Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 1, 2014

Crossroads to introduce new robotic tools

MT. VERNON — Crossroads Community Hospital will hold a special public event Monday evening to introduce the facility’s newly acquired four-arm Robotic Surgical System.

The system represents an advancement in available technology for the hospital’s Women’s Health Program and the robotic tools are an ideal choice for procedures such as hysterectomies, states a Crossroads news release.

For many patients, the use of this new technology will result in less scarring and pain, as well as a quicker recovery. It will also allow surgeons to perform more precise, minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.

“What the patient doesn’t see is the advantage it gives to the surgeon. It’s amplified the vision field,” said Debi Richardson, director of marketing and public relations at Crossroads. “It enables the surgeon to be more precise because of the magnification.”

The public “Healthy Woman” event will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the hospital’s conference center. A replica of the Robotic Surgery System will be available at that time for live demonstrations.

“This is a way to introduce the equipment to the public,” Richardson said.

During the event, Dr. David Asbery, a Board Certified OB/GYN and an independent member of the Crossroads medical staff, will speak about the new system.

Then, members of the hospital’s Healthy Woman Program and the general public will get a chance to sit at the controls and test pilot the robot replica themselves.

“It is an important addition to our Women’s Health Program and for many patients fosters less scarring, less pain and a faster recovery so they can get back to the things they love,” Asbery said in the news release.

The new robotic technology includes an advanced Fluorescence Imaging Vision System for viewing a body’s internal operations during surgery. The system utilizes a special video camera and glowing dye, Richardson said.

“They can view the blood flowing in the vessels,” Richardson said.

Monday’s event will also feature a demonstration from the Girl Scouts’ Robotic Team, as well as Healthy Woman partner booths, “techie” snacks and more.

To make a reservation for the free event, go to and follow the link to Healthy Woman events. You can also call the Healthy Woman hotline at 241-8764.

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