Surgeons at HMFW and HMSW to Perform Robotic Prostatectomies and Hysterectomies 04/03/2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - At mid-life, some men and women face changes and challenges in their reproductive health. For women, the changes can often include excessive bleeding during their menstrual cycle, chronic pelvic pain, ovarian cysts or pre-cancerous lesions - all resulting in a need to be evaluated for a hysterectomy.
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Men can also experience changes such as frequent urination, burning or blood in the urine or sexual impotence - all of which can be early warning signs of prostate cancer.
At the beginning of May, Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) and Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) will offer men and women a new alternative to traditional surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System for hysterectomies and prostatectomies. HMSW and HMFW are the newest hospitals in Tarrant County to offer this advanced technology and officials at both facilities ultimately hope to offer da Vinci® for cardiology and general surgery.
The da Vinci® system is a surgical robot that is controlled by surgeons seated at a console next to the patient's bedside. This new technology allows surgeons to treat complex surgical cases with controlled precision and accuracy.
A New Generation in Women's Gynecological Surgery
It is estimated that surgeons perform more than 600,000 hysterectomies each year in the United States. Most are still performed with large incisions, however more women are beginning to prefer the option of a minimally invasive hysterectomy that can now be performed through the new da Vinci® Surgical Systems.
"Regardless of where the patient lives, HMSW and HMFW have conveniently located two da Vinci® Surgical Systems to meet patient's needs throughout Tarrant and surrounding counties," said Kenneth Hancock, M.D.,OB/GYN, a physician on the medical staff at HMFW.
This new alternative to surgery is not a generic laparoscopic procedure. The da Vinci® Surgical System allows gynecologists to do hysterectomies through a 1-2cm incision.
"This technology truly offers a new generation of women's gynecological surgery," Hancock said. "The advancements it offers both to the patient and the physician are remarkable."
A New Alternative in Prostate Cancer Treatment
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, one out of every 10,000 men under the age of 40 in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008. The rate increases to one in 39 men who are between the age of 40 and 59, and to one in 14 for men ages 60 to 69. For these men, the da Vinci® Surgical System is showing to be a promising treatment option.
"Many men who have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer wait to get treated because of the invasiveness and side effects of traditional surgery," said Drew Pumphrey, M.D., a urologist on the medical staff at HMSW. "The da Vinci® robot gives patients a quicker recovery time and fewer side effects than from the traditional surgery."
Considering da Vinci® Surgical System
Patients who have chosen the da Vinci® Surgical System report many post-operative benefits, including: reduced blood loss, reduced risk of infection and trauma to the body, shorter hospital stay, less post-operative pain and discomfort, faster recovery and minimal scarring.
About Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of southwest Tarrant County for more than two decades. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMSW is licensed for 230 beds and provides a wide array of comprehensive services, including: surgical and imaging services, 24-hour emergency services, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care and a level 3a neonatal intensive care unit, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiovascular services, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. HMSW is home to 578 members of the medical staff, 992 employees and 120 volunteers. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmsw.
About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 710 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the new state-of-the-art 100-bed Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmfw.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes Arlington Memorial Hospital, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.