Speedy recovery with excellent outcomes
Are you wondering if surgical robotics is right for you? Shawnee Mission Health's (SMH) 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.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (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 SMH including urology, gynecology, pelvic floor reconstructions oftentimes to treat issues such as incontinence or prolapse, as well as benign and cancerous surgeries, including gynecologic, colorectal and general 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. As a result, patients can return to their normal activities in one to two weeks and are at lower risk of developing infection.
At SMH, our number one goal is to ensure you stay healthy. Whether your passion is cycling, walking the dog or hanging out with family, we will help you to meet your wellness goals so that you can return to a normal routine as quickly as possible following robotic surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about SMH's Surgical Robotics Program, please call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.