MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Baptist Health South Florida’s Center for Robotic Surgery will broadcast live gallbladder and hysterectomy surgeries Thursday, September 12, on the health system’s website, www.bhsfrobotics.com/scarless. Viewers can watch Ricardo Estape, M.D., medical director of the Center, and Anthony Gonzalez, M.D., chief of surgery at Baptist Hospital, perform the separate surgeries from an operating room at South Miami Hospital. Both surgeries will highlight the technique of operating through one small incision in the belly button with the help of a robotic system.
“Gallbladder surgery and hysterectomy are two of the most common surgeries middle-age women undergo”
The surgeries will be broadcast in English on BaptistHealth.net and in Spanish on BaptistSalud.net. Dr. Gonzalez will remove a gallbladder at 12 noon, and Dr. Estape will perform a hysterectomy at 4 p.m.
The advanced robotic technique means patients have no visible scar and a quicker recovery.
“Gallbladder surgery and hysterectomy are two of the most common surgeries middle-age women undergo,” Dr. Estape said. “The robotic, single-incision approach has far better cosmetic results over the traditional approach of operating through larger openings.”
Broadcast journalist Diane Magnum will host the webcast, while Jorge Rabaza, M.D., chief of surgery at South Miami Hospital, narrates the gallbladder surgery, and obstetrician/gynecologist John Diaz, M.D., narrates the hysterectomy. Viewers can submit questions online and @BaptistHealthSF on Twitter during the live broadcast, and the experts will provide answers in real time.
The skilled physicians at Baptist Health’s Center for Robotic Surgery perform more than 2,000 robotic surgeries each year at South Miami, Baptist and Doctors Hospitals. Many of the more than 50 surgeons who are part of the Center are considered pioneers in the field. Dr. Estape and Dr. Gonzalez are among the first surgeons in the country selected to be trained to perform single-incision robotic surgeries.
Providing the most effective care in the least invasive manner is the philosophy of Baptist Health’s Center for Robotic Surgery, where gynecological, thoracic, prostate, kidney, abdominal, colorectal, weight-loss and throat surgeries are done with the help of a robotic system.
Baptist Health Center for Robotic Surgery is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It also includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Medical Group and outpatient locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.