Chippenham Hospital
June 21, 2016

Dr. Randal J. West Performs Total Hysterectomy with Upgraded Technology

Richmond, Va. (June 21, 2016) – HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital recently performed its first case using the new da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, which allows surgeons to perform more complex minimally invasive procedures with greater precision.

Randal J. West, M.D., board-certified gynecologic-oncologist, and one of only two surgeons in Central Virginia to have performed more than 1,300 robotic procedures, completed a total hysterectomy on a patient with endometrial cancer using the new da Vinci Xi system.

“The da Vinci Xi robot is by far the best technology in the field for laparoscopic surgery and has much broader capabilities than previous minimally invasive technology,” said West, who specializes in the treatment of women with ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer. “It provides significantly increased visualization of the targeted area with fewer limitations.”

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments that fit into a patient’s body through a series of tiny incisions. These instruments are mounted on three robotic arms and a fourth arm holds a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist.

At the console, a surgeon uses finger, eye, and foot controls to manipulate the arms of the robot allowing the surgeon maximum range and precision of motion in performing an operation.

West is part of Johnston-Willis Hospital’s designated Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by the Surgical Review Corporation. It was the first hospital in Virginia and only one of 14 in the nation to earn this recognition.

The designation recognizes hospitals and surgeons who demonstrate a commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care through a structured program to help robotic surgeons continuously improve quality of care and patient safety. Only physicians who meet these stringent qualifications and demonstrate proven aptitude through surgical experience are invited to be part of COERS.

“The doctors in the Center of Excellence have more experience than the average surgeon, said West. “We are committed to consistently delivering the safest, highest-quality care and making a positive difference for our robotic surgery patients.”

The other five surgeons at Johnston-Willis Hospital who are part of the Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery include Ramzi Aboujaoude, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist; Marijan Gospodnetic, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist; Nathan Guerette, M.D., urological-gynecologist; Amy Rose, M.D., general surgeon; and Lisa M. West, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist.