What is da Vinci and how can it help me?

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by your surgeon. The surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted daVinci System. The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image can be magnified up to 10 times so your surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist -- allowing your surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body. And, da Vinci software can minimize the effects of a surgeon's hand tremors on instrument movements. The daVinci Surgical System is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. Georgetown Community Hospital's own daVinci robotic platform is changing the experience of surgery for both surgeons and their patients. 

Benefits for the Surgeons: Physicians strive to deliver the best care for their patients possible.  Robotic surgery is a tool that enables the physician to elevate patient care to a level never known before. 

  • 10X magnification in 3D allows the physician the clearest, closest view possible
  • Greater dexterity completely eliminates any potential tremor or shake
  • Superior precision turns each surgical maneuver into precise, micro-movements

Benefits for the Patient: Because robotic-assisted surgery is conducted by making tiny incisions and making smaller surgical movements, patient benefits are incomparable to traditional surgical methods.

  • Tiny incisions and smaller surgical movements mean less pain
  • Shortened hospital stays
  • Faster road to recovery
  • Fewer complications like blood loss and infection

What kinds of surgery can be done using the daVinci System at Georgetown Community Hospital?

  • Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Gallbladder (Single-Site)
  • Female Pelvic Floor Reconstruction
  • Hernias
  • Kidney Disorders/Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

Is da Vinci Surgery safe?

Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have been published on the use of the da Vinci Surgical System demonstrating improved surgical outcomes when compared to open surgery. To date, more than 1.5 million surgeries have been per worldwide using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Talk with your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of each. If surgery is the option you choose, talk with your doctor about whether da Vinci Surgery is right for you. Your doctor's training; experience and judgment are important factors to consider when making this decision.

Is da Vinci Surgery covered by insurance?

Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System is a type of minimally invasive surgery. Most insurance plans include da Vinci Surgery in their minimally invasive coverage. Major insurance plans, including United, Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield, cover da Vinci Surgery. Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage.

Medical Advice & Surgeon Training

Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Other options may be available and appropriate. Only a doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for a patient's situation. Patients and doctors should review all available information on both non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision.

Physicians Utilizing the daVinci Surgical System:

Georgetown Bariatrics & Advanced Surgical Services 
Eric Smith, DO - General & Bariatric Procedures
Phone: 502-570-3727
Fax: 502-570-3753

Central Kentucky General Surgery
Danielle Dietz, MD - General Procedures
Phone: 502-570-3778
Fax: 502-570-3779

Thomas Slabaugh, Jr., MD - Urology Procedures  
Phone: 859-258-6450
Fax: 859-258-6499