TMC's DaVinci Robot performs first surgery

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

DENISON, TX - Several doctors at TMC have started using the new DaVinci Robot in surgeries. Today we talked to surgeons and patients to see what they're saying about the new technology.

Today we talked to the very first patient at TMC to have an operation using the DaVinci Robot.
She says she was able to leave the hospital the next day and she's surprised at how fast she's recoverd.

"I didn't know what it was, honestly, so I trusted my surgeon, it looked almost kind of intimidating, because it's this big thing with arms." said Tracy Sanders.

Tracy Sanders had her gall bladder removed just 2 weeks ago. She was the first patient at TMC to undergo an operation using the DaVinci Robot.

"All I knew is they were pushing my surgery back cause they were waiting on some special equipment they needed for my surgery, that's all I was told." Sanders said.

Sanders says she's still shocked at how quickly she's recovering.

"I was out of there the next morning, I was out, and I guess a couple of days later I was doing pretty good." said Sanders.

"Because they don't have as much incision, they have less pain with that and they're able to get back to normal activities quicker." said Dr. Pat McGrael.

Urologist, Dr. Pat McGrael, performed his first 2 surgeries using the DaVinci Robot on Monday.

"When I went through my training 25 years ago we opened people up, put your hands in there." McGrael said.

He says the DaVinci robot is expanding the options for patients with kidney cancer.

"For years what we would do, you would control the blood supply in and out of the kidney, and take the whole kidney out if there was a cancer in it." said McGrael.

Because the robot magnifies the area, surgeons can see things they wouldn't be able to see with the naked eye.
Dr. McGrael says this allows them to be more precise, and in many cases they can actually save the organ.

"I got a better way to help people, I can go in and remove only the part that's causing the problem." McGrael said.

The DaVinci Robot is currently being used in minimally invasive Gynecologic and Urologic procedures, but TMC says they hope to eventually expand into heart surgeries.

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  • by JC Location: Denison on Apr 4, 2012 at 01:38 PM
    I'm willing to bet those of you that have negative things to say will turn your thinking around when it's YOU who is on the operating table... or a loved one who doesn't have to lose a kidney. Geeze, people. Advances in medicine... good thing.
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      by Death panel on Apr 4, 2012 at 06:43 PM in reply to JC
      Bull hockey! Science is bad, bad, bad. If god wanted a machine to make you well, he wouldn't have made you sick in the first place.
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      by Anon on Apr 17, 2012 at 08:29 AM in reply to JC
      B-b-but it doesn't have, uhh, "human touch!" When I get my tumors removed the number one thing on my mind on that operating table is whether I feel the warmth of a human hand carving away at my body...
  • by Truth on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    They done been Romny voters cause this beez stupid. Knowmasayin?
  • by tim on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:17 AM
    Will it accept Medicare?
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      by Ork7 on Apr 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM in reply to tim
  • by Michael Location: Sherman on Apr 4, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    One day all our doctors will have names like Dr. Transistor or Dr. Spark Plug all going the way of the 21st century of industrial robotics loosing the compassion of a real thinking human being .
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      by Anon on Apr 17, 2012 at 08:24 AM in reply to Michael
      Typical luddite attitude. If I can have a surgery and leave within a week because a robot can do it less invasively, no "compassion" is an insignificant price to pay.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:59 PM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    I bet they take on some really eases cases to get their record up before taking on a challenge. Sort of like division I NCAA teams taking on small schools the first couple of games in the season. You'd hate to start off 0-2.
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