The Da Vinci Surgical System.

By: Dan Ponce
By: Dan Ponce

Doctors say the new robot will provide a quicker and safer procedure for prostate cancer patients.

The state-of-the-art robot is controlled by a surgeon who sits in a special console next to the operating table.

"It's a whole different way of operating on the prostate," said Dr. Leonard Zuckerman from the Lansing Institute of Urology. "It allows the surgeon to see much more clearly, the 3-D camera system is 3D gives [the surgeon] a much better view."

Zuckerman says patients can expect less pain and a quicker recovery time.

The Da Vinci surgical system is one of only seven in Michigan. Sparrow hospital leaders said they hope it will attract more patients.

"This is the kind of thing where [a patient] will hopefully decide to stay here for a prostate surgery instead of going someplace else," said Sparrow Healthcare CEO Dennis Swan.

Right now the robot is only being used to perform prostate cancer procedures, but it will soon be used for many heart and gynecological procedures as well.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year.


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