Sparrow robotic-assisted surgical system featured at MSU

Published: March 24, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Sparrow's da Vinci robotic surgical system will be on display today at a meeting of COGMET (Consortium for Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education) at Michigan State University. COGMET is a consortium of medical residents from throughout Michigan.

Sparrow has two robotic-assisted surgery systems and has performed more than 2,500 such surgeries since 2005.

Robotic-assisted surgery is minimally invasive, providing a variety of benefits, such as less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay. The da Vinci system is used at Sparrow for gynecological surgeries such as hysterectomies and ovarian cancer, and for colorectal and urological procedures.

Joseph Meunier, D.O., a gynecologic oncologist at Sparrow, has performed hundreds of procedures using the da Vinci system and offered a live demonstration of it on Wednesday.

"The complication rates are low and patients feel great. It really changed our practice," Dr. Meunier says.