Robot helps surgeons perform minimally invasive surgeries at MCH

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ODESSA -- A robotic surgery machine right here in the Permian Basin is proving to be successful.

Doctors use the da Vinci to perform multiple surgeries a day on patients at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

It took the da Vinci years to be developed, and now, patients are reaping the benefits of minimally invasive surgery.

“We hurt people. I mean, incisions hurt. They’re uncomfortable. The things that we do afterwards create more pain, and so anything that we can do to limit pain is extremely important,” Doctor Don Davenport said.

Davenport has been a surgeon for nearly 20 years, and he says anything that can make surgery less invasive is a huge advancement in medicine.

“Defining movements of our wrists, wherever we want our hands to be is exactly where we allow our fingers to touch,” Davenport explained.

The roughly $1.3 million machine emulates 360 degree motions of the human wrists while smoothing out the surgeon’s movements, creating more gentle motions on patient tissue.

“Procedures such as gallbladder surgery, or hernia surgery, colon surgery, are all being done robotically,” Davenport added.

The machine helps perform about 10 operations a week—bringing cutting edge technology to West Texas.

“We have the opportunity and the ability to function like a lot of the major medical centers with regards to the technology that we use to take care of patients,” Davenport said.

On that same note, there will be free Hernia screenings this Saturday, September 16, from 10 am to 11:30 am at MCH.