arms that hold and manipulate miniaturized instruments to make very small, precise incisions. A small video camera attached to a robotic arm magnifies the operative site while surgeons’ motions are transmitted to the surgical instruments attached to the arms via computer console. The assistance from the robotic tools provides a precision otherwise impossible to achieve. Our expert surgical team supervises the robot throughout the entire procedure.

Is robotic surgery safe?

Absolutely, yes. Robotic-assisted surgery is safe for both patients and surgeons. In cases where areas are difficult to reach or have other challenges in accessibility, robotic surgery is particularly helpful. Procedures in the head and neck, urological and gynecological surgeries are often very well suited to robotic-assisted surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery is also a good alternative for patients who have difficulty during open surgical procedures. 

At EBCH, we are fortunate to have the commitment of leaders and providers who make this technology available to our team, our community, and our patients. To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery, talk to your provider or call 218-365-8724