McKee gynecologic surgeon marks 500th robotic surgery

By: Steve Tuesday August 21, 2012 0 comments Tags: Banner Health, Dr. John Crane, Intuitive Surgical, McKee Medical Center, robotics

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LOVELAND - McKee Medical Center gynecologist and surgeon John Crane, M.D., recently performed his 500th robotic surgery, Banner Health announced.

Dr. Crane, a gynecologist with Banner Health Clinic Ob/Gyn Associates in Loveland, performed the 500th robotic surgery two years, 10 months and one day after his first robot-assisted operation.

Dr. Crane performs all types of gynecologic surgery for benign and cancerous treatments as well as urinary incontinence and other gynecological conditions, Banner said.

Crane estimated that 99 percent of his surgeries are done robotically and said he continues to be impressed by the improved visualization and access the robot provides.

"I'm proud to work for an organization like Banner Health that invests in the latest robotic technology for its surgical staff so we can deliver the best care possible for our patients," he said.

McKee uses the da Vinci Si Surgical System made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. The system allows a surgeon to work with interactive robotic arms along with a high-performance vision system to perform surgeries. Sitting at a surgical console, the surgeon can direct the robot's arms to access hard-to-reach areas through smaller incisions.

Benefits of robotic surgery include shorter recovery and hospital stays, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, and less pain and scarring.

Intuitive designated McKee Medical Center and Dr. Crane as an Epicenter for gynecologic surgery in 2010. As an Epicenter, McKee welcomes surgeons from across the nation to come to Loveland and observe a procedure by Dr. Crane.

McKee is among 21 hospitals to earn the title Robotic Epicenter, which means the hospital is one of the top performing centers in the country for robotic surgery.

McKee is the only hospital in the Rocky Mountain region to serve as an Epicenter, Banner said. McKee is owned by Phoenix-based Banner Health System.

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