Robotic surgery performed at Sequoia Hospital

The "da Vinci" system lets the surgeon operate while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field, according to the hospital. The system translates the surgeon's hand movements into real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Benefits provided by the system include less post-operative pain, reduced blood loss, less scaring, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery, according to the hospital.

"By enhancing surgical capabilities, the "da Vinci" Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care," said Dr. Dieter Bruno, the surgeon who performed the first procedure at Sequoia.

Sequoia is an accredited, nonprofit community hospital ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. It is the fist hospital in the county to acquire the "da Vinci" surgical system.

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