Robotic Revolution

June 01, 2013

Providence Health & Services, Southern California, offers the latest and most sophisticated, minimally invasive surgical procedures, including robotic surgery at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. “There is less pain, faster recovery and a faster return to daily activities than with traditional, open surgeries,” says Garrett Matsunaga, MD.

With instruments that precisely translate the movements of a surgeon’s wrists and hands, robotic surgery can be applied to a range of areas, including:


“The No. 1 case we do is the robotic prostatectomy, the removal of the entire prostate for prostate cancer,” Dr. Matsunaga says. Robotic technology is especially beneficial for this kind of surgery, adds Sunder Nambiar, RN, CNOR, director of perioperative services at Providence Saint Joseph. “The 360-degree dexterity in the robot’s arm makes it easier to maneuver to get to the prostate.”


Because of high maneuverability and 3-D, high-definition visualization, robotic hysterectomy or ovarian cyst removal can be an option for women who have had cancer, or who have lots of scar tissue or a large uterus.


A growing front in robotics, partial nephrectomies remove only the cancerous portion of the kidney while leaving the healthy portion intact. “With robotics, we are able to remove kidney tumors with extreme precision,” Dr. Matsunaga says.