Warren, OH (PRWEB) August 04, 2012
Administrators, staff and physicians at St. Joseph Health Center introduced Warren Mayor Doug Franklin to the da Vinci surgical system during a recent staff reception announcing the health center’s new robotic surgical services program.
St. Joseph is the only health care provider in Trumbull County to offer robot-assisted surgical procedures. Robot-assisted surgeries are minimally invasive and more precise than traditional open procedures, resulting in less blood loss, less pain, lower risk of infection and quicker recovery for patients.
Robotic surgery employs tiny surgical instruments that are inserted into the patient’s body through incisions about half-an-inch long, explains Dr. Anthony R. DeSalvo. These tiny surgical instruments are far more flexible than the instruments used during laparoscopic procedures – even more flexible than the human wrist, he says. This enables surgeons to perform intricate procedures in extremely tight spaces while viewing the surgical field through a visually superior 3-D monitor.
“The benefit of a robot-assisted procedure over a traditional open procedure is entirely the benefit it provides the patient,” adds Dr. Amine Abdul-Aal. “Patients generally feel better postoperatively and therefore return to their activities of daily living much sooner than they would following a traditional open hysterectomy.”
DeSalvo and Abdul-Aal are among a handful of physicians using the da Vinci surgical system at St. Joseph.
“We are proud to offer the most high-tech, minimally invasive treatment options available anywhere right here at St. Joe’s. Now our patients can benefit from the latest surgical technologies without leaving home,” says John Finizio, president of St. Joseph Health Center.
The first robot-assisted surgery in Trumbull County, a hysterectomy, was completed at St. Joseph on April 13. Since then, more than 50 robot-assisted hysterectomies have been completed at St. Joseph. Hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures are the first of many robot-assisted surgical procedures that will be offered at St. Joseph.
St. Joseph Robotic Surgical Services will introduce the da Vinci surgical system to reporters Aug. 15.
About Humility of Mary Health Partners:
Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care. Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at http://www.HMpartners.org.