Minimally invasive surgery, close to home

It means getting back to living, sooner

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all your medical options. Adventist Health Simi Valley offers the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. Our program is led by world-class surgeons and offers the versatile da Vinci Surgical System, Mako Robotic-Assisted System for total knee or hip replacements, and Globus ExcelsiusGPS for spine surgeries.

Our robotic surgery program provides surgeons with alternatives to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of state-of-the-art robotic platforms, enabling surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

The benefits of
minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive procedures mean:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less need for pain medications
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • Better clinical outcomes

Conditions treated with
robotic surgery

Many conditions can be treated using robotic-assisted surgery, including:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gynecologic conditions
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Prostate conditions
  • Stomach cancer
  • Knee and hip replacement
  • Spine surgery

Meet Dr. Pakula, Robotic Surgery Medical Director

Dr. Andrea Pakula, an internationally renowned surgeon who specializes in hernia repairs, bariatrics and acute care has joined the medical staff at Adventist Health Simi Valley to lead the development of our new robotics program.

Dr. Pakula is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the Intuitive da Vinci line of surgical systems. She is one of just a handful of physicians in the nation who teaches other surgeons how to perform complex hernia repairs on the da Vinci® robot. At Adventist Health Simi Valley, she will be operating with the da Vinci Xi, noted as the most capable and advanced instrumentation produced by Intuitive for minimally invasive procedures.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of robotic surgery is the reduced need for pain killers post-operatively. Many of Dr. Pakula’s patients require just ibuprofen in lieu of prescribed narcotics. Other benefits include shorter hospital stays, less pain, less blood loss during the procedure and an overall safer experience for patients.

“I believe in providing each patient with compassionate and personalized care and taking the time to assist them in making the best and safest choice,” Dr. Pakula says. “My goal is to provide modern, evidence-based surgical care and to offer minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.”

To schedule a consultation or referral, contact your primary care physician. We are excited to care for you should a robotic-assisted procedure be in your future.