Providence Tarzana Medical Center takes on more complex surgeries using next generation minimally invasive robotics

November 08, 2016

Allows four-quadrant surgeries to stay minimally invasive for patients 

Providence Tarzana Medical Center continues its role as San Fernando Valley’s leading robotic surgery program with the purchase of the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System, the latest surgical robot.

This minimally invasive, FDA-approved robotic surgical system will allow the hospital to expand its robotics program to include colorectal and thoracic surgery, offering patients state-of-the-art care. The Xi Surgical System also will permit much more complex general surgical, urological, and gynecological surgeries.

The system acts as a natural extension of the surgeon’s hands and eyes, streamlining set-up time to make procedures more efficient. It is optimized for complex multi-quadrant abdominal surgery.

“Providence Tarzana is a leader in the community for minimally invasive robotics, and the use of the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System will continue to distinguish our team, enhancing our ability to do complex four-quadrant surgeries,” said Dale Surowitz, chief executive at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. “Our goal here at Providence is to help create healthier communities, and offering the best in minimally invasive technology close to home, means more time spent with friends and family to speed healing.”

On Nov. 3, urologist Mayank Patel, M.D. was the first to perform a robotic pyeloplasty (kidney surgery) and nephrolithotomy (kidney stone removal) procedure with the Xi system at Providence Tarzana.

“Through my urology training at UCLA and Swedish Medical Center, I learned the value of minimally invasive robotic urologic surgery and its effect on improved patient outcomes, Dr. Patel said. “Our new technology allows us to safely and effectively perform complex surgical procedures with smaller incisions, resulting in shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery.”

Providence looks forward to continuing to serve the community with the Providence Tarzana Reimagined project, which includes a new patient wing, enhancements to the current 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the existing 33-bed Women’s Pavilion, expanded diagnosticand treatment areas, a redesigned lobby and visitor reception area, new Emergency Department for improved access to critical care and additional parking.

The Providence Tarzana Foundation enables the medical center to keep pace with advances in lifesaving technology while responding to the unique needs of the San Fernando Valley communities. Through the generosity of the community, the Foundation will continue to ensure the medical center remains a place of top quality and compassionate care. To make a donation, contact the Foundation office at 818-757-4384 or visit the Tarzana Giving website.