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100th robotic-assisted surgery performed at MultiCare Auburn

Posted on Jan. 23, 2014 ( comments)

The 100th robotic-assisted surgery at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center was completed this week on the hospital's new da Vinci Si Surgical System.

While robotic-assisted surgery is newly available in Auburn, MultiCare surgeons are among the most experienced in the region. MultiCare was the first to introduce robotic-assisted surgeries in the South Sound, and since 2005, MultiCare surgeons have performed more than 4,000 surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System at other MultiCare hospitals.

In September, MultiCare expanded the robotic-assisted surgical program to Auburn.

The 100th procedure at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center was a robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy performed by urologist Ken Haberman, MD. The OR team was Dennis Cole, RN, Robert Carmichael, surg tech, Lynn Nieland, RN, and Stormy Wong, surg tech.

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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.

Dr. Haberman achieved advance training in the management of urologic cancers and the use of the da Vinci robotic surgical system through fellowship training at the City of Hope Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the busiest robotic urology centers in the country.

The first robotic-assisted surgery at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center was a robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy performed Sept. 16, 2013, by Dr. Roque Lanza and assisted by Dr. David Minehan, who are longtime experts with the da Vinci Surgical System.

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.

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.

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.

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