First Da Vinci Robot Hand Surgery Performed in America


The medical director of the Hand Center at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland, Stacey Berner, has become the first American surgeon to perform a new robotic hand surgery using the Da Vinci Surgical System.

The system is a new tool that eliminates human hand tremors, which could cause problems found in traditional open surgery or laparoscopic procedures. It uses high magnification and ultra precise movements. Dr. Berner used two robotic arms and a foot pedal. The Da Vinci system also uses 3D imaging.


Those patients whose surgeons use the Da Vinci system may experience less blood loss, less pain and shorter recovery times. The Da Vinci system has been used for other surgeries, but this is the first time it has been used in hand surgery. The Da Vinci system has been used previously for gynecologic and prostate conditions.

Hand surgeries can be complex because of the small body parts found in the hand: smaller veins, nerves and the like. Dr Berner said “The new approach of using a Da Vinci Surgical System significantly increases access to hard to reach structures and potentially offers better results to patients.”

Other conditions that can use the Da Vinci surgery system includes:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Heavy Uterine Bleeding
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Obesity
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Prolapse

For more information, please visit the website of the da Vinci surgery system here. Patients can even find a surgeon who uses the system through the website, read the studies on safety and effectiveness, and read about patient experiences or share their own.


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