Robot-assisted procedures added at Southampton Medical Center

Published 11:34 pm Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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Bon Secours has invested in a da Vinci XI Surgical System for Southampton Medical Center.

A recent Bon Secours press release noted the addition of the system makes Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center the first in the region to offer patients minimally invasive surgical and procedural options utilizing the most advanced robot-assisted technology available today. 

The da Vinci has several unique features designed to provide benefits and efficiency in the operating room for patients and physicians. The system is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer a minimally invasive option for surgery. Not only does it decrease hospital stay and recovery time, but it boosts patient and physician satisfaction. 

Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center is home to the most advanced version of the da Vinci Surgical System, the generation XI model.

OBGYN Giahas Rana, M.D., performed Southampton’s first robotics surgical case at the end of 2020. Dr. Rana was joined in early 2021 by Bon Secours general surgeon Yassar Youssef, M.D. Both physicians have completed extensive training programs in da Vinci robotic surgery.

“The technological advancements provided by the da Vinci system allow surgeons to operate with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many surgical procedures,” Dr. Youssef said in the release. “Reduced pain following surgery is a great benefit to patients and lessens the needs for pain medication. Less risk of infection with this approach also means patients are more likely to go home following their procedure.”

“We are so fortunate in our region to have Dr. Youssef and Dr. Rana leading our da Vinci robotics program,” Bon Secours Southampton Medical Center President Kim Marks said in the release. “Dr. Youssef is renowned across the country for his expertise in robotic surgery. As we continue to expand our robotic surgery offerings, we’re pleased to be the first to offer this technology to patients in the area.”

Bon Secours acquired Southampton Medical Center on Jan. 1, 2020. The addition of da Vinci and robot-assisted surgery demonstrates Bon Secours’ commitment to extend quality, compassionate care into the rural communities of Southern Virginia.

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