Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been a leader in robotic-assisted surgery since 2003. Today, robots help highly trained surgeons at ABSMC to perform hundreds of surgeries every year.
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Da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses small incisions for ports. The robotic scope and instruments are inserted through these ports and manipulated by the surgeon. The robot doesn’t perform any of the surgery autonomously; every movement is started, controlled and stopped by the surgeon’s movement.
Advantages of Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Compared with open surgery, benefits to you include:
- Less pain.
- Fewer potential complications.
- Shorter or no hospital stay.
- Faster recovery.
Compared with traditional laparoscopic surgery (which is also minimally invasive), benefits for your surgeon include:
- Four “arms” available for surgical movements. (Imagine a surgeon with four arms!)
- A level of precision and steadiness that’s impossible with the human hand alone.
- A tenfold magnification of the surgical area with 3D imaging.
- The ability to sit during surgery, resulting in less fatigue and strain.
At Alta Bates, dedicated teams of robotic-assisted surgeons are skilled in procedures for:
- Bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
- Kidney, prostate and bladder surgery.
- Colon and rectal cancers.
- Hernia repair.
- Hysterectomy, uterine fibroids, obstruction and prolapse.
- Hip and knee joint replacement.