“Rudy”, the Surgical Robot’s, Surgical Team and Hospital Leaders

Brownsville, TX, June 19, 2017 — Valley Regional Medical Center and the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Naming Ceremony welcoming the newest addition to the high quality surgical program, “Rudy” the Surgical Robot.

General Surgeon, Veronica Guerrero, M.D., informed guests on the minimally invasive robotic technology available in surgery today. Surgeons at Valley Regional Medical Center are now able to use the da Vinci® Si Robotic Surgical System to perform a variety of surgical procedures. According to Dr. Guerrero, “high quality results are just some of the many benefits of this type of surgery, which also includes less pain, a reduced risk of infection, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time for each patient.”

“Our focus is first and foremost, you, the patient, which is why we are pleased to showcase the da Vinci® Si Robotic Surgical System to our community,” said Art Garza, CEO of Valley Regional Medical Center.  “The da Vinci® Si Robotic Surgical System enables our patients to have a faster recovery, less blood loss, and less pain after surgery. We work hard to offer our community advanced quality care close to home, and the implementation of the da Vinci® Si Robotic Surgical System is part of our commitment to provide patients with the best surgical solutions.”

The da Vinci® Si Robotic Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist our surgeons with operations. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by the surgeon. The da Vinci® Si Robotic Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so the surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci® instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body. The da Vinci® software can also minimize the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements.

During robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient and views an actual image of the surgical site while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using electromechanically-enhanced instruments. The system allows surgeons to operate three robotic arms with precision and steadiness. The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System provides visualization that is ten times more powerful than the human eye, including high-definition images and enhanced 3-D capabilities.

Since its introduction, da Vinci® surgery has greatly reduced the number of open surgeries for common operations (such as hysterectomy and prostatectomy). Thanks to da Vinci® technology, more patients have been offered minimally invasive surgery than at any other time in history.

For more information on Valley Regional Medical Center email Mariana Tumlinson.


About Valley Regional Medical Center

Valley Regional Medical Center is conveniently located at the corner of Expressway 77 and Alton Gloor Boulevard in Brownsville.  With physicians representing over 25 specialties, Valley Regional Medical Center is a leader in a vast array of high quality programs, including surgical robotics program, advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery, bariatric surgery, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, women’s services, pediatric services and neonatal intensive care. Valley Regional Medical is a nationally accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center and our Emergency Department is designated as an Advanced Level III Trauma Center treating a wide range of emergent needs 24 hours a day. For more information on Valley Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, visit our website at Valley Regional Medical Center.


About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at HCA Gulf Coast.