Health Beat - Winter 2017 - 8

Technology offers better precision
than traditional laparoscopic and
open surgeries
By John Berggren

W

hile consulting with his
surgeon for a planned
screening colonoscopy,
Don Abbott, 59, of Salina,
decided to ask about another medical
issue he'd been noticing for years. He
showed Justin Klaassen, D.O., a general
surgeon with Salina Regional Surgical
Associates, a "knot" that stuck out
through the surface of his groin on the
left side, below his belt line.
The "knot" caused no pain and
really didn't bother Abbott, but he
had noticed that it seemed to be getting bigger. Klaassen easily recognized
a hernia.
"That's when they told me about the
new robotic procedure they had to fix

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hernias," Abbott says. "I really
hadn't heard of it before."
Robotic surgery has been
available in Salina since 2009,
when the first-generation
da Vinci Si Surgical System
was implemented. It quickly
became a preferred method for
hysterectomy, prostatectomy
and other general surgeries.
In 2016, Salina Regional added
the da Vinci Xi system, which
is engineered to conduct more
complex general surgeries.
A few weeks after his colonoscopy,
Abbott came back to the hospital to
have his hernia repaired. He checked
in early on a Friday morning and went
home around noon the same day.
"Dr. Klaassen said everything went
according to plan, but once he got
inside he saw that the hernia was a little
larger than he expected," Abbott says.
Abbott went home expecting to feel
sore and planned to take it easy while
he recovered.
The next morning, however, he was
amazed at how good he felt. He had no
noticeable pain.
The da Vinci surgery robot, which
doctors use to perform hernia repair.


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