SAMC receives second surgical robot

On Monday, August 17, Surgical Services received its second da Vinci surgical robot, strengthening SAMC's position as the region's first and foremost expert on robotic surgery. B4755UnboxDaVinciXi310x153SAMC was the region's first hospital to offer the da Vinci robotic system. We have done more robotic surgeries than any other hospital in the area. We performed the region's first robotic assisted thorax surgery. For our patients, this means we have the most experienced and highly skilled robotic surgeons and surgery team in the region.

SAMC offers the region's most robotic surgery trained physicians - 17 - including 8 Gynecologists, 5 Urologists, 2 Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgeons and 2 General Surgeons.

"The need for a second da Vinci arises from our continued surgical growth and advancing robotic techniques beyond prostatectomies and gynecological surgeries to general and thoracic surgeries," said SAMC CEO Ron Owen. "I am very proud we were the first to bring the advanced da Vinci technology to the region. We are the most experienced in robotic surgery, having more trained surgeons and performing more complex robotic procedures than any other hospital in the region."

The da Vinci Xi was displayed in the front lobby of the hospital on Tuesday, August 18 from noon - 4 p.m.

Benefits of robotically assisted surgery include less pain, less scarring and less recovery time.

SAMC introduced robotically assisted surgery to the region in January, 2006 with the da Vinci prostatectomy. Since that date more than 2,500 surgeries ranging from prostatectomy to hysterectomy to hernia repair and thoracotomy have been completed using the da Vinci surgical robot.

24th annual Men’s Health Fair

Jakelia Jackson, certified lab assistant, draws blood for free health 4342MensHealthBloodDraw310x153 screenings at the 24th annual Men's Health Fair at the Dothan Civic Center. A record number of participants took advantage of free health screenings at this year's event. The event drew 885 participants. Of those, 500 had labs drawn, with 27 found to have elevated PSAs. Another 117 had high cholesterol and 92 had elevated glucose; 68 men had low testosterone and 18 had abnormal thyroid levels. Also, 604 pounds of food was collected for donation to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank. Three physicians participated from Urological Associates, along with 12 ACOM students and 90 volunteers. Thank you to all who helped make this event possible!

Electrophysiology lab upgraded

Cath Lab 3 received a Biosense Webster 3D electrophysiology mapping system this week. This will allow the 5143CathLabInstall310x153 cardiology staff to perform comprehensive electrophysiological evaluations of patients with abnormal cardiac rhythms, including diagnostic procedures and 3D mapping of the heart. "The Biosense Webster system will allow us to perform SVT, VT and A-fib ablations on our patients," said Zane Kelley, RN, cath lab supervisor. "The ability to perform these procedures will allow patients to receive treatment here at SAMC versus being referred to other hospitals such as UAB."

In the photo, Kaitlyn Hoyt, field service engineer, Biosense Webster, explains the control layout of the SMARTABLATE HF generator to Norm Wrobel, radiology engineer, Invasive Cardiology. The SMARTABLATE HF is used during RF ablation therapy of the human heart and is a component of the Biosense Webster 3D electrophysiology mapping system.