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About Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) is dedicated to offering patients advanced technology in minimally invasive medicine.

Benefits for the Patient

Extending the surgeon’s capabilities by providing a three-dimensional view of the operating field and improving access to the surgical site through small, keyhole-sized incisions that eliminate the need for large incisions, robotic surgery often results in the following for patients:

  • Less Pain
  • Less Scarring
  • Less Risk of Infection
  • Diminished Blood Loss
  • Shorter Hospital Stay
  • Reduced Recovery Time
  • Quicker Return to Normal Activities

What is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?

Robotic-Assisted Surgery is a minimally-invasive surgical option that allows surgeons to operate through small incisions using enhanced imagery and incredibly precise movements.

How Does it Work?

From the control console, the surgeon guides the robot’s movement, enabling the surgeon to access vital organs through very small incisions. The robot translates the surgeon's hand, wrist, and finger movements into corresponding micro-movements of robotic arm instrument tips. These specialized instruments allow for an even greater range of motion than the human hand, resulting in increased precision and control.  Using a special camera, the surgeon is also able to view high-resolution, three-dimensional images of operative field for enhanced accuracy. A surgical team at the patient’s side supervises the robotic arms.

Unique Features of the daVinci® Surgical System

The daVinci® Si has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, many of which translate to patient benefits.

  • Enhanced 3D, high definition vision of operative field
  • Magnification of the surgical area up to 10x
  • Dual console allows second surgeon to provide assistance
  • Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
  • Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand
  • Simple user interface to enhance operating room efficiency
  • Ergonomic settings for greater surgeon comfort

GSH’s operating room set-up and dual console allow for optimal training and educational opportunities.

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Robotic Gynecologic Epicenter

GSH has been named a robotic benign gynecologic epicenter by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the makers of the daVinci® Si Surgical System. One of only 25 benign epicenters in the United States and one of two in the state of Ohio, GSH is now the destination for doctors across the country to receive robotic surgery training.  Dr. Bruce Bernie, Medical Director for Robotic Surgery at GSH provides his experience in managing the GSH Robotic Gynecologic Epicenter by training visiting physicians and surgeons.

Epicenter sites are chosen for their excellence in patient outcomes, their passion for teaching, and their ability to convey to others the value for their patients.  Intuitive Surgical recognized the experience of GSH surgeons and valued the hospital’s size and commitment to have better technologies, better outcomes and safety for patients in their decision to designate GSH as an epicenter location.

New daVinci® robotic surgeons and their teams visit an epicenter site to observe cases and learn surgical techniques. Epicenter surgeons then become mentors and/or proctors for those new surgeons in their learning journey. Even after surgeons have successfully completed their initial case series, these mentor-trainee relationships endure through discussions at scientific conferences and advanced training.

Learn about robotic-assisted procedures available at GSH.