It was nothing short of “miraculous,” according to a patient who underwent robot-assisted surgery at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.
Surgeons at the nonprofit hospital, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., operated on their first patients with the help of the daVinci robot last week.
Dr. David Forest, who recently became certified to operate the daVinci robot, conducted the facility’s first surgery using the device.
“I am honored to perform the first robot-assisted surgery here at Banner Del E. Webb,” Forest said. “The surgical team here did a wonderful job training and preparing to implement this technology and was more than ready for our first patient.”
He said the robot improved vision and precision during the procedure.
“This is a less-invasive technology, which means less pain and faster recovery times for my patients,” he said.
Urogynecologist Dr. Jennifer Klauschie, a recent addition to the Banner Del E. Webb team who brings years of experience utilizing surgical robots, performed her first daVinci surgery at the facility Nov. 30.
Klauschie offers minimally invasive robotic surgery for her patients, and can use the device to help repair pelvic floors in women.
“Using this device, we can operate with only four small incisions in the abdomen and utilize more wrist control during surgery,” Klauschie said.
Klaushie’s first Banner Del E. Webb robotic patient, Kay Weese, has had regular surgery before and now a robot-assisted surgery and said she prefers the latter.
“It was miraculous,” Weese said. “Was there less pain? Absolutely. And I have better mobility.”
With only one night in the hospital, Weese was preparing for discharge.
“You get to go home sooner,” she said.
Some common minimally invasive procedures using the daVinci robot include mitral valve repair, hysterectomy, treatment of kidney, prostate and gynecological cancers, uterine fibroid removal and more.