NEW! Eisenhower is the first in the Coachella Valley to use the new da Vinci XI Surgical System!
Eisenhower Medical Center prides itself in offering our patients excellent care. Using state-of-the-art technology requires a skilled and experienced team. Eisenhower is the first area hospital to offer robotic surgery for procedures including gynecology, prostate, general surgery, gastrointestinal, bariatric, kidney and thoracic. Read profiles of our surgeons and more about their areas of expertise below.
What makes Eisenhower different?
Eisenhower Medical Center offers a team trained to work on minimally invasive, robotic assisted cases, including the surgeons, nurse coordinator and surgical nurses, physician assistants and physician anesthesiologists, which is not offered by all hospitals or surgery centers. Surgeries are performed by your surgeon, not a fellow, so you know that the expert is at work with a supportive team. As the first area hospital to offer robotic surgery, we have perfected a variety of sophisticated, minimally invasive procedures for prostate, gynecological, kidney, bariatric and other surgeries.
Extensive experience means your team understands their areas of specialty. With a skilled surgeon, robotic assisted procedures can reduce blood loss and complications. Patients may experience a faster recovery and can be left with much smaller scars. Together, you and your surgeon can discuss whether a robotic assisted surgery is the right treatment option for you, and you can be assured that your surgeon has the talent, technique and skill you want in performing a robotic assisted surgery.
While often referred to as "robotic surgery," the da Vinci surgical system doesn't put a robot at the controls. Rather, the surgeon is always in control of every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the robotic surgical system, which eliminates tremor and magnifies the surgical field through a three-dimensional image. But the tiny, articulated robotic instruments can make all the movements of the human hand in a very small space — greatly improving the surgeon's dexterity and range of motion compared to traditional "straight-stick" laparoscopic surgery.
And the patient benefits can be tremendous.
Because the instruments offer the surgeon greater dexterity, there is less trauma to the patient, which leads to less pain and a quicker recovery, allowing the patient to leave the hospital sooner and resume normal activities more quickly. There is also the cosmetic advantage of significantly less scarring since the incisions are so small.
Robotic surgery is not the only option nor necessarily the best option for a surgical procedure. Speak with your physician and surgeon about all of the options to make an informed decision that is right for you and your condition.
Bobby Bhasker-Rao, MD, has performed more robotic-assisted bariatric cases than any other physician in Southern California, and he has trained other physicians on the use of the robotic system. His extensive experience also includes General Surgery procedures (see below).
Bobby Bhasker-Rao, MD, performed the first single da Vinci® Single-Site™ cholecystectomy at Eisenhower Medical Center. Using robotic assistance, he removed a patient's gallbladder through an incision approximately one inch long in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.
Scott Gering, MD, was the first surgeon in the valley and one of the first in Southern California to use Firefly™ Flourescence Imaging for a robotic-assisted low anterior resection, a colorectal procedure. Flourescence imaging provides near-infrared guidance that allows the surgeon to see the anatomy better than with the naked eye.
Enrique Jacome, MD, was the first surgeon to use the da Vinci system in Riverside County and has trained surgeons from around the world on the robotic system. Dr. Jacome has performed more than 500 gynecological (GYN) cases, the most in the area, including:
- myomectomy (uterus-preserving surgery to remove fibroids) and vaginal prolapse suspension or repair
- endometriosis and chronic pain associated with severe adhesions
- complex ovarian cystectomies (ovary-preserving surgery to remove ovarian tumors)
- bilateral salpingoophorectomy (unilateral or bilateral removal of tubes and ovaries for patients with high risk factors)
- treatment of early stage cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer
Click on the video link above to hear a patient's experience with a robotic assisted hysterectomy performed by Dr. Jacome.
Pedram Ilbeigi, DO, has performed more than 1,000 robotic assisted prostatectomies. Lance Walsh, MD, was one of the first surgeons in the valley to perform a robotic assisted prostatectomy. Dr. Ilbeigi and Dr. Walsh each offer men a minimally invasive option for prostatectomy that is nerve sparing, reducing side effects common to the procedure such as decreased sexual function and urinary incontinence.
Joseph Wilson, MD, was the first surgeon in the valley to perform a robotic assisted thoracic case in 2010. Currently, Eisenhower is fortunate to have two physicians performing robotic thoracic procedures. Their extensive experience provides appropriate patients another treatment option for certain lung procedures.