Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster has entered into a partnership with the Keck Doctors of USC to provide robotic surgery for urologic cancers using AV Hospital’s da Vinci Si surgical robot.

The local robotic urology program will provide advanced surgical options for patients of the Antelope Valley who will no longer need to travel out of town for care.

There are numerous benefits of robotic surgery including a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications, smaller incisions, less scarring, faster healing, decreased risk of injury to nearby organs, less blood loss, less pain, less need for pain medication and a quicker return to normal activity and work.

AV Hospital acquired the da Vinci surgical robot in 2010.

Inderbir S. Gill, M.D. of USC, a recognized leader in the field of robotic and laparoscopic surgery for urologic cancers, will serve as the medical director of the AV Hospital Urology Center of Robotic Surgery.

“I am excited to embark on this partnership,” Dr. Gill said in a statement. “We are providing a full team presence through our partnership with Dr. Tim Hadaya and Dr. Steve Koh.” Dr. Gill is also the director of the USC Institute of Urology. Dr. Hadaya is the medical director of the Department of Urology at AV Hospital.

“Dr. Gill’s leadership combined with the experience of Dr. Hadaya and Dr. Koh will ensure patients receive the best, most advanced care available,” Edward Mirzabegian, CEO of Antelope Valley Hospital, said in a statement. “Local residents can now receive full urological cancer care in the Antelope Valley.”