Robotic surgical tool unveiled at TMH

The public got a hands-on demonstration of the latest technology surgeons are using at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

The Da Vinci surgical system was in the lobby of the hospital Friday for visitors and staff to see and try out. Da Vinci has 3-D high definition cameras as well as robotic arms that are easy to use.

The new state of the art technology allows for a single incision in the belly button so it’s less invasive.

“We can do almost anything we want to it,” said Dr. Mohammed Rashid, general surgeon with TMH. “As we learn more, we can do complex procedures with it, small incisions, less pain and people go back to work. I think that’s the whole point. Plus, it’s a very safe procedure.”

Trumbull began using the system in February and has performed more than 80 surgeries.

“I think the best part is you see better,” said Rashid. “It’s like a 3-D picture plus the instrument they have is like a wrist so you can manipulate 360 degrees inside and it really is the trick.”

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