About the Brethen Center

Located at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH), the Brethen Center brings training and certification in robotic surgery to surgeons and residents. Physicians complete an extensive six-part course at the Brethen Center which includes hands-on training and certification.  Learn more about the programs offered through the Brethen Center.

The Brethen Center provides many benefits, including:

  • Exploration of potential applications of this emerging technology while educating physicians and allied medical staff on its use
  • A dual console robot digitally connected to the operating room, allowing real-time training
  • Offers surgeons local and cost effective robotic training to certify them in robotic surgery
  • Robotic hands-on simulation training
  • Real-time 3D virtual training
  • Surgical laparoscopic virtual reality simulation
  • Trains and certifies the clinical staff that will assist with robotic surgery, including robotic program coordinators, first assistants, and operating room staff
  • Training for surgical residents
  • Enhances the recruitment and retention of surgeons to the Dayton community
  • Specialties include: gynecology, urology, thoracic, colorectal, and general surgery

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery (both laparoscopic and robotic) is done through very small incisions. Using specialized techniques and equipment, surgeons are able to perform surgery through an incision requiring only a stitch or two to close. Robotic surgery gives the surgeon:

  • Intuitive control, improved range of motion and fine tissue manipulation capability
  • Bright, crisp, (10x) magnified high resolution image of the surgical field
  • Revolutionary true-to-life 3D vision

With robotic surgery, tiny mechanical arms are inserted into the patient. The surgeon controls the robot’s movements at a control console. The robot translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into a corresponding micro-movements of the instrument tip. Similar movements also control a camera to see inside the patient’s body. A surgical team at the patient’s side supervises the robotic arms.

The robotic surgery program at Miami Valley Hospital is the first in Dayton.

Benefits for Patients

Robotic surgery offers patients a much less physically stressful surgical experience, including

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker recovery time

About Robert Brethen

Brethen PhotoThe center was made possible by a generous gift from Robert H. Brethen, chairman and CEO of Celstar Group, Inc., a Dayton-based holding company. Mr. Brethen’s gift was made through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation. Bob and his wife Carolyn reside in Dayton.


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