"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 San Ramon Regional.
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 with 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, according to hospital staff.
San Ramon Regional 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, said in a statement. "Residents in San Ramon have access to this cutting-edge technology right in their backyard."
Since 2000, the hospital has been building and expanding its robotic assisted surgery programs to increase the effectiveness and safety of their procedures. Hospital officials say one aspect that makes the da Vinci such an exceptional addition to its existing programs is it's designed to integrate with a range of current technologies, as well as be adaptive for future innovations.
In addition to the da Vinci, San Ramon Regional 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.
San Ramon Regional 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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