Citrus Memorial Hospital October 23, 2017

Citrus Memorial Hospital performed its first-ever robotic surgery on Friday, October 20.

“As a result of extensive preparation and training, our historic first robotic case at Citrus Memorial went extremely well,” said Citrus Memorial Director of Surgery Jessica Geddings. “The surgical services team is excited about the addition of this advanced technology and our ability to offer less invasive surgical procedures to our community."

By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen or chest the hospital’s newly acquired da Vinci Si robot features include wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design. The surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted system, which translates hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

“This is a big win for Citrus County,” said CEO Ralph Aleman. “Robotic surgery gives our patients the potential for shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less need for pain medication, smaller incisions and faster recovery time.”

The surgery – a pyeloplasty – was performed by urologist Dr. Udaya Kumar. Pyeloplasty is a surgical reconstruction to drain and decompress the kidney. Initially, Citrus Memorial will offer urologic robotic surgeries, however general surgery procedures on the daVinci SI robot will be offered soon.

Kumar, the physician who performed the hospital’s first robotic surgery, received his medical degree from Stanley Medical College and cares for patients at Advanced Urology Institute in Homosassa.