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Hoag Named a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery

Excellence in health care is the hallmark of Hoag.

It is what the organization strives for in every new program we launch and every new technology we adopt. The reason is simple: A commitment to excellence improves the health and wellbeing of our patients.

Hoag recently added yet another accreditation to its name, fortifying Hoag’s reputation as a regional and national leader in health care.

The Surgical Review Corporation named Hoag a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) – a designation reserved for health care institutions that consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care in robotics. Hoag is the fourth highest volume provider of total robotic-assisted surgeries in the nation, as well as the third highest volume of gynecologic oncology robotic procedures and the fourth highest volume for gynecologic robotic-assisted surgeries overall.

“This designation underscores our commitment to providing the highest quality of care for our patients,” said John (Jeb) V. Brown, M.D., medical director of Hoag’s Gynecologic Robotics Program. “Robotic-assisted surgery has had a significant impact on the way we approach many procedures. In many cases, it means faster recovery time, less pain, smaller incisions and less overall risk.”

Hoag currently has five robots at its two hospital campuses: two da Vinci® Xi robots and two da Vinci® Si robots in Newport Beach, and one Xi robot in Irvine.

This advanced computer-assisted technology is quickly becoming the standard of care for many procedures in a variety of areas of expertise at Hoag, including cancer, women’s and heart programs, as well as general surgery.

With cancer treatment, robotics has transformed the way surgeons approach some gynecologic, urologic, lung and colorectal tumors.

The robot allows surgeons to use the same motions and skills as they would in an open procedure, but with the added benefits of 360 degrees of rotation. High-definition 3D video gives surgeons accurate depth perception and clear vision of the tissue.

Robotics also is used in several benign gynecologic conditions, including procedures to treat endometriosis and pelvic pain, as well as to perform hysterectomies. With this approach, many of these surgeries have become outpatient procedures, minimizing pain and discomfort, and eliminating the need for a hospital stay.

Mitral valve repair surgery is another procedure in which robotics may be a better option for some patients. Using this advanced surgical system, surgeons can forgo an open-chest procedure and navigate a valve repair instead of a full replacement, which studies have shown are more beneficial to the patient.

Across disciplines, Hoag surgeons continue to embrace robotics to improve the quality of care for those they serve.

While this designation is exciting and a testament to Hoag’s ongoing dedication to patients, robotics is just one tool in an expertly cultivated toolbox that helps us ensure a personalized approach to health care.

Patients can take comfort in knowing they are not only in a place that has the best technology and most renowned surgeons health care has to offer, but that they are also receiving the best possible treatment.

Hoag surgeons who are part of the Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery include Lisa Abaid, M.D., gynecology and gynecologic oncology; John (Jeb) V. Brown, M.D., gynecology and gynecologic oncology; Matthew Clark, M.D., gynecology and urogynecology; Colin I. Joyo, M.D., thoracic surgery and cardiovascular surgery; Moses Kim, M.D., urology; Alberto A. Mendivil, M.D., gynecology and gynecologic oncology; Charles Moniak, M.D., gynecology; Peter Wang, M.D., general surgery; and Jeffrey Yoshida, M.D., urologic oncologist and Benjamin & Carmela Du Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology.