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Backus Hospital has had the latest da Vinci surgical robot for less than a year, but the hospital and its surgical team are already being recognized as industry leaders when it comes to utilizing the new technology for minimally invasive procedures.

Intuitive Surgical, the company that developed the da Vinci robot, says that since moving from the “s” to the “xi” model, Backus is the “best example of a re-launch” of the 76 hospitals that upgraded to the new, more precise technology. Since the upgrade in April 2015, the hospital has increased volume, decreased consult time and reduced the cost of care for patients who have procedures using the da Vinci robot.

Backus Surgeons trained on the latest da Vinci Surgical robot.

Eastern Connecticut Urology

Dr. T. Casey McCullough
860.889.8331, Ext. 8203

Dr. Brandon Stahl
860.889.8331, Ext. 8203

Backus Physician Services

Dr. Sergio Casillas
860.889.8331, Ext. 8151

Dr. Mark Tousignant
860.889.8331, Ext. 8151

OB/GYN Services

Dr. David Kalla

Dr. Stephen Briggs

Dr. Kellen Sikora

Dr. Suzelle Hendsch

Chelsea Surgical Care

Dr. David Coletti
860.889.8331, ext. 2633

Backus is the only hospital in Eastern Connecticut to utilize the new model. Surgeons at Backus currently use the da Vinci xi for urological, gynecological, colorectal and weight loss procedures. 

“Being recognized as a benchmark for utilizing this new da Vinci model shows the hospital’s commitment to investing in state of the art technology to improve patient outcomes and that we have staff that are engaged in learning and utilizing this new technology,” says Gail Delaney, Hartford HealthCare Regional Director of Surgical Services. “Backus Robotics Coordinator Richie Almeida, RN, should be commended for demonstrating great leadership in helping to build this type of staff engagement.”

The da Vinci Surgical System utilizes advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist surgeons with a variety procedures.  The system has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software which allow surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified; giving surgeons a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on.  Instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside the patient.

Compared to open surgery, studies have shown that patients undergoing da Vinci procedures have shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, less need for narcotic pain medications and smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring.

Intuitive Surgical representative Brendon Farrell said to the Backus team that he has fielded many calls for tips on how to replicate Backus’ success.

“I tell them the same thing: [It’s] Hospital administrators who believe in robotics and provide excellent direction and support; excellent surgeons (the robot is just a tool); and dedicated staff members who are exceptional at their jobs,” Farrell writes.