Dr. Ford graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, AR with distinction in Biology and then completed his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical Center in 1992. He and his wife first fell in love with Charleston during his General Surgery Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is Board Certified in Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress.
"The da Vinci Surgical System allows me to make smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection, minimize scarring, reduce pain, and accelerate recovery time, allowing my patients to return to normal activities more quickly."
As a Board-Certified General Surgeon, Dr. David W. Ford operates with a minimally invasive robotic surgical system for a wide variety of procedures. This minimally invasive approach only requires a few small incisions that doctors use to insert surgical equipment and a camera for viewing.
The patient-side cart is positioned near the patient on the operating table. It is where the instruments used during the operation move in real time in response to your surgeon’s hand movements at the surgeon console.
A camera provides a high-definition, 3D magnified view inside your body. Every hand movement your surgeon makes is translated by the da Vinci system in real time to bend and rotate the instruments with precision.
The vision cart makes communication possible between the components of the system possible, and supports the 3D High Definition vision system.
The surgeon console is where I sit during the procedure, have a crystal-clear 3DHD view of your anatomy, and controls the robotic instruments. Through a few small incisions, the tiny instruments are "wristed" and move like a human hand, but with a far greater range of motion.