Published on July 03, 2020

NMMC-West Point Welcomes Surgical Robot

Dr. Brand with surgical robotNorth Mississippi Medical Center-West Point now offers robotic-assisted surgery with significant benefits, particularly for more challenging procedures.

NMMC-West Point recently acquired its first da Vinci surgical robot, which provides surgeons like Dr. Woodrow Brand with high-definition images, giving him a three-dimensional view of the operating field and the ability to perform more complex tasks. The robotic instruments offer surgeons flexibility beyond the limitations of their own hands.

“The da Vinci surgical robot gives us access to areas that used to require large incisions and allows us to do the procedure using a laparoscopic approach,” Dr. Brand said. “We can perform complex procedures using the robot that would have been difficult with traditional techniques.”

Dr. Brand performs each procedure at a surgical console located in the operating room next to the patient. Common robotic procedures include hernia repair (inguinal, incisional and hiatal), gallbladder removal and colon surgery. This technology offers several advantages to surgeons and patients alike.

Drs. Desai with robotDrs. Pranjal Desai and Sneha Desai, local obstetrician-gynecologists, perform robotic-assisted hysterectomy. They also use the technology to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis and infertility. Both doctors have extensive experience with robotic-assisted surgery, and in 2014 Dr. Pranjal Desai co-authored an article about robotic technology in gynecology for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“Visualization is significantly better with the three-dimensional enlarged view of the pelvis,” Dr. Pranjal Desai said. “The robot’s wristed instruments give you unmatched precision.”

“Robotic surgery is expanding not only the types of surgeries that can be performed but reaching those patients whose surgical problems were too challenging to consider a minimally invasive approach,” Dr. Sneha Desai added. “What’s more, patients have less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, and often better clinical outcomes.”

Ob-gyns Dr. Barbrette Baldwin and Dr. Cherita Brown also plan to use the da Vinci system once their training is complete. The da Vinci robotic assisted surgery platform was approved for use in the U.S. in 2000 and is now considered the treatment of choice for many procedures.

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Da Vinci Details

The da Vinci surgical robot is similar to laparoscopic and other minimally invasive surgeries with three key differences:

  • A high-resolution camera produces a 3-D, high-definition picture, which gives the surgeon the best image possible to work with advance maneuverability.
  • Wristed instruments give the surgeon “seven degrees of freedom,” mimicking the range of motion possible with the shoulder, elbow and hand.
  • Intuitive motion controls filter out hand tremors for enhanced surgical precision.

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