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CRH purchases surgical robot

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Columbus Regional Health has purchased a robotic surgical system that utilizes the most advanced robotic technology to enhance surgical capabilities and serve as an alternative to many traditional, open surgeries and conventional laparoscopic procedures.

With the da Vinci® Si™ Robotic Surgical System, CRH surgeons are able to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with remarkable precision. This advanced technology can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to gynecological, thoracic and urological.

Obstetrics and gynecology physicians Drs. George Albers and Dan Davis, are trained in robotic surgery and now offer this higher specialized care at Columbus Regional Hospital. Other specialists who will be offering robotic surgery at Columbus Regional Hospital include Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Sorin Pusca, Urologists Dr. Dan Pfaff and Dr. Karl McAleese, and Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Dr. Brian Williams.

During a procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera.  In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise movements of the instruments inside the patient.

The da Vinci® Si™ has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, many of which translate to patient benefits.

Features of the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System include:
• Enhanced 3 dimensional, high definition vision of operative field with up to 10 times magnification
• Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
• Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand
• An additional robotic “arm” that expands the types of procedures that can be performed

These technological advancements provide surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control, enabling a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures. Robotic surgery offers faster healing, improved patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and smaller incisions.

“Robotic surgery offers an advanced level of technology and takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand,” said Dr. George Albers, obstetrics and gynecology physician with Southern Indiana OB/GYN. “We believe the new features of the da Vinci system will help us provide the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

“Robot-assisted surgery is the most effective, least invasive treatment option for many gynecologic procedures,” said Dr. Brian Williams, obstetrics and gynecology physician with OB/GYN Associates. “Through tiny incisions surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.”

For information on robotic and other minimally invasive surgeries at Columbus Regional Hospital, visit

To view a video about the da Vinci Surgical System visit


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