Intuitive Surgical, Inc., creator of the da Vinci robotic surgery system, has presented David Amsbury, DO, its Crystal Surgeon Award to mark his 1,000th da Vinci procedure. Cindy Thompson, clinical representative for Intuitive, presented the award at a reception in Dr. Amsbury’s honor December 5.
An Ob/Gyn physician with Trinity Health, Dr. Amsbury has 16 years of experience using robotic-assisted techniques to perform hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures.
“It’s kind of surreal to hit a thousand cases, and I envision I’ll do another thousand or more just because patients benefit so much,” Amsbury said. “The small, wristed instruments allow a surgeon to make more meticulous dissections, resulting in less bleeding, less swelling, less pain and faster recovery.”
Surgery’s evolution from open procedures to laparoscopic and robotic methods has enabled surgeons to select the most appropriate surgical method for a particular procedure. “In medicine, you’ll find that most surgeons do what is best for the patient. Even if there are other techniques we like better, if it’s beneficial to patients we’re going to become proficient at what is best for the patient,” he said.
Dr. Amsbury commended Trinity Health for installing an upgrade to its robotic system. Trinity replaced an earlier da Vinci system two years ago with the more advanced da Vinci Xi – the latest edition of surgical robots designed by Intuitive.