HealthONE's Sky Ridge Medical Center is investing in its next major project—an expansion of it's Center for Robotic Surgery. Construction on the 26,000 square foot project began in 2021 in the campus’ Evergreen medical office building, and is expected to open in May of 2022. The $20 million expansion will include four operating rooms, eight pre-op, and six recovery rooms as well as easy access to the hospital.
While Sky Ridge Medical Center uses minimally-invasive robotic-assisted technology for gynecologic, bariatric, colorectal, urology and general surgery procedures, a fast-growing area is gynecologic oncology. According to Dr. Jeff James, a gynecologic oncologist at Sky Ridge, robotic technology has enabled his team to more effectively remove tumors and treat more complex cancer cases. “We are providing our patients with better outcomes and fewer complications,” says Dr. James.
In fact, Dr. James has published original work on robotic infra-renal lymphadenectomy for endometrial carcinomas, co-authored multiple robotic surgery publications, and has performed more than 1500 robotic-assisted surgeries.
Benefits of minimally-invasive robotic surgery for patients
- Smaller incisions, less pain, and scarring
- Less blood loss
- Reduced risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal activities
“Our community is seeking robotic surgical options as this technique affords physicians more precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with conventional approaches,” says Kirk McCarty, CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center. “Patients typically have shorter hospital stays and recover more quickly. We are extraordinarily proud of the surgeons who work here as well as our dedicated robotics OR team. They are passionate about what they do and deliver exceptional high quality, compassionate care.”