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Community Invited to Operate Surgical Robot at The Village at Allen
03/06/2012

ALLEN, Texas — Ever wondered what it would be like to operate a surgical robot? On March 13 you can experience it firsthand at The Village at Allen. The robot will be on site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community members are invited to come see the robot and test their skills on it.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen now offers the da Vinci® Si system, which is used by surgeons on the medical staff to offer the latest generation minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures.

“We are thrilled to offer this latest technology to the community because it can help speed recovery times, limit blood loss, and enables patients to experience less pain,” said Sheila McKinney, hospital president. “We invest in advanced technology, like the da Vinci robot, and make it available to physicians who practice in our hospital. That enables them to better serve patients and to improve the health of the people in the community. We’re the only hospital in Northern Collin County that has the daVinci robot, and that ultimately benefits patients who live and work in this area because they can receive advanced treatment close to home.”

From a remote command center just a few feet from the patient, surgeons can direct the moves of the robotic system to navigate deep inside the body. Because the robotic arms are so slim, surgeons can perform complex procedures with incisions smaller than half an inch long. Called the da Vinci® Si, the system boasts three-dimensional, high-definition images, which is designed to provide superior visual clarity of target tissue and surrounding organs — with up to 10 times magnification.

The remote instrumentation command center provides dexterity and range of motion greater even than the human hand. Other components of the system help replicate the experience of open surgery by preserving natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and instrument control. Two separate HD optical channels are used to merge images for advanced depth perception.

The da Vinci® Si features a high-definition viewing system and fully articulated robotic arms that assist surgeons in various specialties, including oncology, women’s services, colorectal, urology and general surgery.

For more information on procedures using the da Vinci® robot, visit TexasHealth.org/Allen. To find a surgeon using the robot, call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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