Published on September 13, 2010

Robotic surgeries exceed 500; Owensboro Health acquires second da Vinci system

OWENSBORO, KY (September 13, 2010) – After a little more than one year, physicians at Owensboro Health have performed over 500 minimally invasive surgeries utilizing advanced robotics with the da Vinci® Si surgical system. Owensboro Health purchased its first da Vinci in July 2009 and added a second, identical system last month—making it the only single hospital in Kentucky with two da Vinci® Si systems and a dual console.

Dr. Elizabeth Ottman, an obstetrician and gynecologist, performed the 500th surgery on Denise Griffin, who left the hospital less than 24 hours after her hysterectomy. “The da Vinci has allowed patients to recover faster, experience less post-operative pain and return to work more quickly,” Ottman says. “Patients undergoing complex cancer surgeries have not required critical care following their procedures.”

Common da Vinci surgeries include hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures, as well as treatment for lung and prostate cancer. Heart surgeons have begun using the da Vinci® Si to bypass blocked arteries; about 10 percent of bypass surgery patients are candidates for da Vinci surgery. Owensboro Health is the only hospital in the state utilizing the da Vinci to perform multi-vessel bypass surgeries, and the only hospital with cardiothoracic surgeons performing both heart and lung surgeries.

The da Vinci provides patients with additional options in minimally invasive, state-of-the-art procedures with faster recovery time and less scarring. Surgeons operate through one-centimeter incisions while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field (in 10x magnification in high definition). The surgeon's fingers grasp controls below the console display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The da Vinci provides surgeons with the same look and feel of traditional, open surgery while enabling patients to benefit from minimally invasive techniques.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.