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Focus Stories

Oviedo Medical Center

by Shelley Ouellette

Featured Photo from Oviedo Medical Center

As a single mom and the busy recreation events superintendent for the City of Oviedo, Terri Martini doesn’t have time in her schedule for sick days. But when a health emergency struck – just days before one of her biggest annual events – Terri knew she could turn to Oviedo Medical Center for the right solutions delivered at just the right time.

“Every day I get up and I hit the ground running, taking care of my home, my dog, and my teenager – and, of course, there’s my work,” says Terri. “I had a major event coming up on a Saturday when I had to go to the Oviedo Medical Center Emergency Room with abdominal pain. Before I knew it, I was being admitted for gall-bladder surgery. The surgeon said he could do laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery, and I said, ‘Do robotic because I know that robot!’ Last year, during a Business After Hours event at Oviedo Medical Center where the robot was unveiled, I got to learn all about it and actually play with this robot.”

According to Terri, what she expected to be a major surgery seemed very minor thanks to her surgeon’s use of robotic technology.

“After the surgery, they had me up and walking around the floor and, by day three, I was on my way home,” Terri says. “I was able to get back to work in time to run my event. The fact that Oviedo Medical Center was able to take such incredible care of me, but at the same time get me in and out so that it barely interrupted my lifestyle, was amazing.”

Similar experiences are common now in Oviedo Medical Center’s Robotics Center. Utilizing three highly advanced surgical robotic systems, specially-trained surgeons can complete delicate surgeries with minimally invasive methods.

“Our robotic surgical systems are used for a wide range of procedures in colorectal, gynecology, orthopedics, urology, spine, and general surgery," explains KC Donahey, CEO of Oviedo Medical Center. “These systems allow our team to perform surgeries using 3D and high-definition visualization while using minimally invasive procedures. For patients, this means improved outcomes, smaller incisions with minimal scarring, less pain after surgery, and shorter recovery times. With multiple surgeons trained in this highly specialized robotic surgery, we are providing our community with access to the latest in medical technology in a state-of-the-art facility, close to their home.”

Dr. Christopher Bryant, medical director for Oviedo Medical Center’s Robotics Center, wants residents to know the surgeries are robotic in name only. The surgeons are always in control – the robotic surgical systems are just highly sophisticated tools – and the more exposure the public has to this exciting new technology, the more comfortable they are and excited about what the robotic systems can help doctors do.

Meet Oviedo Medical Center’s Robotic Systems

da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery System     

The da Vinci surgical system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery for colorectal, gynecology, urology, and general surgery procedures with an advanced set of instruments and a 3D high-definition view of the surgical area. The robotic surgery system translates a surgeon’s hand movements from a console, in real time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion.

Mako SmartRobotics

The Mako robotics system offers an innovative solution for those suffering from painful arthritis of the knee or hip. Robotic technology allows skilled surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint-replacement surgery using a surgeon-controlled robotic arm that helps the practitioner to execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.

Mazor X Stealth Edition Robotic Guidance System

The Mazor X robotic guidance system provides surgeons advanced technologies to plan where and how they will operate on a patient’s spine, visualize the nuances of a patient’s individual anatomy, and perform with precision corrections to the spine to enhance posture, alignment, and movement. 

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