Robotic Surgery at Mary Greeley Medical Center

Robotic Surgery

You'll have less pain, heal faster and go home sooner when your surgeon uses minimally invasive robotic techniques at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

Surgical Art

The da Vinci Surgical System at Mary Greeley Medical Center is a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures, comprised of state-of-the-art robotic and computer technology. Robotic surgery, like laparoscopic surgery, requires smaller incisions in the patient than those used for an open procedure.

Tim Leeds, MD and Karen Belz, RN with the da Vinci robot at Mary Greeley Medical Center

“This technology is incredible. It just simplifies
everything. The minimal amount of blood loss
makes it safer and allows for a rapid recovery.
It’s just a more reasonable option.”
- Tim Leeds, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology

How it Works

During a procedure, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the operating table. From here, the surgeon uses a viewfinder to examine precise, high-definition, 3-D images of the surgical site which are sent by a camera inside the patient.

The console also houses two to three instruments mounted on the tips of surgical rods which are manipulated by joystick-like controls for each hand. These controls translate the surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments; the surgeon and the robot are in sync.

All procedures are done through small incisions on the body, usually only as wide as a dime, resulting in less blood loss, minimal pain and quick recovery. Robot-assisted single-site surgery uses only one incision, through the belly button, leaving a nearly invisible scar.

Robotic Surgeries Performed at Mary Greeley Medical Center:

  • Tiny Robotic Surgery Instruments at Mary Greeley

    The surgeon controls these
    miniaturized surgical instruments
    inside the patient.

    Prostatectomy (prostate removal)
  • Pyeloplasty (for blockage of the urinary system)
  • Partial nephrectomy (partial removal of the kidney)
  • Hysterectomy (uterus removal)
  • Ovarian Cystecomy (Removal of cysts on ovaries)
  • Sacral colpopexy (vaginal prolapse)
  • Myomectomy (fibroid removal)
  • Endometriosis procedures
  • Colon resections
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Adrenalectomy (adrenal gland removal) or
  • Ileostomy (bowel diversion surgery)
  • Rectal Cancers

Find out if robotic surgery is right for you.

If you have prostate cancer, are considering a hysterectomy, or think you might be a candidate for any other robotic surgery, please speak with your physician or find a doctor, who is prepared to help.

Patient Stories

Robotic-Assisted Single-Site Surgery at Mary Greeley Medical Center

Mary Greeley Medical Center adds general surgery to its robotic program, making it among the first in the state to offer patients this minimally invasive option.
Read Jennifer's story.

Watch Jennifer's video.

Watch a Robotic Surgery

Watch a robotic surgery at Mary Greeley Medical Center

We take you inside the operating room for this full-length video of a robot-assisted single-site gallbladder removal surgery.

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