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WCA Hospital Public Relations & Marketing Department
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WCA’s Robotics Program Exceeds 700th Procedure
Residents Invited To Test-Drive the Robot and Meet the Robotic Surgeons on Feb. 29

Robotic Surgery Team
Celebrating their 700th robotic surgery case at WCA Hospital, is the hospital’s surgery team including Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. The community is invited to test-drive the robot themselves during a community event hosted by WCA, MEET OUR ROBOT” on Monday, February 29th, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the WCA Hospital Auditorium, 207 Foote Avenue. Event is free and open to the public.

JAMESTOWN, NY (Friday, February 19, 2016)—WCA Hospital has announced that the credentialed robotic surgeons on the medical staff at WCA have exceeded their 700th robotic surgery case since the inception of the robotic program on February 14, 2013. The only hospital in the Southern Tier to perform the newest advancements in minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, robotic surgery represents a third generation of advances in surgery—one which builds upon the advances of open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

Able to perform highly complex procedures with unparalleled precision, the robotic surgical system at WCA takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three-dimensional visualization of the operative site.

The team of credentialed robotic surgeons on staff at WCA Hospital, led by Dr. Timothy Brown, FACS, board-certified general surgeon and president of the WCA Hospital Medical Staff, are Galo Grijalva, M.D., FACS, board certified general and bariatric surgeon; Matthew Chang, M.D., FACS, board-certified surgeon; Russell Lee, M.D., FACS, board certified surgeon; Ichabod Jung, M.D., FACS, board certified urologist; Ryan White, M.D., board certified urologist; Eric Arnone, M.D., board-eligible urologist; and Robert Daniels, M.D., board certified OB/GYN physician.
“We are committed to remaining at the forefront of surgical advancements,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “Robotic surgery is the dawn of a new generation of advanced minimally invasive surgery and we are humbled by the opportunity to be the first hospital in the Southern Tier to apply this groundbreaking technology that is redefining how surgery is performed across the nation. We encourage residents to attend our community event and meet our robotic surgeons and surgery team; test drive the robot; and learn more about the latest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery performed right here at WCA.”

Robotic surgery at WCA is currently used for general surgery including,

gynecology surgery including,

and urology surgery including,

and other general urology procedures.

During robotic-assisted surgery, the robotic surgeon operates from a console where he can watch a live three-dimensional video feed of the patient’s surgical operating site. Guiding the robotic arms with great care and skill, the surgeon uses miniaturized instruments to perform surgery.

Often called a “robot”, robotic surgery cannot act on its own. The surgery is performed entirely by the expert skills of the surgeon. Together, the surgical system and instruments allow the surgeon to perform surgery through tiny key-hole incisions or a single site incision while seated at the control console.

“It is important to understand that robotic-assisted surgery is performed by the surgeon,” says Dr. Brown who performed the first single incision robotic gallbladder surgery at WCA with one small incision through the belly button. “The surgeon’s hands are at the console, controlling every movement of the surgical instruments of the robot. The quality of the images and precise movement essentially puts us right next to the area in which we are operating, enhancing the precision and dexterity during the laparoscopic surgery. The robotic surgical system has the added benefit of compensating for even the slightest movement which provides great accuracy and less disruption to surrounding tissues. As a result, patients recover quickly from surgical procedures and resume normal activities.”

Jodene Strom, robotic gallbladder surgery patient of Dr. Brown’s said she had very little pain after surgery. “I experienced some slight discomfort the first day, but surprisingly was sitting comfortably on my front porch that very afternoon. I chose robotic surgery because it would allow me to be back to work sooner. To my delight, I was back to normal activities and work within two days.”

The community is invited to test-drive the surgical robot during the community event, “MEET OUR ROBOT”, hosted by WCA Hospital on Monday, February 29th; from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Attendees of all ages can sit in the robot’s chair and peer into the device. Using hand and finger gestures, attendees can complete demonstrations on the video screen, much like a video game. Participants can also watch replicated robotic surgeries performed using the da Vinci Surgical System and talk to the robotic surgeons on the staff of the hospital. Dr. Timothy Brown will give a presentation during the event entitled, “Robotics In Surgery” at 6:00 p.m. For additional fun interactive event activities, go to or contact Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital, (716) 664-8614. Free and open to the public, event parking is available across the street from WCA Hospital’s entrance on Foote Avenue.

Listen to what patients are saying about robotic surgery. Go to to access patient video testimonials and a list of credentialed surgeons on staff at WCA Hospital. To make an appointment for surgery, contact one of the surgeons listed on the hospital’s website.

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