Robotic surgery is coming to western North Dakota and will be offered to patients beginning this summer. Trinity Health has become the first hospital in North Dakota to acquire the new da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, the most advanced robotic surgical technology on the market.
Designed for use across several surgical specialties, the da Vinci combines the advantages of small incisions used in laparoscopic surgery with high-definition, 3D optics and advanced robotic instrumentation that is more dexterous than a human wrist. The result is a system that gives surgeons the ability to perform precise and meticulous procedures using a minimally invasive approach
Dr. Ryan Hedgepeth is a urologist who is joining Trinity Health’s professional staff in July and will head up the new robotic surgery program. Fellowship trained in both urologic cancer surgery and minimally invasive surgery, he has performed more than 150 procedures using the da Vinci system while at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Michigan. Robotic-assisted surgery is the next evolution in minimally invasive surgery,” Dr. Hedgepeth said. “”The technology is quickly spreading across the country due to its technical advantages over traditional laparoscopic surgery and its ability to make more advanced procedures feasible and safe.””
He says that for certain types of surgery