At St. Mark’s Hospital, we are committed to offering advanced surgical options to our patients, which is why we have invested in three surgical robots that enhance minimally invasive procedures performed by our surgeons. They utilize these technologies to accurately and effectively treat various medical conditions.
Types of Procedures
Surgical robots help surgeons to reduce trauma to the body by performing major surgery through very small incisions. This technology enables procedures that are significantly less invasive and more precise. As a result, patients experience reduced pain, fewer complications, and minimal scarring. They also recover faster, spend less time in the hospital, and more quickly return to normal activities.
At St. Mark’s Hospital, we are committed to offering advanced surgical options to our patients, which is why we have invested in three surgical robots that enhance minimally invasive procedures performed by our surgeons. They utilize these state-of-the-art technologies to accurately and effectively treat various medical conditions.
State-of-the-art Robotic System
At St. Mark's, surgeons utilize two robot-assisted systems to perform several different types of surgical procedures:
Robotic-assisted Spinal Fusions:
This robotic system provides one of the most advanced option for patients needing spine surgery. It optimizes patient care by combining the benefits of navigation and robotic guidance into one technology.
The FDA approved this navigating surgical robot to assist physicians in placing screws during minimally invasive lumbar, thoracic and cervical spinal fusions. So, patients who endure traumatic spinal injuries, or those suffering from spinal instability due to conditions like scoliosis or spondylolisthesis, can greatly benefit from the robot’s precision during spinal screw placement.
St. Mark’s is the first community hospital in the world to utilize this robot that precisely locates anatomical structures so surgeons can place spinal and orthopedic bone screws with the highest degree of accuracy
This unique robotic system also features an integrated navigation platform, which seamlessly combines real-time X-rays taken during the surgery with pre-operative C/T scans and fluoroscopic images. That combination provides a 3D view and the most accurate guidance so that surgeons can precisely place spinal and orthopedic bone screws. The technology also significantly reduces patient radiation exposure due to minimal scanning requirements.
Through a combination of innovative technologies, cutting-edge medical knowledge, and its medical staff’s sincere dedication to patients, St. Mark’s remains a leading provider of quality healthcare services in Utah.
If your physician has recommended that you undergo one of the major surgeries mentioned above and you’d like to schedule an appointment with a surgeon who is specially trained on robotic surgery, call (866) 887-3999.
Gynecological Procedures: Da Vinci Surgical System
Cardiovascular Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical Robot
Robotic-Assisted General and Oncology Surgeries:
By integrating computer-enhanced technology with our surgeon's experience and skill, this robotic system enhances healing and promotes a full recovery for a growing number of our patients.
When using this system, the surgeon sits at a console in an operating room — only a few feet away from the patient. He or she is guided by vibrant, 3D images that magnify the surgical site. This allows the surgeon to more clearly see the patient’s internal organs as well as vital nerves and blood supply surrounding the organs. At the console, our surgeons use hand and foot controls to precisely manipulate each of the robot’s four arms and the tiny surgical instruments they hold — similar to a video game. The robotic technology enables surgeries to repair or remove diseased organs with minimal trauma to the patient’s body.
It is important to note that the robot cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions on its own. Our surgeons always remain in the operating room during entire procedure, close by their patients. These specialists utilize the robotic system to perform several different types of procedures. Most frequently that includes prostate surgeries, complex hysterectomies, and surgery for benign gynecologic conditions.
St. Mark's Adds 2nd da Vinci Robot
In order to provide state-of-the-art expert care, St. Mark’s Hospital has added a second da Vinci surgical robot to its facility. Both of the robots – the newest da Vinci XI ® and da Vinci Si ® – offer an alternative to traditional large-incision surgery. Their minimally invasive approach seamlessly mimics a surgeon’s hand movements with a wider range of motion using robotic arms, allowing physicians to perform complex dissections or reconstructions with a much smaller incision. As a result, patients experience less trauma, reduced pain, faster recovery times and minimal scarring.
If your physician has recommended that you undergo one of the major surgeries mentioned above and you’d like to talk with a surgeon who is specially trained on robotic surgery, call (866) 887-3999 for a physician referral.