RICHLAND, Wash. - Surgeons at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland are changing the way they operate... literally.
Last month, two specially trained doctors at the hospital began using the "da Vinci Surgical System."
It's a robotic set of flexible arms that let doctors perform complex surgeries through tiny incisions.
The robot also magnifies the procedure, giving surgeons a 3D high definition view of what they're operating on.
Officials at Kadlec say it's the only hospital in our area using this technology.
Mark Mulholland, MD., is an OBGYN at Kadlec. He's one of the two doctors who operates using the system. He says, "This is a huge step for the region, we're actually one of the last major regions in the state to adopt this technology. Part of that is because some of the other regions, they have earlier generations. This is the cutting edge for robotic surgery."
Doctors say the da Vinci's advantages for patients include less pain, less scarring, a shorter recovery time, and ultimately a faster return to their normal daily life.