Robotic Surgery: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Welcome to the Alaska Regional Center for Surgical Robotics℠ where we combine the latest technological advances, expert surgeons, proficient staff and state-of-the-art facilities to create an outstanding surgical experience for our patients.
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 illustrates our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest quality care to robotic surgery patients. We’ve secured the newest technology allowing for our surgical teams to work with the most sophisticated surgical equipment on the market. 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.
To earn the COERS designation, surgeons and hospitals partner together and demonstrate a cross organizational commitment to robotic surgical care.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
- Less pain and blood loss
- Shorter overall recovery time
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
Robotic Specialties and Procedures
Better Outcomes, Quicker Recovery
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, learn about all of the options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. We have been offering state of-the-art robotic surgery since 2005, and were the first hospital in Alaska to offer this minimally invasive option to our patients.
During robotic surgery, surgeons operate the robotic arms via the console, which allows them to use miniature surgical instruments in the 1-centimeter incisions made in the patient. The 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
Kerrie Bossard MD, FACS - Colorectal Surgeon
Robotic Thoracic Surgery at Alaska Regional Hospital
Daniel Rossi, DO, FACS - Colorectal Surgeon
Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery - Rhene Merkouris, MD
Robotic Spine Surgery at Alaska Regional Hospital