Da Vinci's Year Anniversary

By: Elyse Molstad Email
By: Elyse Molstad Email

Jim Pritlow gets a chance to control the surgical robot whose instruments were used to operate on him two years ago.

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Jim Pritlow looked at traditional treatment options, but changed his mind when he heard about Bay Medicals' new surgical robot. And, was the first patient to be operated on by the device.

Urologist Dr. Warren Hitt was Pritlow’s surgeon. "There was a little pressure, but it turned out just fine,” he says. “I think by looking at Mr. Pritlow you can see everything went very well."

The robot is designed to provide surgeons with the same control and dexterity they have during invasive open surgeries.

OB/GYN Dr. Gregory Morrow said, "You get better visualization, better dexterity, smaller holes; it's just such a huge win, win, win situation."

The robot has wrists that rotate 360 degrees, similar to a human hand, but has safety features to add precision and steadiness.

OB/GYN Dr. Justo Maquiera said, "When you're standing over a patient for three hours it becomes tiring. Using a robot, it becomes a lot more accurate and you're sitting at the console, which makes it a lot more comfortable for surgeons."

While doing surgery, the Da Vinci Robot console makes the surgery comfortable for the surgeons. The important thing is the surgery is more comfortable for the patients, who have smaller incisions and quicker recovery time.

And that, Pritlow says is vital. "What a beautiful thing to do just four days after you're lying under the robot to be able to go back to work."

Bay Medical’s robotic program performs prostate cancer surgery, less-invasive removal of fibroid tumors from the uterus, hysterectomies and tubal ligation reversals.

Bay Medical will soon expand its program even further with less-invasive heart surgery.


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