Rush Acquires Latest Da Vinci Technology

Rush Hospital is upgrading its Da Vinci robotic surgery with two of the newest models.

The equipment arrived Friday and officials say it will allow Rush to expand the services offered.

The Da Vinci Surgical System allows doctors to control tiny instruments for surgeries. It reduces the size of the incision, blood loss and patient recovery time.

"That means more patients will be able to be treated in a minimally-invasive fashion, getting them back into society, working quicker, out of the hospital, which the hospital can then recoup their costs," said Blake Whitson, clinical sales representative. "It's better for the overall entire health care system to get the patient out of the hospital, moving on with their life quicker."

"Two years ago, we started the robotics program here in Meridian with Intuitive," said Rush administrator Tim Moore. "We added a second robot in '09. And now we're replacing both of our robots with the latest technology."

Rush is the first hospital in the state to have two of the brand new Da Vinci models. The hospital has completed over 730 robotic surgeries to date.

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