Adventist Health Castle uses advanced robotics to efficiently perform operations

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Minimally evasive surgical procedures, or laparoscopy, is a type of procedure that allows a surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis area without creating large incisions. This kind of procedure is more about the recovery of the patient, rather than the access to get to the problemed area. As a result, patients can recover at a faster rate. Laparoscopy is used on hernia repairs, colorectal surgeries, stomach operations and resections, as well as complex liver and pancreatic surgeries.

The newest addition to the medical field is the Davinci Xi system, an intuitive fourth generation robotic assistance surgery system. It’s able to advance laparoscopic surgery with modern technology by allowing just the operator to perform the procedure. Traditionally, multiple assistants would have to move and hold the machine while the doctor performed the operation causing fatigue. Now, the surgeon can perform the surgery without the help of assistants. The Davinci Xi system also allows doctors to create a more define and precise 3D image of the operation due to its cameras amazing magnification and precision.

Some may be skeptical about having a machine perform an operation on them, but rest assured the Davinci Xi system is safe and effective. “One of the bigger myths about robotic assisted surgery: People don’t want a robot operating on them. They’re not. If I’m the surgeon, I’m the one who’s doing the operating, no one else,” said Dr. Jon Yamaguchi of Adventist Health Castle. At first, he was sure he did not need the new technology, saying he was a skilled enough laparoscopic surgeon. However, after becoming familiar with the Davinci Xi system, Dr. Yamaguchi said that he uses it on a vast majority of his intraabdominal cases because of the increased perception and precision.

About Adventist Health Castle

Adventist Health Castle is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit health system operating in California, Hawai’i and Oregon. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist legacy of Christian health care, Adventist Health is comprised of 23 hospitals with more than 3,100 beds, 18,300 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, 16 home care agencies and three joint venture retirement centers.

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