First da Vinci Robotic Surgeries Performed In Mesquite at Dallas Regional Medical Center

MESQUITE, TX (February 21, 2012) — George Hariz, MD, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon on staff at Dallas Regional Medical Center, has performed the first da Vinci assisted robotic surgeries at DRMC. The surgeries were performed this week and Dr. Hariz says they were completed with excellent results and high grades from his proctor who is well-experienced in da Vinci assisted robotic surgery.

An effective alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy, the da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with the ability to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures. Physicians complete an extensive training curriculum before they are approved to perform procedures using the da Vinci system. The training includes many hours of hands-on work with top da Vinci physicians including case observations and proctoring.

“It is an extreme delight to have this technology available in Mesquite, thanks to DRMC,” says Dr. Hariz.  “The da Vinci assisted robotic surgery provides excellent vision and range of motion which makes complex procedures much easier for the surgeon and safer for the patient.”

The da Vinci robotic system is an extension of the physician’s expertise. Patients generally benefit from this type of minimally invasive surgery as a result of shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, quicker recovery and less blood loss. The advantages to the surgeon from this technology are a 3d 1080i HD visualization and wrist-controlled instrumentation that uses intuitive motion, resulting in more precise surgery and the potential for an overall better patient outcome.

“The da Vinci robotic system is located in a dedicated surgical suite and anchors our Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence,” says Matt Caldwell, president and CEO of Dallas Regional Medical Center.  “We know that patients are looking for the latest treatment technologies that will improve their outcomes, reduce their pain and speed their recovery. The da Vinci robot is just what the doctor ordered and we’re pleased that Dallas Regional Medical Center is able to provide this revolutionary technology to Mesquite and surrounding communities.”

The da Vinci Surgical System is used for urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic and general surgery procedures. A patient’s physician can determine if the patient is a candidate for surgery using the da Vinci robot.

For more information about the da Vinci Surgical System at DRMC, call (214) 320-7787, or visit www.dallasregionalmedicalcenter.com.

About Dallas Regional Medical Center, Mesquite, Texas

Established in 1964, Dallas Regional Medical Center is a 202-bed acute care hospital located in Mesquite.  It has approximately 550 employees and is one of the largest employers in Mesquite.  The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is undergoing Chest Pain Accreditation.  With almost 400 physicians on staff, Dallas Regional provides 24-hour emergency, critical care, medical, surgical and cardiac services including open heart surgery, MAKOplasty robotic procedures, DaVinci robotic procedures, orthopedics, state of the art imaging services, and more.  For more information, please visit www.dallasregionalmedicalcenter.com.