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Surgery at this time is important for the rest of Cowboys LT Tyron Smith’s career

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Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones joined the K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] recently to talk about Tyron Smith’s injury and more. Here are some of the highlights.

On Tyron Smith being done for the year…

Jones: “Let me just say this. Tyron has done any and everything he could possibly do with his condition to play. And as witnessed by the fact he had 88 snaps last week. So, he’s doing everything he can do. The facts are that he’s a 10-year veteran, and this surgery at this time, not after the season, but at this particular time is important for the rest of his career. And that’s paramount to the fact that he’s obviously playing because it’s nerve type sensitivity that is involved here, gets, creates — stinger type, if you remember the term of nerve in your neck and shoulder area and that’s the area we’re talking about. But the bottom line is we all agree that he should have the surgery, which will put him out for the rest of the year. I have said over the last two or three weeks that my biggest concern I have as a position group with all the things that we can critique and look to improve upon with our team, and we certainly have many of them that we can, of all the concerns is the offensive line. It’s always the challenge relative to continuity when you start shuffling it around or losing key players within the offensive line. Position flex, the ability to move a player and have the ability to move around. Some of them like [Zack] Martin or Larry Allen or people like that, they go anywhere you want to put them and do an All-Pro job. But you can’t have all

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University Hospitals Parma Medical Center unveils high-tech robotic surgery

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PARMA, Ohio — It was only a matter of time before 21st century medicine included the introduction of robotic surgery.

Apparently, the future has arrived with the ongoing $27.5 million renovation of the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Surgery Department, including the recent addition of the high-tech da Vinci Xi robot, which went into operation two weeks ago.

“It is a significant step forward,” said Dr. David Linz, a general surgeon based at UH Parma Medical Center. “Robotic surgery makes minimally invasive surgery better, safer and more precise. It’s taking laparoscopic surgery to another level.”

The da Vinci Xi surgical system enhances surgical performance by creating a natural extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands. Previously in laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon would view the case on a monitor while manipulating the surgical instruments with his hands while standing at the operating table.

“Robotics allow you to have much more control of the instruments,” Linz said. “Traditionally with laparoscopic, you’re standing next to the patient bedside operating and looking up at a monitor that is 6 feet away.

“Robotically, you’re at the console with high-definition, 3-D vision. You’re totally emerged in the visual field. You can get precise down to millimeters. You can do very fine dissections that are really difficult to do with traditional laparoscopic. It’s very steady, very smooth and the risk of injury is much less,” he said.

In robotic surgery, the arms of the robot are positioned over the patient. The surgeon controls the robot’s arms while sitting at a control console.

The advanced surgical system can be used for a minimally invasive surgical approach to complex diseases and conditions in urology, thoracic, cardiac, colorectal, gynecology and general surgery.

“Robotic surgery allows us unprecedented dexterity and precision in surgery,” said urologist Dr. David Turk, who is