Inova Loudoun Hospital Completes 550 da Vinci® Robotic Surgeries

Dr. Jennifer Young, one of the Inova Loudoun Hospital surgeons that uses the da Vinci® robotic surgical system
Dr. Jennifer Young, one of the Inova Loudoun Hospital surgeons that uses the da Vinci® robotic surgical system
Inova Loudoun Hospital recently completed 550 da Vinci® robotic surgeries. Single-site da Vinci® robotic surgery is the most effective, least invasive surgical treatment available. The robotic assisted surgical program at Inova is a state-of-the-art alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional minimally invasive surgery.
Inova Loudoun Hospital surgeons have been using the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery system since 2009. The first procedure preformed was a prostatectomy and one of the most common procedures is a cholecystectomy  (gallbladder surgery).
Using robotic and computer technologies, the robotic surgical system allows surgeons to perform complex operations with greater precision. The robot translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments. Specially trained surgeons control the robot from a console, using high definition cameras and manipulating the high-performance, miniature instruments to perform the operation.  This surgery is performed through the bellybutton with a single incision now for certain surgical procedures.
Patients typically have a much greater likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent outcome. Benefits may include:
•    Significantly less pain
•    Less blood loss
•    Less scarring
•    Shorter recovery time
•    A faster return to normal daily activities
 “Having the capabilities to perform single-site surgeries is great news for our patients. Inova’s commitment to excellence and vision for the future is foremost in the decision to bring this exciting new technology to the area,” said Lisa Dugan, Chief Nurse Executive, Inova Loudoun Hospital.
Inova Loudoun Hospital surgeons can use the da Vinci® robotic surgical system to treat a variety of medical conditions including complex urology, gynecology and general surgical procedures based on the patient’s clinical needs.
Inova Loudoun Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the area now scheduling patients for this groundbreaking surgery. With the new technology in place, Inova Loudoun Hospital is poised to expand the types of single-site surgeries it can offer in the future.
For more information on robotic surgeries at Inova Loudoun Hospital visit www.inova.org/davinci.


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