Hundreds attend Abrazo Scottsdale surgical robotics event

Operating room open house showcases hospital’s transformation into a destination for care

2- Visitors experienced hands-on demonstrations of the Mako surgical robot used in joint replacement procedures.

NORTHEAST VALLEY (Dec. 9, 2019) – When Abrazo Scottsdale Campus opened its operating rooms for the public to see the hospital’s surgical robots and meet its surgeons, hundreds from the community turned out to learn about the hospital’s transformation into a leading surgical hospital.

Presentations were set up in the hospital’s operating rooms with surgeons speaking about each robot’s capabilities, followed by time for hands-on demonstrations for hospital visitors. The hands-on experience was an eye-opener for many and changed perceptions about the hospital.

“The event was a tremendous success, attracting more than 500 community members into the hospital operating rooms,” said Ed Staren, the hospital’s interim CEO. “Visitors saw the robotic technology used for knee, hip, spine and general surgery, and learned about the technology directly from the nine surgeons who use the robots to perform cases. Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive.”

3- Dr. Jimmy Chow explains how the Navio robot works for joint replacement, while a young visitor uses a virtual reality simulator in the background.

Although the hospital has served the Northeast Valley for more than 35 years, the event transformed the perception of the hospital for a longtime neighbor. “He commented, boom! that’s how you change a hospital’s reputation,” said Staren.

Robot-assisted surgery allows minimally invasive techniques that use smaller incisions than traditional open surgery, and adds precision and accuracy to the surgeon’s movements. As a hospital focused on specialized surgical procedures, Abrazo Scottsdale has a four types of robots in a single location.

1- A community resident learns how the Navio robot is used in knee replacement while surgeon Dr. Jimmy Chow explains the technology.

Staren noted that the event drew many local high school students interested in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) careers: “A mother and teacher said, ‘I brought my son to this event and learned so much we left and came back again with my mom so she could see what can be done for her knee pain. Thank you for taking the fear out of joint replacement’.”

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus offers the Navio, Mako, DaVinci and Medtronic O-arm robotic technology. Each advanced robotic system is designed for specific applications:

  • Navio technology integrates handheld robotics for knee replacement surgery with a patient-specific planning process and instrumentation to help the surgeon precisely prepare the bone for prosthesis implantation.
  • Mako robotics provides surgeons with an individual, 3-D computer-generated model of the patient’s hip or knee, which provides real-time information that optimizes socket preparation and implant positioning and alignment.
  • DaVinci technology uses tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion. It uses highly magnified, 3D high-definition views of the surgical area making it possible for surgeons to operate through a few small incisions.
  • O-arm surgical imaging system provides 2D and 3D imaging for spine and orthopedic procedures, allowing real-time, lower-dose radiation for surgical navigation in advanced minimally invasive procedures.

“I want to give sincere thanks to the many surgeons, leaders and team members who organized and staffed the open house. They represented our hospital with true professionalism and with genuine interest in the community members we serve,” added Staren.