Huntington Hospital’s New Technology Allows Less Scarring, Faster Recovery

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 5:41 am

Huntington Memorial Hospital has added a second da Vinci Surgical System to its operating room that further enhances the benefits of robotic surgery and thereby potentially minimizing the scarring and gives faster recovery to the patients.

The “Single-Site” technology allows for a single incision in the belly button and has other potential benefits including less pain, low blood loss, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction, Huntington said in a statement.

“Single-Site instruments used with the da Vinci Surgical System are the next step in the evolution of surgical technologies,” says Dr. Armen H. Dikranian, Urologist and the Medical Director of the Robotic Surgery Program. “We are truly excited to continue Huntington Hospital’s leadership in providing patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options.”

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized Single-Site instruments for use with the da Vinci Surgical System in December 2011. Huntington said the da Vinci’s advancements “takes minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients.” It can be used for multiple procedures, such as prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair and colorectal surgery.

Named after the artist who invented the first robot and similarly used unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details to bring his works to life, the da Vinci serves as the brush to the surgeon’s precise strokes to give the patient the best outcomes possible, according to Huntington.

“We are very excited to have a second, single port da Vinci that will essentially double our robotic surgery capacity,” says Dr. David J. Lourie, general surgeon and Medical Director of MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery). “As always, we are deeply grateful to the community that we serve for providing the philanthropic support needed to meet the demands of our residents.”

Huntington Memorial Hospital is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital that is home to the only Level II trauma center and the only Level III NICU in the San Gabriel Valley. In addition to being granted Magnet status in 2011, Huntington Hospital has been ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report in two specialties and was named the 8th best hospital in California.

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