Robotic Surgery News

11/11/2011 - Runner Competes in Marathon 3 Weeks After Robotic Prostate Surgery

If you want to discuss the benefits of robotic prostate surgery, you'll have to catch up with Paul Kuligowski, 52, of Washington Township. Just three weeks after his minimally invasive procedure, he was part of a relay team that competed in the recent Detroit Free Press Marathon.

His competitive running days go back to high school. Paul, a former member of the Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep cross country and track teams, loves a good run no matter the cause. Ironically, it was shortly after he ran in a Father's Day run this past June, promoting prostate cancer awareness and research efforts, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

03/04/2011 - Beaumont First in State to Perform Robotic Heart Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation

Doctors at Beaumont Hospital, Troy have performed Michigan's first minimally invasive robotic procedure to correct atrial fibrillation, a prevalent and growing heart rhythm disorder. The new robotic maze procedure is an alternative to open-heart surgery. It's performed through tiny, keyhole incisions with fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay.

A maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation that is used to stop an irregular heartbeat and restore a normal heart rhythm. Patients are candidates for a maze procedure if their irregular heartbeat cannot be treated with medication or other nonsurgical approaches.

07/19/2010 - First Robotic Surgery Performed at Beaumont Hospital, Troy

Beaumont Hospital, Troy now has the da Vinci Si® Surgical System, the newly refined, most-up-to-date robotic surgery system. Today, Kenneth Kernen, M.D., director of Urology, and Jason Hafron, M.D., urologist, performed a laparoscopic robotic prostatectomy, the hospital's first minimally-invasive surgery using the da Vinci system.

05/14/2009 - Always high-touch; now high-tech: Beaumont, Grosse Pointe enhances technology

The physicians' and staff's "wish list" for technology improvements was longer than a 12-year old kid's toy list at Christmas. In less than 18 months, the leadership team at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe has tackled that list with zest and made amazing progress in their quest to transform the hospital into a center for high-tech care.

Accomplishing this while maintaining the hospital's high-touch culture was not always easy.

Beaumont, Grosse Pointe's top executive leadership team includes business administrators who tend to the daily operations of running a hospital with a keen eye on the bottom line, and physicians, whose first responsibility is to the patient.

Decisions to move the hospital forward are a collective effort based on what is best for the patients, the staff and ultimately the hospital as a whole.

"Surgeons having input about technology used in the operating room just makes sense," says Larry Lloyd, M.D., senior vice president and director of Surgical Services. "The purchase of new equipment is physician driven and administration facilitated."

Regular meetings are held with the medical staff to involve them in the process of selecting equipment to improve care. Dr. Lloyd adds that when physicians are part of the process from the beginning, they tend to take ownership which ensures success in implementing new technology.

05/14/2009 - Minimally invasive procedures lessen pain, shorten hospital stay

Just mention interventional radiology to Beaumont, Grosse Pointe physicians Arun Patel, M.D., and Thomas Barbieri, M.D., and be prepared for their enthusiasm on how advanced technology is allowing them to better diagnose and treat their patients.

With interventional radiology, procedures are done with minimal invasion of patients' bodies. Needles, guide wires, catheters and lasers in conjunction with ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs are the radiologists' "tools of the trade." While exploratory surgery was often needed in the past for diagnosis, physicians now are able to see into the body using MRI or CT imaging or ultrasound. Tissue or cells can be obtained for testing with needles. Treatments are being done with catheters and lasers via tiny needle punctures to access organs and vessels.

Take the Trellis device for example. Comprised of syringes, tubes and balloons, this device allows physicians to treat patients with deep venous thrombosis or blood clots with only a needle puncture. The Trellis device combines chemical and mechanical means to break apart blood clots and restore blood flow to veins.

"The benefit to the patient is monumental," said Dr. Barbieri. "Not only does it reduce a patient's chance of developing post-phlebitic syndrome, swelling to the leg is reduced quickly, blood flow is restored and valve function is maintained, all with less pain for the patient, who then is in the hospital for a shorter time."

The impact of interventional radiology affects all areas of medicine, adds Dr. Patel, chief of Diagnostic Radiology.

"Radiology has created a huge shift for diagnosis," explained Dr. Patel. "Lots of conditions are diagnosed using CT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs. Treatment is done less invasively too."

02/09/2009 - Beaumont, Grosse Pointe Surgeon Does 1st Surgery Using da Vinci Robot

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe now has a state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System. Dinesh Telang, M.D., chief of Surgery at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe recently performed a radical prostatectomy -- the hospital's first surgery using the da Vinci. Read more...

02/07/2007 - Beaumont chosen robotic surgery teaching center

Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci® surgical robot, has selected Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to be a Multi-specialty Training Center for Robotic Surgery. Beaumont joins just a handful of centers in the world teaching how to use the sophisticated equipment. Read more...