The operating suites at Princeton use the latest control systems to seamlessly integrate devices and environmental components. Our open heart suites are equipped with endoscopic video equipment; the urology suite has its own state-of-the-art digital platform; our orthopedic suite has the Hana table used for less invasive total hip replacement surgery; and our mobile digital systems make it possible for each OR to utilize the latest technology in OR systems. Such efficiency can mean smoother surgeries, quicker recoveries and shorter hospital stays. The more than 11,000 surgical procedures performed each year include a broad range of conventional surgeries as well as a growing list of minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Our minimally invasive surgery program continues to be in the forefront of technology. The surgical staff takes a team approach to each case and we have a dedicated staff of nurses, surgeons and technicians committed to minimally invasive surgery.
For most patients, minimally invasive surgery, offers shorter recovery times, minimal interruption of lifestyle and a quicker return to work. For more information on minimally invasive surgery at Princeton please call our clinical nurse specialist at 205-783-7168.
daVinci Robotic Surgery at Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Princeton has the most advanced version of the daVinci® S HD Surgical System in the Birmingham area which will allow surgeons, through 3-D computer vision and high definition technology, to extend their eyes and hands into the surgical field. HD technology used in a surgical application allows better image quality and increases clarity, supporting improved diagnostic and surgical precision.
One of the initial applications of the new DaVinci® robotic technology at Princeton will be to perform minimally invasive prostate surgery. This allows prostate cancer patients a less invasive surgical alternative to removal of the prostate.
"Robotic surgery offers a number of advantages over open surgery," said Dr. Michael Bivens, a urologist with Urology Centers of Alabama who practices at Princeton BMC. "Because no incision is bigger than a few centimeters, the patient experiences less pain and faster recovery. By using 3-D magnification and precise movements, there is less blood loss and shorter hospital stays. Patients can also return to their daily routine quicker."
Using the daVinci® Surgical System, the surgeon operates by manipulating robotic arms. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The three-dimensional view helps the surgeon easily find the nerves and muscles around the prostate. The robotic arms can rotate a full 360 degrees, allowing the surgeon to manipulate surgical instruments with flexibility.
With the robotic procedure the recovery period is more rapid and most patients can go home within 24 hours and can return to normal activities within one to two weeks following surgery.
The daVinci® Surgical System at Princeton will also be used for a broad range of surgeries including gynecological and cardiac surgical applications.