Mission Community Hospital Adds da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

New Robotic Technology Allows Surgeons to Improve Precision and Outcomes for Prostate and GYN Conditions

PANORAMA CITY, CA (August 24, 2011) — To improve access to highly advanced technology for its patients, the most advanced da Vinci Si Surgical System, a robot that provides a minimally invasive approach to complex surgery, is now being used by surgeons at Mission Community Hospital. Jason S. Cohen, M.D. FACS will perform for the first time in the Los Angeles area, a scar less thyroidectomy for patients with thyroid cancer utilizing the da Vinci robot this week.

The da Vinci robot allows a surgeon to use four interactive robotic arms and a high-resolution 3D screen to perform surgeries such as thyroidectomy, prostatectomy and hysterectomy. A 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 machine translates into smaller incisions, less blood loss, and faster recovery time. Having the da Vinci skill simulator is an immersive virtual practice environment that allows surgeons to hone their skills in a variety of comprehensive exercises.

“This robotic system is now the preferred treatment option for thyroid cancer, and has growing applications in gynecology, cardiology, general surgery and head & neck surgery. Robotic Surgery is here to stay. As we the physicians and the technologies continue to advance, the types of procedures that we will be able to perform will allow a safer, better outcome with quicker recoveries and almost no visible scaring.” said Jason S. Cohen, MD, Surgical Oncologist at Mission Community Hospital. “This investment underscores the hospital’s commitment to providing the latest in medical technology to our patients.”

Gynecologic procedures will be performed with the da Vinci robot at Mission Community Hospital in the coming weeks (timeline).

While not new, robotic surgery is mostly performed in large hospitals. Community-based hospitals like Mission are investing in this technology to improve access to care for local patients.

“Our goal with the investment in robotic surgery is to allow our local patients to have the most advanced surgical and medical care available right in their neighborhood,” said Heidi Lennartz, CEO of Mission Community Hospital.