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CVH introduces da Vinci robot-assisted surgery

CVH introduces da Vinci robot-assisted surgery
CVH medical staff using daVinci

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. – As part of its ongoing site improvements and expansion, Carson Valley Health’s surgical services, along with Gary Willen, MD, MBA, of Tahoe Women’s Care, successfully performed the first da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery at CVH.

The da Vinci surgical system further advances the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen or chest, the surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. Robotic-assisted surgery is used in specialty areas including gynecology, urology, thoracic and general surgery.

“Da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery is the accepted standard of care for many specialties in more populated areas,” said Randall McElreath RN, Ph.D., director of perioperative services for CVH. “Now our Carson Valley patients have more opportunities to choose CVH for their surgery.”

McElreath said Willen has performed hundreds, if not thousands, of da Vinci-assisted surgeries, and was the first to operate with CVH’s newly installed system, and more surgeons in the region have scheduled surgical appointments with da Vinci assistance.

“Surgeons are community providers and may operate in multiple clinical settings,” he said. “Here at CVH, we have a fantastic surgical team, specifically trained to perform these cases. We couldn’t do it without their dedication and expertise.”

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