Summerville Medical Center Begins Robotic Surgery Program

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012

Summerville, S.C./ September 26, 2012 – Today, Dr. Ronnie Givens performed the first robotic surgery at Summerville Medical Center (SMC). The procedure was a Laparoscopic Salpingo-Oopherectomy, which consisted of the removal of an ovary and fallopian tube.
The South Carolina Institute for Robotic Surgery, which consists of an advanced team of 18 surgeons, is now based out of Trident and Summerville Medical Centers.  “Summerville Medical Center thrives on giving our patients the best care possible- without having to travel far from home. Robotic surgery means a shorter hospital stay, less pain and fewer medications,” said Lou Caputo, Summerville Medical Center CEO. SMC will be using the da Vinci Si HD robot, the most advanced technology available in the field.
The Institute is equipped with the only da Vinci Si HD robots in the Lowcountry. The Institute has been recognized nationally as a model robotics program for surgical best practices by demonstrating an exceptionally trained robotics team, surgical efficiency and superior patient outcomes. Hospitals from around the country observe the Institute’s robotics team to learn these best practices. In less than four years, the Institute has performed over 2,100 robotic procedures, more than twice as many as any other hospital or health system in the Lowcountry.
Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci® Surgical System combines superior 3D high definition vision, patented EndoWrist® instruments and Intuitive® motion to allow for unparalleled precision, visualization, dexterity and control. The end result: a breakthrough in surgical capabilities that is changing the experience of surgery.

Summerville Medical Center is a 94-bed, acute care hospital located in the Oakbrook section of Summerville between Ladson and Trolley Roads and is part of the HCA hospital system.Accredited by The Joint Commission, Summerville Medical Center is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. The Joint Commission recently named Summerville to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the second straight year. In 2011, Trident Health provided almost $42 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed $38 million in taxes. For more information about Summerville Medical Center, please visit our website atwww.tridenthealthsystem.com/smc or call 843.832.5000.

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