Most effective, minimal contact.

Robot-assisted surgery is considered by many to be the most effective and least invasive surgical technology available today.

The robot-assisted system combines computer and robotic technologies to treat a broad range of conditions using a minimally invasive approach.

How robot-assisted 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.

In addition to a the da Vinci® SI Surgical System at both these facilities, LewisGale Medical Center has a da Vinci® Surgical System which can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

Benefits to you.

Research indicates that robot-assisted surgery gives doctors more precise control over the surgical instruments, patients may have better outcomes. In addition, robot-assisted 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

Procedures we perform.

At LewisGale, our experts use the da Vinci Surgical System for a broad range of procedures. In addition, LewisGale Medical Center is now the first hospital west of Richmond to add a robotic system that surgeons can use to perform spine surgery. While surgeons at LewisGale have been using other types of robotic systems for three years to perform general surgery and GYN procedures, its new Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform now provides a robotic option for patients requiring spine surgery.

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.

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Learn more about robot-assisted surgery and robot-assisted laparoscopic procedures at our online Health Library.

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