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Luthringer to discuss robotic-assisted surgery

When you browse Dr. Myron Luthringer's website on advanced obstetrics and gynecological care, you will find multiple stories from patients who applaud robotic-assisted surgery, the most effective and least invasive treatment option for gynecological procedures.

The da Vinci Surgical System, which Luthringer uses on almost all his patients who require surgery, is typically used for hysterectomies, myomectomies (fibroid removal) and genital prolapse.

Luthringer is a gynecological surgeon based at Community General Hospital. He has performed between 300 and 400 surgeries using the da Vinci over the last three years. On Wednesday April 27, he will address the public during a free informational seminar about one of the greatest surgical advancements in gynecology: "I've said it a number of times, [the da Vinci System] is as close as it can come in today's world in doing the perfect surgery," Luthringer said.

A surgeon performs robotic-assisted surgery at a console located about 10 feet away from the patient; another physician or assistant stands bedside. The $1.6 million-plus machine is equipped with foot pedals, a clutch, a camera pedal, focus and other control mechanisms that allow the skilled surgeon to move with ease and precision. Unlike conventional laparoscopic surgery where the instruments are straight, unbending and difficult to maneuver, the robotic arms flex.

"How I move my hands, fingers, wrists and feet when I'm at the console is exactly intuitive as to how those movements are carried out inside the patient," Luthringer said. "They are extremely precise."

The surgeon is able to carry out the surgery with just three small incisions, two eight-millimeter and one 12 millimeter for the camera.

"[The da Vinci] has a dual camera system so you have depth perception," he said. "There's anatomy in the pelvis that I never knew existed because I couldn't see at a distance. You can't gain it from a textbook [and] you really can't gain it from a cadaver lab because the tissues are different. So that's really exciting."

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