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LLUCH patient names surgical robot at LLUMC

Amanda Stewart, Herbert Ruckle, MD, chief of urology, and Kevin Balli, MD, an OB/GYN surgeon
Amanda Stewart accepts her prize from Herbert Ruckle, MD, chief of urology, and Kevin Balli, MD, an OB/GYN surgeon. Both physicians have used the robot to perform surgery since it first arrived in March of 2005.
On Tuesday, March 7, Loma Linda University Medical Center officials announced the winner of a contest to have patients from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and their siblings name the da Vinci® Surgical System, now in use for one year at the Medical Center.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., the da Vinci® Surgical System was on display in the Medical Center lobby. Physicians actively using the robot were on hand to explain the different procedures performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., the winning name of the robot was announced. The winner was Amanda Stewart, an 11-year-old from acute care. The new name of the da Vinci® Surgical System is now Billy the Robo-Doc.

Since its first use in March of 2005, surgeons at Loma Linda University Medical Center have performed a total of 69 minimally invasive procedures with Billy the Robo-Doc. The majority of cases have involved kidney repair, prostatectomies, and hysterectomies. Loma Linda University Medical Center is the only hospital in the Inland Empire to offer minimally invasive hysterectomy surgery robotically.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology. The system allows a surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered, and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site.

The magnified, three-dimensional view the surgeon experiences enables precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions.

For more information about the da Vinci® Surgical System please visit the website <www.llu.edu/llu/ci/prostaterobotics.html>.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, March 23, 2006