Robotic-assisted surgery at Hoag

Hoag is a national leader in the field of robotic surgery, recently joining a small and accomplished group of hospitals to complete its 15,000th robotic surgery using the de Vinci® Xi System. Hitting this major milestone of 15,000 robotic surgeries demonstrates the significant growth of minimally invasive surgery and Hoag’s commitment to excellence and improving the health and well-being of our patients. Hoag continues to exceed clinical benchmarks and guidelines for robotic-assisted surgery. No other program involves 84 nurses and surgical technicians, as well as 42 surgeons representing 10 surgical specialties. Hoag is one of only two programs in the nation to be designated an Executive Enrichment Program for Robots by Intuitive Surgical.

With seven robots at its two hospital campuses: four da Vinci® Xi robots, one da Vinci® single port SP robot, one da Vinci® Si robot and one Xi robot, Hoag has a very robust and successful robotic surgery program.

Robotic-assisted surgery is significantly impacting the way surgeons approach many procedures and, in many cases, it can mean faster recovery time and less pain. The robot allows surgeons to use the same motions and skills as they would in an open procedure, but with smaller incisions. High-definition 3D video gives surgeons accurate depth perception and very clear vision of the operation.

At Hoag, robotic-assisted surgery is becoming the standard of care for procedures across a spectrum of areas including cancer, gynecologic surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and general surgery.

In cancer treatment, robotics has transformed the way surgeons approach certain gynecologic, urologic, lung, head and neck, pancreatic and colorectal tumors.

Robotics is also used in benign gynecologic conditions, including procedures to treat endometriosis, pelvic pain, and uterine fibroids as well as to perform hysterectomies. As a result, 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 an alternative. With this advanced surgical system, surgeons can forgo an open-chest procedure to perform a valve repair instead of a full replacement, which studies have shown is more beneficial to the patient.

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

Hoag has been designated a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) from the Surgical Review Corporation.

The designation recognizes hospitals and surgeons who demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to help robotic surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

Hoag’s Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program features over 40 surgeons trained among 10 different surgical specialties and 84 nurses and surgical technicians all dedicated to improving the quality of care for patients. Listed below are surgeons who have earned additional recognition for their surgical proficiency.

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.