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Robotics Program Expands At Chandler Regional


Surgeons with privileges at Chandler Regional are the first in the East Valley to perform a gastrectomy (partial removal of the stomach) using the da Vinci EndoWrist® Stapler 45. This innovative tool is used in conjunction with the da Vinci® Si HD™ Surgical System, a robotic platform that provides minimally-invasive options for traditional surgical procedures.

Jennifer Reitz, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Richard Oh, M.D., F.A.C.S. performed the surgery Dec. 10 making Chandler Regional the first in the East Valley and second in the state to use the technology.

“These types of advancements are changing the field of general surgery and it’s happening very quickly,” said Lora Shufelt, director of Chandler Regional’s perioperative services. “Traditional surgical procedures have already become easier on both the surgeon and patient through the use of robotic surgery, and with the development of added capabilities like this stapler, we’re seeing better patient outcomes.”

Chandler Regional currently has two da Vinci® Si HD™ surgical systems; the first was obtained in 2010.

Intuitive Surgical’s, da Vinci's manufacturer, EndoWrist Instruments are designed to provide surgeons with natural dexterity and full range of motion for operation through tiny incisions. These attachments give surgeons the ability to perform procedures through a small incision in the patient which reduces recovery time and lowers overall risk.

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