Spotsylvania, Va. (May 12, 2017) – Dr. Bradley C. Ryan performs the first robotic assisted recurrent incisional hernia repair at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Using the da Vinci Si Surgical System, Dr. Ryan was able to facilitate the removal of scar tissue from previous patient operations using minimally invasive surgery versus traditional surgical methods.

The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. The robotic assisted technology allows surgeons to operate using the tiniest incisions- with greater vision, precision and control.

“With the new Si robot recently purchased by Spotsylvania Regional, we now, for the first time in Fredericksburg, have the ability to perform advanced maneuvers, (stapling and energy for coagulation and division of vessels), that has opened the door for a wider range of laparoscopic procedures to be done with the robot technique. We can now do intestinal surgery (e.g., colectomies) with the added benefits that the robot provides over traditional laparoscopic surgery,” commented Dr. Ryan.

One of the main enhancements provided by robotic surgery as opposed to traditional open or laparoscopic surgery is a faster recovery. Generally, the patient has a shorter, less intense pain course and a shorter period of physical restrictions. “We are pleased to offer our patients an alternative to traditional surgical services with the da Vinci Si Surgical System. Our goal is to provide exceptional compassionate care to our patients, using the best technology available to us for the best patient outcomes,” said Michael Clark, CEO at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

The results are just what we are looking for, “Our inaugural robotic case went very well, said Dr. Ryan. “We succeeded in accomplishing all goals- our patient received a great repair and is doing well.” Ryan continues, “This patient is a good example of the advantages of robotic surgery. He previously had an extensive surgical history including a previous repair. The robot facilitates removal of scar tissue from previous operations to allow minimally invasive surgery in difficult environments. It also allows physical closure of hernia defects and well-positioned mesh reinforcement that should provide a successful repair where other efforts have failed.”