• Cottage Health Adds Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgery

Published on May 24, 2018

Cottage Health Adds Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Robotic Surgery

Cottage Health now offers minimally invasive cardiothoracic robotic surgery, with the recent arrival of Dr. Peter Baay to the Cottage Robotic Surgery Center.

Since 2005, the robotic surgery team at Cottage has performed more than 2000 robotic surgery procedures. The Cottage Robotic Surgery Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital features the state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Compared to traditional surgery, studies show that robotic-assisted surgery results in less blood loss, less pain and discomfort, and a faster recovery.

“The da Vinci Xi has made it easier to do robotic lobectomy, which is relatively new,” Dr. Baay, cardiothoracic surgeon, explained. “Prior to using the robotic system, cardiothoracic surgery required larger incisions and longer stays in the hospital.”

Surgeons control every move of the da Vinci from a console. Looking into an eyepiece that provides 3-D high definition (3D-HD) vision, the surgeon moves four robotic arms holding miniature instruments that can fit through small, dime-sized incisions. The instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate like a human wrist, but software minimizes hand tremors and disruption to surrounding tissues and organs while working in small spaces.

In addition to cardiothoracic surgery, Cottage offers robotic surgery for many other procedures including general surgery, gynecology and urology. The Cottage Robotic Surgery Center is the only facility in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties to feature robotic oncology surgery and single-site gynecology surgery. Using robotics, hysterectomy can be performed using a single incision through the belly button, which allows for virtually scar-less results.

To learn more about robotic surgery at Cottage, visit

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