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Minimally invasive robotic surgery in Southern California

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Riverside Community Hospital is a leader in the region for its commitment to providing the latest and most advanced technologies available. Through the use of multiple robotic surgery technology robotic surgical systems, we strive to stay in the forefront of technology by continuing to offering patients a personalized, state of the art surgical care experience with minimal scaring, less pain, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay. All robotically trained surgeons at Riverside Community Hospital are board-certified and highly trained on the specific robotic system they use. The robot assisted technique provides a state of the art surgical experience to provide the very best outcomes for patients and gives your surgeon greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, dexterity as well as enhanced visualization and improved access. The Robotic Surgery Program at Riverside Community Hospital is here to get you back to doing what you love.

We offer two different minimally invasive robotic systems that can perform:

  • Procedures in urologic surgery, gynecologic surgery, general surgery and other medical specialties offering a minimally invasive alternative option to traditional and advanced laparoscopic surgery.
  • Spine surgery with robotic guidance

Benefits of robotic surgery

Since robotic surgery requires careful planning and a highly-customized surgical plan unique to each patient’s anatomy, surgeons can operate with unrivaled precision.  The benefits to this include:

  • Minimal trauma to surrounding tissues
  • Significantly less pain and bleeding
  • Smaller incisions and minimal scarring
  • Quicker recovery time with minimal post-surgical complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While our robotic surgical systems are considered safe and effective, robotic procedures may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Our robotic surgery specialties


Robotic-assisted surgery for hysterectomy

If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for our advanced robotic hysterectomy surgery, one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions.

This advanced technology provides your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. Surgeons have a distinct advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery or non-localized cancer or an abdominal hysterectomy.

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Robotic-assisted surgery for bariatrics and weight loss

Using a surgical robot, your surgeon operates through a few small incisions with instruments that were built for accuracy. With a 3D HD vision system and wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than any human hand, the technology allows for better dexterity for your surgeon. The 3D technology gives your surgeon an incredibly clear view of your anatomy allowing them to perform a procedure that is less invasive to your body resulting in less pain, less blood loss and a shorter recovery. Visit our Bariatric and Weight Loss Center of Excellence to learn more.

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Robotic Transanal Surgery

Using the revolutionary robotic system for Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery or TAMIS provides the precise and safe removal of benign polyps, masses or early stage cancers of the rectum via the anus. This procedure which is available at Riverside Community Hospital, allows your surgeon a 3D view with better maneuvering, dexterity and greater ease as the robotic arms are an extension of your surgeon’s hands.

Traditionally, the conventional approach without the use of the robot to remove diseased tissue may involve entering through the abdomen or the anus. By using the conventional abdominal approach, the incision made through the belly often involves cutting the entire rectum to retrieve the mass. This surgery could result in the high likelihood of a colostomy due to the location of the incision. Subsequently, with a standard, non-robotic transanal approach there has been a risk and concern of leaving behind cancerous tissue.

Also known as Robotic Transanal Surgery or RTS, this procedure allows your surgeon to remove large polyps or diseased tissue via the anus to diagnose and treat the patient accordingly. With the robotic system and the transanal approach, the accuracy and precision provides the best possible outcome with no incisions or scaring on the abdomen, fewer side effects such as less pain, bleeding, minimal risk of infection, fewer complications post-surgery and a quicker recovery.

Robotic prostatectomy incision compared to open surgical incision

Robotic surgery prostatectomy

Robotic surgery for prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, has become the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. With our robotic surgery technology, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.

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Spine surgery with robotic precision

Surgeon performing spine surgery with assistance of robotic surgery technology

If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic neck or back pain, or has a spinal deformity, robotic spine surgery might be the best option.

The neuroscience center at Riverside Community Hospital was the first hospital in Southern California to offer our patients the latest advanced treatment option for spine surgery. The technology allows us to treat some of the most complex spinal and deformity conditions using a safe, accurate and minimally invasive technique.

Our revolutionary robotic system makes spinal surgery at Riverside Community Hospital safer, more accurate and faster than ever before. The system allows your spine surgeon or neurosurgeon to preplan your entire surgery using advanced 3D-imaging software technology. A highly accurate robotic arm allows for perfect reproduction of your surgeon’s pre-operative plan in the operating room during your surgery. For better visualization, verification and added navigation during your procedure, the robotic system allows surgical guidance for a safer, more precise and more accurate procedure. This unique system assists your surgeon to provide optimized surgical precision using a minimally invasive technique than with conventional surgery. This may result in a shorter surgical procedure, less anesthesia time followed by a shortened hospital stay as well as less pain and a faster recovery period. As a result of the minimally invasive approach, there may be a reduced requirement for pain medication compared to conventional surgery.

The spine robotic system allows your surgeon to more safely address and treat some of the most debilitating spine conditions including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis or curvature of the spine
  • Herniated disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stenosis
  • Vertebral fractures

In some cases, these conditions can lead to deformity of the spine and vertebra and your physician may recommend surgery to straighten and correct the spine with the use of implants.

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Spinal fusion

Spinal fusion is the process of two or more vertebrae being fused together, immobilizing them to create a single structure. Spinal fusion is used to treat fractured vertebra, spinal deformity, spinal instability or chronic low back pain. The process entails inserting screws, rods or pieces of bone (known as a graft) to help hold the bone in place.

Make an appointment today! Meet our team of robotic surgeons or call us at (951) 788-3463.