“We are extremely proud of Dr. Anderson and his surgical team for this exciting milestone,” said CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl.
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – On November 27th, general surgeon Erik Anderson, M.D. performed his 1000th robotic surgery case in the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Institute for Robotic Surgery.
“We are extremely proud of Dr. Anderson and his surgical team for this exciting milestone,” said CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl. “This achievement represents 1000 of Dr. Anderson’s patients who have benefitted from less invasive surgery and faster healing.”
CTMC uses the da Vinci surgical system, which allows surgeons to operate through a few small incisions with a 3D high-definition vision system and wristed instruments that act more efficiently than human hands.
“You don’t have to go to Austin or San Antonio to have the benefits of the most advanced surgical system,” said Sharon Danielewicz, CTMC’s Administrative Director of Surgical Services. “We have it right here at Central Texas Medical Center.”
Dr. Anderson is one of the many surgeons and OB/GYNs who use the da Vinci system. Others include Dr. Teresa Irwin, Dr. Aminatu Akande, Dr. Barrett Blaue, Dr. Kari Fay, Dr. Mary Geldernick, Dr. Lauren Hermann, Dr. Kody Kunda, Dr. Beth Reid, Dr. Bryan Hambric, Dr. Robert Duran and Dr. Michael Sedlak and Dr. Brittney Schumann.
Dr. Anderson shared, “This is a huge milestone, for me personally and for our robotic program at Central Texas Medical Center. Over the last 5 years, we have established ourselves as the leader in robotic surgery in the corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Our commitment to robotic surgery has resulted in improved patient outcomes and cutting edge medical care for our patients and our community. I look forward to continuing to grow my practice to serve the needs of our area.”
With less patient discomfort and improved results, minimally-invasive surgery using robotic systems has become an increasingly popular option over traditional open surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
Patient benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include a shorter hospitalization period, quicker healing and return to normal activity, reduced blood loss, and reduced post-procedure pain.
For the physician using the robot, advantages include an enhanced and magnified view of inside the patient’s body, instruments that bend and rotate farther than human hands, and overall enhanced precision and control.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at ctmc.org.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 80,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.