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 and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit