San Joaquin General Hospital enhances surgical offerings with robotics

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Dinesh Vyas, MD, stands with the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery System, which San Joaquin General Hospital is now using.

San Joaquin General Hospital is now part of the ever-growing list of area hospitals using robotic surgery to enhance patient care.

Recently, the county hospital acquired the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which offers a variety of surgical uses and is minimally invasive. The system also allows for shorter recovery and less scarring.

“The da Vinci robotic surgery system is much needed component of our surgical education program,” said Dinesh Vyas, MD, surgery residency program director for SJGH. “Our general surgery residents are here to prepare themselves to eradicate surgical sufferings globally.”

Vyas said the hospital’s curriculum requires current surgical equipment, practices, science and technology.

Historically complex surgeries with a 50-percent survival rate are improved with the technology.

“The da Vinci Xi System provides both our educational program and our community with state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive surgical technology designed to assist in positive outcomes for patients,” Dr. Vyas said.

By using robotic surgery, patients experience less stress, quicker healing and overall better outcomes. The da Vinci system features precise wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion and ergonomic design, giving the surgeon 100-percent control.

“We appreciate the vision of our County Board of Supervisors for approving the purchase of the da Vinci System for San Joaquin General,” said David Culberson, CEO of the hospital, in a statement. “This new system keeps us in the league of leading California surgical facilities. We look forward to seeing the benefits of minimally-invasive robotic surgery at our hospital. This new robotic surgical technology will improve surgical outcomes for our local County residents”

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