The Baldwin community kicked off the annual June Bug Days at Western Wisconsin Health during their annual open house. Those attending had the opportunity to win prizes, visit with providers, receive free memory screenings and try out the latest addition to WWH: the da Vinci surgical robot.

“It’s unbelievable how quickly you can learn to use this,” said Dr. Reggie Singh, “when we were training, it took maybe 15 minutes to get the hang of it. The technology is amazing.” It’s no coincidence that the name of the company responsible for creating this cutting-edge machine is Intuitive Surgical. Those visiting during the event had the chance to try out the machine out for themselves – unwrapping pieces of candy, folding up dollar bills and removing tiny pieces of soft plastics designed to train surgeons. In no time at all, people dipped their feet into the future of surgery.

“Using this method of laparoscopic surgery has less impact on the patient,” said Intuitive Surgical representative Wes Jansen, “the incision is smaller, the pain is less, and recovery time is shorter.” While training with the da Vinci has been underway at WWH, the hospital is preparing to start procedures with patients very soon.

“Our first procedure is on Monday,” said Singh, “I think everyone here is really excited to put it to use for the first time.”

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