LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It was another first for Louisville's Jewish Hospital. Surgeons are once again on the forefront of innovation in the field of heart care.
Jewish is the only hospital in the area using the da Vinci surgical system to perform minimally invasive heart procedures to treat common cardiothoracic conditions such as heart valve disease, heart failure and coronary heart disease.
The da Vinci is a robotically-assisted surgical system that uses a small incision to introduce miniaturized instruments and a high definition camera. The da Vinci then mimics the surgeons hand movements.
"The way we do that is to create a tool allowing higher precision, with little trauma, so patients recover sooner, and go home faster," said Gary Guthart, CEO of Intuitive Surgical.
At Jewish, the da Vinci is also used for urology, gynecology and bariatric surgeries.