da Vinci robotic surgery is considered by many to be the most effective and least invasive surgical technology available today. The da Vinci Surgical System combines computer and robotic technologies to treat a broad range of conditions using a minimally invasive approach.
How da Vinci Surgery Works
Tiny incisions, much smaller than those of traditional surgery, are used to introduce miniature instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site while controlling the robotic equipment, which translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements to perform the operation.
How You Benefit
Research indicates that because da Vinci gives doctors more precise control over the surgical instruments, patients may have better outcomes. In addition, da Vinci robotic surgery offers a number of benefits over traditional surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss and scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to daily activities
Putting da Vinci to Work for You
At LewisGale, our experts use the da Vinci Surgical System for a broad range of procedures.
If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), you may be a candidate for da Vinci hysterectomy, one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions including cancer. The surgeons at LewisGale bring years of skill and experience in using da Vinci for hysterectomies, which provides them unmatched precision and control with only a few small incisions.
The da Vinci Surgical System allows your surgeon a better view of the internal organs and a higher degree of precision, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. This is a distinct advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving complications from prior pelvic surgery, cancer or an abdominal hysterectomy.
Gallbladder disease affects 10-15 percent of adults in the United States. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery, also called Cholecystectomy, is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders. In 2011, the da Vinci Single-Site Cholecystectomy was approved for use. Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased gallbladder is removed. Potential benefits of this type of gallbladder surgery may include virtually scarless surgery, minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, and a short hospital stay.
Our general surgeons use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform several abdominal surgeries including hiatal hernia repair and colon resections.
The da Vinci™ Robotic Surgery System is used to treat several types of cancer including colon, cervical, uterine, ovarian, and endometrial. Minimally invasive and robotic surgery is now considered the Gold Standard of Care for endometrial cancers.
Scheduled for Surgery?
Call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at 877.2HCADOCS (877.242.2362) to find specialists, make an appointment and learn more about the surgical services at LewisGale Regional Health System.
Hear From Our Patients and Staff About the Care We Provide
Jill’s busy life included a career as an office manager, disrupted sleep, regular use of ibuprofen, and constant discomfort that would occasionally spike into debilitating pain. Despite tests and exploratory surgery, the cause could not be determined and her pelvic pain continued to be constant and prevented her from doing many of the things she enjoyed. Her doctor recommended a hysterectomy using the daVinci minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery. The surgery went well and relief was immediate and profound. Jill says she stopped taking pain pills after 24 hours in the hospital and is now pain free, sleeping well, and no longer needing pain medication.
Jill’s advice to others? “I wouldn’t wait. Have it done, no questions asked.”