At Jackson Hospital, we believe in giving our patients access to the most advanced technology available for their health care needs. That’s why we offer more cutting-edge technology than any other hospital in the River Region. And this technology is guided by an accomplished, capable, professional group of physicians and staff that’s dedicated to providing the utmost care to everyone who comes through Jackson Hospital’s doors.
At Jackson, we offer not one, but two advanced robotic systems, including the latest in robotic surgery: the da Vinci Xi. At Jackson Hospital, we are truly leading the way in advanced technology.
Since the first robotic surgery was performed over three decades ago, the field has advanced tremendously. Today, our highly-skilled surgeons at Jackson Hospital are able to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures with pinpoint accuracy and an enhanced visual field. And again, at Jackson Hospital, we have not one, but two advanced robotic systems.
That said, it’s important to note that actual robots do not perform robotic surgery. The hospital’s surgeons perform robotic surgery via a computer that remotely controls small instruments attached the robotic arms. Robot-assisted surgery allows doctors to control the robotic instruments with greater flexibility and precision. Multiple cameras throughout the operating room allow the surgeon to monitor each aspect of the surgery, including an endoscope camera that allows the surgeon to see through the incision. This expands our surgeons’ capabilities and allows for an alternative, in many cases, to open surgery for our patients.
Today, robotic surgery can be used in a number of different procedures, including:
Prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate)
Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
Coronary artery bypass
The da Vinci X Robotic Surgical System
The da Vinci Surgical System was one of the first robotic-assisted systems commercially available in the U.S. to be cleared by the FDA for use in general laparoscopic surgeries. Since it was cleared in 2000, the da Vinci System has been used in thousands of surgeries.
The da Vinci X Robotic Surgical System is the most advanced minimally invasive operative platform in the world, offering unprecedented versatility and flexibility for surgeons. It is used for a variety of complex procedures – many of which were previously only done via open surgery, or laparoscopic surgery.
Advantages of Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery affords multiple advantages for patients. The surgery is minimally invasive, meaning it often involves tiny incisions, rather than large ones. Additionally, robotic surgery is often a more precise surgery, allowing the surgeon to remove or repair only the affected organ or area, without affecting any of the surrounding healthy tissues.
Because of this, some of the biggest advantages of robotic surgery for patients includes:
LOWER RISK OF INFECTION
BETTER CLINICAL OUTCOMES;
IN MOST CASES
Because Jackson Hospital’s state-of-the-art robotic technology gives our surgeons the ability to perform surgeries with greater accuracy and range of motion, patients have a better experience – and, often, a much speedier recovery than with traditional open surgeries or laparoscopic surgeries.
Surgeons at Jackson Hospital experienced in robotic surgical techniques are:
For more information about robotic surgery and whether it’s an option for you, talk to your physician.
PET Prostate Scans
PET prostate scans are the latest in innovative technology, and this procedure can help save lives. Jackson Hospital is the only hospital in the River Region using PET prostate scan technology. For our patients who are dealing with prostate cancer, this breakthrough technology allows for the earliest detection of problems. And having this technology at Jackson Hospital means patients won’t have to travel out of the area to have this scan – and they won’t need to wait long for the results.
Jackson Hospital utilizes the Axumin scan, an FDA-approved scan that can help with early detection of recurrent prostate cancer in patients who have previously undergone surgery or radiation. Before Axumin, only PSA tests and bone scans could detect the possibility of recurrent cancer – but even then, they couldn’t determine the exact location of the cancer unless a patient’s PSA levels were very high. With Axumin, recurrent disease location can be identified with PSA levels of less than 10, or even lower.
How the Axumin Scan Works
Patients undergoing this scan are given an IV containing Axumin. Then, they undergo the positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, as well as a computed tomography (CT) scan.
Why both scans? Together, this combination effort allows our physicians to see incredible details of physiologic changes alongside detailed images of a patient’s anatomy. Using this technique, doctors can better pinpoint the exact location, and the extent of, the disease.
The Axumin scan offers many advantages for patients.
The PET/CT scan only takes about 30 minutes. Once scans are read by an imaging specialist, the results are usually available in a few days. And for patients dealing with something as stressful as cancer, or a possible recurrence of the disease, waiting can be agony.
The Axumin injection and scan offers a patient the convenience of only having to undergo one test, instead of multiple tests and scans that could take days, or even weeks.
Most importantly, this procedure allows for earlier detection of any recurrent prostate cancer, giving patients the best chance at early treatment and survival.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, with more than 160,000 new cases diagnosed each year. No one wants to think about the possibility of getting cancer, but the fact is, prostate cancer has a high cure rate – especially if it’s caught early. This is why PET Prostate Scans are so incredibly important.
Early stage prostate cancer often presents no symptoms. Signs of more advanced prostate cancer may include:
A weak flow of urine
Frequent urination (especially at night)
Painful or burning urination
Blood in the urine or semen
Rectal pressure or pain
Facts About Prostate Cancer
PET prostate scans are one of the many ways Jackson Hospital utilizes the latest in technological advancements to help improve patient outcomes. For more information about the PET prostate exam, or to schedule an appointment, call the Jackson Imaging Center at 334-834-3671.
Jackson Hospital and Clinic now offers many electrophysiology procedures, so there’s no need to leave town for testing or procedures.
Dr. Tamjeed Arshad is the only physician in the River Region to be trained and specialized in electrophysiology. Along with the highly-trained nurses and techs, Dr. Arshad provides some of the world’s most advanced technology right here in Montgomery, Alabama.
How Electrophysiology Works
Electrical impulses, naturally produced inside the body, control the heartbeat. Some ailments might make a person’s heart beat slower or faster, in an irregular pattern known as an arrythmia. A specially trained physician uses an electrophysiology procedure to determine exactly what’s causing this abnormal heart rhythm to occur.
Jackson Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the United States to utilize the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system. This next-generation technology uses intelligent automation tools, allowing for faster, more accurate, high-density mapping. The EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system helps physicians better tailor treatment for complex cases.
“The great thing about the new cardiac mapping system at Jackson Hospital is that patients no longer have to drive to Birmingham or further to find the latest and greatest technology,” Dr. Arshad said.
To visit the Heart Failure Clinic, or to schedule diagnostic testing, call Dr. Arshad’s office at 334-264-9191.
At Jackson Hospital, we believe in giving our patients the best health care available. We use the most advanced, innovative technology available, in the capable hands of some of the most highly-skilled surgeons and staff. We are continually striving to offer the the latest, greatest technologies to our patients, to ensure that they receive the top-notch care they deserve.