Most effective, minimal contact.

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

davinci robotic surgery with team observing

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.

Benefits to you.

Research indicates that robot-assisted surgery gives doctors more precise control over the surgical instruments and patients may have better outcomes. In addition, robot-assisted surgery offers a number of other 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 robotic surgical systems for a broad range of general, gynecological, thoracic/lung, and spine surgeries.

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 pancreatic, colon, cervical, uterine, ovarian, and endometrial. Minimally invasive and robotic surgery is now considered the Gold Standard of Care for endometrial cancers.

The Mazor Robotic Surgery System is used to perform lumbar (lower back) spine surgery. LewisGale Medical Center is the only facility in western Virginia to offer robotic-assisted spine surgery.

The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is used to treat several thoracic conditions, including minimally invasive lung resection. LewisGale Medical Center is the only facility in western Virginia to offer robotic-assisted thoracic surgery.

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery was the first hospital in Virginia to perform CT-free robotics-assisted total knee replacement surgery. The system incorporates hand-held robotics and 3D images of the patient's knee, enabling the surgeon to collect patient-specific information and produce an individualized plan based on each patient's unique anatomy. Working in conjunction with the surgeon's skilled hands, the system achieves precise positioning of components during surgery, providing an added level of accuracy that can improve function, feel and potential longevity of the knee implant.

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