Cullman Regional proudly announces its acquisition of the da Vinci Xi surgical robot, building towards its promise of providing the residents of Cullman and its neighboring communities with a sophisticated, modern facility that offers cutting edge, high-quality healthcare services to its patients.

Cullman Regional’s purchase of the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system is the most recent example of the hospital’s commitment towards investing in progressive technologies aimed at benefit for the community. These minimally invasive treatment options can drastically improve the quality of life for patients with significantly reduced recovery time.

James Clements, CEO

“As the role of technology in modern medical care grows larger every year, we believe there is substantial opportunity to expand robotic surgical usage in our area,” said James Clements, Cullman Regional CEO. “As such, we continuously assess available or emerging technologies, such as the multi-limbed da Vinci system that enables our surgeons to perform better – and with minimal invasion – therefore benefiting our surgical teams and ultimately, our patients. Our goal is to put the right technology in the hands of our capable and skilled surgeons to provide patients with the best possible clinical outcome.”

Considered one of the most dynamic tools for robotic surgery in the world, the da Vinci robotic surgery system delivers a high degree of fidelity and precision in the control of surgical instruments.  Operated by a trained surgeon – who is in full control throughout the procedure – utilizing dedicated equipment, the system improves comfort for both surgeons and patients alike.

“We can now provide a minimally invasive surgical approach for a wide range of patients and surgical complexities,” said Urologist Lars Erik Wallin III, MD, robotic surgery program director. “Gone are the days of a long painful recovery from an open traditional surgery; our patients now can take advantage of this state-of-the-art robotic surgery system and undergo the most complex surgeries which require only a couple tiny incisions that are only 1/3 of an inch in size.”

Lars Erik Wallin III, MD

Dr. Wallin continued, “The techniques available with the da Vinci robotic surgical system result in significantly reduced post-operative pain, very small incisions, little to no blood loss, improved recovery time, and a less aggressive opioid pain medication regimen – an important consideration. We can typically send patients home the morning following a robotic procedure.”

The da Vinci robotic surgical system will provide minimally invasive surgical options for patients who have prostate, kidney, bladder or colon cancer, as well as those in need of hernia repair, bariatric surgery, or gynecological procedures.

“Led by a ‘patient-first’ philosophy, it is Cullman Regional’s mission to provide superior and compassionate care,” said Charna Brown, RN, Cullman Regional Chief Nursing Officer. “Acquisitions such as the da Vinci XI surgical robot reflect our commitment to improve the overall patient experience, while working to solidify the medical center’s reputation as a leader in the advancements of medicine, facilitator of exceptional care and trusted resource for the communities we serve.”

Cullman Regional needs the community’s help in naming the new robot prior to its first procedure in October of 2018. To enter the contest, click here and download the entry form. Contest is open to all ages and multiple entries per person are acceptable. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 28, 2018. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 1, 2018 on Facebook, press releases and more.