Pender hospital to feature robotic-assisted surgery

January 27, 2019

PENDER — The Pender Community Hospital is in the process of being added to the list of health-care facilities — usually located in larger communities — that offer robotic-assisted surgery services.

“We are honored to be the first critical access hospital in Nebraska to offer the da Vinci system,” said Melissa Kelly, the hospital’s CEO. “Beginning in early March, Pender providers will be using da Vinci technology — the exact same technology that was previously only available at bigger hospitals — for general surgery, gynecologic surgery, and urologic surgery.”

Hospitals that are designed critical access facilities are generally smaller entities located in rural areas.

The da Vinci system allows surgeons to use robotic technology to let their hand movements become a small, more precise movement while inside the patient.

An instrument that is included is a laparoscope, which a thin tube with a tiny camera that sends video and guides doctors while in surgery.

The da Vinci system allows the surgeon to sit while operating, has instruments that bend more than the human hand can and allows patients to have shorter recovery time because of minimally invasive techniques.

Along with this new service at the Pender Community Hospital, the Pender Medical Clinic and Apothecary will be moving and opening, along with the grand opening of the Emerson Medical Clinic and Apothecary.

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