With support from the highly trained surgical team at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, surgeons are performing minimally invasive procedures including these:
- Tumor removal
Prostatectomy - to remove an enlarged prostate causing urinary problems
- Partial and total nephrectomy - kidney removal
- Pyeloplasty - kidney reconstruction
Hysterectomy - removal of the uterus
Myomectomy - removal of uterine fibroids
Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) to diagnose and treat conditions in the chest and lungs
Physicians currently performing robotic-assisted surgical procedures at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital are:
Dr. Carin Craig
Dr. Margaret Echt
Dr. Ralph Quijano
Dr. David Raphael
Dr. Ann Rodriguez
Dr. Duncan Turner
Dr. Benedict Taylor
Dr. Phillip West
Dr. Julie Chacko
Dr. Daniel Curhan
Dr. Alex Koper
Dr. David Laub
Dr. Alex J. Weinstein
General Surgery /
Dr. David Thoman
What do patients say about da Vinci®?
John Boogaard's experience with the pain and long recovery from a cardiac bypass procedure years ago made him reluctant to undergo surgery to correct a problem with his esophagus. His physician referred him to Dr. Phillip West, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, who was able to employ the da Vinci® System to perform an esophageal myotomy (surgical procedure in which the muscle is cut). The recovery was definitely a different experience than his earlier surgery. Mr. Boogaard returned home four days after the myotomy and with little need for pain pills. He says he has had no side effects from the surgery, and his energy level quickly returned to normal.
What do doctors say about da Vinci®?
Urologists Dr. Alex Koper and Dr. David Laub agree that minimally invasive surgery is the wave of the future. According to Dr. Koper, it allows surgeons to make much smaller incisions to perform the necessary procedure while maintaining the same high quality of surgical care while helping patients to feel more comfortable during recovery.
With robotics, patients recover much more quickly, according to Dr. Laub. "Patients are back to full activity about one month sooner than they are with open surgery," says Laub.