Rush Surgeons Gain 3-D Tool

Rush Hospital has become the first facility in the area to acquire the
da Vinci robotic surgical system.

A demonstration of how the device works was offered Thursday for Rush employees.

The tiny tools offer benefits for the surgeon and patients. Surgeons are able to be more precise. Patients face a less invasive surgery, with shorter recovery time.

"Robotic surgery actually offers the surgeon a 3-D surgical view from the vision that they're actually seeing. Instead of a 2-D view, which is what normal laproscopic cameras offer the surgeon at this point," said Kelly Burkhalter, Intuitive Surgical clinical sales representative. "So they're basically taking the best of both worlds from an open surgery setting and a laproscopic setting and really combining those two to give you the best of both worlds."

Rush's first case using the da Vinci is set for next week. To start, it will primarily be used in hysterectomies and prostate surgeries.

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