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The evolution of surgery has made great strides-from open technique that resulted in lengthy hospital stays, extended recovery time and potential for substantial pain and scaring, to robotic surgery using single site incisions that leave virtually no scars and result in a more rapid recovery time. Such advancements can alleviate many of the fears associated with surgery.
In September, Todd Moffatt, MD, performed Waco's first robotic single site cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, through a single incision, using Providence's da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System. Robotic single site surgery has many of the same benefits of single incision laparoscopic surgery including low rates of major complications, low blood loss, low rates of wound infection, short hospital stays and virtually no scars. However; the scope of functionality that single incision laparoscopic surgery offers is limited. Using robotic "arms" that provide range of motion, robotic single site surgery provides surgeons functionality more like traditional laparoscopic surgery that uses three incision sites, creating triangular access-but with just one incision at the base of the belly button!
Dr. Moffatt is no stranger to surgical innovation: in May 2011, he performed Providence's first cholecystectomy, using the latest advancements in Covidien SILS™ technology. Shortly after, he performed Waco's first single incision sigmoidectomy, or resection of the lower colon. So what drives Dr. Moffatt's pursuit of technological advancement? "There is definitely a future for robotic surgery. It is important to be on the front end of the curve, not trying to play catch-up," Dr. Moffatt said.
Providence is committed to providing safe, quality care-offering the latest in robotic advancements is just another example of our commitment to excellence. To learn more about the Providence Robotic Institute, visit providencerobotics.org.
10 Rehab Staff members and one former staff member ran in the first annual Waco Wounded Veterans 5K. All proceeds are to go towards the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Thanks to Mary Cantu, PT, DPT for all her help with this! A great time was had by everyone and we're looking forward to participating next year!
Providence was recognized by the American Heart Association in a congratulatory ad published in the U.S. & News World Report for meeting the criteria of the AHA’s Get with the Guidelines quality program! It is evident that our entire cardiac team is committed to providing comprehensive, quality heart care to our community, and as the cover letter states, it IS nice to be recognized!
The 2014 Heart Walk is just around the corner and fundraising will be gearing up soon! Mark your calendars for the walk, Saturday, November 2!
Providence Radiology was awarded with the first ever Student Choice Award in the large facility category by the MCC Radiology Student Organization. They were presented the honor at the Radiologic Technology pinning ceremony on August 16, 2013. The award was determined by the clinical site that provided the best mentoring and outstanding student instruction, practiced the best radiation protection methods, as well as demonstrated exceptional professionalism and ethical behavior. Melissa Boyter and Peggy Pustejovsky accepted this award on behalf of Providence Radiology. Congratulations!