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Groundbreaking robotic surgery at Covenant in Saginaw

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Just when you think technology cannot advance any more, it does, according to executives at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw.

Dr. Maher Ghanem, surgeon with CMU Health Division of Surgery, practices at the Covenant HealthCare Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery. He said additional minimally invasive surgery options are on their way.

“We continue to see the technology advance, and our region is really ahead in a lot of ways," Ghanem said.

One of the advancements includes the addition of the da Vinci Xi robot to the Covenant HealthCare Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery.

“It’s amazing the clarity and precision you can see utilizing this robot and technology; I think we are on the leading edge," Ghanem said.

On March 2, 2016, Ghanem performed the region’s first adrenalectomy on the new robotic system.

“This procedure is complex, and we were all pleased with the outstanding outcome and quality,” Ghanem said.

An adrenalectomy is a procedure to remove the adrenal glands, the hormone producing glands located above the kidneys. This particular procedure was the first in the area to be done utilizing the robotic technology.

The patient’s surgery was completed by 3 p.m., and the patient left the hospital at 9 a.m. the next day. Due to the precision of Ghanem paired with the robot, and the efforts of the Covenant surgical team, the patient felt such little pain that he actually stopped and did his grocery shopping on his way home, Covenant said.

With robotic surgery, patients experience less blood loss, small incisions, shorter lengths of stay, and faster recovery.

“I believe this helps us to deliver the best care for my patients and the community," Ghanem said.

Other robotic surgeries Ghanem has performed include distal pancreatectomies, hiatal hernia repair with nissen fundoplication, appendectomies, colorectal, ventral and inguinal hernias and single incision gallbladder surgery.

Covenant currently owns three robots that are capable of performing minimally invasive surgeries. So far, the surgical team at the Covenant HealthCare Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery has performed more than 3,780 surgical cases in Saginaw.

The Robotic Surgery Center opened in 2009. 

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