Auto Enthusiasts to ‘Test Drive’ Surgical Robot at HMHP Event

Humility of Mary Health Partners, in cooperation with Intuitive Surgical, will offer auto enthusiasts the opportunity to “test drive” the da Vinci surgical robot during the Fuel the Fight car and motorcycle show June 1.

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Youngstown, Ohio (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

Humility of Mary Health Partners, in cooperation with Intuitive Surgical, will offer auto enthusiasts the opportunity to “test drive” the da Vinci surgical robot during the Fuel the Fight car and motorcycle show June 1 at Boardman High School.

The da Vinci surgical system, which makes minimally invasive robot-assisted prostate, gynecologic and general surgery possible, will be on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives from Intuitive Surgical and physicians who use the robot to perform minimally invasive prostate procedures in place of more traditional open surgeries will be available to answer questions and guide those interested through a hands-on experience using the robot.

“Our patients have better outcomes with robot-assisted surgery than they do with more traditional, open procedures,” says Daniel Ricchuiti M.D., a urologist who uses the da Vinci surgical robot to treat patients with prostate cancer.

“There is less pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions, quicker recovery, less scarring and, because robot-assisted procedures are more precise, we have better success in preserving delicate nerves that are crucial if the patient is to retain normal urinary and sexual function,” Dr. Ricchuiti explains.

“We like to invite the general public to sit at the surgeon’s console, view the surgical field – we use paper clips and rubber bands, not a real patient – from a superior 3-D vantage point, and use the robot to control surgical instruments. This it helps them understand the benefits of robot-assisted surgery,” he adds.

Intuitive Surgical developed the da Vinci Surgical System.

“The experience also eliminates the misperception that some people have. They think the robot is in control, which is not true. The surgeon is always in control. The robot cannot do anything on its own. The surgeon controls the instruments during the entire procedure. What the robot does is enhance the surgeon’s capabilities, making complex procedures possible through tiny incisions,” Dr. Ricchuiti explains.

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical system, a groundbreaking platform that employs tiny surgical instruments that have a greater range of motion than the human wrist, and high-definition, 3-D vision, enables physicians to perform extremely precise, minimally invasive procedures.

The Fuel the Fight – Drive Out Prostate Cancer car and motorcycle show, sponsored by the HMHP Foundation and Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, benefits Man Up Mahoning Valley, which provides education about prostate cancer and free prostate cancer screenings to men throughout the Mahoning Valley. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the student parking lot at Boardman High School, 7777 Glenwood Ave. Admission is free.

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.
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