Participants in the Get Your Rear in Gear Twin Cities 5K will have the opportunity to try their hand at cutting-edge robotic surgery. The daVinci Surgical Robot will be at the race with event sponsor Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates (CRSL) surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Raskin offering once-in-a-lifetime test drives of the robot.
The daVinci Robot is a $2 million piece of surgical technology that has been used for years for gynecological and prostrate surgeries, the opportunities for colorectal surgeries are just being explored, specifically for rectal cancers. Dr. Raskin is leading charge for making robotic surgery more commonplace for these types of procedures. “We hope that using robotic surgery for colorectal cancer patients will ultimately lead to less invasive surgery that allows for more precision and less blood loss during the procedure,” Dr. Raskin stated at the Survivor/Caregiver dinner hosted by the Colon Cancer Coalition on Monday, May 14. “We hope we will be able to show additional benefits including shorter recovery times and a faster return to normal healthy routines.”
Test drives for the DaVinci Robot will be available from 7 a.m. to noon at the Get Your Rear in Gear Twin Cities 5K on Sunday, May 20 at Southdale Center in Edina, Minn. Test drives will take approximately 5 minutes each.
For more information about the daVinci Surgical Robot please visit their website.
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