Innovation

Robot Now Assisting Yuba City Surgeons

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Innovation, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter North Medical Group

Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley Offers Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Joint Surgeries

 

Harinder Dhanota, D.O., and his fellow surgeons at Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley are now using a Mako robot to help them in total joint replacements.

YUBA CITY, Calif. — Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley surgeons now have access to an advanced treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis — a disease that affects more than 30 million adults in the United States.

In 2017, the Mako System became the first and only robotic technology that can be used across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements. Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley is the only hospital in the Yuba-Sutter region — and one of a small number of hospitals in Northern California — to offer this technology.

“We’re proud to be among the first hospitals in Northern California to offer this highly advanced robotic technology,” said Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley Chief Administrative Officer Dennis Sindelar. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to providing the community with outstanding healthcare.”

Using a virtual 3-D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to create a patient’s personalized surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Sutter Medical Foundation orthopedic surgeon Dr. Harinder Dhanota. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

Five orthopedic surgeons who practice at Sutter Surgical Hospital have been trained to use the Mako System. The first procedure, a total knee replacement, was performed by Dr. Dhanota on June 25.

For more information, call (530) 749-5746 or email Mako@sutterhealth.org.

New digital health tool aims to help patients keep better tabs on diabetes

Posted on Jun 5, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Memorial Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Research, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO (Calif.) Type 2 diabetes is not curable, but it is controllable—but as any patient or doctor will tell you, managing diabetes comes with its own set of challenges.

Given the disease’s complexity, patients and doctors need to maximize their time together. To help improve the care of people with cardiometabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, investigators in Sutter’s Center for Health Systems Research (CHSR) and collaborators at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals developed and piloted an online tool called CM-SHARE (cardiometabolic Sutter Health Advanced Reengineered Encounter) to help primary care providers better manage patients with diabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions during their office visits.

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Shining Light on Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on May 30, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Research, Scroll Images, Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sutter researchers launch new digital health tool to improve care for people with multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS)—a potentially disabling immunologic disease of the central nervous system— affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide, including almost 1 million Americans. Despite new research and over a dozen treatments for MS, the specific cause remains unknown and the disease has no cure.

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A New Lens to Study the Origin of Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on May 30, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A new research collaboration will allow Sutter to collect and analyze ‘big data’ in hopes of identifying new disease markers for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

MS is a difficult disease to treat because its cause is unknown. 

“MS is challenging to manage because there are no biomarkers or blood tests to diagnose or understand the individual patient’s prognosis and his or her likely response to medications,” says Joanna Cooper, M.D., a Sutter neurologist and MS clinician-investigator. “We know that disease course and presentation of symptoms vary by gender, age, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity. But we don’t know which treatment would be optimal for which patients, and why.” Read More

Taking the Human Hand to the Next Level

Posted on May 28, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Innovation, Quality, Scroll Images

Robotic Hernia Repair Helps Patients Return to Their Lives Faster

 

OAKLAND, Calif. –Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network of care, was recently designated a Robotic Hernia Mentor/Case Observation site by Intuitive Surgical. Surgeons from around the country are now coming to Alta Bates Summit to learn advanced robotic surgical techniques.

Rockson Liu, M.D., a general surgeon on the Alta Bates Summit medical staff is one of only a few physicians on the West Coast performing extended totally extraperitoneal repair (eTEP), which allows him to stay outside of the abdominal cavity when performing robotic hernia repair.

 

Dr. Liu says the eTEP technique offers many patient benefits. “I focus on repairing complex incisional hernias with the daVinci robot using 8mm incisions,” he says. “This leads to decreased length of stay for the patient, less complications, less pain and less narcotic use.

Dr. Liu says that many new techniques just for incisional hernias have been developed in the last two to three years because surgeons around the world are performing robotic surgery and are collaborating and sharing their best practices online and on social media.

“The journey of how quickly we are advancing robotic hernia repair is incredible,” adds Dr. Liu. “Sutter Health has a vision for the future and Alta Bates Summit is the perfect place for us to teach other physicians to do this type of surgery better.”

“Becoming a case observation site is a great honor and confirms our high quality of medical excellence and the advancement of robotic surgery at Alta Bates Summit,” says Daniel Davis, Alta Bates Summit’s Robotics Program Manager. “We are very excited and extremely proud of our robotic staff and all our robotics trained physicians here at Alta Bates Summit for their commitment to world class patient care.”

Click here to learn more about Alta Bates Summit’s Robotics program.

Leading Neurologist Gives Insight on Stroke Care Innovation

Posted on May 2, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO – Every second counts in detecting and treating stroke, the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. New research at Sutter Health is helping bring faster, life-changing care to stroke patients through a clinical trial called BEST-MSU that will test the efficacy of Sutter’s Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU).

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