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Reston Hospital Center Surgeons Are More than Experts

April 10, 2009

They wrote the book on robotic surgery

(Reston, VA- April 10, 2009)-Reston Hospital Center has always been on the forefront of minimally invasive surgery. The obstetrics and gynecological team were among the first in the region to perform laparoscopic gynecological surgery; the GI team was the first in the Washington area, and among the first in the nation, to perform incisionless anti-reflux surgery; general surgeons were early adapters of laparoscopic technique; and spinal surgeons have been pioneers in minimally invasive spine surgery. It is no surprise that through the leadership of the Reston Hospital Center surgical staff, the hospital has recently acquired the da Vinci® STM Surgical Robotic System.

Because the physicians at Reston Hospital Center are experienced on the da Vinci®, they are able to hit the ground running. In fact, experienced may be an understatement. Farid Gharagozloo, MD, Medical Director of the Northern Virginia Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Disorders at RHC, has not only performed hundreds of robotic thoracic surgeries, he's actually written the first complete robotic surgery textbook, Robotic Surgery, which is now being used in medical schools and teaching hospitals around the world. He is a pioneer in the field of robotics, and alongside his partner Marc Margolis, MD, he is the only surgeon in the Washington metropolitan region able to perform thoracic surgery with the da Vinci surgical system. Dr. Gharagozloo can remove cancerous tumors and nodules from the lungs, repair tears and remove cancer from the esophagus, and perform general thoracic surgery with extreme precision, and little disruption to the normal functions of the human body, using the device.

"Robotics is simply a chapter in the life-long quest for minimally invasive surgery. For me, advancing the art and science of minimally invasive surgery began with my first patient in 1983." Said Dr. Gharagozloo, he continues, "Since then I have been privileged to be a part of this movement, which transformed surgery in the latter half of the twentieth century, and will continue to transform it with the advent of robotics."

Dr. Gharagozloo is joined by Nicholas Lailas, MD and Gregory Schenk, MD, two Reston Hospital Center urologists who have performed hundreds of da Vinci® prostatectomies. Drs. Lailas and Schenk are able to save lives, by removing a cancerous prostate, and save livelihood, by performing the surgery with the da Vinci ® STM. Patients will see all the advantages of minimally invasive surgery, a faster recovery time, less blood loss and scarring, less time in the hospital, plus, because of the precision of the da Vinci®STM men are much less likely experience urinary or sexual incontinence.

Reston Hospital Center gynecologists have already begun training on the da Vinci® and will soon be performing hysterectomies, and other gynecological surgeries using this advanced system.

The da Vinci®STM is the next generation of minimally invasive technology, combining three-dimensional visualization and an easy-to-use interface from which the surgeon controls the robotic arms and tiny instruments in the operating area, allowing for unparalleled surgical precision. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are many-fewer complications, less blood loss and need for transfusion, shorter hospital stays, less pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, less scarring, and a quicker recovery. Surgeries are faster, less painful, and patients are out of the hospital, doing the things that they love sooner than anyone could expect with traditional open surgery. The da Vinci® is FDA-approved for urologic surgery, general and gynecological surgery, colorectal surgery, kidney transplantation, heart valve repair, lung and other thoracic surgery, and other surgeries involving the chest, stomach and pelvis.

"This is just the beginning for robotic surgery. There is no doubt that in the future the applications of the da Vinci® STM will only continue to grow," Dr. Gharagozloo added. "I am so proud to be a part of this exciting addition to Reston Hospital Center."

About Reston Hospital Center

Since its founding in 1986, Reston Hospital Center -- a 187-bed, acute-care medical and surgical facility situated in Reston's vibrant Town Center - has consistently served the Northern Virginia area with compassion, care and the newest medical technologies. Part of HCA, the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, Reston Hospital Center has garnered high honors for attentive patient care and nursing excellence, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (AACN) prestigious Magnet Recognition Program®, and AACN's BEACON Award for Critical Care ExcellenceTM. Always highly attuned to the comfort and needs of its community, Reston Hospital Center blends the convenience of all private rooms, valet parking and an easily accessible suburban location with the personal assurance that only the most skilled and best trained medical and support staff can offer. Above all else, Reston Hospital Center is in constant pursuit of its mission: A Passion for Excellence. Compassion for You.

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