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Published on November 08, 2011

Overlake Hospital Medical Center Surgeons Complete 500th Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Bellevue, Wash. – Overlake Hospital Medical Center recently performed its 500th robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Thomas Takayama, MD, an expert in urologic surgery and a physician at Bellevue Urology, performed the milestone procedure, a robotic prostatectomy, on a 70-year-old Mercer Island resident for treatment of prostate cancer. The surgery went smoothly and the patient went home the following day.

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

In addition to urology procedures, the da Vinci is now commonly used for gynecology, gynecology oncology and bariatric (weight loss) surgeries at Overlake. The device's cutting-edge technology offers patients several benefits including smaller surgical incisions, less scarring, less pain, fewer complications and a faster recovery time.

"The da Vinci is a revolutionary device that enables Overlake's surgeons to continue providing the best possible care for our patients through a technologically advanced system," said Overlake's Director of Surgery, Helene Schultz. "Talented surgeons and the latest technologies continue to position Overlake as one of the premier hospitals in the Pacific Northwest."

The robotic system does not function independently; it is under complete control of the surgeon at all times. Using a high-definition camera, the system offers an up-close, detailed, three-dimensional view of the surgical field, a significant improvement over the 2D view provided by traditional laparoscopic surgical equipment. In addition, the robotic arms offer surgeons an extensive range of motion that's simply not possible with the human body.  

"The main advantage of robotic technology is the decrease in blood loss which translates to a faster and safer recovery for our patients," said Dr. Takayama. "In addition, the preciseness of the instrumentation and surgical dissection allow for better results in achieving quality of life after surgery."

The 15 specially-trained and experienced physicians on Overlake's robotic surgery team began performing robotic-assisted surgeries in March 2010. 

If you are interested in seeing the da Vinci system first hand or would like to interview Overlake's Director of Surgery Helene Schultz or Dr. Thomas Takayama, please contact Lee Keller at 206-799-3805 or

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Media Contacts

For additional information or to arrange an interview, page our Public Relations Specialist at 425-973-6611, or contact Lee Keller at 206-799-3805 or