You'll have less pain, heal faster and go home sooner when your surgeon uses minimally invasive robotic techniques at Mary Greeley Medical Center.
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.
“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.
Robot-Assisted Surgeries Performed at Mary Greeley Medical Center:
Prostatectomy (prostate removal)
The surgeon controls these
miniaturized surgical instruments
inside the patient.
- Pyeloplasty (for blockage of the urinary system)
- Partial nephrectomy (partial removal of the kidney)
- Hernia repair
- 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)
- Nissen Fundiplication (used to treat GERD)
- Splenectomy (spleen removal)
- Ileostomy (bowel diversion surgery)
- Rectal Cancers
Find out if robot-assisted 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.