Surgical Robotic Webcast Programs
Visit the Video Center to learn how advancements in robotic surgery are helping patients with kidney tumors through real-time fluorescence imaging that allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye. You can also watch first-hand how robotic surgery has changed traditional hysterectomies.
Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics
Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation
Are you wondering if surgical robotics is right for you? Shawnee Mission Medical Center's (SMMC) Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics offers robotic procedures that help you get back to life sooner. The surgeons and staff take a team approach to improving patient experience and surgical outcomes.
More than 1,200 Procedures and Counting
SMMC was the first hospital in a five-state area to begin using the da Vinci® surgical robot in 2002. The da Vinci is used for a variety of procedures at SMMC including urology, reproductive endocrinology, pelvic floor reconstructions (often to treat issues such as incontinence), as well as gynecologic surgeries. Additionally, SMMC plans to expand the Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics to include thoracic surgeries.
Surgeons are able to operate the da Vinci from a computer that controls a surgical arm unit. The magnification of the camera is 10 times higher than what can be seen by the human eye.
The surgical robot uses a minimally invasive technique, which entails smaller incisions and less tissue damage compared to traditional surgery. Surgeons are able to perform major surgeries through dime-sized incisions, which require only one or two stitches to close. As a result, patients can return to their normal activities in one to two weeks and are at lower risk of developing infection.
A More Personal Approach
At SMMC, our number one goal is to ensure you stay healthy. Whether your passion is riding your bike, walking the dog, or hanging out with family, we'll work with you to meet your wellness goals so that you can return back to your normal routine as quickly as possible following robotic surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about our surgical robotics program, or to be connected with our Robotics Services Coordinator, please call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.