AllianceHealth Durant offers new robotic surgery

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DURANT — AllianceHealth Durant is excited to announce the expansion of its Robotics program by taking minimally invasive technology to the next level. “I’m proud to be a part of the most experienced Robotic Team in the region,” said Dr. Braulio Cuesta, Robotic Chair.

The addition of new technologies integrating robotics and minimally invasive techniques to allow surgeons to perform more complex procedures.

“AllianceHealth Durant has been utilizing robotic technology longer than any facility in the region,” Cuesta said. “Our highly trained surgical teams and group of surgeons bring a broad skill set that allows us to complete some of the most advanced procedures in the area.”

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has revolutionized many surgical procedures that formerly involved significant downtime and recovery. Its potential to offer less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications has made it a popular choice to both physicians and patients alike. MIS surgeries have been shown to have fewer complications than open abdominal surgeries.

“Robotic surgery allows the patient the ability to return to work or normal activities quicker,” said Dr. Keith Cole, General Surgeon. “It allows us, surgeons, to perform many different surgeries that used to require long hospital stays but now we can do them on an outpatient basis.”

The use of robotic-assisted technology virtually extends the surgeon’s eyes and hands. Using the system, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical area. The system mimics the surgeon’s hand movements in real-time, on a smaller scale, within the operating site in the patient’s body. The robot doesn’t replace the surgeon but provides sharper detail and a 360-degree view of the surgery site, as well as greater dexterity in navigating complex anatomical structures.

“One of the best features of robotic technology is the vast improvement in visualization. The robot allows for a 360 view of the surgical site that allows for unmatched precision,” Cole said. “It is amazing that we have the ability to do surgeries with the best technologies in the world right here in Durant, Okla.”

Annually, the number of robotic surgery procedures continues to increase. The nature of the technology makes the system ideal for performing many different types of surgeries. Including, hernia repairs; stomach, bladder, kidney and intestine surgery; gallbladder surgeries; and other gynecological procedures.

Though, not every patient is a candidate for robotic surgery, the commitment in investing in advanced technologies follows AllianceHealth Durant’s commitment to improving the health of the community.

“We have made a commitment to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. The expansion of our Robotics program allows our providers to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control. Our goal for our patients is to provide high quality, valuable care that allows them to recover quicker with less pain and fewer complications,” said Kevin Samrow, CEO.

AllianceHealth Durant is a 148-bed Joint Commission Accredited facility serving Bryan, Choctaw, Atoka, Johnston and Marshall Counties. AllianceHealth Durant offers a range of medical services and procedures to patients in the region.  AllianceHealth Durant is home to a Trauma Level III Emergency Room, fully-digital diagnostic imaging center, 20,000 square foot Women’s Center, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. We also have the distinction of having a Joint Commission Certification of Distinction for Total Hip and total Knee Replacement. AllianceHealth Durant is also Stroke Certified by the State of Oklahoma and Chest Pain Certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. To learn more about AllianceHealth Durant, please visit:   AllianceHealth Durant is owned in part by physicians.

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