October 17 2011 - TMF Expands Surgical Robotics Program

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2011

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First in the Region To Use Robotics To Treat Renal Tumors

TYLER, TX Hope Kidwell, 75, of Mt. Pleasant is the first in the region to have a tumor removed from one of her kidneys with the assistance of a robotic system at Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. Today, Andrew Kirkpatrick, MD, Chief of Urology with Trinity Clinic, was the first surgeon to use Trinity Mother Frances' da Vinci® Surgical Robot to use real-time fluorescence imaging technology. The procedure allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye, further enhancing the unmatched vision, precision and control of surgical robotics.

The robotic system cannot act independently. It is guided by a surgeon and uses a minimally invasive technique, which entails smaller incisions and less damage to surrounding tissue compared to traditional surgery. Surgeons are able to perform major surgeries through dime-sized incisions, which require only one or two stitches to close. As a result, patients can return to their normal activities in one to two weeks and are at much lower risk of developing infection.

In 2004, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler was the first to add robotic surgery using it to perform minimally invasive cardiac bypasses and robotic assisted radical prostatectomies. The newest upgrade is instrumental in the treatment of renal tumors.

"We are pleased to be the first in the region to offer this ground-breaking technology to our patients and the community we serve," said Andrew Kirkpatrick, MD, Trinity Clinic-Urology, who has used da Vinci to perform over 300 prostatectomies. "Not only will it further enhance our established surgical robotics program, but it will also result in improved outcomes for our patients."

"Precision is the word that best summarizes surgical robotics," said Dr. Kirkpatrick. "With increased visibility, better instruments and a highly-trained team, we can do the best job with the bonus of minimal disturbance to the rest of the body."

Using sophisticated techniques and specialized tools such as fluorescence imaging and high definition monitors, surgeons in many specialties can perform major surgeries with the most accuracy possible. The surgeons skill, complemented by the robots precision, offers benefits to patients undergoing surgery in a growing number of specialties.

About Trinity Mother Frances

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 300 physicians and mid-level providers representing 38 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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