CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 20, 2002
UI Health Care to demonstrate advanced robotic surgery system Aug. 22-23
University of Iowa Health Care faculty and staff members will have an opportunity
to preview the cutting edge technology of the da Vinci robotic surgery system
Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22-23.
A mobile version of the system will be available for tours from 2 to 5 p.m.
Aug. 22 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23. The system will be located in the parking
area adjacent to the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Administration
The da Vinci system allows a surgeon to operate without actually putting
his or her hands on the patient. Instead, after establishing access into the
body cavity, the physician sits at a computer console that offers a three-dimensional
view of the area to be treated with magnification up to 12 times that of normal
vision. The surgeon uses joystick-like controls to manipulate long, narrow,
specially hinged surgical instruments that are inserted through small incisions
in the patient. The remote-controlled instruments can be used in hard-to-reach
areas and turned in ways that would be impossible with normal wrist dexterity.
Altogether, these advantages allow the surgeon to work on a smaller scale
and more precisely than traditional surgery. Information about the system
can be viewed online at www.uihealthcare.com/daVinci.
The device currently is approved for use in surgeries in the abdomen, pelvis
and chest. In addition, UI Hospitals and Clinics will be the first medical
center in Iowa to use the da Vinci system to do urological procedures such
as radical prostatectomy for removing a cancerous prostate.
UI and visiting colleagues will help train general and specialist surgeons
in minimally invasive surgical techniques for kidney diseases at a UI conference
Aug. 23-24. The event primarily involves hands-on training of physicians and
nurses in how to perform laparoscopic surgery and how the robotic system is
becoming part of this minimally invasive approach.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI
Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research
programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.