Lovelace Health System

Best Place to Care and Be Cared For

Lovelace Medical Center offers a state-of-the-art Cardiac Care Center, advanced surgical capabilities including a dedicated Surgical Inpatient Unit, and an Emergency Department capable of growing with Albuquerque. In addition, Lovelace Medical Center offers the latest technology in non-invasive brain surgery, the Gamma Knife Perfexion. The Gamma Knife Perfexion allows for previously unoperable brain tumors to be treated by the precision of the Gamma Knife Perfexion in a single treatment done in one day. Lovelace Medical Center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission.

Lovelace HealthLink is a complementary provider referral service that provides you with referrals for participating medical providers and medical services in the Albuquerque metro area. You may also call Lovelace HealthLink 24/7 at 898.3030.

We provide referrals for the following specialties:

  • Breast Care
  • Cardiology
  • Certified Nurse Midwifery
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT (Otolaryngology)
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Optometry/Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Medicine/Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Primary Care
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Women's Health

Lovelace Westside Hospital

The premiere hospital serving Rio Rancho and Albuquerque 's Westside, Lovelace Westside Hospital provides 24-hour emergency care, fully equipped and expertly staffed operating rooms, a brand new labor and delivery unit, and a medical pavilion with a multitude of outstanding medical specialties and services. This year we have added the Westside's first 64-slice CT Scanner, digital mammography, two new digital X-Ray rooms and new MRI capability. With a full range of medical and surgical services, you're going to love Lovelace Westside Hospital!

Lovelace Rehabiltation Hospital

Our goal at Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital is to return people recovering from illness or injury to the highest quality of life possible. Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital is the only hospital in New Mexico accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in five programs:

  • Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Spinal Cord System of Care
  • Stroke Specialty Program
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs.

We provide a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient care including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, rehabilitation nursing and case management services.

Heart Hospital of New Mexico

The Heart Hospital of New Mexico @ Lovelace Medical Center offers state-of-the-art medical technology as well as the highest quality cardiology, cardiovascular and general surgery services. We offer a 24/7 emergency department, with special attention to cardiac emergencies. In addition, we offer five state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories, 55 private, comfortable patient rooms, and cardiac rehabilitation. We also offer Aquapheresis medical therapy, which is designed to remove excess salt and water from the body safely, predictably, and effectively in patients suffering from fluid overload.

Lovelace Health Plan

Since 1973, Lovelace Health Plan has worked closely with physicians and our health care system to design programs and benefits that keep plan members healthy and informed of their choices. Today, Lovelace offers a full portfolio of managed care plans, providing insurance coverage for more than 190,000 people in communities across New Mexico. Our health plans cover more than 2,000 employer groups and thousands of Medicare-eligible individuals and their families.

Our members have access to a large, continually expanding network of doctors and health care centers, as well as a full range of benefits, including:

  • Preventive Programs
  • Emergency Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Out-of-State Coverage
  • 24-hour Nurse Advice Line

We also offer the HEALTHY Steps program to help our members take charge of their health with health-wise information and resources.

For more information please visit the Lovelace Health Plan website.


Q. What is minimally invasive surgery (MIS)?
A. MIS is surgery typically performed through small incisions, or operating ports, rather than large incisions, resulting in potentially shorter recovery times, fewer complications, reduced hospitalization costs and reduced trauma to the patient. While MIS has become the standard for some surgical procedures, it has not been widely adopted for more complex or delicate procedures – for example, prostatectomy and mitral valve repair.

Intuitive Surgical, which makes the da Vinci System, believes that surgeons have been slow to adopt MIS for complex procedures because they generally find that fine-tissue manipulation – such as dissecting and suturing – is more difficult than in open surgery. Intuitive Surgical's technology, however, enables the use of MIS techniques for complex procedures.

In traditional open surgery, the physician makes a long incision and then widens it to access the anatomy. In traditional minimally invasive surgery, which is widely used for routine procedures, the surgeon operates using rigid, hand-operated instruments, which are passed through small incisions and views the anatomy on a standard video monitor. Neither this laparoscopic instrumentation nor the video monitor can provide the surgeon with the excellent visualization needed to perform complex surgery like valve repair or nerve-sparing prostatectomy.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery?
A. Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using a robotic surgical system over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific.

Has robotic surgery been cleared by the FDA?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the da Vinci Surgical System for a wide range of procedures. Please see the FDA Clearance page for specific clearances and representative uses.

Is robotic surgery covered by insurance?
A. Da Vinci Surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, so any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers da Vinci Surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. For specifics regarding reimbursement for da Vinci Surgery, or if you have been denied coverage, please call the Reimbursement Hotline at 888.868.4647, ext. 3128.

Does robotic surgery make the surgeon unnecessary?
A. On the contrary, robotic surgery enables surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and enhancing their capability in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. The system replicates the surgeon's movements in real time. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own to move in any way or perform any type of surgical maneuver without the surgeon's input.

Is a surgeon using a surgical robot operating in "virtual reality"?
A. Although seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, the surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using miniaturized, wristed instruments. At no time does the surgeon see a virtual image or program/command the system to perform any maneuver on its own or outside of the surgeon's direct, real-time control.

While using the da Vinci Surgical System, can the surgeon feel anything inside the patient's abdomen?
A. The system relays some force feedback sensations from the operative field back to the surgeon throughout the procedure. This force feedback provides a substitute for tactile sensation and is augmented by the enhanced vision provided by the high-resolution 3-D view.

What procedures have been performed using the da Vinci Surgical System? What additional procedures are possible?
A. The da Vinci System is a robotic surgical platform designed to enable complex procedures of all types to be performed through 1 to 2 cm incisions or operating “ports.” To date, tens of thousands of procedures including general, urologic, gynecologic, thoracoscopic and thoracoscopically-assisted cardiotomy procedures have been performed using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Why is it called the da Vinci Surgical System?
A. The product is called "da Vinci" in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot. He also used unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details to bring his masterpieces to life. The da Vinci Surgical System similarly provides physicians with such enhanced detail and precision that the system can simulate an open surgical environment while allowing operation through tiny incisions.

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