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St. John’s Regional Medical Center Celebrates 1000th Robotic Assisted Surgery Milestone


Advanced surgical robotic system performs complex procedures with unmatched precision

OXNARD, CA, August 1, 2018 – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital, is excited to announce that the 1000th robotic assisted surgery has been successfully completed. The 1000th case was performed on Thursday, June 19, 2018 by cardiothoracic surgeon, James McPherson, MD.

“Robotic surgery allows me to see what is inside the chest through smaller incisions. Patients benefit from an operation that is more precise and less painful,” said Dr. McPherson. “It is a game changer.”

SJRMC surgeons and surgical team together performed 1000 robotic assisted surgery procedures over the course of six years, when the da Vinci® Si Surgical System was first introduced at SJRMC. The da Vinci® serves as an extension of the surgeon’s hands. This technology provides our surgeons with unmatched precision that enables a minimally invasive approach for many complex procedures.

“St. John’s Regional Medical Center continues to be at the forefront of technology and programs, and we celebrate this significant milestone,” says Brian Tuai, MD, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at SJRMC. “I’m honored to work with a highly skilled team and proud of their ongoing commitment to excellent patient care, safety, and service.”

Benefits of this robotic assisted surgery can include faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, less pain, less risk of infection, smaller incisions with less scarring, and a quicker return to daily activities. Procedures performed with the da Vinci® include but are not limited to colectomy, prostatectomy, hysterectomy, cholecystectomy, rectopexy, hernia and mitral valve repairs, and lung resection.

Robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery is the current gold standard in urology and quickly becoming the gold standard in cardiovascular surgery, gynecology, otorhinolaryngology and general surgery. The da Vinci® System is the most technologically advanced surgical platform available today. It provides surgeons with ultra-precise instrument movement and 3-D views of the surgical field.

If any member of the media would like additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact Arrate Zavala in the Marketing Communications Department at 805.988.2751.

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About Dignity Health St. John's Regional Medical Center

St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard is a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and rated among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades. St. John’s Regional is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

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