Oneida Healthcare has recently acquired the da Vinci Si surgical system. “This advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand and this acquisition complements our goal of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients,” said President and CEO Gene Morreale. “Our new surgical suite was designed with this kind of technology in mind and this (approximately $2 million) investment will help us provide the best possible outcomes for our patients and surgeons.
Morreale also noted that Oneida Healthcare’s da Vinci system is the only one between Syracuse and Albany and will be available to physicians and patients in Madison and Oneida counties, as well as the Utica-Rome area and entire Mohawk Valley region.
Dr Alberto Del Pino, of the Oneida Surgical Group, explained that so-called “robotic” surgery can be used for a multitude of GYN and general surgical procedures, including his specialty, colorectal surgery.
“It (the da Vinci Si) has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, many of which translate to patient benefits,” Del Pino said.
He cited several major benefits, including: enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of the operative field with up to 10x magnification, superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy, and surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand. Del Pino was quick to emphasize, however, that robotic surgery doesn’t replace the surgeon.