Robotic Surgery Comes to San Luis Obispo County 
Ron Yukelson 
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 
Sierra Vista is the first hospital in San Luis Obispo County to Offer Robotic Surgery with daVinci(R) Surgical System   
Operating room staff welcome the arrival of a new da Vinci(R) Surgical System 

The state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System arrived today at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for installation. Sierra Vista will be the first in San Luis Obispo County to offer robotic minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons will undergo training soon with the first cases expected to be scheduled in about a month.

Using the $1.8 million da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

“Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is proud to continue to invest in the health of our community,” said Candy Markwith, Sierra Vista’s Chief Executive Officer. “By bringing state-of-the-art technology generally offered only at academic based medical centers in large metropolitan areas, our community is able to stay closer to home and not have to compromise on quality or the most up to date technology.”

Many surgical procedures performed today using standard laparoscopic technique may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. This is because the da Vinci Surgical System delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery.

Traditional laparoscopy has never become widely applied outside a limited set of routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons routinely attempt complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci Surgical System finally allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach.

A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional MIS technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. The advanced feature set and extensive EndoWrist® instrumentation of the da Vinci Surgical System enable surgeons to perform more procedures through 1-2 cm incisions.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits: reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring and improved cosmesis.

Meet the daVinci Team of Surgeons at Sierra Vista