da Vinci Surgical System


Now available at Princeton Community Hospital, the da Vinci Surgical System brings the most advanced robotic and computer technology to today’s surgeons.

PCH invested $2.5 million in this system and in additional equipment that enables physicians to perform delicate and complex operations through tiny incisions with much greater precision, dexterity, control, and with the benefit of a high-definition, three-dimensional vision system. 

The da Vinci consists of several key components including a console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart next to where the patient lays during surgery, four interactive robotic arms, a 3D vision system, and physician-controlled instruments.

Minimally invasive surgery is now possible in a manner never before experienced. With the surgeon sitting at a console just a few feet from the patient, the da Vinci system translates the surgeon’s hand movements into corresponding micro-movements of the surgical instruments. The system provides unparalleled vision inside the patient’s body with natural depth perception, and magnification for more accurate tissue identification.

Although the da Vinci is referred to as “robotic” surgery, the system is in no way autonomous. The robot does not perform surgery, and the surgeon is in complete control of the instruments at all times. 

The da Vinci Surgical System is now in use in over 2,000 hospitals worldwide. It is estimated that 200,000 surgeries were conducted last year using the da Vinci. 

The system has been designed to improve upon conventional laparoscopy in which the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments, to a nearby video monitor. The surgeon must also rely on his/her patient-side assistant to position the camera correctly. In contrast, the da Vinci System’s ergonomic design allows the surgeon to operate from a seated position at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands.

For the patient, a da Vinci procedure can offer all the potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, including less pain, less blood loss, and less need for blood transfusions. Moreover, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities.

PCH physicians who are trained and certified on the da Vinci Surgical System are Gene B. Duremdes, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.; Eric S. Hopkins, M.D., F.A.C.S.; Brandon M. Lingenfelter, D.O., Ph.D;
David A. Mullins, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.; Can (John) Talug, M.D., Director of Robotics.

Da Vinci Nursing and Technician Team Members: Jennifer Blankenship, Surgical Technician; Scott Bowling, Surgical Technician; Nina Criss, Senior Surgical Assistant; Bobby Gentry, R.N.F.A., O.N.C.; Yvonne Machnic, R.N.; Tammy Meadows, R.N.; Larry Perdue, R.N., Robotic Coordinator; and Linda Prescott, R.N., Robotic Coordinator. All team members received extensive da Vinci training both off-site and on-site.