ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Hospital will perform its
500th robotic surgery today using the da Vinci® surgical robot.
Presbyterian performed its first surgery with the da Vinci
robot on February 8, 2011. Dr. Jonathan Lackner and Dr. Wayne Kuang, the same
two surgeons who completed the very first surgery, will be performing today’s
The da Vinci robot is a fairly new technology for New Mexico
and provides a less invasive option for patients undergoing surgery. This robot
has unique features designed to provide clinical benefits and efficiency in the
operating room, which translate into benefits for both the physicians and their
The da Vinci system’s advanced technology takes surgery
beyond the limits of the human hand. It allows physicians to have greater
precision, increased range of motion and enhanced visualization. Patients experience
shorter hospital stays, less risk of infection, lower blood loss, less
scarring, reduced side effects and a faster return to normal daily activities.
Currently, the robot is used mainly for urologic and
gynecologic procedures including hysterectomies and the surgical treatment of
gynecologic and prostate cancers. Presbyterian’s Surgery program has more than
20 surgeons trained to use the robot.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the
health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was
founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit
healthcare system and its largest provider of care. Presbyterian offers eight
hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.
Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more
than 9,000 respected employees and growing.