da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery with FIREFLY

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Robotic-assisted surgery with Ohio Valley Hospital’s da Vinci® system is one our surgeons use for the following procedures:

  • Gallbladder
  • Hernia
  • Gynecological-related procedures

About Robotic Surgery with da Vinci®

Robotic-assisted surgery is another form of minimally-invasive surgery. This technique allows surgeons to perform operations far from their location. When comparing a typical laparoscopic surgery, which requires four incisions, robotic-assisted surgery only requires one incision. This technology allows surgeons to perform an operation through the umbilicus (belly button). After healing, there is often no visible scar because the incision can be hidden in the belly button.

The Robotic-assisted surgery system consists of four interactive robotic arms; three of the arms are for tools that consist of a scalpel and scissors while the forth arm is an endoscopic camera with two lenses. The endoscopic camera gives the surgeon a 3-D image of the patient, at 10 times magnification, during the procedure.

The surgeon controls the da Vinci® system from a console within the operating room, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

The added benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal pain
  • Faster recovery times
  • A shorter hospital stay

FIREFLY Fluorescence

We were also one of the first hospitals in Western PA to offer FIREFLY, which allows surgeons to benefit from fluorescence imaging during surgery. FIREFLY Fluorescence Imaging provides real-time, image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology.

A green dye is injected into the bloodstream, and when illuminated by a laser, the dye glows, showing the path of the blood vessels. This system makes surgical procedures easier and safer.

To find out more about FIREFLY, take a look at a story done with surgeons performing robotic-assisted procedures at Ohio Valley Hospital: http://guidetogoodhealth.com/Articles/RoboticAssistedSurgeryContinue.asp

For more information on robotic-assisted surgery at Ohio Valley Hospital, please call 412-777-6209.

Ohio Valley Hospital was one of the first in Western Pennsylvania to offer FIREFLY fluorescence during robotic-assisted surgery!