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Putting Robotic-Assisted Technology at the Forefront


San Ramon Regional Medical Center is proud to provide the latest, cutting-edge technology for the communities we serve, allowing patients to stay close to home for care and treatment. We began utilizing robotic-assisted surgery in 2000 and continue to expand the program, empowering physicians to offer exceptional surgical care to their patients. San Ramon Regional Medical Center was the first program west of the Mississippi River to perform da Vinci procedures.

In early 2019, San Ramon Regional acquired the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The system was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. The system can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

“We are proud to offer this technology in our community,” said Ann Lucena, CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center. “We are committed to providing our patients with access to the best possible healthcare available, and the implementation of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System is a perfect example of this commitment.”

The system offers three dimensional high definition visualization and allows for enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for the surgeon. The surgeon is 100-percent in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.

“The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is the pinnacle of minimally invasive surgical technology, providing 3D optics, superior control and ergonomics, and precise dissection. The result is smaller scars, faster recovery and better outcomes for patients,” said Aileen Murphy, D.O., Surgeon at San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

Other patient benefits may include reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, and less risk of infection.

For orthopedics patients, San Ramon Regional offers a robotic-arm assisted total knee application for use with its Mako System for joint replacement surgeries.

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Thomas Peatman, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon at San Ramon Regional Medical Center. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, the physician can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

San Ramon Regional Medical Center continues to be a leader in the field of robotics, becoming the first hospital in the Bay Area to recently purchase ExcelsiusGPS®. This technology – used specifically for spine surgery – is designed to improve safety and accuracy within the operating room, not only for patients, but for surgeons and staff as well.

The platform technology provides improved visualization of patient anatomy through the procedure to help optimize patient treatment. This robotic navigation platform combines a rigid robotic arm and full navigation capabilities into one adaptable platform for accurate trajectory alignment in spine surgery.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality of care for our patients. We look forward to the exciting opportunities and impact this new robotic technology platform will bring to the field of navigated spine surgery. We are excited to add this new, state-of-the-art technology to our suite of advanced tools to enhance safety, offer minimally-invasive procedures, and optimize care for patients,” Lucena said.


To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, please visit www.sanramonmedctr.com or call (925) 275-8229.


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