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Robotic Surgery

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.