San Ramon Regional expanding robotic surgery program

Hospital: da Vinci Xi Surgical System to offer safer, less-invasive surgical options

San Ramon Regional Medical Center has recently expanded its efforts to advance its surgical practices with the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, a robotic arm that will assist surgeons in completing more successful procedures.

The system can be used across a wide variety of surgical procedures, and hospital staff say will provide minimally invasive and safer procedures in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic and cardiac as well as general surgery.

“The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is the pinnacle of minimally invasive surgical technology, providing 3-D optics, superior control and ergonomics, and precise dissection. The result is smaller scars, faster recovery and better outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Aileen Murphy, a surgeon at SRRMC.

The new system -- which is completely controlled by a surgeon -- gives a user a high definition close up view of the patient, enabling them to make smaller movements of tiny instruments inside of the patient.

Key features of the da Vinci include an instrument arm designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position, arms are smaller and thinner, which in combination with newly designed joints offers a greater range of motion, but also have longer instrument shafts enabling greater reach.

Possibly the most impressive feature is the improved endoscope, which provides better views from inside a patient. The endoscope can be attached to any of the machine’s arms, providing the surgeon with a great deal of flexibility and viewpoints.

These features will enable doctors to conduct surgery with increased accuracy and more precise movements, resulting in reduced trauma to a patient's body, reduced blood loss, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection and a generally safer procedure.

SRRMC is the first surgery center in the Bay Area to offer full da Vinci procedures, a fact that excites hospital staff and administrators.

“We are thrilled to expand our robotic surgical capabilities used for minimally invasive procedures,” Ann Lucena, CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center, said in a statement. “Residents in San Ramon have access to this cutting-edge technology right in their backyard.”

Since 2000 SRRMC has been building and expanding its robotic assisted surgery programs to increase the effectiveness and safety of their surgeries. Hospital officials say one aspect that makes the da Vinci such an exceptional addition to its existing programs is designed to integrate with a range of current technologies, as well as be adaptive for future innovations.

In addition to the da Vinci, the SRRMC is equipped with the Mako System, a robotic arm that specializes in assisting surgeons with knee and hip replacement procedures.

The hospital currently has eight surgeons that have received the training necessary to use the da Vinci and five that are qualified for the Mako System.

SRRMC is one of the first hospitals in the country to have an outpatient robotic surgery program and the only outpatient surgery center within Tenet Healthcare to be equipped with one.

“We are proud to offer this technology in our community,” Lucena added. “We are committed to providing our patients with access to the best possible healthcare available, and the implementation of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System is a perfect example of this commitment.”

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Posted by Ms. Bunny
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 2, 2019 at 8:46 am

It's the next logical step. After all, the staff - from nurses to receptionists (and probably the people directing the place, as junk rolls downhill) are already robotic. They look human but don't know how to be humane. Wish they hired better people; people with empathy for humans.

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Posted by Bruce
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 3, 2019 at 8:48 am

I have researched the robotic surgery area and found the following.
1) Training is not certified or mandated. So early on the doctor is guided by a non-doctor technician that is an employee of the robotic manufacture.
2) Doctors can take more than 1 year to be good with the machine.
3) They have no problems learning on patients.

So stay away for at least 1 year and quiz your surgeon on how many operations he has performed with the machine, The robotic manufactures are pushing the machines and do not want to get slowed down by mandated training. Just because a carpenter can use a hand saw does not mean he can run a CNC machine.

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