New surgical equipment paid for by donors

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services received several anonymous donations that allowed it to purchase a robotic-assisted surgical unit, the da Vinci S HD Surgical System.

The system will complement the standard da Vinci system already in place at the hospital.

Robotic assisted surgeries are less invasive because they require smaller incisions, less pain and trauma, as well as a faster recovery time.

Penrose has performed more than 900 minimally invasive surgeries since 2005, when it installed the first da Vinci system.

CEO Margaret Sabin thanked the donors.

“Capital funds are scarce in today’s economy, and we simply could not have brought this leading-edge technology to our community without the support of our donors,” she said. “We’ll now be able to expand the availability and types of robotic-assisted surgeries offered to our patients.

Penrose would not comment on the amount of the donations.

The da Vinci Surgical System is operated by a surgeon sitting a few feet away from the patient at a console. Using a high-powered 3-D camera, the surgeon guides the arms of the patient cart, which holds surgical instruments that are inserted into the patient through small, keyhole-sized incisions. The system allows the surgeon to move the robotic arms that hold the miniaturized, wrested instruments to conduct precise movements with extraordinary control and greater range of motion than even the human hand. The video monitoring system provides a high-definition, three-dimensional view of the surgery, with magnification up to 10 times that of the naked eye.