Seymor is the name given to Mercy San Juan Medical Center's high tech surgical assistant - the 3D high-definition da Vinci robot - by a local elementary school student during a special naming contest hosted by the hospital. Seymor's name was inspired by the fact that it gives surgeons a far better view of where they are working than they could ever see with the naked eye. "He can see more than a human."
Seymor is one of two high definition da Vinci® Surgical Systems at the Sacramento area Dignity Health hospitals. The second is located at Mercy General Hospital.
Specially trained surgeons
at the two Dignity Health hospitals work with the robots to perform very detailed, minimally invasive surgical procedures in the areas of cardiac surgery, colorectal surgery, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, thoracic surgery and urology.
The precision of the da Vinci robot can be especially effective for treating prostate cancer, minimizing the risk of nerve damage that could lead to erectile dysfunction. For gynecologic procedures the precise, comprehensive dissections made possible by the da Vinci afford a more complete cancer surgery and the ability to more accurately determine staging of the disease.
Other benefits of robotic-assisted surgery for patients, include:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. The da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always talk to your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the associated benefits and risks.