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Alaska Regional Hospital
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Surgical Robotics

Center of Excellence - Robotic Surgery

Alaska Regional Center for Surgical Robotics℠

The Alaska Regional Center for Surgical Robotics is a designated Center of Excellence in Robotics Surgery (COERS™) by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). Earning this designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest quality care to robotic surgery patients.

This program fosters quality improvement in robotic surgery, and participation has focused our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines — and most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients.

The following surgeons have also earned the "Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery" designation:

  • Donna Chester, MD
  • Wynd Counts, MD
  • Wendy Cruz, MD
  • Mark Richey, MD
  • Michael Todd, MD

Better Outcomes, Quicker Recovery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. With use of the da Vinci Surgical System by Intuitive Surgical, surgeons and hospitals are re-writing accepted standards for surgical care.

Alaska Regional Hospital has been offering state-of-the-art robotic surgery since 2005, and was the first hospital in Alaska to offer this minimally invasive option to our patients. Our robotics program features the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, which has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci Systems. The new system features new "overhead architecture" which enables efficient access throughout the abdomen and chest, and allows for multi-quadrant surgery to be performed without repositioning the system. It also has smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before, and longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater surgical reach.

During robotic surgery, surgeons operate four robotic arms via the console, which allows them to use miniature endowrist surgical instruments in the 1-centimeter incisions made in the patient. The da Vinci control console allows the surgeon to see the surgical field in enhanced detail as a result of the three-dimensional (3D-HD) images transmitted from the laparoscopic cameras. The surgeon manipulates the robotic "hands" in real-time using master controls.

The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion that mimic and in some instances expand upon the dexterity of the human wrist. Because small incisions are used instead of more traditional, larger incisions, patients can experience a faster recovery time from surgery, as well as a lowered risk of infection or other complications and the possibility of better outcomes.

Meet the Professionals in Robotic Surgery