Marina Hospital Expands Specialty Surgical Services with the Da Vinci Robot

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Da Vinci Si robotic surgery system used for gynecological and urogynecological procedures by Marina Del Rey Hospital physicians.

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This system improves the visibility and surgical access associated with traditional laparoscopy, and further reduces the post-op recovery time and pain for our patients.

The growth of robotic surgery continues in Los Angeles, as Marina Del Rey Hospital physicians begin performing gynecological and urogynecological procedures with the new da Vinci Si robotic surgery system.

The system allows surgeons to see three-dimensionally inside the surgery site which is especially useful in “deep pelvic” surgery where visualization can be especially difficult. The improvements in technology and technique can allow for better outcomes for patients.

“Robotically-assisted surgery is really the next evolution in surgical technique,” said Dr. Amy Rosenman, who is currently performing surgeries using the da Vinci Si System at Marina Del Rey Hospital. “This system improves the visibility and surgical access associated with traditional laparoscopy, and further reduces the post-op recovery time and pain for our patients.” As an Urogynecologist, Dr. Rosenman treats conditions such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Pelvic organ prolapse is the abnormal descent or herniation of the pelvic organs, such as the bladder or uterus, from their normal position in the pelvis. Although some women who have pelvic organ prolapse do not have symptoms, the most common symptoms are a sensation of pressure or a bulge and issues with urination.

“Many of my patients are embarrassed by these issues or think that they are ‘normal’,” said Dr. Rosenman. “I let them know that these conditions are very treatable, and with improvements in technology and surgical technique, the outcomes are excellent.”

Dr. Emmanuel Mba is gynecologic surgeon who is also currently using da Vinci system at Marina Del Rey Hospital for such procedures as hysterectomy and myomectomy.

“The Si system is a huge leap forward in surgical technology,” said Dr. Mba. “I am able to treat a broader range of conditions than ever before, and my patients are very pleased with the outcome and quick recovery.”

Another benefit for patients is that robotic surgery does not cost any more than other techniques. As long as the patient has coverage for gynecological conditions, their insurance should cover robotic surgery as well.

“As a surgeon, it is wonderful to be able to decide whether the robotic approach is right for the patient without being hampered by financial considerations,” said Dr. Mba. “It’s a great technology, and I am happy to be able to offer it to my patients in the Marina.”

About Marina Del Rey Hospital
Marina Del Rey Hospital, a 145-bed acute-care hospital serving the Los Angeles region, has been a leading innovator in surgery since 2004. Robotic and minimally invasive surgery are two of the fields in which Marina del Rey Hospital is proud to be at the forefront of new developments. Our adoption of robot-assisted and minimally invasive techniques help 3,000 patients annually achieve excellent outcomes while driving down complication rates, demonstrating our commitment to excellent patient care.

About Dr. Emmanuel Mba
Dr. Emmanuel Mba is an obstetrician and gynecologist who focuses on robotically aided minimally invasive surgery and on reproductive surgery, such as fibroids, hysteroscopy, and laparoscopy. He completed medical school and his medical residency at the USC School of Medicine, where he is now a clinical professor.

About Dr. Amy Rosenman
An elected fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Amy Rosenman is on the Board of Directors of the American Urogynecolgic Society and has been president of the society's research-grant foundation since 2001. She is also certified by the Accreditation Council of Gynecologic Endoscopy for both laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. After receiving her bachelor's degree from SUNY Buffalo and her medical degree from New York Medical College, Dr. Rosenman completed her internship and residency at UCLA, where she now teaches. She has co-authored one book on women's health published by Simon and Schuster, and contributed to another, published by Penguin/Plume.

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