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Jackson Hospital First in Central Alabama to Offer Robotic Surgery

Hospital news | Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Montgomery, Ala. – Jackson Hospital is proud to offer patients in central Alabama the latest in minimally invasive surgery — the da Vinci® S HD™ Surgical System, the most advanced robotic platform currently available. Made possible by generous donations to the Jackson Hospital Foundation, this $1.7 million robotic system introduces a new generation of advanced medical technology to the River Region.

The da Vinci S HD Surgical System is used by highly trained surgeons at Jackson Hospital to perform a number of urological and gynecological procedures including prostatectomy, hysterectomy and myomectomy. Cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Stephen Kwan is also being trained to perform highly-specialized cardiac procedures with this amazing new system.

“The main difference between traditional surgery and using the robotic system is that it makes things easier on the patient,” said Margaret Vereb, MD, of Urology Professionals of Alabama. “And in today’s fast-paced world, patients appreciate getting back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Benefits for the patient may include:

· Significantly less pain

· Less blood loss

· Less scarring

· Shorter recovery time

· A faster return to normal daily activities

· And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

Using the da Vinci S HD Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

“With the robot system we are able to perform surgery as close as two inches away from the operation site unlike traditional surgery which typically allows only contact from an arms length away,” said Dr. Vereb. “Having this close contact allows us to skim along nerves with unmatched precision.”

“We are very excited to be able to offer this advanced technology to our patients at Jackson Hospital,” said Don Henderson, Jackson Hospital president and CEO. “Recent results only show signs that it is the beginning of a whole new revolution in surgery. It is here to stay.”

PLEASE NOTE: To learn more about the robotic surgery program and see the daVinci robot in action, Jackson Hospital is inviting area media representatives to attend a special session this Thursday, Sept. 11 at 3:30pm in the Pine Street Café on the main floor of the hospital.

Following at 5:30pm Jackson Hospital will be hosting a prostate seminar for the public. The seminar is designed to introduce Montgomery to the latest treatments for prostate cancer, including the robotic surgery procedure. Dr. Vereb will be onsite along with one of her patients who can speak first hand to the benefits of this surgery.

For additional information, please call Peter Frohmader at (334) 293-8805 or email

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