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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital expands Surgical Robotics Program

Sugar Land, TX - 1/5/2012

In 2010 Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) was the first to bring robotic surgery to Fort Bend County and recently MSLH expanded on that technology with an upgrade to the da Vinci® SI Surgical Robot which includes fluorescence imaging technology. The da Vinci SI Surgical Robot allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye, further enhancing the unmatched vision, precision and control of surgical robotics.

John Boon, M.D. and Henry Pham, M.D.John Boon, M.D. and Henry Pham, M.D.

The robotic system is guided by a surgeon and uses a minimally invasive technique, which entails smaller incisions and less damage to surrounding tissue compared to traditional surgery. Surgeons are able to perform major surgeries through dime-sized incisions, which require only one or two stitches to close. As a result, patients can return to their normal activities in one to two weeks and are at much lower risk of developing infection.

This new upgrade is instrumental in the treatment of renal tumors which may spare kidney cancer patients an increased risk of life-long dialysis. Using the recently acquired da Vinci SI Surgical System, Dr. John Boon and Dr. Henry Pham, board certified urologists on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital,can remove the tumor affecting the kidney and leave the healthy tissue. Patients can then often avoid the increased risk of organ failure that results from having a single healthy kidney.

 “We are pleased to be the first in the region to offer this ground-breaking technology to our patients and the community we serve,” said Dr. Boon. “Not only will it further enhance our established surgical robotics program, but it will also result in improved outcomes for our patients.”

“Precision is the word that best summarizes surgical robotics,” said Dr. Pham. “With increased visibility, better instruments and a highly-trained team, we can do the best job with the bonus of minimal disturbance to the rest of the body.”

Using sophisticated techniques and specialized tools such as fluorescence imaging and high definition monitors, surgeons in many specialties can perform major surgeries with the most accuracy possible. The surgeon’s skill, complemented by the robot’s precision, offers benefits to patients undergoing surgery in a growing number of specialties.

“This new acquisition complements our goal of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients,” said Becky Chalupa, Associate Chief Nursing Officer. “It can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy (removal of the prostate), nephrectomy (removal of the kidney), hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair and colorectal surgery.”

“The robotics program is a continuation of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment to bringing the medical center home to Fort Bend County, as well as finding and applying the most precise, most beneficial surgical techniques to put patients on a quicker road to recovery with better outcomes,” said Dr. Pham.

To make an appointment with Dr. Boon, Dr. Pham or other specialists using robotics technology, call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500 or visit MethodistSugarLand.com.

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