SAN MARCOS, TX
– Just over a year-and-a-half after obtaining the only da Vinci® Si™ robotic-assisted surgical system between Austin and San Antonio, more than 500 patients have experienced the benefits of physician-guided robotic surgery at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC).
Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, performed the 500th procedure at CTMC on Nov. 15. When introduced in May 2012, it was projected that the hospital would achieve 175 cases in 19 months.
“My hat goes off to our medical staff members and surgeons who embraced this opportunity to put CTMC on the map in this area,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “The surgery staff and anesthesia department need to be commended as well for ensuring that our processes go well, that our patients are safe and that we are providing an efficient and comfortable environment to do these procedures.”
As the one-year anniversary of da Vinci® surgery at CTMC approached in May, the hospital was already performing single-incision general surgical procedures, providing virtually scarless outcomes for patients.
Besides very little scarring, da Vinci® procedures provide a minimally invasive approach to surgery that allows for shorter hospital stays, lower pain levels, less blood loss and shorter recovery times. At CTMC, the technology allows Hays County residents to stay closer to home when they are facing complex surgical procedures.
Realtor and Wimberley resident Linda Germaine said she was pleased to learn that CTMC offered robotic-assisted surgery when she underwent an operation earlier this year.
“I assumed I would be going into Austin, and when I asked Dr. Anderson he said, ‘oh, no, CTMC … they have the most advanced equipment – the da Vinci robot,’” Germaine said. “It’s amazing that our local hospital actually has that kind of progressive advanced surgery equipment available right here, right close to us. It was a much better option for me.”
CTMC surgeons who are da Vinci® trained are:
Dr. Kevin Blair; Dr. Barrett Blaue; Dr. Kari Fay; Dr. Mary Geldernick; Dr. Teresa Irwin; Dr. Kody Kunda; Dr. Lance LeDoux; Dr. George Mannel; Dr. Beth Reid
Dr. Erik Anderson; Dr. Alcides Cairus; Dr. Robert Duran; Dr. Abel Galaviz; Dr. Bryan Hambric; Dr. Charles Mathis; Dr. Vela Serapio
Dr. Michael Sedlak
In addition, CTMC’s $2 million investment in the da Vinci® robot is now fully funded, which means a second device may not be far behind.
For more information about da Vinci® surgery at CTMC, to see patient testimonials and browse through our online da Vinci® video gallery, visit ctmc.org
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 44 campuses and employs 79,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.