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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on July 14, 2011

da Vinci Surgical Systems Arrive at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals

State-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical tool offers patients less pain and faster recovery

da Vinci Surgical SystemRockville, MD – Surgeons at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park will soon begin performing the next level of minimally invasive surgery using the latest in robotic technology, the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

The da Vinci system virtually extends the physician’s eyes and hands through miniaturized instruments into a magnified 3-D surgical field. While sitting at a high-definition console, the surgeon controls the robot. Hand movements are seamlessly translated to perform precise, intricate procedures through incisions roughly the size of a dime.

“We are pleased to bring the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System to our hospital as a continuation of our commitment to offering the latest technology and most beneficial treatment techniques to our patients and community,” said Dennis Hansen, president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Each of Adventist HealthCare’s acute care hospitals has acquired a da Vinci system, as part of the system’s mission to expand access to superior health care in the community while integrating the latest in medical technology and high quality care.

“The da Vinci Surgical System enables us to further enhance the patient experience by offering our patients who undergo robotic surgery faster recovery times and less discomfort,” said Joyce Portela, president of Washington Adventist Hospital. “This new system furthers our commitment to providing our community with access to 21st century health care.”

At both Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals, the da Vinci system will be used to treat a wide range of conditions including bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, endometriosis, gynecologic cancers, heavy uterine bleeding, kidney cancer, kidney disorders, lung cancer, obesity, prostate cancer, throat cancer, thyroid cancer, uterine fibroids and uterine prolapse.
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s first surgery with the da Vinci will take place Monday, July 18.

“For women facing the prospect of a complete hysterectomy, surgery with the da Vinci system offers the best outcomes and a less invasive procedure,” said Shady Grove Adventist Hospital gynecologist Carolynn Young, M.D. “Surgery with the da Vinci results in less pain, less scarring and a faster return to normal activities – just two weeks compared to six weeks with a traditional ‘open’ hysterectomy.”

Washington Adventist Hospital’s first procedure with the da Vinci is scheduled for Thursday, July 21.

“The da Vinci Surgical System changes the experience of surgery for me, the surgeon, and, most importantly, for my patients,” said Washington Adventist Hospital urologist Jonathan Rhee, M.D., who is fellowship trained in robotic surgery. “For example, when I’m dealing with delicate procedures to treat prostate cancer, the enhanced precision of the da Vinci allows me to spare surrounding nerves, which benefits a patient’s recovery and overall outcome.”

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 336 licensed beds. Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 35,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 281-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

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