Robotic-assisted surgery capabilities allow the highest trained surgeons to perform a variety surgeries with utmost precision and effectiveness. At Los Robles Health System we offer a suite of robotic assisted technologies treating general surgery, joint replacement and orthopedics, and our latest robot which assists in the diagnosis of lung cancer. However, it’s important to understand that a robotic surgery system never makes an incision—or even a movement—on its own.

Your surgeon has extensive training and experience using robotic surgical equipment, and your surgeon remains in control of the robot at all times. The medical staff assisting your surgeon have also undergone additional training on the specific robotic system being used. The robot simply helps enhance your surgeon’s view of the surgical area and/or enables your surgeon to operate in small or hard-to-reach areas. The robot assisted technique provides a state of the art surgical experience to provide the very best outcomes for patients and gives your surgeon greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, dexterity as well as enhanced visualization and improved access.

The benefits of robotic assisted surgery

Both you and your medical team’s goal after a surgery is to restore your quality of life as quickly as possible.

At Los Robles Health System, robotic-assisted surgery techniques allow surgeons to make extremely small incisions. The convenience of such small incisions provide numerous benefits to patients, including less downtime after a surgery.

Additional benefits of robotic-assisted surgeries include:

  • Minimal scarring, due to smaller incisions
  • Less need for post-surgery pain medicine
  • Few surgical complications
  • Less blood loss
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster recovery
  • Less time on the operating table

Robotic guided surgery system

Our state of the art robotic surgery system uses both computer and robotic capabilities to treat conditions in multiple areas of the body. It’s considered to be the least invasive and most effective surgical technology.

When performing surgery with the robot, your surgeon uses the technology’s high-definition 3D camera to view a magnified image of the surgical site and insert miniature operating instruments that have far greater range of motion than the human hand.

The surgeon controls the robotic instruments, which translate as the surgeon’s movements. This type of precision is optimal when operating in small areas, such as the prostate.

Surgeries performed with the robot include:

  • Bariatrics and weight loss
    • Using a surgical robot, your surgeon operates through a few small incisions with instruments that were built for accuracy. With a 3D HD vision system and wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than any human hand, the technology allows for better dexterity for your surgeon. The 3D technology gives your surgeon an incredibly clear view of your anatomy allowing them to perform a procedure that is less invasive to your body resulting in less pain, less blood loss and a shorter recovery.
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
    • For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, surgeons at Los Robles Health System can perform the surgery using the robot to assist. At times, this can be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. We currently perform the following robotic gynecologic procedures: Illustration showing differences between robotic prostatectomy incision and open surgical incision
      • Hysterectomy
      • Oophorectomy
      • Ovarian cystectomy
    • Head and neck surgery
    • Thoracic surgery
    • Urologic surgery
      • With urologic procedures, most men worry, “Will my body function normally afterwards?” For delicate surgery such as prostatectomy, Los Robles’ surgeons often find the robotic assisted surgery to be ideal. With the robot’s precision, the surgeon can avoid surrounding tissues and nerves, including those affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Orthopedic joint replacement robotic arm

The orthopedic robotic arm system is a treatment option for adults with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis (OA).

First, your medical services team will take a CT scan of the diseased joint. The CT scan will then be uploaded into the robot’s software, which creates a 3D model of your joint. Your surgeon will use this 3D model to preplan and customize the joint replacement surgery to your exact anatomy.

Guided by the 3D model, your surgeon uses the robotic-arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage within the joint, which ensures the surgeon stays within the pre-planned boundaries.

In clinical studies, joint replacements using the robotic arm resulted:

  • Increased accuracy
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Preservation of healthy bone
  • Protect soft tissue and ligaments from damage

The joint replacement robotic arm is used to perform:

Robotic bronchoscope system

While it may look like a video game controller, the X-Box-like controller of the Monarch™ Robotic-assisted Bronchoscopy robot is actually being used to detect lung cancer at its earliest stages. Los Robles is the first in the region to have this new and innovative technology and is a game-changer in the detection of lung cancer. Used to view the inside of the lungs and obtain a tissue sample for biopsy, the robot enables earlier and more-accurate diagnosis of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung.

More than 90 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer do not survive the disease, in part because it is often found at an advanced stage. There are a variety of diagnostic options currently available for lung cancer, but all have limitations in accuracy, safety, or invasiveness.

This new platform utilizes a familiar controller-like interface that physicians use to navigate the flexible robotic endoscope to the periphery of the lung with improved reach, vision, and control. Combining traditional endoscopic views into the lung with computer-assisted navigation based on 3-D models of the patient’s own lung anatomy, the robotic assisted platform provides physicians with continuous bronchoscope vision throughout the entire procedure.