When it comes to technology, WakeMed is on the cutting edge. We proudly use the latest in surgical equipment - namely, the da Vinci Surgical System - offered at both WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.
The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
da Vinci at WakeMed
The da Vinci was introduced at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus in October 2004. The precision it offers surgeons, coupled with significant patient benefits, prompted the purchase of a second da Vinci Surgical System for WakeMed Cary Hospital in 2006.
In WakeMed's early years using the da Vinci surgical system, urologists primarily treated prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction obstruction and kidney cancers. Now, more OB/GYNs and general surgeons are using the da Vinci for procedures like removing uterine fibroids, correcting pelvic organ prolapse, performing hysterectomies and repairing hernias.
Many of these procedures are being performed as a result of the collaboration between different specialty physicians, enabling a broader range of complex surgical procedures that would have previously required open surgery.
Not all urologic, gynecologic and general surgical patients qualify for a da Vinci procedure, but many do. For information about the da Vinci system or to find out if you are a candidate, please speak to your physician.
Raleigh Campus Upgrades to New da Vinci Surgical Robot System
Enhanced features, better ergonomics and quicker operating times characterize the new da Vinci® Si Surgical System that came to the Raleigh Campus this past January. It replaces an older model of the da Vinci Surgical System that was used by physicians of WakeMed Physician Practices (WPP) - Urology and WPP - OB/GYN for the past five years.
The replacement makes the Raleigh Campus one of five hospitals in the state, and the only hospital in the Triangle area, to own and operate this advanced surgical robot.
"This upgrade represents WakeMed's commitment to delivering the highest quality of care possible for our patients as well as our commitment to advanced surgical robotics," said Sam Chawla, MD, (WPP - Urology). "To remain on the cutting edge, we will continue to invest in the most technologically advanced surgical equipment."
The da Vinci offers surgeons 3-D visualization during laparoscopic surgeries, and some open surgeries, along with greatly enhanced dexterity, precision and control. Its state-of-the-art technology allows for smaller incisions, less bleeding, and an easier reach under vessels and organs. Using the da Vinci, surgeons can offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures. Surgeons operate the robot by sitting at a console and directing every maneuver that its mechanical arms make.
"Maximal surgeon comfort leads to optimal patient care," added Dr. Chawla. "That's why this new surgical robot is such a benefit to our surgeons, staff and patients. It makes things quicker, easier and more comfortable for the operator so that more time is spent focusing on patient care."