More robotic surgery coming to Orange County, CA...BD
With a $1 million grant, Vitek and his wife Marilyn, 73, of Dana Point are establishing the Vitek Institute for Robotic Surgery at Mission Hospital the first of its kind in south Orange County. The once futuristic technology, known as the da Vinci Surgical System after Leonardo da Vinci, was unveiled at the hospital this week and should be available by the end of the year.
Dr. Neyssan Tebyani, a Laguna Hills urologist specializing in minimally invasive surgery, has done robotic surgeries and says they're a step above laparoscopic procedures.
"It's amazing how much better the visualization is and the ease with which you can do difficult steps of the operation," Tebyani said. In the past laparoscopic surgeries have been done by doctors making small incisions and using long, thin rods. Doctors say these can be cumbersome.