da Vinci® for Prostate

Surgeons on the Medical Staff at Fremont Health have been performing surgeries with the aid of the da Vinci® robotic surgical system since the summer of 2004, providing patients with an option that may provide fewer side effects and quicker recovery. The robotic surgery program has been so successful, Fremont Health upgraded to the da Vinci S HD system in 2008.

Dr. Paulos Yohannes, Urologist on the Medical Staff at Fremont Health Medical Center, has performed hundreds of procedures to remove cancerous prostates using the daVinci, and in 2008, he began utilizing the device to excise cancerous tumors from kidneys. 

The da Vinci enables surgeons to perform complex procedures through small incisions with unparalleled precision, dexterity, and control. With the da Vinci, the surgeon sits in an ergonomic console just a few feet from the patient and views the surgical site through the 3-dimensional viewer. The robot sits above the patient. It has several mechanical arms that hold a camera as well as surgical instruments. The surgeon uses hand controls and foot pedals to manipulate the robotic arms.

Robotic surgery at Fremont Health Medical Center is viewed in high definition, in 3D, at 10 times the magnification of traditional surgery, improving clarity and detail of tissue and anatomy.

For the patient, a da Vinci procedure can offer all the potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, including less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions. Moreover, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities. Clinical studies also suggest that the da Vinci System may help surgeons provide better clinical outcomes than conventional technologies allow - for example, better cancer control and a lower incidence of impotence and incontinence with da Vinci Prostatectomy.