EL PASO, Texas - Las Palmas Medical Center recently became the first hospital in El Paso to begin using the da Vinci® Si Surgical System’s Firefly fluorescence imaging technology.

This technology uses an injectable near-infrared fluorescence dye – indocyanine green – to more clearly identify key anatomical structures. After the indocyanine green is injected into the bloodstream, a laser light causes it to emit a fluorescence infrared signal, which is then captured by specialized endoscopes and camera head and transported back into the system for processing.

“Firefly technology will allow our surgeons to more easily and accurately assess problems in certain areas of the body,” Hank Hernandez, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “The addition of this technology is part of our ongoing effort to deliver the highest level of care to our patients, and we are looking forward to the positive impact it will have on a variety of surgical procedures.”

Firefly fluorescence imaging’s 3-D, high-definition visualization mode allows surgeons to see, in real time, key anatomical structures colorized by the indocyanine green. This enables them to objectively assess vascularity and soft tissue profusion during minimally invasive surgical procedures, including but not limited to:

  • partial nephrectomies
  • cholecystectomies
  • colorectal perfusions
  • thoracic surgeries

For more information on Las Palmas Medical Center, please visit LPDS Healthcare.