Latest Robotic Technology Provides Better Results for Patients

SEBRING, FL (June 6, 2011) — On June 13th, surgeons at Highlands Regional Medical Center will begin using the recently installed da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System to perform a variety of surgical procedures for their patients. The addition of the da Vinci®Surgical System is a major investment. Now patients will have access to the latest in robotic surgery in their own home town, eliminating the need to travel. High quality results are just some of the many benefits of this type of surgery, which also includes less pain, a reduced risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time for each patient. This new robotically assisted surgical technology has a proven track record for safety and the surgeon is in control the entire time.

“The future is now. We are proud we are the only hospital in the local community that has the da Vinci® Surgical System, as well as surgeons trained and ready to use it. The implementation of the da Vinci® is further proof of our commitment to providing patients with the latest and best surgical solutions,”said Robert G. Mahaffey, CEO, Highlands Regional Medical Center. Patient Benefits The benefits to patients who need minimally-invasive surgery are numerous. Use of the da Vinci® translates to less pain, a reduced risk of infection, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery. This method of surgery decreases the patient’s length of stay at the hospital. “In our area, most patients have experienced traditional open surgery, which has produced large incisions,”said Mahaffey.

“With da Vinci®,traditional open surgery is quickly becoming a choice of the past, as patients desire smaller incisions and a quicker return to life’s activities.” Types of Procedures At Highlands Regional Medical Center, the da Vinci® will initially be utilized for gynecological procedures with future plans to expand into urology, thoracic and a number of other offerings as an alternate to traditional open surgery.

Why Surgeons Love It

“The da Vinci® is a significant advancement for the hospital, the community, and each patient. The System allows us to perform the same delicate and complex operations, but with increased precision and improved dexterity. We can even see the weave of the suture thread we’re using during surgery,” said David Guerra, M.D. OB/GYN.

How It Works

During robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient and views an actual image of the surgical site while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using electromechanically-enhanced instruments.

Features include:

· Visualization that is ten times more powerful than the human eye, including high definition images and 3-D capabilities.

· Robotic arms can make finer movements than the human hand.

· The system allows surgeons to operate four robotic arms with unmatched precision and steadiness.

About da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci®Surgical System and the Skills Simulator are developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The company’s da Vinci® Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional surgical approaches. One-million patients worldwide affected by a range of conditions have had a da Vinci® procedure. Founded in 1995, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. has more than 1,300 employees in offices around the world.

David Guerra, M.D. is a local OB/GYN with the Highlands Medical Group. Dr Guerra is trained on the daVinci surgical system and will begin offering this surgery in Highlands County at Highlands Regional Medical Center.

For Further Information or Schedule an appointment for a consultation please contact:

David Guerra, M.D.
3425 S. Highlands Ave
Sebring, Florida 33870