Mission Hospital has always been a leader in state-of-the-art care including
being at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery as an early adopter
of both laparoscopy surgery and robotic surgery.
Compared to traditional or “open” techniques that involve long
incisions at the surgery site, robotic surgery requires much smaller incisions
that significantly reduce blood loss, minimize scarring and speed the
recovery process allowing patients to return to their normal lifestyle
as quickly as possible.
In 2007, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Marilyn Vitek made a generous donation to
establish the Vitek Institute for Robotic surgery at Mission Hospital
– the first robotics program in south Orange County. “Marilyn
and I both feel that robotics technology is very important to the future
of medicine and will greatly enhance the patient care that Mission offers,"
said Dick. As part of this gift, the hospital’s first da Vinci surgical
system was purchased. The da Vinci system is a robotic assisted surgical
device that the surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. Utilizing
a 3D high-definition vision system, special instruments and computer software
the da Vinci allows the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision,
dexterity and control.
Once again leading the way, Mission Hospital was the first hospital in
south Orange County to receive the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System,
the most advanced da Vinci robot. This upgraded system has been optimized
for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries by enabling more efficient access
throughout the abdomen and chest. In 2016, an operating table utilizing
Integrated Table Motion was added so that a patient can be dynamically
positioned while the surgeon operates. The ability to reposition the operating
table allows for optimal exposure and access to the target anatomy.
Surgeons at Mission Hospital utilize the da Vinci Xi Surgical System for
general surgery and other surgical specialties including thoracic, gynecology,
head and neck, and urology. Not all patients qualify for robotic surgery.
Discuss with your physician whether or not robotic surgery is the best
solution for you.