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With the investment of state-of-the-art equipment in our Operating Rooms, St. Mark’s Hospital has set itself apart as a regional leader in our approach to neurological, cardiac and abdominal surgeries. These investments place us beyond the current technological capabilities of all the hospitals in the area.

O-Arm Imaging and StealStation S7 Surgical Navigation

A unique surgical pairing – the high-powered O-Arm Imaging System, and the StealthStation S7 Surgical Navigation System – is a match coveted by surgeons in cities and hospitals much larger than ours. Used together, they enable faster, more precise and less invasive spinal procedures, in a reduced radiation environment. Used separately, the Stealth gives better options to ENTs and Neurosurgeons, while the O-Arm is primarily used by Neurosurgeons and Orthopedic Surgeons.

The O-Arm gives surgeons CT-like images to view right in the OR, allowing for crisp, real-time, multi-plane 3D and 2D images. Better still, the surgeon now has a 360º view of pedicle screw placement before closing, sparing difficult and costly revisions.

This is a step-change above our C-Arm – the previous standard of care at St. Mark’s Hospital and still the status quo at the vast majority of hospitals – that provides only X-Ray images.

StealthStation Navigation allows surgeons to precisely track their surgical instruments in relation to patient anatomy, even as that anatomy is moving and shifting. The system uses a high-resolution widescreen monitor that gives surgeons a vivid view of navigation images.

These devices not only reduce risk, hasten recovery, and optimize physicians’ O.R. experiences, but also mean more precision, less risk, and better outcomes for our patients.

Robotic Surgery

There are several robotic models of the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical Systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. da Vinci Systems are not programmed to perform surgery on their own. Instead, the procedure is performed entirely by a surgeon who controls the system. da Vinci Systems offer surgeons high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance. They use specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors and forceps) that are designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.

In a first-of-its-kind product offering, Integrated Table Motion delivers surgical teams the real-time ability to reposition the operating table with the surgical robotic arms docked. This surgical advancement addresses the need for operating room efficiency by maximizing access, exposure and reach during a robotic-assisted surgical procedure.

Due to small incisions, less trauma to the body and greater surgeon precision, robotic surgery provides the following benefits over traditional open procedures including:

  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Less blood loss.
  • Less pain.
  • Fewer complications, including less risk of infection.
  • Faster return to normal activities.

Hybrid Operator Rooms

In addition to state-of-the-art surgical equipment, the hybrid OR also contains advanced imaging equipment needed for minimally invasive techniques – angiography, CT scans and MRI – providing clear and accurate visualization of small vessels, stents, catheters and guide wires during complex procedures. Having the ability to perform imaging studies in the same room eliminates the need to move patients during a procedure and reduces the risk of infection.

Patients also benefit by:

  • Shorter procedure times
  • Less radiation used during imaging
  • Reduced need for ICU care
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery

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