SAINT FRANCIS SURGEONS ARE FIRST IN CONNECTICUT TO REMOVE A THORACIC TUMOR THROUGH ROBOTIC SURGERY - Surgeons are Guided by the Advanced da Vinci S™

(Hartford, Conn.) – Dr. Arshad Quadri and Dr. Karl Karlson, cardiothoracic surgeons at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, recently performed the first robotic resection of a thoracic tumor.

“The operation, using the da Vinci Surgical System, was performed in less than one hour, with no blood loss, and the patient was discharged the same day,” said Dr. Arshad Quadri, cardiothoracic surgeon.

“The conventional approach would have required us to make a large incision in the chest. As a result, the patient’s recovery time is prolonged in the hospital. Thanks to minimally invasive robotic surgery, quicker recovery and discharge from the hospital are added benefits for the patient,” added Dr. Karl Karlson, cardiothoracic surgeon.

Doctors at Saint Francis were the first to perform hysterectomies last fall using the da Vinci S™ Surgical System, the first “robotic” surgeries of this kind performed in the Greater Hartford region.

Another recent first for the Hospital, an abdominoperineal resection for rectal cancer has been performed using the da Vinci Surgical System.

“Since acquiring the robot over a year ago, we set out to use its capabilities to its fullest potential. Through the extensive commitment of our highly-skilled surgeons, we are able to provide exceptional care with a quicker recovery for our patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, Chairman of Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

To perform minimally invasive surgery using da Vinci, surgeons utilize robotic arms and a camera. Through high-tech video imaging, surgeons are given a three-dimensional view of the body’s interior. Tiny instruments attached to robotic arms are controlled by the surgeon, who is positioned behind a console. Small, dime-sized incisions are made allowing for less bleeding and a quicker recovery for the patient.

Intuitive Surgical, based in Sunnyvale California, introduced the da Vinci S Surgical System in early 2000.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.