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Robotic Surgery Institute

Future of USC Robotic Surgery

Instrument through thoraxDr. Starnes notes that the USC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is developing a Robotic Surgery Institute and Laboratory that will encompass all surgical specialties that could benefit from robotic surgery such as general surgery, urology and orthopedics. With cardiothoracic surgery leading the way, the Robotic Surgery Institute promises to create new treatment alternatives for patients.

This project is in addition to the new Cardiothoracic Institute being built adjacent to USC University Hospital and scheduled for completion by 2007. This multi-story building will bring the full range of heart experts together, so that patients can visit world-class cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons all in one setting. Sophisticated cardiology diagnostic services will share the same building with cutting-edge researchers and scientists, allowing physicians and researchers to directly interact -- leading to breakthroughs that truly translate from the laboratory into the clinical setting.

"Robotic surgery is going to revolutionize cardiothoracic procedures," says Dr. Starnes, "and it is exciting that USC has the leading program in Los Angeles for this technology. Robotic surgery truly represents the next advance in heart surgery."

For more information about the da VinciTM Surgical System or to schedule an appointment and consultation with USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons, please call (323) 442-5849.

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