Marina del Rey Hospital Holds Naming Contest for Surgical Robot

Santa Monica middle school students named a $2 million surgical robot used at the Marina del Rey Hospital.

On Thursday, November 15 the students at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica gathered for a live demonstration of the da Vinci Si Surgical Robot. On hand was Marina del Rey Hospital surgeon James McPhearson who explained how the da Vinci works, what procedures they perform and what it takes to become a robotic surgeon. Students were then allowed to trail the machine; they sat behind the controls and manipulated the surgical arms.

After the demonstration, the hospital held a naming contest. Each student was allowed to choose one name for the new machine. Slips of paper were placed in a bowl and Dr. McPhearson used the controls to select the name at random. The selected name, Surgio is a play off the word "surgery." The staff at Marina del Rey Hospital were thrilled at such an appropriate name for a surgical robot.

Surgio, the da Vinci Surgical Robot, will be helping surgeons in robotic-assisted surgery and providing patients with options that are less invasive than traditional methods. Smaller incisions are used and therefore scars are minimized and subsequently recovery time is quicker.

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