Latest Robotic Prostatectomy Milestones
Presentations at the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
At the 18th annual Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons held in Boston September 9-12, 2009, Dr. Dean Matsuda
from the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Minimally Invasive Surgery Group presented two podium presentations.
He first presented Hip Arthroscopic Surgery in the Athlete, showing the outpatient arthroscopic surgery recently
performed on athletes like Kurt Warner and Alex Rodriguez for a condition called femoroacetabular impingement.
This presentaion was followed by Minimally Invasive Surgery Group: Cutting Edge Goes a Cut Above which showcased
the world-class surgery has been performed at the West Los Angeles medical center. Examples included but were in
no way limited to high volume robotic prostate surgery, laparoscopic bariatric surgery, and advanced arthroscopic
hip surgery. The background and experience of the first hospital-based Minimally Invasive Surgery Group (MISG) in
California (founded January 2005) was presented. Dr. Matsuda emphasized a collegial approach with free sharing
of multidisciplinary knowledge and techniques benefiting not only hospitals and surgeons, but the patients that
they serve. Dr. Matsuda performed an independent electronic literature search of over 4600 published articles
and found no published article such as this. As the first orthopedic surgeon to present at a conference filled
with national and international urologic, gynecologic, and general surgical MIS surgeons, his closing remark
that as MIS specialists we have a common bond that can break artificial specialty barriers was met with
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has recently accepted two of Dr. Dean Matsuda's surgical technique videos showing the latest innovations in the completely arthroscopic management of hip (femoroacetabular) impingement. The AAOS will be using his videos as a teaching resource for orthopedic surgeons worldwide and has included one of the DVDs into their new Resident Training Video Series. Dr. Matsuda has already shown excerpts of these videos at the Western Orthopedic Association 2008 annual meeting and will be speaking on this hot topic in January at the Orthopedics Today 2009 annual meeting. He is currently writing two articles for the Journal of Arthroscopy and is producing another AAOS teaching video on a new method of arthroscopic labral reconstruction (replacing a damaged labrum with a new substitute) which he developed on-site in our state-of-the-art OR at Kaiser WLA.
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center is proud to announce the launch of the Institute for Robotic Surgery and the addition of da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Under the pilot project with this state-of-the art technology, Kaiser Permanente urologists are performing robot-assisted prostatectomies, a procedure to remove cancer cells from the prostate. Our surgeons sit at a console a few feet away from the patient and maneuver the robotís highly flexible instruments through dime-size incisions, their hands never entering the patientís body. The consoleís 3-D monitor allows the physician to see the surgical field in high definition and at 10-times magnification. Research suggests that patients who undergo the robot-assisted surgery usually have less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and slightly less post-surgical incontinence than the conventional operation.
West LA Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Spotlight
As an example of the truly cutting edge minimally invasive surgery offered at Kaiser West LA,
one of our orthopedic surgeons performs an arthroscopic hip procedure currently performed by only
a handful of surgeons worldwide. The alternative is an open hip dislocation procedure through a
Voice of America
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recently published this article written by Dr. Dean Matsuda in order to inform orthopedic surgeons worldwide about the innovative hip surgery that he performs on young athletic patients afflicted with hip impingement.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
State of the art Hip Arthroscopy training
The Kaiser West Los Angeles Hip Arthroscopy program had it's first sports medicine fellows rotate through March 2008.
Dr. Dean Matsuda personally taught Dr. David Downs and Dr. Christopher Ninh how to evaluate and manage athletes with hip
pain. They are the first fellows of the newly established Kaiser Orange County Sports Medicine fellowship program.
Opening of our Brand New O.R.'s in July 2007
Opening of our Brand New O.R.'s in July 2007. Our brand new state of the art operating rooms have opened in the new tower of the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, July 2007. These operating rooms provide our surgeons and staff with advanced capabilities in communications with other operating rooms in and outside of our facility. Additionally, we have advanced imaging technologies and High Definition cameras and monitors in our new ORs. These new technologies give an advantage to our surgeons, increasing patient safety and accuracy of surgical procedures
Minimally Invasive Surgery Center featured KP Metro Messenger
The minimally invasive surgery center at West Los Angeles was featured in the KP Metro Messenger Newsletter in an article titled: “A Cut Above the Rest: Minimally Invasive Surgery Center Opens at West L.A”.Here is what they said,
A Cut Above the Rest
Grand Opening of Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center Minimally Invasive Surgery Center: