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Goshen Health expands resources for robotic-assisted procedures

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Goshen Hospital received two new da Vinci® surgical systems to increase their capacity to perform robotic-assisted surgeries. In addition, the hospital surgical suites were upgraded with a new endoscopic video platform for minimally invasive procedures. The new video platform provides 4K resolution, advanced surgical imaging functions and device controls along with communication integrations for efficient workflow.

Goshen Health offers one of the most comprehensive minimally invasive surgery programs in north central Indiana. Minimally invasive procedures, many supported by robotic technology, have quickly become preferrable to traditional “open” surgery in many fields of medicine including bariatrics, cancer, heart and vascular, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics and urology.

“We are excited about how robotic-assisted technology continues to grow and evolve, with clear advantages for surgeons and patients,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “Adding these two robots and upgrading our surgical video platform enhances our healthcare team’s ability to deliver outstanding care and services to the people of our community.”

Robotic assistance allows surgeons to perform routine and complex surgeries with more precision and control than with traditional surgeries. The surgeon uses only a few small incisions and has clearer images to perform the procedure. Most patients experience less pain after robotic-assisted surgery and have shorter stays in the hospital. They also recover more quickly with fewer complications and return to normal activities in less time.

Committed to surgical innovation, Goshen Health significantly expanded robotic surgical capabilities in 2023. Goshen Orthopedics purchased the Mako SmartRobotics™ system to assist surgeons with total knee, partial knee and hip replacements, making it one of the first practices in Elkhart County performing robotic-assisted surgery for total hip replacements. Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction started using the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery system for gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. Finally, Goshen Center for Cancer Care became the first in Indiana to have a Noah Medical Galaxy SystemTM robot for bronchoscopy.

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