Good Samaritan Medical Center introduces robotic surgery in Brockton with the addition of the da Vinci® Si™ surgical system

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Surgery at Good Samaritan Medical Center took another leap forward with the recent addition of the da Vinci® Si surgical system to the operating room and the community. Good Samaritan is the first hospital in the MetroSouth region to acquire the da Vinci system. Its arrival is significant because of the value robotic surgery offers the medical center’s surgical staff and patients.

The da Vinci® Si has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, many of which translate to patient benefits. The features of the da Vinci® Si include:

  • Enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of operative field with up to 10x magnification
  • Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
  • Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand

Together, these technological advancements provide Good Samaritan’s surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures. “We believe that the new features of the da Vinci Si system will help us provide the best possible outcomes and is proof of our commitment to provide our community access to World Class health care with the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery,” said Good Samaritan Medical Center President Jeffrey H. Liebman. “Our robotic surgery will serve the residents of Brockton, Massachusetts and neighboring towns as well as the metro Boston area.”

When comparing robotic surgery to traditional laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci surgery in Brockton, like da Vinci surgery in Boston, also provides patients with the potential for less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications and a faster return to normal activities.

“Recent data from the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium indicates that 50 percent of hysterectomies performed are abdominal or open procedures,” said Dr. Soheil Hanjani, chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Good Samaritan, and an experienced robotic surgeon. “The superior technology of the robot provides a surgeon with the enhanced ability to offer women a better option for minimally invasive surgery.”

Hanjani, and Dr. Vikas Merchia, also an OB/Gyn, are among the team of physicians who will be performing minimally invasive surgery including robotic hysterectomy in Brockton at Good Samaritan using the daVinci Si surgical system.

About the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci system is a sophisticated surgical platform designed to facilitate complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The surgeon controls the da Vinci system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. Though it is often called a “robot,” the da Vinci system cannot act on its own - surgery is performed 100% by the physician.

The da Vinci surgical system’s main features include Intuitive® motion, high-resolution 3D vision and innovative EndoWrist instrumentation. Intuitive motion refers to the system’s interface, which helps make da Vinci surgery look and feel like traditional open surgery, but that is where the similarities end.

The da Vinci system’s high-resolution 3D stereo viewer is designed to provide surgeons with an immersive experience. Unlike conventional approaches, the target anatomy appears at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. Operating through a few small incisions, the surgeon uses the console’s master controls to maneuver the patient-side cart’s four robotic arms. A final hallmark of the da Vinci system, across robotic surgery in Massachusetts, including at Good Samaritan, is that it incorporates multiple redundant safety features designed to minimize risks associated with both machine and human error.

By providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci surgical system makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex and delicate dissection or reconstruction.

For more information about our hospital or the da Vinci Si system, please contact the medical center at 508-583-4961 or visit

Good Samaritan Medical Center, a member of Steward Health Care, is a 241-bed, acute-care hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to Brockton and 22 neighboring communities. The hospital offers Centers of Excellence care in oncology and cardiology, specialized care in surgery, family-centered obstetrics with level-two nursery, pain management, substance abuse and diabetes and advanced diagnostic imaging. Further information is available at


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