Robotic surgery is a type of minimally-invasive surgery using cutting-edge technology called the da Vinci® system. Using this sophisticated medical device, surgeons are able to operate through small incisions using enhanced imagery and precise movements.
From a high-tech console, the surgeon pilots the robot’s movement using a state-of-the-art camera to see high-resolution, three dimensional views for enhanced accuracy. The robot is equipped with small instruments that are guided by the surgeon – allowing for an even greater range of motion than the human hand. This advanced technology enables surgeons to perform the most complex and delicate procedures with unprecedented precision and control.
Am I a candidate for robotic surgery?
Anyone can be a candidate for robotic surgery but there are certain conditions that may limit options. Some of these limitation include history of multiple abdominal procedures, obesity, severe pulmonary disorders, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and some neurological disorders.
Consultation with the surgeon can address these concerns and determine what options are best suited for each individual patient.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery allows for enhanced precision and has the potential to provide an array benefits to patients, including:
- Small incisions (cuts)
- Few stiches
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss
- Less damage to healthy tissue
- Faster recovery (than traditional, open surgery)
Conditions Robotic Surgery can treat
As a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, the da Vinci® surgical team at CAMC has more doctors performing more procedures in more specialties than any other hospital in the state.
- Nephrectomy/partial nephrectomy/nephroureterectomy
- Sacrocolpopexy (repair of pelvic floor prolapse)
- Vesicovaginal fistula
- Ureteral re-implant
- Hysterectomy (cancerous and non-cancerous)
- Cancer staging or debulking
- Myomectomy (removal of fibroid tumors)
- Endometriosis surgery
- Complex pelvic surgery
- Colon resection (benign conditions and malignant cancers)
- Hernia repair (inguinal, ventral, hiatal)
- Rectopexy repair (repair of rectal prolapse)
- Complex oncologic surgery
- Mediastinal mass resection
- Lung mass resection
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Diaphragmatic plication
CAMC Robotic Specialists
The robotic surgical team at CAMC has more doctors performing more procedures and more specialties than any other hospital in the state.