Robotic surgery comes to Encinitas

April 8, 2018 by  

Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas recently announced the launch of its Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program.

Robotic surgery has been offered by the Scripps Health system for over ten years, but the option was only recently introduced to the Encinitas location. The hospital is using the da Vinci Surgical System, which has four robotic arms that a surgeon uses to operate, making only the smallest incision.

Dr. Adam Fierer heads up the new program at Scripps’ Encinitas location, and admits it took him a while to warm to the new technology. A surgeon for more than 20 years, Fierer was skeptical that a machine could be more effective than he was. However, he now says he is not embarrassed to admit that using the robot enables him to perform better operations.

The robotic system has already been used to perform two prostatectomies and two gynecological oncology operations – procedures that had not been carried out in Encinitas for a long time. Dr. Fierer said the robot can be used in many other types of cardiac and thoracic procedures, and general surgery operations. He expects demand to grow as people realize the option is available.

Developments like this are important to entire population segments, so officials might like to work with a brochure printing company to create a booklet that describes new technologies for prospective patients.