The Autism Debate
The developmental disorder known as autism has gained much attention as the number of cases continue to grow. Is there an epidemic, or is something else behind the increase? Plus, Kent General Hospital goes robotic and be sure to protect yourself from allergies.
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Kent General Hospital adds a new surgical tool.
Downstate residents can now easily access one of the latest medical advances, as Kent General Hospital in Dover unveils da Vinci Surgical Robots in its operating rooms. The robots allow for greater precision and quicker recovery.
“The da Vinci is a tool to allow us to do more minimally invasive surgery,” says Dr. Scott Bovelsky, chair of the robotics committee and a lead robotic surgeon at Kent General. When used during a hysterectomy, for example, the da Vinci is a very helpful tool. “Instead of making one big incision, we make three or four small incisions,” he says. “Instead of three days in the hospital, the patient will go home the next day.”
Bovelsky stresses that while the technology may be different, the surgeon’s knowledge of the procedure is the same. “It’s big and bulky, so people may get intimidated,” says Bovelsky. “The big thing for people to realize is that it is a new tool, not a new surgery.” —Katherine DiMaggio
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