DETROIT (Nov. 19, 2020) – Henry Ford Health System is the first in Michigan to offer the da Vinci SP® robotic surgery system, which requires only a single small incision for its surgical instruments and allows for greater control and access in narrow surgical spaces. Other da Vinci robots require 3-4 small incisions for access, and while extremely advanced for many procedures, the single port robot can help surgeons to perform delicate surgery in small spaces for certain patients with prostate cancer, kidney cancer, ureteral strictures and certain types of head and neck cancers.
The da Vinci SP is now available at both Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. Surgeons at Henry Ford Health System recently performed the health system’s first robotic prostatectomy surgeries using the da Vinci SP in October 2020.
“Henry Ford Health System has long been on the forefront of robotic surgery,” said Craig Rogers, M.D., chair of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health System, who completed the first robotic prostatectomy using the da Vinci SP at Henry Ford Hospital on Oct. 26, 2020. “We believe the SP system provides significant benefits for patients as it is even less invasive than previous minimally-invasive robotic surgery systems.”
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Because the SP system allows all of the robotic instruments and camera to work through one small incision, Dr. Rogers said many patients will experience less pain and may be able to be discharged the same day as the surgery, versus staying overnight at the hospital, which is typically required after standard robotic prostatectomy.
Robotic surgery was pioneered at Henry Ford Hospital beginning in 2000 when Mani Menon, M.D., performed the first robotic prostatectomy in the country. With November marking the 20th anniversary of that historic first, Henry Ford Health System is building upon its legacy of innovation in robotic surgery with the addition of the da Vinci SP, Dr. Rogers said. Henry Ford has become one of the most experienced health systems in the world when it comes to robotic surgery with more than 33,000 robotic procedures performed to date.
Surgeons at Henry Ford have used robot-assisted techniques to improve outcomes for people with many types of cancers, including prostate, bladder and kidney cancer, as well as head and neck cancers and many others.
For surgical procedures of the head and neck, a major advantage of the da Vinci SP surgical system is that its three fully-articulating instruments and camera enter the mouth through a single 27mm cannula entry point, versus each of them having to enter individually. This has made some cancers operable that were previously inoperable due to instruments being unable to reach them.