8 Ambulatory Surgery Centers With Robotic Surgical Systems

Here are eight ambulatory surgery centers that include robotic technology for surgery.

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Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center. The surgery center includes a da Vinci Surgical System, which provides patients with a minimally invasive surgery option. Nathan Mordel, MD, founder of the center, regularly performs a number of procedures using the system, including robotically-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy and robotically-assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center was opened in 2002 and its physicians provide gynecological care and women's health services. Conditions treated at the center include abnormal bleeding and fibroids, ovarian cysts and benign tumors, Urinary Incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.   

Health East Ambulatory Surgical Center (Englewood, N.J.). In February, the surgery center announced that David Herzog, MD, and Mutahar Ahmed, MD, performed the first-ever robotic surgeries at the Health East Ambulatory Surgical Center using the da Vinci Surgical System. Dr. Herzog performed a robotic excision of endometriosis lysis of adhesions and Dr. Ahmed performed a robotic laparoscopic prostatectomy. Health East Ambulatory Surgical Center provides patients with a wide-array of services, such as an on-site orthotist, radiological services, laboratory services and transportation services.

Hutchinson (Kan.) Ambulatory Surgery Center. Seven gynecologic, urologic and general surgeons at the surgery center perform minimally invasive procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System. The 13,600-square-foot outpatient surgery center contains three operating rooms, and it provides care in a number of specialties, including orthopedics, pain management, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, nephrology, ophthalmology, pulmonology and podiatry. The Hutchinson Clinic includes more than 70 physicians and 600 employees. The ASC was opened in 2002.

K and B Surgical Center (Beverly Hills, Calif.). The surgery center acquired the da Vinci Surgical System in May 2013. Recently, K and B Surgical Center and G. Kai Nishi, MD, director of the institute for minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the center, were among the first in the country to perform a single incision robotic inguinal hernia repair at an outpatient surgical center. "Performing robotic surgery in an outpatient surgical center is far more desirable than in a hospital in that scheduling time is much quicker, the environment is cleaner with fewer infections, quieter, more private, and the care is more personalized," said Dr. Nishi. At the surgery center, physicians provide robotic surgery services in a number of specialties, including bariatric surgery, gynecology, colorectal surgery, pediatric surgery, urology, urogynecology and general surgery. K and B Surgical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, and includes operating rooms, an endoscopy and colonoscopy suite and recovery rooms.

Midtown Surgery Center (New York). In April 2012, the surgery center announced that it can provide MAKOplasty, a robotic-arm guided procedure typically used for reconstruction of bone surfaces. Andrew Rosen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, performed the first MAKOplasty procedure at the center. There are currently six surgeons at the center who perform MAKOplasty procedures for both knee and hip and conditions. Midtown Surgery Center opened in 2010 and it provides care in numerous specialties, such as general surgery, orthopedics, ENT, podiatry, pain management and spine.  

oBand (Tustin, Calif.). oBand's surgery center location in Tustin, Calif., is the first ASC in Orange County to perform surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. The first robotic surgery case was a hysterectomy performed in 2012 by Marsha Granese, MD, and Kathleen Pollock, MD. oBand's surgery center located in Beverly Hills, Calif., also includes robotic technology. oBand operates five surgery centers, and the facilities are accredited by The Joint Commission and recognized as American College of Surgeons Level Outpatient Accredited Bariatric Centers. oBand includes board-certified bariatric surgeons.

San Francisco Surgery Center. In April 2011, the surgery center announced that it could offer patients MAKOplasty, a robotic-arm guided procedure used for partial joint replacements. By August 2012, 50 procedures using the MAKOplasty technology had been performed by the center's surgeons. "The best part of the robot is that the accuracy exceeds what we have been able to do with the normal cutting guides. Since we do most of the surgery on the computer, the knee incision and exposure greatly decreased. The number one thing I say to the patient is that the robot is more accurate than I am. I have been doing partial knee replacements for 25 years and never been more confident that I can install the components in optimal alignment," said Kevin R. Stone, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the center in a Becker's Spine Review article in 2012. San Francisco Surgery Center offers surgical services in a wide-array of services, including orthopedics, ENT, urology, podiatry, pain management, colorectal conditions and obstetrics and gynecology.

Thomas Jefferson Riverview Surgical Center at the Navy Yard (Philadelphia). The surgery was the ambulatory surgery center to purchase the Navio robotic-controlled surgical system from Blue Belt Technologies. The system is designed to assist in precision during partial knee replacement surgery. Jess Lonner, MD, an attending orthopedic surgeon at Rothman Institute performed the first procedure at the ASC using the Navio system in October 2013. "The robotics program was requested by one of our surgeons. The surgeon believes that partial knee replacement is the right format for the ASC and the robotic technology allows for the precision that he needs in this type of procedure. Therefore, it was an initiative for Rothman Institute to be successful in the outpatient arena and robotics played a key role in that function," said Joseph DeMarco, the center's administrator, in a Becker's ASC Review article. "When we spoke with Navio, the package they put together was competitive. We were looking for something that allowed us to keep our costs reasonable, understanding that ASCs cannot line item this technology." The Thomas Jefferson Riverview Surgical Center at the Navy Yard features four operating rooms and one procedure room. It was developed by area physicians, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Nueterra Healthcare. Its physicians provide care in orthopedic surgery, pain management, general surgery and plastic surgery, among others.

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