The Saint Alphonsus Robotic Center of Excellence is comprised of four key areas of technological expertise: Robotic Surgery, Telemedicine, Pharmacy Robot and Stereotaxis.
The MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is proud to be the first hospital in the region to offer patients the state-of-the-art MAKOplasty ® Partial Knee Resurfacing Robotic System.
MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is an innovative new treatment option for people with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. Powered by robotic arm technology, the potential benefits of this minimally invasive procedure over total knee replacement include:
- More rapid recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- More natural feeling knee
daVinci™ Si Surgical Robot
In 2002, Saint Alphonsus was the first hospital in Idaho to offer patients this technology and several years later expanded our Robotics Center of Excellence with the additional 4-arm daVinci Si robot.
More than 1,000 surgeries have been performed with the daVinci, making Saint Alphonsus the most experienced robotic surgery center in Idaho.
Robotic surgery offers patients a minimally invasive option that raises the standard of care and results in less pain, smaller incisions, faster recovery, a shorter hospital stay, and gets patients back to living life sooner. Robotic surgery is available for a variety of surgeries, including prostatectomy and hysterectomy.
Saint Alphonsus is the regional pioneer in bringing telemedicine to communities that need advanced medical support. Saint Alphonsus has robots in 10 hospitals throughout the region.
Doctors can drive a robot remotely around in these hospitals, round on patients and help local physicians diagnose and treat patients. Telemedicine lets patients stay closer to home, reduces travel costs for patients and family members, and can reduce the need for expensive helicopter transportation.
Most medications at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise are managed and dispensed using the Swisslog Pharmacy Robot - the first one introduced in the Northwest. The Pharmacy Robot works from dose packaging through medication dispensing and is password protected for security and safety.
The Pharmacy robot is 99.7% accurate, resulting in a dramatically reduced possibility of medication errors. In August 2011, Saint Alphonsus also introduced Point of Care bedside bar scanning. This provides a final, triple-check of medication before it is administered.
Starting in October 2011, Saint Alphonsus has been the first hospital in Idaho and Eastern Oregon, and one of only 80 in the entire country, to offer Stereotaxis Remote Magnetic Navigation System™ for the diagnosis and treatment of common and complex heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat).
With this technology, physicians will work using remote magnetic navigation to precisely steer and control catheters and guidewires to treat areas of the heart that would have been previously unreachable or unsafe to treat using conventional methods. Patients treated using Stereotaxis will experience less radiation exposure, better outcomes, shorter procedure times and faster recovery times.