As a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, CAMC is a regional leader in performing this type of minimally-invasive surgery. Robotic surgery provides many benefits to patients, including less pain and quicker recovery than traditional surgical options. With the use of three robots, our robotics team has performed thousands of procedures since beginning our program almost 15 years ago.

Our Approach

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.  

  • Prostatectomy
  • Nephrectomy/partial nephrectomy/nephroureterectomy
  • Cystectomy
  • Sacrocolpopexy (repair of pelvic floor prolapse)
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Pyeloasty
  • Vesicovaginal fistula
  • Ureteral re-implant
  • Hysterectomy (cancerous and non-cancerous)
  • Cancer staging or debulking
  • Oophorectomy
  • 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)
  • Esophagogastrectomy
  • Complex oncologic surgery
  • Esophagogastrectomy
  • Mediastinal mass resection
  • Lung mass resection
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Diaphragmatic plication

What Sets Us Apart

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Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery

In 2020, CAMC was named as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This accreditation distinguishes CAMC from many other surgical facilities by providing the highest quality of care to patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. This achievement means that CAMC has met nationally and internationally recognized standards. Not all hospitals and surgeons seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous requirements and inspection process are granted accreditation.

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First Robotics Program in West Virginia

We launched the first multispecialty robotic surgery program in West Virginia in 2007 and now have three robots assisting surgeons. Since then, surgical specialists practicing at CAMC have used robots on more than 6,300 procedures.