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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Newest da Vinci surgery is virtually scarless at CTMC
Dr. Kari Fay, OB/GYN, stands by CTMC's da Vinci robot during a 2012 commercial shoot.
– As Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) approaches its one-year anniversary of obtaining the only da Vinci® Si™ robotic-assisted surgical system between Austin and San Antonio, the hospital is celebrating additional advancements to the $2 million system that was implemented last May. Single-site operations are now being performed in general surgical procedures, providing virtually scarless outcomes for patients. The single-site option will soon expand to include OB/GYN surgeries as well, making CTMC among the first sites anywhere to offer the service.

“In less than one year, the growing da Vinci team at CTMC has completed more than 200 da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery cases,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “And now with the new single-site procedures, surgeons can complete operations through one small incision rather than four, so more and more patients will benefit from virtually scarless surgery.”

Nine surgeons are now using the da Vinci system at CTMC in the following areas:

Dr. Barrett Blaue; Dr. Kari Fay; Dr. Teresa Irwin; Dr. Lance LeDoux; Dr. Beth Reid

General Surgery:
Dr. Erik Anderson; Dr. Alicides Cairus; Dr. Abel Galaviz

Dr. Michael Sedlak

CTMC’s da Vinci robot will again be on display at this year’s HealthCheck event, taking place April 19 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Embassy Suites in San Marcos. HealthCheck is Hays County’s oldest and largest health screening fair, and the event will give the community a chance to have a hands-on experience with the robot that has provided a minimally invasive approach to community members facing complex surgical procedures.

For more information regarding this year’s HealthCheck event and da Vinci surgery at CTMC, visit

About CTMC
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 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. 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, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666