Research Medical Center
March 05, 2012

In an expansion of its world-class surgical services, Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—announces it is now home to the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. The advanced technology, which uses four robotic arms, enhances a surgeon's ability to perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures, enabling patients to experience a quicker recovery and fewer side effects. The da Vinci provides highly magnified visualization inside the body while offering a surgeon greater precision and can be used for a multitude of procedures including prostatectomy, hysterectomy and colorectal surgery, among others.

Studies show that the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System allows for shorter hospital stays, reduced risk of infection, less blood loss and quicker returns to normal daily activities. With small incisions, patients often leave the hospital sooner and experience a recovery that is only a fraction of the time required for a traditional operation.

The da Vinci prostatectomy, or removal of the prostate gland, experienced a dramatic adoption rate by urologists since its introduction in 2001. This approach with the da Vinci has surpassed open surgery, which is performed with a large incision, to become the most-often performed approach to prostate cancer surgery in the United States. Gynecologists have also adopted the da Vinci surgical System for a range of gynecologic surgeries, including hysterectomy and myomectomy, the surgical removal of uterine fibroids.

Bradley Sullivan, MD, OB/GYN, of Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists, cares for patients at Research Medical Center and says the hospital’s acquisition of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System shows an unwavering commitment to provide the latest minimally invasive surgery. "This technology will allow us to provide the best possible outcomes and affirms our dedication to provide patients with access to the latest medical advancements," he says.

In addition to traditional open surgeries, Research Medical Center’s array of surgical services includes offering minimally invasive procedures for such conditions as knee repairs, kidney disease and cancer. Minimally invasive techniques include arthroscopy, laparoscopy, robotic surgery and image-guided surgery with the STEALTH system for brain surgery and ENT treatments. These procedures offer less pain, less blood loss, fewer side effects, shorter hospital stays and shorter recovery times for a faster return to normal activities. Research Medical Center also operates the area’s only Gamma Knife®, a non-invasive approach to treat brain tumors using laser-guided, stereotactic radiosurgery.

"An important part of Research Medical Center’s vision for patient care is to explore and provide the latest in minimally-invasive treatments wherever possible," said Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer of Research Medical Center. “We are proud to add the da Vinci to other advanced, minimally invasive technologies at the hospital, such as Gamma Knife, that support our commitment to offering patients better surgical experiences and outcomes."