Robotic Surgery Now Available

March 29, 2017

Memorial Healthcare is excited to announce the arrival of two da Vinci™ surgical robots to its Owosso campus. This system enables Memorial Healthcare surgeons to perform operations through a few small incisions and which will benefit patients by less blood loss, fewer complications, less pain, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions for minimal scarring, and faster recovery to return to daily life.

“The da Vinci system has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide and we are thrilled to bring this state-of-the-art technology to our patients,” says Brian L. Long, FACHE, President/CEO.

“The da Vinci system is powered by robotic technology that allows our surgeons hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body,” say Thomas Smith, DO, MBA, FACOS, general surgeon at Memorial Surgical Associates and champion for Memorial’s robotic program.

“As surgeons and technology continue to advance, the types of procedures that we will be able to perform will allow a safer, better outcome,” adds Smith. “This investment underscores Memorial’s commitment to providing the latest in medical technology to our patients.”

This system represents the latest in surgical and robotics technology. While not new, robotic surgery is mostly performed in large hospitals.

“Our goal with the investment in robotic surgery is to allow our patients to have the most advanced surgical and medical care available right in their neighborhood,” says Long.

Memorial’s first robotic surgery will be scheduled in the near future. Robotic surgeries performed at Memorial may include: colon, hernia, gallbladder, hysterectomy, cancer, and prostate. “It’s imperative to mention that not all patients will receive robotic surgery. Some procedures require more invasive techniques but this technology will give more patients the option for a less invasive surgery,” adds Smith.