Mercy Is First In Region To Implement Robotic Surgery

Mercy Is First In Region To Implement Robotic Surgery

Posted on: October 31, 2008

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center recently installed a state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System, making it the first hospital in Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties to offer robotic minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

Today’s most advanced surgical platform, da Vinci takes MIS, or laparoscopic surgery, to new levels, offering excellent surgical outcomes in urology, gynecology, GYN/oncology and other specialties.

Guided by cameras and scopes, surgeons have been using MIS for two decades to perform certain procedures through tiny incisions rather than open surgery, resulting in fewer complications. With da Vinci, computer and robotic technologies combine to create a new type of MIS. By providing surgeons with improved dexterity, visual depth perception, camera stability and ergonomics, this cutting-edge system opens the door to a broader, more complex range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Steven E. Ochs, M.D., urologist, noted the da Vinci system’s advanced surgical precision will lead to shorter hospital stays and better patient outcomes.

He said, "Robotic procedures can further reduce trauma, blood loss and need for transfusions, which in turn reduce post-operative pain, discomfort and risk of infection. Patients can normally look forward to a faster recovery, less scarring and a quicker return to normal activities." Dr. Ochs is scheduled to perform Mercy’s first prostatectomy surgery on November 5.

Tom Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, said the $1.65 million investment in da Vinci is another example of the hospital’s commitment to healthcare leadership and dedication to its 100-year mission.

"As we begin Mercy’s second century, we continue our long-standing practice of implementing forward-thinking technology wisely," he said. "The da Vinci system is the perfect complement to our new digital surgical suites. With Mercy on the cutting edge of minimally invasive surgery, our patients and the communities we serve will have increased access to highest quality medical care available."

With da Vinci, surgeons operate while seated comfortably in front of a console, viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. Holding the system’s master controls, surgeons’ hands and wrists are naturally positioned relative to their eyes. The system seamlessly translates hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton and Plain Township. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see

About Intuitive Surgical and da Vinci
Intuitive Surgical Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS). The company’s da Vinci® Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort for the optimal performance of MIS. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even complex procedures such as open-heart surgery through 1-2 cm incisions. To learn more, visit or
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