Why Choose Robotic Surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital?

Your Health. Your Hospital.

We put our talented surgeons at the controls of the world’s most advanced robotic surgical system. The unprecedented precision of this state-of-the-art platform allows our surgeons to perform complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions. The minimally invasive da Vinci® Si Surgical System is making surgery safer for a growing number of procedures.

Low Risks and Substantial Benefits

Robot-assisted surgery implies minimal postoperative risks and a series of considerable advantages

The Future of Surgery. Today

Breakthrough surgical technology is improving the surgical experience for patients and doctors alike

Prioritizing the Safety of Our Patients

By virtue of the innovative technology it employs, robotic surgery entails remarkable rates of success and superior outcomes

Robotic-assisted surgery gives our patients a wider range of options for minimally invasive operations. And it’s helping our highly qualified physicians provide even more effective care. Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that is different from the others: instead of operating on patients through large incisions, surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of quarter-inch incisions. The miniaturized instruments are mounted on 3 separate robotic arms, allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision. The da Vinci’s fourth arm contains a magnified high-definition 3D camera that guides the surgeon during the procedure.

The surgeon controls these instruments and the camera from a console located in the operating room. Placing his fingers into the master controls, he is able to operate all 4 arms of the da Vinci simultaneously while looking through a stereoscopic high-definition monitor.

Types of Robotic Surgeries

At Marina Del Rey Hospital, we perform many types of robotic surgery to treat several complex conditions in our patients. Our surgeons perform a wide range of robotic surgeries, including:

  • robotic abdominal, colon, and rectal surgery
  • robotic cardiovascular surgery
  • robotic gynecologic surgery
  • robotic head and neck surgery
  • robotic urologic surgery

Conditions Treated with Robotic Surgery

Because robotic arms are more flexible than standard laparoscopic tools and allow greater precision and better access to difficult areas, our surgeons are able to treat many types of conditions in a minimally invasive way, including:

  • mitral valve disease
  • heart valve disease
  • coronary artery disease
  • atrial septal defect
  • cervical cancer
  • endometriosis
  • hysterectomy
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • vaginal prolapsed
  • paravaginal defects
  • uterine cancer
  • uterine fibroids
  • vaginal fistulas
  • soft palate cancer
  • throat cancer
  • tongue base cancer
  • tongue cancer
  • tonsil cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • benign prostatic obstruction
  • ureteral reconstruction
  • ureteropelvic junction obstruction (kidney obstruction)
  • testicular cancer (lymph node dissection)
  • adrenal masses
  • bladder diverticula
  • fistulas
  • lymph node dissection

After robotic gynecologic surgery for example, when compared with other surgical approaches, many women experience less postoperative pain, reduced scarring, fewer complications and a faster return to normal activities. Robotic surgery also may help preserve your fertility and improve your reproductive health, depending on your age and the procedure you undergo.

At Marina Del Rey Hospital, we continue to serve the community with the latest medical technology. We utilize minimally invasive laparoscopic technology and advanced orthopedic surgical equipment. For patients, having the option to choose a minimally invasive procedure may mean less pain and scarring, a shorter recovery time, a faster return to normal daily activities – and in many cases, better results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Standard laparoscopic surgery uses one camera and provides a 2D view. The da Vinci robotic camera uses two high-resolution fiber optic cameras with 3D color picture and 10x magnification. The laparoscopic and robotic instruments look very similar at first sight but you need to know that the robotic instruments have the advantage of being articulated so the instruments are not only open and close but turn and twist.

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The da Vinci Surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Any type of insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery covers da Vinci Surgery as well. You also need to know that your coverage depends on your plan and benefits package and can vary by state or by employer, so please check all these details carefully.

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Robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci system is minimally invasive. It operates through a few small incisions and tissue damage is minimal. Obviously small incisions mean considerably reduced blood loss compared to the large incision method used in open surgery.

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Compared to traditional surgery, robotic surgery is usually more expensive. Allow us to explain you why. A single robot costs about $2 million. The system has an annual service contract requiring between $100,000 - $170,000 (in addition to the purchase price). These rates justify the higher price of the robotic surgery compared to laparoscopic surgery or open surgery.

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The FDA cleared the da Vinci Surgical System to be used in both adult and pediatric robotic surgery for different types of surgical procedures such as urological surgeries, general laparoscopic surgeries, general non-cardiovascular thoracosopic surgeries, thoracoscopically assisted cardiotomy procedures.

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