Riverview is the first to offer robotics surgery in Northeast Alabama


  (Gadsden, AL – July 11, 2008)— Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden is bringing state-of-the-art surgical robotics to Northeast Alabama with the addition of the new da Vinci® Surgical System.   According to Matt Hayes, Executive Director of Riverview Regional Medical Center, this is a monumental step forward in robotic assisted, minimally invasive surgery for the hospital’s patients.   “We are very pleased to offer the people of Northeast Alabama the most advanced robotic surgery system available and the only technology of its kind in this part of the State,” says Hayes.  “We will initially use the robotic system for prostate surgery, but eventually there will be many applications where it will be a perfect fit for our surgeons.”  

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.   Many surgical procedures performed today using standard laparoscopic technique may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. This is because the da Vinci Surgical System delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery.   Traditional laparoscopy has never become widely applied outside a limited set of routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons routinely attempt complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System finally allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach – routinely and with confidence.   A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional MIS technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. The advanced feature set and extensive EndoWrist® instrumentation of the da Vinci Surgical System enable surgeons to perform more procedures through 1-2 cm incisions (about the size of a staple).  

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits: less post operative pain and discomfort, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring.* 

The da Vinci® Surgical System will be presented to the media and special guests of the hospital on Monday, July 14th, when Riverview Regional Medical Center hosts a press conference and open house at 10:00 a.m., in the hosptial’s 8th Floor Conference Room.   “We are very excited about introducing our da Vinci® robot to the members of the media, our board of directors and other special guests who will be treated to a presentation of its capabilities,” Hayes adds. “While the technology it offers is fantastic, the purpose and result of its use will mean very practical and personal benefits for our patients who will for the first time be able to have minimally invasive procedures that previously were not possible using traditional surgical techniques.   

*Due to the patient- and procedure-specific nature of surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed.