Surgery Enters the Robotic Age in Marina Del Rey Hospital

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Robotic surgery suite gives doctors advanced precision for minimally invasive operations at Marina Del Rey Hospital.

Marina Del Rey Hospital is a 145-bed acute care Joint Commission accredited hospital offering general acute medical services and 24/7 emergency care.

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The surgery is that much more precise, and this may improve the safety and quick recovery even more than we are already seeing with laparoscopy.

Marina Del Rey Hospital has begun to utilize a new high-tech assistant for some minimally invasive procedures: a robotic operating system that enables doctors to see in three dimensions, control instruments with greater precision, and even operate through a single incision.

The hospital recently acquired the da Vinci Si Surgical System, the most advanced robotic surgery platform manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. After performing seven surgeries with the Si system in its first week of operation, the surgeons are enthusiastic about the capabilities of the robot and the OR team.

“It's wonderful,” said Dr. James McPherson, who performed Marina's first surgery with the system, removing a cancerous lobe from a patient's lung on August 7. “I am confident that this will help us further refine and improve the results of our operations, in terms of effectiveness, side effects, and patient recovery. I feel that we already have an excellent record here, and with this tool, I expect that we can continue to improve.”

On Aug. 7 and 8, Dr. Daniel Marcus performed the next three surgeries using Marina's new surgery system, all gall-bladder removals, or cholecystectomies. Dr. Marcus praised the system's tactile and visual responsiveness.

“It’s a great tool, and can really elevate the execution of the finer surgical skills such as suturing,” he said. “The surgery is that much more precise, and this may improve the safety and quick recovery even more than we are already seeing with laparoscopy.”

Another benefit of the da Vinci system is the ability to effectively operate using a single incision site. Rather than insert several traditional laparoscopic tools side-by-side or through multiple incisions, the doctor can use da Vinci to place just one multi-function tube in a single incision. This tube contains several attachments that open up like an umbrella once inside the patient's body.

“We anticipate doing our first single-incision cholecystectomy cases with the Si System soon,” said Dr. Marcus. “We’re excited to be one of the first hospitals in the area to offer this, and think many patients will opt for this innovative approach.”

With this cutting-edge surgical system, Marina Del Rey Hospital will perform thoracic, urological, gynecological, and general surgeries, as well as other specialties in the future.

“Surgeons from a broad range of specialties will benefit from use of this technology,” Dr. McPherson said. “And that means Marina Del Rey patients will benefit as well.”

About Marina Del Rey Hospital
Marina Del Rey Hospital is a 145-bed acute care Joint Commission accredited hospital offering general acute medical services and 24/7 emergency care. As a surgical hospital focused on spine, minimally invasive surgery, bariatrics and orthopedics, our mission is to enhance our patients’ lives by providing them with focused care from a team of nationally recognized physicians and support staff. Marina Del Rey Hospital and our team of highly talented and specialized professionals are dedicated to improving the health and lifestyle of our patient community. For more information on Marina Del Rey Hospital, please call 310.823.8911 or visit

About Dr. James McPherson
Dr. James McPherson III received a degree in chemistry from the University of Southern California, after which he attended the Tulane University School of Medicine where he graduated with the dual degree of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health. Upon completing his medical education in New Orleans, Dr. McPherson began a five-year internship and residency in general surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, followed by a three-year fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at USC. Dr. McPherson joined the faculty of the Keck USC School of Medicine in 1998 as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is the founder and medical director of the Los Angeles Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group and has a proven clinical track record of innovation both in and outside of the operating room. Dr. McPherson specializes in minimally invasive approaches to heart, lung and vascular (circulation) disease. Performing surgery through smaller incisions enables his patients to resume active living sooner and with less pain. Dr. McPherson has made numerous television, radio and print media appearances speaking about cardiovascular health, lung cancer prevention and treatment.

About Dr. Daniel Marcus
Dr. Daniel Marcus is a General surgeon who specializes in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic surgery. Dr. Marcus received his B.S. degree at UCLA, his M.D. degree at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel and completed his General Surgery residency at the world renowned Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York and Columbia Presbyterian in New York City. His passion for minimally invasive surgery began during his fellowship in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic surgery at Oregon Health Sciences in Portland, Oregon. He is currently the chief of surgery at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles, California. When he is not in surgery, Dr. Marcus is committed to the research and development of less invasive procedures that offer patients improved cosmesis and minimal pain and healing time. He is a consultant for several companies to develop new procedures and instrumentation for less invasive procedures in surgery. He has been published in numerous medical journals and continues to teach and lecture in the field of minimally invasive surgery.

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