GRAND RAPIDS—The Grand Rapids Public Museum hosted a piece of medical history this weekend. With support from Saint Mary's Health Care and Intuitive Surgical, the da Vinci Surgical robot was available for some hands on experience.
The robot, which is made up of four arms and a control console is being used in hospitals all across the United States for surgeries like hysterectomies and cancer removal.
Officials decided to bring the large robot to the museum as a part of their hands-on exhibit " Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion". The robot was actually modeled after one of da Vinci's concepts.
So instead of working on patients, Friday and Saturday, the robot was being tested by the public. People could jump into the consoles and practice using the robot arms themselves.
Doctors at Saint Mary's say the new technology is great because it is minimally invasive, there is a faster recover, less pain, and less scaring. Instead of long 6-8 inch incisions, patients will have five small circular incisions.
Right now Saint Mary's Health Care boats the longest and most successful track record in the west Michigan area using this technology. It is expected their surgical staff will complete their 1,000th procedure before the year ends.