Moffitt Cancer Center to Preview da Vinci® Surgical System

June 02, 2008

Surgeons will use robotic equipment to perform minimally invasive cancer surgeries

Tampa, FLMoffitt Cancer Center will be previewing the da Vinci® Surgical System this Wednesday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby. The equipment will be used to offer robotic minimally invasive surgeries in the Genitourinary and Gynecologic Oncology Programs.

Many surgical procedures performed today using standard laparoscopic technique may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. This is because the equipment delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same “look and feel” of open surgery.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits: reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring.

            To operate the equipment, the doctor sits at a console viewing a 3-D 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 translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Traditional laparoscopy has never become widely applied outside a limited set of routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons routinely attempt complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach – routinely and with confidence.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.