Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:38:11 +0000Surgical AdvancementsSurgical Advancements.http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/7136292?cpt=8&wpid=2637WCIAblessed in central illinois to have such major advances in technology when it comes to your health. i am at covenant medical center with doctor - - here. we are here in an operating room which is why we are dressed like this. tell me about this robot at our fingertips. >> we have the intuitive da vinci surgical robot that we use for a variety of surgical procedures. it allows us to do operations minimally invasive. we can do less damage to a person's body to do the same operation and get equivalent outcomes with less pain, and an easier recovery. >>heather: i think everybody would be for less pain and an are we trying to fix with this robot? >> i am a cardiothoracic surgeon so among the things i do are operations in the chest including lungs, - - structures in the center of the chest. we take out tumors and masses. we are able to use this robot rather than doing these operations as we have traditionally done for decades using an - -. making an incision going through the center of the ribs and breaking the ribs apart. we are able to do that same operation just by making little ports in the side of the chest. eight millimeter holes and we use the surgical instruments to do these surgeries minimally invasively. >>heather: these are the machines that will go through the incision. >> correct. we have ports that we put in through the chest wall in this case. it's an eight millimeter tube. we make a small incision in this case in the chest. poke it through the ribs into the chest. this is a simulated chest wall so they show several ports that we put through the chest. one of which we put a camera that allows us to see inside. we have two others that we use surgical instruments. we have these long, thin instruments that fit through the ports and allow us to go into the body cavity and do what we do. we will demonstrate that in a moment. that's what we refer to as docking the robot. this is what's called the patient cart. it attaches to the manipulator arms. we put the instruments into the ports and that gives us access to the inside of the body to do the operations we do. i have an assistant stephanie who is at the bedside helping with exchange and manipulation of these instruments. >>heather: let's do it. there that need removed or something. we are over here, this is where you work your magic. >> this is where i manipulate the robot. >>heather: we are going to simulate a surgery. what's wrong with our patient? >> he has a bunch of cones inside that need to be - -. that's the monitor. what this console offers us, the tv monitor in the main part of the room. that's a single view. the camera has two cameras on the end. it provides two different views. this offers binocular vision and therefore 3-d visualization which dramatically improves the ability to do these operations because you have depth perception. the hand controls are what controls the robotic arms, the instruments. on the bottom are foot pedals that can be used for coagulating vessels for bleeding to stop and other controls to control the camera. by using the camera clutch, we can move the camera back and forth in and out to get a view of things as well. >>heather: we are ready to put a ring on. >> let's move some rings. now i have control of the robotic instruments. and there's also a microphone. if she says something to me, there's a speaker on the patient cart itself so i can hear her. and like you said, a microphone in the console so she can hear when i talk to her. now we are in focus. i'm going to move the camera and grab one of these rings. i can move the camera around. and wow.