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Robotic surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides our surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci system enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

Using the robot, the surgeon is seated at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. The surgeon’s fingers grasp the master controls, and the system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. Using a high-powered camera, the surgeon guides the robot's "hands" into four dime-sized incisions.

Patient benefits include:

  • Significantly less pain.
  • Less blood loss.
  • Less scarring.
  • Shorter recovery time.
  • A faster return to normal daily activities.

Procedures

Hysterectomy

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci system may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1- to 2-centimeter incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci system can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

At Liberty Hospital, gynecologists often perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy to remove the uterus.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a hysterectomy may be done to treat conditions that affect the uterus. Some reasons a hysterectomy may be needed include:

  • Uterine fibroids.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Pelvic support problems, such as uterine prolapse.
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding.
  • Cancer.
  • Chronic pelvic pain.

Learn more about da Vinci hysterectomy.

Lung/thoracic surgery

Liberty Hospital offers a trained surgical team for robotic lung surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. Benefits of this minimally invasive surgery include reduced chest tube duration, lower risk of complications and wound infections, less blood loss, less pain and shorter hospital stays. Robotic patients leave the hospital sooner with less pain and return to work or chemotherapy sessions sooner as compared to open-surgery patients. The outcomes are better than standard open procedures, and there is much less trauma to the body. Robotic are associated with a 70% lower risk of overall post-op complications.

Learn more about Liberty Cardiothoracic Surgeons.

Prostatectomy

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. A major concern is: "Will my body function normally following surgery?" Traditional open urologic surgery—in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs—has been the standard approach when surgery is necessary. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

The da Vinci Surgerical System, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

Orthopedic surgery

  • Partial knee with MAKO.
  • Total hip with MAKO.
  • Total joint replacements. A class helps patients prepare for surgery.
  • Shoulder replacements.
  • Hand surgery.

Other procedures

  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty (plastic surgery on the kidney).
  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy (removal of part of a diseased kidney).

Rehabilitation

Following surgery, Liberty Hospital offers a full complement of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care to help patients recover from surgery. Inpatient rehabilitation occurs with physical and occupational therapists during a patient's stay in the hospital. Outpatient rehabilitation occurs at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine, where physical and occupational therapists help patients continue their recovery.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® system when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci system may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options as well as their risks and benefits. For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® system, visit davincisurgery.com.