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A Leader in Robotic Surgery

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In 2017, the Cottage Robotic Surgery Center performed over 300 robotic surgery procedures. The robotic surgical team at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has worked together for 13 years, which brings a superior level of teamwork and skill to our program.

Since 2005, our robotic surgery team has performed over 2,000 surgeries at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Innovation & Training

The Cottage Health Robotic Surgery Center is equipped with the state-of the-art da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. The Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

What is Robotic Surgery?

  • da Vinci® Xi Laser System
  • da Vinci® XI User Interface
  • Surgeon sitting at the da Vinci® XI Surgeon Console
  • da Vinci® XI Patient Side Cart
  • da Vinci® XI Patient Side Cart

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by your surgeon.

The da Vinci® Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so your surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci® instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing your surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body. And, da Vinci® software can minimize the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements.

Types of Robotic Surgery Available

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Operating room with all Si system components

Operating room - Vinci® Si system components

The da Vinci® Surgical System helps improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care.

Robotic surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With da Vinci® Surgery, the incisions made in your body by your surgeon are much smaller than ones made during open surgery. da Vinci® Surgery is therefore considered “minimally invasive surgery.”

Patients may experience the following benefits:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • A faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions associated with minimal scarring

Since its introduction, da Vinci® Surgery has greatly reduced the number of open surgeries for common operations (such as hysterectomy and prostatectomy).

Virtually Scar-less. Single-Site Surgery.

The Cottage Robotic Surgery Center now offers a single-incision hysterectomy. Rather than making several incisions, this new robotic process makes just one incision through the belly button. This procedure allows for virtually scar-less results. The single site technique allows for decreased blood loss and a quicker recovery time.

The potential benefits of Single-Site Surgery include:

  • Virtually scar-less results
  • Minimal pain
  • Low blood loss
  • Fast recovery
  • Short hospital stay –most patients go home within 24 hours

Robotic Surgery Changing Patients' Experience

Cottage Robotic Surgery Center Patient - Ann

Ann never suspected cancer could happen to her. After all, she was only 58 years old and in good health. “After robotic surgery for cancer, I went home the next day with zero pain.”

Ann's Story

Cottage Health Location

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
400 W. Pueblo St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105


805-682-7111

Robotic Surgery Team

GENERAL SURGERY

Farida Bounoua, MD
Specialty: Bariatric Surgery and General Surgery

William Conway, MD
Specialty: General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, GI

Jeffrey Gauvin, MD
Specialty: General Surgery

Benjamin Howard, MD
Specialty: General Surgery, GI

Lexine Yurcho, MD
Specialty: Colon/Rectal Surgery and General Surgery

Marc Zerey, MD
Specialty: Bariatric Surgery and General Surgery

GYNECOLOGY

Anne Rodriguez, MD, Chair of Robotic Surgery Committee
Specialty: Gynecologic Oncology

Carin Craig, MD
Specialty: OB/GYN

Charmian Dresel-Velasquez, MD
Specialty: OB/GYN

Margaret Echt, MD
Specialty: OB/GYN

Ralph Quijano, MD
Specialty: OB/GYN

Susanne Ramos, MD
Specialty: OB/GYN

David Raphael, MD
Specialty: OB/GYN

Heather Terbell, MD
Specialty: OB/GYN

THORACIC

Peter Baay, MD
Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

UROLOGY

Julie Chacko, MD
Specialty: Urology

Daniel Curhan, MD
Specialty: Urology

Alex Koper, MD
Specialty: Urology

David Laub, MD
Specialty: Urology

Alexandra Rogers, MD
Specialty: Urology

Scott Tobis, MD
Specialty: Urology/Oncology