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Robot-Assisted Surgery

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Robot-Assisted Surgery

New Life-Changing Surgery Option for Complex Procedures

Until recently you had two options when you needed surgery:

  • Traditional open surgery that requires a large incision and long recovery time
  • Laparoscopic surgery that requires only small incisions and limited to very simple procedures

Robot-assisted surgery is changing lives. University Health offers this new, leading-edge technology for surgical procedures with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

Beyond the Limits of the Human Hand

Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery has many benefits over other methods. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System has a 3-D high-definition camera and miniature flexible surgical instruments to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

Your doctor still performs the surgery from start to finish. Through tiny 1- to 2- centimeter incisions, surgeons operate with greater precision and control. This means your pain after surgery and risks associated with large incisions are reduced. The likelihood of the best outcome and a fast recovery are increased.

The very precise robot-assisted approach is especially ideal for these surgeries:

  • Urology and gynecology procedures with a small target site and surrounding nerves that affect sensitive urinary control and sexual function
  • Tumor removal in important organs such as the kidneys to spare as much healthy tissue as possible

Robotic Procedures We Offer

University Health specially trained doctors perform robot-assisted procedures that help you recover more quickly with less pain.

Robotic Surgeries

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bladder cancer surgery (cystectomy)
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colon resection
  • Diaphragmatic plication
  • Gastric simulator placement
  • General surgery
  • Heller myotomy (for lower esophageal sphincter, or LES)
  • Hernia repair
  • Hysterectomy/salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Nissen procedure
  • Partial nephrectomy (kidney-sparing surgery)
  • Pelvic prolapse surgery (sacrocolpopexy)
  • Prostatectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Umbilical hernia repair

Robot-assisted surgery offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Greater precision and fewer complications
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced pain
  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities

  1. Gina Gray, MD
    Gina Gray, MD
    Hyperbaric Medicine Wound Care
  2. Jeffrey Martinez, MD
    Vascular Surgery
  3. Lyssa Ochoa, MD
    Vascular Surgery