The da Vinci® Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic surgical platform designed to expand surgical capabilities – and for the first time – offer a minimally invasive option for older patients with a complex medical history requiring major complex-cancer surgery. During a recent interview, Dr. Iddings stated “The interface between the patient and surgeon is evolving and the da Vinci® Surgical System is a catalyst…robotic surgery is simply revolutionary”. This is understandable as Dr. Iddings often uses the da Vinci® Surgical System to overcome the limitations of both traditional open surgery and conventional minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery.
Through the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, Dr. Iddings is now able to offer several minimally invasive options for the most complex surgical cancer conditions. Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions. Imagine having the benefits of a definitive complex surgical cancer treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes. Seated comfortably at the da Vinci console, Dr. Iddings views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. As Dr. Iddings manipulates the master controls, they work like forceps and the da Vinci responds to his input in real time, translating his hand, wrist and finger movements into precise micro-movements of the miniaturized instruments. Dr. Iddings and the da Vinci® Surgical System are making the seemingly impossible, possible.
The da Vinci® System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Rather, the da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from Dr. Iddings. Having a fellowship trained surgical oncologist who is trained in the latest techniques, using the most sophisticated state-of-the-art surgical equipment may be exactly what you need – it just makes sense. With the da Vinci® Surgical System, Dr. Iddings is re-writing accepted standards for the most complex surgical cancer care. Although Dr. Iddings participates in large national research trials with hundreds and even thousands of patients enrolled, he feels “…awards and research mean nothing if it cannot impact patient care, the only thing that matters is the patient standing in front of you faced with the diagnosis. In this field, although there have been significant advances in scientific knowledge and therapeutic medications, surgery still remains the single most effective treatment of solid tumors. Spending tireless efforts improving the quality and method which surgery is delivered makes sense.”
“Where I come from ‘There is…DO, or DO NOT. There is no TRY’. Using the da Vinci® we are able to successfully treat even the most complex patient. Welcome to the cutting edge…we are taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.” – Dr. Douglas M. Iddings
Robot allows McLaren doctor new way to perform cancer removal procedure
Matt Dixon | The Flint Journal Surgical Oncologist Douglas Iddings poses for a portrait with the daVinci Si Robotic Surgical System at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Iddings has used this system to perform robotic whipple procedures, a complicated cancer removal surgery that reconnects parts of the stomach.