Prescription Arkansas: Robotic surgery

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Any kind of surgery is a big deal. You're putting your health and your body in the hands of the surgeon and their team.

    In this month's Prescription Arkansas -- we'll show you a surgery system that some surgeons say is actually more precise and exact -- and easier on both the patient and the surgeon.

    And you may be surprised to find it looks like something out of science fiction.

    Dr. Ron Kuhn, a urologist with Baptist Health is showing off the latest equipment that gives him an advantage during long and tedious surgeries."It's the latest in the Da Vinci Robotical Surgery systems. It gives us better vision of the patients anatomy while we're doing surgery."

    Thanks to a tiny high definition camera that's inserted through a small incision that lets the surgeon get the clearest view possible of what he's up against and what he's doing.

    But perhaps the biggest advantage is the wristed instruments that have a lot more flexibility than with the original Da Vinci.

    "If you're ever going to open a bottle or to twist a light bulb you can only go so far before you reset. The Da Vinci Robot with the wristed instruments moves 540 degrees, almost like an owls head. It can just keep turning," he says.

    When Ted Grove found out Kuhn was going to use the Da Vinci system for his prostate surgery, he thought it was cool.

    "I even downloaded a picture and put in in my iPhone and showed it to people, yah like this is the robot," Grove said. "Of course it's something that I researched heavily, saw the success of it and said it's something that we're going to do."

    Ted says he was able to walk a mile about four days after surgery --that's because Kuhn says the new system helps cut down on recovery time.

    "The incisions are very small and the instruments that are placed into the patient are very small. When the robot is connected it has limited stress on the patient's tissue," Kuhn says.

    Ted had the surgery six months ago and says he feels great physically and about his decision to put his health in the hands of Kuhn and the Da Vinci.

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