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da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

HCA Virginia’s hospitals near Richmond led the way in bringing the da Vinci robotic surgery system to the region, and we always offer you the most advanced versions of da Vinci surgical tools. Widely considered to be the most effective and least invasive surgical technology available, the da Vinci robotic surgery system combines computer and robotic technologies to treat a broad range of conditions.

About da Vinci robotic surgery system

Surgeries performed with da Vinci robotic surgery systems use tiny incisions, much smaller than those of traditional surgery, to insert miniature instruments and a high-definition 3-D camera. Your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3-D image of the surgical site while controlling the robotic equipment, which translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise movements to perform the operation.

HCA Virginia uses da Vinci robotic surgery systems to perform single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and a wide range of surgeries, including:

The da Vinci robotic surgery system’s precise targeting is ideal for the delicate operations required during urologic procedures, where the surgical site is often tightly confined and close to nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

The da Vinci robotic surgery 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 gynecological procedures such as:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Radical/complex hysterectomy involving complications from prior surgery or disease
  • Tubal reversal
  • Myomectomy

HCA Virginia’s expert surgeons are world-renowned for detecting and treating gynecologic cancers. Removing and treating these cancers with the minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery system improves your recovery time and your overall chances of recovery from the disease.

Surgery in the chest area that does not involve the heart is known as thoracic surgery. Our surgeons use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform robot-assisted thoracic surgery, including lobectomy and thoracopy, so that we can reduce your blood loss, hospital stay, infection, inflammation, pain, recovery time and scarring.

The da Vinci robotic surgery system is used to treat pelvic floor prolapse. This surgery is called sacrocolopoexy and involves using mesh to hold the affected pelvic organ(s) in their natural position. This kind of surgery requires the most precise and minimally-invasive tools, such as those used with the da Vinci robotic surgery system.

Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, the da Vinci robotic surgery system allows the removal of the gallbladder (a cholecystectomy) to be performed with a single incision in the belly button. Potential benefits of this type of gallbladder surgery include virtually scar-less surgery, minimal pain, low blood loss and a short hospital stay.

The da Vinci robotic surgery system transoral tool is recommended if you have early to moderate stages of throat cancer. The system allows our surgeons to operate through the mouth, similar to other minimally invasive approaches, but also offers you precise removal of cancerous tissue, low rate of complications, minimal need for tracheotomy or chemoradiation therapy, ability to swallow following surgery and a short hospital stay.

We use the da Vinci robotic surgery system for colorectal surgeries to allow for a few small incisions instead of the traditional single, large abdominal incision. Colorectal surgeries we perform with the da Vinci robotic surgery system include surgeries for colon or rectal cancer, diverticulitis, complex hernia, low anterior resection and inflammatory bowel disease.