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Tri-City Regional Medical Center First in Area to Offer Innovative da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System to Patients


New Robotic Technology Provides Surgeons Improved Vision, Control and Outcomes for Women’s and Men’s Surgical Procedures

HAWAIIAN GARDENS, Calif. (January 15, 2013) – As part of its continual efforts to provide the community it serves with access to the most advanced technologies available, Tri-City Regional Medical Center has marked the new year by announcing the launch of its Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery and acquisition of the most advanced da Vinci® Surgical System, a cutting-edge robotic system that provides a minimally invasive approach to complex surgery. Surgeons will begin performing procedures with the new system in 2013.

With the acquisition, Tri-City Regional Medical Center becomes the first community hospital in the area to offer the advanced robotic technology to its patients.

This innovative robotic system will provide surgeons at Tri-City Regional Medical Center with an alternative to both laparoscopy (known as ‘keyhole) surgery, and traditional open surgery. Surgeons will operate the controls of the state-of-the-art robotic platform for a variety of surgical procedures, including urological, gynecological, cardiothoracic, colorectal, head and neck, and general surgery.

The da Vinci® Surgical System allows surgeons to control four interactive robotic arms while seated at a high-resolution 3D screen in the operating room. Unique instrumentation allows a surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise micro-movements of tiny instruments. The precision offered by the technology translates into smaller incisions, low blood loss, lower complication rates, shorter typical lengths of stay, and faster recovery time.

“We are always striving to provide the highest level of care for our community by utilizing the most innovative and effective technologies,” said Jim Sherman, President and CEO of Tri-City Regional Medical Center. “In the hands of our skilled surgeons, this major investment in robotic surgery will offer our patients the opportunity to be treated with some of the most advanced surgical equipment currently available.”

The da Vinci® is ideally suited for surgical procedures such as gallbladder surgery, colorectal surgery, hysterectomy, prostate surgery and many other highly intricate procedures in general surgery.

“Studies have found that for prostate surgery, women’s GYN surgery and other general surgical applications, the robotic technology provides outstanding results with lower complication rates and faster recovery time. We are very excited to offer this exceptional advanced surgical system to our community,” added Sherman.

In 2012, Tri-City Regional Medical Center was named #2 in the nation for the lowest 30-day mortality rate for pneumonia by Becker’s Hospital Review, and Consumer Reports also ranked Tri-City Regional Medical Center as one of the 5 safest hospitals in southern California.

For more information on the Tri-City Regional Medical Center’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery and the daVinci® Surgical System, please visit www.tcrmc.org or call (877) 877-1104.