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Robotic Surgery in the High Desert

St. Mary Medical Center is providing a new level in health technology as it offers the first robotic surgery in the High Desert. The Medical Center is now home to a da Vinci Surgery System that is capable of performing various minimally invasive robotic surgeries.

This video contains some graphic medical images.

Using the da Vinci robot, the St. Mary surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display and the system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finer movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

A number of procedures performed today using traditional laparoscopic techniques can now be performed more quickly and easily with the da Vinci Surgical System. The advanced features and wrist mobility of the robotic arms and instruments enable surgeons to perform more procedures through one to two centimeter incisions. Robotic surgery allows for greater precision during the operation than the human hand can allow.

For most patients, robotic surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgery including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infections
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

As with any surgical procedure, these benefits cannot be guaranteed because surgery is both patient and procedure specific.

St. Mary is excited to offer this advanced technology to its patients. Urologic Institute of the High Desert provides Victor Valley residents and those throughout San Bernardino County another option when facing surgery.

Check out the Robotic Assisted Surgery For Women.

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