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LLU Heart & Surgical Hospital Performs 1000th Robotic-Assisted Surgery

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Loma Linda University Heart & Surgical Hospital (LLUHSH) recently performed its 1000th robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. This medical milestone makes LLUHSH the most experienced robotic-assisted surgery program in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

On June 27, the chair of the urology department at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Herbert Ruckle, performed a robotic prostatectomy on 67-year-old James Rose of Santa Maria, a patient with prostate cancer. During the procedure, Dr. Ruckle used one of LLUHSH’s two da Vinci surgical robot systems to remove Rose’s prostate through small punctures in the abdomen. “I traveled 250 miles to come to Loma Linda and receive this surgery because I had always heard of their excellent reputation,” said Rose. “I was not let down in the slightest. The surgery seemed to go like clockwork.

The surgeons and the rest of the staff provided me with the outstanding service I expected and now I am on the road to a speedy recovery.”

“Since 2005, when we began using the robots to assist in our surgeries, we have noticed that our patients like James have experienced a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities,” says Dr. Ruckle.

In addition to performing the most robotic-assisted procedures in the Inland Empire, LLUHSH also offers one of the most comprehensive robotic-assisted surgery programs in the region.

The program now includes more board certified doctors and nurses in multiple departments including urology, benign gynecology, gynecology oncology, and general surgery.

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