❯❯❯ Clinical study brings international study to northern Nevada ❮❮❮
A new study with a close tie to northern Nevada relating to women’s health and robotic surgery is getting widespread attention.
Led by Peter Lim, M.D.,FACOG, medical director of the Institute for Robotic Surgery at Renown Regional Medical Center, and co-authored by six other doctors from around the country, the study analyzed more than 32,000 benign hysterectomy cases. The results showed that physician-guided robotic surgery allows doctors to handle particularly complex cases resulting in a faster recovery with fewer complications.
The study, published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, demonstrates the value of robotic surgery and the benefit it brings to women.
“This study gives women and the surgeons who care for them important insights to inform their decision making,” said Dr. Lim in a press release. “We are proud to offer women many choices when it comes to their health needs and da Vinci surgery is just one of the many investments Renown has made to improve the quality of healthcare in our region.”
As one of only eight Robotic Epicenters for gynecologic oncology in the nation, Renown is an internationally recognized training center with surgeons traveling across the world to learn from Dr. Lim and Renown’s expert surgical teams. The Institute for Robotic Surgery is the most experienced in our region and not only offers the most advanced da Vinci Robotic Surgery System called the Xi, but also holds the designation as the only Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) in the state.
Over 4,000 robotic-assisted surgeries have been completed at Renown by the skilled team of da Vinci doctors in our community. Da Vinci surgeries are currently offered at Renown for hysterectomy and gynecologic cancer, as well as colorectal, hernia, gallbladder, prostate, kidney, thoracic, lung and stomach conditions. For more information, visit Renown.org/daVinci.
Northern Nevada also received a new simulation center that provides a high-tech learning experience in April. Thanks to generous community donations, the Estelle J. Kelsey Simulation Lab opened at Renown Regional Medical Center on April 7. The lab includes three state-of-the-art high-fidelity patient simulators that give doctors, nurses and medical students an opportunity for hands-on learning.
The three simulators, SimMan®, SimMom® and SimNewB®, can mimic normal human functions such as pulse, sweating, bleeding, swelling and even giving birth. Using the manikins in a mock-hospital environment provides staff and students an opportunity to practice assessment, clinical skills, communication and diagnosis to help master their craft.
Providing access to advanced equipment and technology is an important part of achieving a healthier community for everyone.
Heather Ashbridge, who started with Nevada State Development Corporation in 2008, previously served in several roles with the organization, including assistant vice president and loan officer. She is based in NSDC’s Reno office.