Samaritan’s robotic-assisted surgery program hits milestone

Dec 3,2012
Physicians with the Samaritan Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program have completed more than 500 surgical procedures at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. The program — built around the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System — treats patients with gynecological, urological, gastro-intestinal and other conditions requiring surgery.

“Samaritan Health Services is proud of our robotic-assisted surgical team for ensuring a better surgical experience for our patients,” said Steve Jasperson, CEO of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. “We are excited to offer these advances in surgery to the patients in our area.”

Samaritan invested in robotic-assisted surgery in 2009 and since then the program has grown to include more physicians and available procedures. Nationwide, 90 percent of all prostate surgeries and more than half of all hysterectomies are now being performed by surgeons using a robotic platform. The 3-D imaging and precise nature of the robot allows even the most complex and delicate procedures to be completed with only very small incisions.

Patients who undergo robotic-assisted procedures with the da Vinci® system experience less pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions and fewer complications when compared to open surgery or traditional laparoscopic surgery. Additionally, patients have shorter hospital stays and resume normal activities much faster with robotic-assisted procedures when compared to traditional open or laparoscopic procedures.

Providers currently using the da Vinci® Surgical System for robotic-assisted surgical procedures are: Paul Daskalos, DO (OB/GYN), Linda Fox, MD (OB/GYN), Jess Hickerson, MD (OB/GYN), Layron Long, MD (urology), Emily Rangel, MD (OB/GYN), and Don Yarbrough, MD (general surgery).

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