Sharp Acquires New da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System

LA MESA - – Now, patients in East San Diego County have access to the most advanced robotic surgery technology available with the da Vinci Si System, which just arrived at Sharp Grossmont Hospital this fall.

The state-of-the-art equipment replaces the original robot which Sharp Grossmont acquired in June 2008, and it will enhance the operating experience for surgeons as well as improve patient outcomes. The Si introduces new features, including enhanced high-definition 3D vision and new instrumentation for superior clinical capability and streamlined design for ease of use that benefits the entire operating room (OR) team.

Robotic surgery provides physicians with an alternate to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy while providing patients with an effective, less-invasive surgical treatment option. Besides smaller incisions, other benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include faster recover, less pain, less scarring, lower risk of infection and a shorter hospital stay.

Sharp Grossmont surgeons use the robotic system in urology procedures including prostate, kidney and bladder surgeries, as well as gynecologic procedures including uterine, ovarian and tubal surgeries. Since robotic surgery debuted in 2008, Sharp Grossmont has treated more than 850 patients on the daVinci robot.

In 2005, Sharp HealthCare was the first health care provider in San Diego to perform robotic surgery. Today, Sharp offers more experience and the widest choice of specially trained surgeons in San Diego using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

The purchase of the new Si model was made possible with the generous support of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation.

To learn more about the Robotic Surgery Program at Sharp, visit

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Comment by David B. Givens on November 20, 2012 at 8:49am

Thanks!  I had a chance to sit down and "play" with one of these robotic surgery stations at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.  It's amazing how much precision and dexterity you have at your fingertips.  Since your hands needn't enter the body, the incision itself is really, really small.  What a terrific piece of equipment!  Thanks again for sharing.


Dave Givens

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