Robotic surgery in Ventura and Los Angeles counties

Robotic surgery is the newest advancement in complex surgical techniques. While never making movements or incisions completely on its own, surgical robots enhance a surgeon's view of the surgical site and enable them to make extremely small incisions in hard-to-reach areas.

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Robotic surgical capabilities allow our highly trained surgeons to perform various types of minimally invasive surgery with the utmost precision and effectiveness.

At Los Robles Health System, we offer a suite of state-of-the-art robotic-assisted technologies for performing general surgery, joint replacements and orthopedic surgery, as well as oncological services that assist in the diagnosis of lung cancer. For surgeons, additional advantages of robotic surgery include increased precision, dexterity, range of motion, improved access and enhanced visualization.

Benefits of robotic surgery

Caring like family is our number one priority, and the Los Robles surgical team aims to restore quality of life as soon as possible. Robotic surgery provides numerous patient benefits unavailable through traditional surgery, including:

  • Shorter operation times
  • Fewer surgical complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less need for postoperative medication
  • Faster recovery
  • Shorter hospital stays

Types of robotic surgery

Our state-of-the-art robotic surgery system uses both computerized and robotic capabilities to treat conditions in multiple areas of the body. It is considered to be the most effective and minimally invasive surgical technology available today.

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

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

Types of robotic surgeries available at Los Robles include:

Robotic orthopedic surgery

We also specialize in robotic orthopedic surgery. Procedures such as total hip replacements, as well as both total and partial knee replacements, are accomplished with an orthopedic robotic arm system developed for adults with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis.

The process begins with a CT scan of the joint in question, which is then uploaded into the robot’s software, creating 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.

By using the 3D model, your surgeon is always guaranteed to stay within the pre-planned surgical boundaries, allowing the robotic-arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage within the joint.

In clinical studies, joint replacements using the robotic arm resulted in increased accuracy, reduced blood loss, preservation of healthy bone and greater soft tissue and ligament protection.

Robotic cancer detection systems

Robotic technology can also be useful in detecting lung cancer in its earliest stages. Advanced bronchoscopes can be used to view the inside of the lungs and obtain tissue samples for biopsy, enabling earlier and more-accurate diagnosis of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the lung's periphery. Los Robles is the first in the Ventura and greater Los Angeles counties to have this innovative, game-changing technology.

More than 90 percent of those 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 controller-like interface to navigate a flexible robotic endoscope to the periphery of the lung with improved reach, vision, and control. Combined with 3D models of the patient’s own lung anatomy, the robotic assisted platform provides physicians with continuous bronchoscope vision throughout the entire procedure.