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Scripps Memorial named robotic surgery training center

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been designated as a training center for gynecologic robotic surgery by Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical System.

Scripps La Jolla is one of only 23 designated training centers in the United States.
Under the leadership of Mel Kurtulus, MD, gynecologic surgeon and training physician for the Gynecologic Robotic Surgery Epicenter at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, surgeons from across the country will learn surgical techniques using the system.

While traditional open surgery often requires long incisions that damage surrounding tissue, robot-assisted surgery is performed through tiny incisions of one to two centimeters and with minimal impact to the surrounding area. Patient benefits include less pain and blood loss, reduced risk of infection, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.