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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor surgeons author book on robotic surgery
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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor surgeons author book on robotic surgery
Book outlines positive outcomes of robotic surgery technology

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (May 29, 2013) – Surgeons at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor have released their first book, Essentials of Robotic Surgery, providing a comprehensive analysis of robotically-assisted surgery.

“Minimally invasive surgery is quickly becoming the standard of care in certain surgical subspecialties, and it is expected robotic surgery will surpass open surgery and become the preferred option in the future for certain procedures,” said Rob Casalou, president and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals.

“As an industry leader in robotic procedures, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has distinguished itself within a highly competitive marketplace by implementing performance improvements that surpass patient expectations and exceed national performance benchmarks.”

By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci âRobot makes it possible for surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction.

This results in procedures such as heart bypass without opening the chest, prostate surgery or a hysterectomy through four tiny incisions and treating throat cancer without cutting into the neck or jawbone.

The technology has proven to exhibit a number of significant advantages over some manual surgeries, including:

·increased precision
·less blood loss and pain
·shorter recovery times and faster return to normal activities

Edited by St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor surgeons Manak Sood, section head of cardiothoracic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and Stefan W. Leichtle, a general surgeon, Essentials of Robotic Surgery details the history of robotic surgical technologies and techniques, while looking ahead to the possibilities in future applications. Each chapter is devoted to a specialty area and includes data and first hand experiences gleaned from experienced robotic surgeons on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

Surgical robots at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor are currently used to perform a wide range of procedures across a diverse group of specialties, including urology, gynecology, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, colorectal surgery and otolaryngology. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor maintains a rigorous credentialing program in which surgeons must meet certain standards including performing a minimum number of robotic procedures a year, submitting to a reappointment process every two years and being closely monitored by a robotics oversight committee.

First launched through the section of urology at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in 2004, the hospital performed 654 robotic surgery procedures in 2012. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor owns three da Vinciâ robotic surgery systems with capability for dual-console surgery used for teaching other surgeons.

“The data at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor shows robotic surgery to be an extremely safe option when performed in our facility by one of our trained surgeons,” said Walter Whitehouse, Jr., MD, chairman of the department of surgery and medical director of surgical services.

Essentials of Robotic Surgery, published by Spry Publishing, is an ideal resource for healthcare professionals who are considering whether robotic surgeries may be right for their organization, as it provides the most up-to-date information currently available.

“There are more and more applications for robotic surgery technology in each specialty as time goes on,” said Dr. Manak Sood. “There are new robots coming out, they’re going to be smaller and better, so this technology is definitely here to stay.”

Co-editor Dr. Stefan W. Leichtle echoed Dr. Sood’s enthusiasm by saying, “I think surgical robotic systems have already shown that they are more than an expensive toy or a fascinating piece of technology, and that they can provide a real benefit measured in quality of life for certain patients. Robotic surgery often creates emotional responses because of the current discussions about cost and value of medical care. Though that is very important, I'd recommend that even skeptical readers should be open to being fascinated and excited about this amazing technological advancement.”

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, four urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed improving the health of its communities by reinvesting its profits back into the community through new technologies, vital health services, and access for all. The hospitals of SJMHS provide approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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