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  • First da Vinci robotic surgery at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center

    The first robotic-assisted surgery was performed this week at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center on the hospital's new da Vinci Si Surgical System.

    The procedure, a robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, was performed by Dr. Roque Lanza and assisted by Dr. David Minehan, who are longtime experts with the da Vinci Surgical System.

    Dr. Lanza, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with more than 20 years of experience, is a skilled surgeon with advanced training in minimally invasive surgery, vaginal surgery and pelvic reconstruction. Since 2008, he's performed more than 85 surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System.

    Dr. Minehan, a board-certified physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, is an expert in high-risk obstetrics, infertility issues, postmenopausal care and gynecological surgery.

    The new da Vinci Surgical System is just one example of MultiCare’s investments in safety and care at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

    Since Oct. 1, 2012, when Auburn Medical Center became part of MultiCare’s integrated not-for-profit health care system, MultiCare has upgraded equipment, trained staff members, and strengthened safety procedures. In the ultramodern operating room that hosts the da Vinci Surgery System, upgrades include new Stryker monitors and new lighting.

    MultiCare is a longtime leader in robotic-assisted surgery, and is now bringing that expertise to Auburn for the first time. Since 2005, MultiCare Health System surgeons have performed more than 3,500 surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System.

    Not only did MultiCare pioneer daVinci robotic-assisted surgery in the South Sound, but MultiCare's robotic-certified surgeons have collectively clocked more hours doing these exacting procedures than anyone else in the area. MultiCare implemented the South Sound’s first robotic-assisted gynecological surgical and prostate surgical programs in 2005, and expanded the use of robotic-assisted surgery to cardiothoracic procedures in 2008.

    Potential benefits of robotic-assisted surgery may include minimal pain, low blood loss, minimal scarring, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.

    MultiCare is one of three Epicenter Teaching Centers for robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery using the daVinci Surgical System on the West Coast, and one of 23 in the nation. Dr. John Lenihan, Medical Director of MultiCare’s Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery program, was the first gynecological surgeon in the Pacific Northwest to use robotic-assisted surgical techniques for gynecological surgeries.

    MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the country to be recognized by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists – the most prestigious international society for the advancement of gynecological minimally Invasive Surgery – as a Commitment-Level Center of Excellence for GYN Minimally Invasive Surgery.

    Robotic–assisted surgeries are performed at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, MultiCare Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma, and now MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in South King County.

    To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery, call 1-888-871-7088 or visit

    Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in