Stanford Health Care: Valkerre has partnered with local physicians to provide modern care to patients throughout East Bay.
From surgical instruments to robots that help with surgery and reduce recovery time, Stanford Health Care-Valcareer also uses advanced technology to bring better care home.
These and other new technologies provide patients with high-quality orthopedic treatment, cancer and stroke care, and a preview of changes to the Ambulance Surgery Center to expand and improve services.
Da Vinci Surgery System
With the help of Da Vinci’s surgical procedure, surgeons can perform complex surgeries when only small incisions are made to reduce pain, bleeding, and recovery time. At one of the surgeries at Stanford Health Care – Valiker, doctors removed a woman’s uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes to treat cervical cancer.
Three days after the operation, the woman said she felt “very good” and was “surprisingly fast recovering.”
How it works: During surgery, two surgeons work together – one controls the robotic arm to perform the operation, the other stays in the patient’s bed.
The first surgeon moves the arm, which is equipped with a small camera, surgical instruments, and other small instruments. During the surgeon’s operation, the camera displays three-dimensional images of the surgical site on the monitor. The surgeon will look at those images to help guide the arm and equipment to the surgical site and perform the operation. The doctor next to the bed looks closely at the patient during the operation.
“With the support of the Valeker Charity Foundation, we have been able to make this significant investment to improve the care we provide to our community and to benefit our patients from faster recovery, pain and early recovery,” he said. Schumway, Stanford Health Care – President and CEO of Valker.
Pre-school prevention and maintenance
Ten years ago, Eugene Karage, a professor of orthopedic surgery at Stanford medicine, found that between 5% and 20% of patients who underwent spinal disc herniation had tragic recurrences.
Spinal cord injury occurs when a person’s spinal disc enters the soft inner tissue of the spinal cord, causing pain in the nerves. Although surgery called dissectomy is generally simple and successful, research on carcinogenesis shows that the chances of recurrence are related to the size of the lesion. Now, in a short surgery, doctors use a closing device to close the hole and prevent hernia from coming back. Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare is the first to use the device in California.
How it works: The barricade is made of a mesh attached to a bone with a titanium anchor. The net compresses the soft tissue and blocks the opening in the outer part of the spinal cord where the nerves are tightened.
Knee replacement robot
In January, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new robotic device that would completely replace labor: minor surgeries requiring intensive recovery. The device allows physicians to adjust the position of knee replacement procedures to accommodate each patient’s physical activity and to reduce damage to nearby soft tissues, thereby reducing pain and shortening recovery.
“One dose is no longer appropriate,” said Aaron Salyapongse, associate professor of Stanford Medical Clinical and Stanford Health Care’s co-director of health care at Stanford Health Care. Doctors, nurses and surgeons are being trained at the hospital, and the first operation is scheduled for early October.
How it works: During the operation, the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution, a robotic device placed on the table, records the patient’s knees, continuously scans and sends images to the monitor so the surgeon can analyze the joint. The machine is equipped to allow doctors to perform custom surgery.
“The goal is to provide the best surgery and best replacement for every patient,” says Salyapongse. We’ve added a whole new layer of data to this tool.
Advanced ambulance care on the horizon
In the spring of 2022, Stanford Health Care-Valkerre will begin the Livermore Ambulance Surgery Center under the new license, allowing advanced outpatient procedures in a non-hospital setting. The change is designed to streamline operations, customize the services provided, and improve outpatient care.
The Ambulance Surgery Center operates on the Stanford Health Care Center – Valiker Livermore Campus.
Among other services, doctors at the center perform orthopedic procedures, such as general thigh and knee replacement, such as eye exams and abdominal procedures, and colonoscopies.
In support of previous hospital-only procedures, Stanford Health Care – Valicker is improving its cleaning process in an ambulance facility and purchasing new operating room lights, desks and surgical instruments.
“Converting to a free space facility will give us the opportunity to expand processes in Livermore and streamline operational and clinical efficiency,” said Kyle Whitelman, chief financial officer at Stanford Healthcare – Valcaker. Ultimately, this will result in better care for the patient at an affordable price.