McKee Medical Center recognized for excellence in robotic surgery – Loveland Reporter-Herald


Banner Health’s McKee Medical Center in Loveland has been recertified as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corp.

The designation is based on volume, patient outcomes and the number of complex procedures offered in a program, according to information in a Banner press release.

“Robotic surgery offers a minimally invasive surgical option for many patients facing surgery. The robotic approach provides the surgeon with magnified, high-definition vision with the ability to control surgical instruments like a human hand to view and access anatomy. This allows surgeons to operate using three to five incisions approximately ½ inch long,” the statement said.

McKee uses robotic surgery for hysterectomies, uterine prolapse, fibroids, gynecological cancer staging, hernia, colon, and other general surgeries.

The Surgical Review Corp. recognized gynecological surgeon John Crane and general surgeon Thomas Blomquist as having a high level of expertise and mastery of robotics. Both have been named Master Surgeons — surgeons who meet the society’s credentialing requirements and are verified by inspection.

Crane helped start the robotics program in 2009 and has performed nearly 2,500 robotic surgeries. As a result, Boston Scientific named McKee a Center of Excellence for specific robotic pelvic surgeries. Additionally, Intuitive Surgical Inc. has designated McKee as the epicenter for complex robotic surgery. Intuitive is the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical robot.

The reviewers also named RN Kathleen Miller Robotic Care Specialist for her work as a first assistant during robotic surgeries.

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