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Hoag Performs First Robotic Prostatectomy in Southern California

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IRVINE, Calif., March 10, 2020 --- Hoag Hospital Irvine today became the first in Southern California to perform a robotic prostatectomy for the treatment of prostate cancer, using the new da Vinci single port (SP) system, a cutting-edge robotic-assisted technology that few hospitals in the world have yet acquired.

“We have the privilege of being one of the first hospitals in the nation to obtain this fourth-generation robotic tool that allows us to perform ever more precise surgeries with less stress on the patient’s body,” said urologist Moses Kim, M.D., Ph.D., who performed the recent surgery. “This is another example of how Hoag is a leader in the field of robotic surgery.”

“This advanced technology allows our physicians to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to our robotic surgery patients,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “While robotics is still just one tool in a surgeon’s tool box, minimally-invasive options are 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.”

“Single port,” means that only one small incision is needed to insert all the tiny tools necessary to remove part or all of a person’s prostate. Previously, five incisions were needed for laparoscopic prostatectomies.

The new tool ensures faster recovery times and is less disfiguring, Dr. Kim said. The robotic system is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in prostate cancer, kidney cancer and advanced urinary tract reconstruction surgery.

The new tool helps Hoag’s efforts to minimize or reduce any possible side effects of surgery.

“The ability to perform these complex procedures through a one-inch incision will make a tremendous difference to our patients. Already, Hoag is a leader in robotic surgeries and the highest surgical volume center for prostate and bladder surgeries in Orange County,” Dr. Kim said.

Hoag is a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS), as designated by the Surgical Review Corporation. The designation recognizes the elite hospitals and surgeons nationwide who demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

Surgeons at Hoag perform the fifth highest volume of total robotic cases annually in the country, which allows the hospital to deliver the safest, highest-quality care. This new tool will enhance that capability and further Hoag’s commitment to patient care.

“Robotic surgery improves outcomes, which is important for patient satisfaction,” Dr. Kim said. “We are not just focused on treating cancer, we are also dedicating to maintaining our patients’ quality of life.”


Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 480,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to nine health centers and 13 urgent care centers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the 2019 - 2020 U.S. News & World Report. For an unprecedented 23 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.

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