In early 2017, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) started using the da Vinci Surgical System. Since that time, over 1,000 surgeries have been performed using the System and it is now being used in approximately 10 surgeries per week. In October 2019, EMRMC achieved accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation.
The da Vinci Surgical System was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000. Since then, it has been used with more than three million patients worldwide. The Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation made a $1 million investment toward the purchase of the da Vinci System at EMRMC.
Use of the da Vinci robot benefits patients because of less blood loss, less need for pain medication and a shorter hospital stay. The surgical system also benefits surgeons by providing enhanced vision of the surgical area as well as affording enhanced precision and control of the system’s instruments.
The da Vinci Surgical System is currently used for general surgeries such as hernia repairs, gallbladder removals, bowel surgeries, low anterior resections and urologic procedures.