Cullman Regional to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery beginning in October


The da Vinci Xi Surgical System, left to right: the da Vinci Xi robot, vision cart and surgeon’s console

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CULLMAN – Cullman Regional this week announced its acquisition of the da Vinci Xi surgical robot.

Considered one of the most dynamic tools for robotic surgery in the world, the da Vinci robotic surgery system delivers a high degree of fidelity and precision in the control of surgical instruments.  Operated by a trained surgeon – who is in full control throughout the procedure – utilizing dedicated equipment, the system improves comfort for both surgeons and patients alike. These minimally invasive treatment options can drastically improve the quality of life for patients with significantly reduced recovery time.

"As the role of technology in modern medical care grows larger every year, we believe there is substantial opportunity to expand robotic surgical usage in our area," said James Clements, Cullman Regional CEO. "As such, we continuously assess available or emerging technologies, such as the multi-limbed da Vinci system that enables our surgeons to perform better – and with minimal invasion – therefore benefiting our surgical teams and, ultimately, our patients. Our goal is to put the right technology in the hands of our capable and skilled surgeons to provide patients with the best possible clinical outcome."

"We can now provide a minimally invasive surgical approach for a wide range of patients and surgical complexities," said Urologist Lars Erik Wallin III, M.D., robotic surgery program director. "Gone are the days of a long painful recovery from an open traditional surgery; our patients now can take advantage of this state-of-the-art robotic surgery system and undergo the most complex surgeries which require only a couple tiny incisions that are only one-third of an inch in size."

Wallin continued, "The techniques available with the da Vinci robotic surgical system result in significantly reduced post-operative pain, very small incisions, little to no blood loss, improved recovery time and a less aggressive opioid pain medication regimen – an important consideration. We can typically send patients home the morning following a robotic procedure."

The da Vinci robotic surgical system will provide minimally invasive surgical options for patients who have prostate, kidney, bladder or colon cancer, as well as those in need of hernia repair, bariatric surgery or gynecological procedures.

"Led by a 'patient-first' philosophy, it is Cullman Regional’s mission to provide superior and compassionate care," said Charna Brown, RN, Cullman Regional chief nursing officer. "Acquisitions such as the da Vinci XI surgical robot reflect our commitment to improve the overall patient experience, while working to solidify the medical center's reputation as a leader in the advancements of medicine, facilitator of exceptional care and trusted resource for the communities we serve.”