Robotics-Assisted Surgery Now Available in the Gorge, Only at MCMC

da Vinci system at MCMC is the latest and most advanced model, one of less than 12 in the country.

The Dalles, Oregon, Aug. 28, 2018–Mid-Columbia Medical Center recently acquired the Gorge’s first da Vinci surgical system for a variety of minimally invasive procedures. The experienced urologists at Gorge Urology are scheduling da Vinci patients at MCMC, with additional surgical teams to follow.

“Having the da Vinci robot locally means that patients no longer have to travel to Portland for medical care, and can have the benefits of being treated closer to their home and loved ones,” said MCMC President & CEO Dennis Knox. This advanced technology also boosts physician recruitment by making MCMC more attractive to the new generation of surgeons.”

This robotic technology allows doctors to perform complex surgeries with only a few small incisions. The benefits of robotics-assisted surgery include:

  • Less scarring
  • Reduced pain
  • Less pain medication
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Fewer complications
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities

da Vinci robotics technology is used by all top-ranked hospitals in the U.S., including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mayo Clinic hospitals and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

MCMC’s da Vinci System—the latest, most advanced model—is one of less than 12 in the country and the only one in the Gorge.

“Mid-Columbia Medical Center is proud to offer Gorge residents the most advanced robotics surgical system,” Knox said. “da Vinci patients can now have less pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery—without having to travel to Portland.”

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