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Robotic Surgery Offerings Expanded at CMH

Ventura California, 10/19/2009

Community Memorial Hospital is proud to announce three additional surgeons on staff are now trained in the da Vinci Surgical System. Currently CMH is the only facility in Ventura County to offer minimally invasive, state-of-the-art robotic surgery. Joining five other da Vinci trained surgeons, Drs. Lois Barnes, W. Michael Hogan and Srisawai Pattamakom are now performing gynecologic procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits: reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring and improved cosmesis.

To learn more about the robotic surgery program at Community Memorial Hospital, please call Portia Carter at 805/585-3084 or visit