RICHLAND, Wash. - Amid a plethora of medical professionals and media outlets, Kadlec Regional Medical Center unveiled its newest machine to help medical professionals perform critical surgeries.
Months after receiving a $130,000 donation from the Kadlec Auxillary to help purchase a second da Vinci surgical system, the hospital showcased the robotic equipment and its capabilities on practice organs as well as fruit.
Leaders with Kadlec say since the da Vinci surgical system, a device that costs up to $1.5 million, launched at the medical campus in 2012, patients have experienced less pain and side effects as well as faster recovery times. The second da Vinci device will allow access to the machine to increase as time goes along.
"Urology, because since we hired a couple more urologists, they get more access. General surgery will get more access so all of these cancer patients mostly will get the benefit of us adding a second console," said Dr. Luay Ailabouni, a colorectal surgery specialist at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
Officials from Kadlec say the addition of the second robotic surgery equipment will allow more than a thousand patients to be treated each year and reduce the number of patients that have to be transferred to Seattle or Spokane for treatment due to the high demand for the device. According to Kadlec, more than 750 patients were treated by the da Vinci surgical system in 2022.