An Update on the OR Surgical Towers

Wow! That was fast!

 

We are so excited to report on the fundraising results for the OR Surgical Towers. Our donors have responded lightning fast and we have now raised enough money to purchase two towers.

 

Thank you to everyone who donated, including those who participated in the matching gift program. We were able to obtain the full $25,000 in matching funds!

 

The cost to replace these two units is approximately $100,000. The two towers have been ordered.


 

What is a Surgical Tower?

 

surgical tower

 

 

The towers are used every day in our operating rooms. The surgical tower includes: 

  • a light source
  • a high-definition camera cord
  • two flat-screen LED monitors
  • and a computer processor

The processor provides the digital picture that the surgeon watches during surgery. 


 

What surgeries are they used for?

 

 

Surgeries such as gallbladder, sinus, bowel resection, hysterectomy and tubal ligation require these towers. Anyone who has had a minimally invasive surgery would have had a surgeon who relied on the surgical tower to see inside the patient’s body during the surgery.

WDMH was one of the early adopters of minimally invasive surgery, starting in the early 1990s. Minimally invasive surgery is used to help make a diagnosis, take a biopsy sample, or perform certain types of surgeries. There are many benefits to this type of surgery, and it is now considered as the standard of care. Usually, these surgeries are done as an outpatient procedure – meaning you go home the same day of your surgery. Patients often have a faster recovery time, and we have seen a decrease in complications after surgery. 

Thank you to our generous donors!