Recent investments in latest technology enhance robotics program

Jan. 12, 2018 (Tomball, Texas) – A surgical team at Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), part of HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division, was the first to perform a procedure at the hospital on Jan. 4 using the Mazor Robot, an innovative surgical tool that supports orthopedic spine procedures.

The Mazor is the hospital’s most recent example of investments in technology that support the hospital’s positioning as a leader in robotic surgery, as well as its commitment to providing the best medical care to Northwest Houston residents.

“Technology in healthcare improves efficiency and patient outcomes, enabling surgeons to perform delicate and complex procedures with optimum results,” said Eric Evans, TRMC’s chief executive officer. “With the support of the skilled surgeons on our staff, we are pleased to be able to provide cutting-edge solutions for patients undergoing orthopedic spine surgery.”

The hospital’s most recent investments enable its surgeons to provide advanced solutions to patients with spinal conditions. In late October, the hospital acquired and began using the O-Arm with Stealth Navigation, integrated technology featuring a surgical navigation system that interfaces with an intraoperative imaging system during complex spinal procedures. When combined, the technology allows surgeons to benefit from more precise 3-D surgical imaging and highly detailed navigation, which can result in lower risk, fewer complications and better clinical outcomes for patients. A reduced risk for X-ray exposure for both the patient and operating room staff is an additional benefit of the integration.

Dr. Michael Leahy, an orthopedic surgeon, was the first to utilize the navigation technology at TRMC and said he looks forward to providing a wonderful patient experience by continuing to use the technology during surgical procedures at TRMC.

“I am confident that the investments in new technology will revolutionize the way I perform surgeries,” said Leahy. “This technology will allow me to perform larger surgeries through smaller surgical exposures, which will lead to shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, and an increase in patient satisfaction.”

TRMC currently has 14 robotically trained surgeons on its medical staff who perform gallbladder, hernia repair, hysterectomy, gynecology, bariatric and orthopedic procedures. 

“We are continually finding opportunities to expand our capacity to deliver the best care possible,” said Evans. "Our patients are our priority, and our goal is to improve patient outcomes by delivering the most advanced, comprehensive care and services to everyone in our community."

 

 

About Tomball Regional Medical Center

Tomball Regional Medical Center is a 350-bed hospital in Tomball, Texas that is accredited by the Joint Commission and offers a wide variety of services to the community including emergency care, labor and delivery, a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), general surgery, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, acute inpatient rehabilitation, sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopedics, outpatient testing, robotics, wound care and many others. The hospital’s 150-acre campus also features designated specialty centers: The Tomball Regional Orthopedic Center, The Women’s Center, Texas Sports Medicine Center, and The Heart and Vascular Center.

 

About HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include:  17 hospitals, nine ambulatory care centers, 10 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 www.HCAGulfCoast.com