Surgical staff members at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center recently celebrated the successful completion of the hospital's 300th robotic surgical procedure by "SAL" the Surgical Robot. Dr. Venkat Kolli, the medical center's chief of surgery, performed the milestone operation.
"Our experience with 'SAL' continues to be a positive one, with more and more of our patients asking if we can perform their surgeries robotically," Kolli said. "Our ability to perform single site robotic procedures, which can leave virtually no scarring, has generated interest from across Western New York."
"SAL," which stands for "Save A Life," is actually the $1.7 million da Vinci Si Surgical System. Specially trained surgeons at Memorial began using the system in March 2012, and it is now utilized by gynecologists, gynecological oncologists, urologists, bariatric surgeons, colorectal surgeons and general surgeons to perform minimally invasive robotic surgery at the medical center.
For more information, call Memorial's minimally invasive robotic surgery hotline at 716-278-4492 or visit www.nfmmc.org/Services/Robotics.