Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Performs 2,000th Robotic Surgery

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Recent Surgery Includes Houston’s First Successful Tubal Reversal Post-Surgical Pregnancy

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“Women will often times undergo a tubal reversal with the hopes of getting pregnant soon after. We are so pleased to have provided this minimally invasive procedure for our patient that resulted in her wishes coming true,” said Dr. Schnell.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC) announced today that it is the first hospital in Houston’s Bay Area to perform over 2,000 surgeries using the most innovative robotic surgical system of its kind. The most recent surgeries include the area’s first robotic rectopexy, robotic single-site hysterectomy, robotic tubal reversal and robotic partial nephrectomy.

“The robotic technology enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures with precision and control,” said Stephen K. Jones, Chief Executive Office of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. “The surgery also enables our patients to recover faster, experience less post-operative pain and scarring, and return to work sooner.”

Robotic surgery is performed through a few small incisions by the surgeon who is seated at an ergonomically designed console. The view of the surgical field is transmitted in 3D HD vision through a camera that is inserted into one of the tiny incisions. The 3D HD view gives surgeons a picture of the field that they otherwise would not have if they were using traditional surgery. The robot also features instruments designed with seven degrees of motion – a range of motion greater than the human wrist. The enhanced view of the field coupled with the dexterous, delicate instruments allow for a shorter recovery time, less tissue damage, less post-operative pain and less risk of infection.

Most recently, Dr. Crochet and Dr. Schnell performed a tubal reversal that resulted in Houston’s first successful post-surgical pregnancy.

“Women will often times undergo a tubal reversal with the hopes of getting pregnant soon after. We are so pleased to have provided this minimally invasive procedure for our patient that resulted in her wishes coming true,” said Dr. Schnell.

The robotic surgical system is utilized for general surgeries as well as colorectal, cardiothoracic, gynecological, pelvic, urological and ENT procedures with virtually scarless single-site hysterectomy and gallbladder removal results.

CLRMC is the only facility in Houston’s Bay Area that offers numerous specialty robotic surgeries. To learn more about whether you or someone you know could benefit from the CLRMC robotic surgical system, please consult your physician or call 1-888-842-3627 for a physician referral.

About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 1,000, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,500 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at http://www.clearlakermc.com. For the latest news and updates, visit our website at http://www.clearlakermc.com or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 12 hospitals, 8 ambulatory surgery centers, 14 diagnostic imaging facilities, 8 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center, which provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at http://www.HCAGulfCoast.com.

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