Marina Del Rey Hospital Performs The First Single-Site Robot-Assisted Surgery in Los Angeles

Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) February 25, 2013

Marina Del Rey Hospital, a hospital in this beachside community has broken new ground by becoming one of the first in Los Angeles to use an advanced robotic system to perform surgery through a single surgical incision.

Dr. Daniel Marcus, a leading surgeon at Marina Del Rey Hospital, has now performed over ten cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, procedures using this cutting-edge technique. The entire surgery is performed through a single-incision, improving recovery and cosmesis for the patients.

Traditionally, such surgery is done laparoscopically that is, with tiny tools and a scope inserted into small incisions in the belly. Laparoscopic surgery, a specialty in which Marina Del Rey Hospital excels, is a minimally invasive form of abdominal surgery, and many procedures can be performed using this technique.

Recently, the hospital acquired the da Vinci Si robotic surgery system, which promises to further improve patient recovery and outcomes. With da Vinci, it is possible to do certain procedures through just one small incision, often hidden in the belly button. Marina Del Rey Hospital is a regional pioneer in robotic single-incision surgery, having performed its first procedures this year amid plans to expand to other specialties.

Normal laparoscopy is already very good at minimizing recovery time, pain, and the risk of complications, Dr. Marcus said. With da Vinci and single-incision surgery, these advantages are boosted even more. The training for the da Vinci system is very thorough, and it refines the precision, vision, and dexterity of a surgeon skilled in using it.

The da Vinci Si system is the most current robotic surgical assistance suite produced by Intuitive Surgical. With its high-definition 3-D camera, the surgeon has an up-close picture of the surgical site, displayed in astonishing detail. The surgeon manipulates the instruments while seated at a console, using controls that allow for intuitive, precise motions. The suite is programmed to analyze and stabilize even the tiniest gesture performed by the surgeon, resulting in more precise, fluid movements and a reduced risk of error during the procedure.

The da Vinci system is an excellent evolution in surgical technique, and I believe that in time, it will be used in more procedures. The precision and detail enables some surgeries to be done that were not possible even with laparoscopy, Dr. Marcus said. “The single-site technique, in particular. I think this will revolutionize many patients’ experience of surgery.

This is a very exciting advancement for the medical community in Los Angeles, and we are proud that Marina Del Rey Hospital has made it.

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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.


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 past 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. He recently was invited to speak at SAGES, the laparascopic surgical society on the topic of laparoscopic hernia repair.

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