In 2010 Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) was the first to bring robotic surgery to Fort Bend County and recently MSLH expanded on that technology with an upgrade to the da Vinci® SI Surgical Robot which includes fluorescence imaging technology. The da Vinci SI Surgical Robot allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye, further enhancing the unmatched vision, precision and control of surgical robotics.
The robotic system is guided by a surgeon and uses a minimally invasive technique, which entails smaller incisions and less damage to surrounding tissue compared to traditional surgery. Surgeons are able to perform major surgeries through dime-sized incisions, which require only one or two stitches to close. As a result, patients can return to their normal activities in one to two weeks and are at much lower risk of developing infection.
This new upgrade is instrumental in the treatment of renal tumors which may spare kidney cancer patients an increased risk of life-long dialysis. Using the recently acquired da Vinci SI Surgical System, Dr. John Boon and Dr. Henry Pham, board certified urologists on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, can remove the tumor affecting the kidney and leave the healthy tissue. Patients can then often avoid the increased risk of organ failure that results from having a single healthy kidney.
“We are pleased to be the first in the region to offer this ground-breaking technology to our patients and the community we serve,” said Dr. Boon.
“Precision is the word that best summarizes surgical robotics,” said Dr. Pham. “With increased visibility, better instruments and a highly-trained team, we can do the best job with the bonus of minimal disturbance to the rest of the body.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Boon, Dr. Pham or other specialists using robotics technology, call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500 or visit MethodistSugarLand.com.