da Vinci robotic surgery is considered by many to be the most effective and least invasive surgical technology available today. The da Vinci Surgical System combines computer and robotic technologies to treat a broad range of conditions using a minimally invasive approach.
HCA Virginia led the way in bringing da Vinci technology to the region and we stay out front by continuing to offer you the most advanced versions of da Vinci surgery tools, such as Firefly, available in the hands of the most skilled surgeons. We perform more da Vinci surgeries than anyone in the state and our surgeons were the first in the United States to use it after FDA approval.
How da Vinci Surgery Works
Tiny incisions, much smaller than those of traditional surgery, are used to introduce miniature instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site while controlling the robotic equipment, which translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements to perform the operation.
How You Benefit
Research indicates that because da Vinci gives doctors more precise control over the surgical instruments, patients may have better outcomes. In addition, da Vinci robotic surgery offers a number of benefits over traditional surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss and scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to daily activities
Putting da Vinci to Work for You
At HCA Virginia, our experts use the da Vinci Surgical System for a broad range of procedures.
Urologic surgery refers to surgeries of the organs of the urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. HCA Virginia uses the latest in surgical and robotic technology for many urologic procedures. The precise targeting of the da Vinci Surgical System is ideal for delicate operations, such as prostatectomy, where the surgical site is tightly confined and nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function are close by. Our surgeons use da Vinci technology for a number of urologic procedures such as:
- Partial nephrectomy
- Vasectomy reversal
Learn more about robot-assisted urologic procedures at our online Health Library.
da Vinci robotic-assisted pyeloplasty is one of the most popular choices for the treatment of ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction. This minimally invasive procedure removes the obstructed, diseased portion of the ureter and reconnects the remaining healthy ureter to the renal pelvis. The robotic system helps the surgeon precisely perform the complex steps of the surgery using only small incisions. The combination of surgical expertise with an experienced robotic team usually leads to a quick postoperative recovery and excellent postoperative results.
Robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System is considered the most effective, least invasive treatment option for many gynecologic conditions. The precision of robotic surgery helps your surgeon avoid surrounding organs and nerves that may affect urinary control and sexual function. Using tiny incisions, our surgeons 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. Our surgeons use da Vinci technology for a number of gynecologic procedures such as:
- Pelvic floor repair (Sacrocolpopexy)
- Tubal reversal
If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), you may be a candidate for da Vinci hysterectomy, one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions. The surgeons at HCA Virginia bring years of skill and experience in using da Vinci for hysterectomies, which provides them unmatched precision and control with only a few small incisions.
The da Vinci Surgical 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 a complex, radical hysterectomy involving complications from prior pelvic surgery, cancer or an abdominal hysterectomy.
Surgery in the chest area that does not involve the heart is known as thoracic surgery. Conditions of the lungs, thymus gland, mediastinum (the area of the chest cavity that separates the lungs), esophagus and nerves in the sympathetic system may benefit from thoracic surgery.
Increasingly, surgeons use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform robot-assisted thoracic procedures. You benefit from significantly smaller and fewer incisions, greater precision and improved views of internal organs for your surgeon, as well as faster recovery and better long-term results.
Scheduled for Surgery?
Call our Consult-a-Nurse team at 804.320.DOCS (3627) to find specialists, make an appointment and learn more about Centers for Surgical Innovation at HCA Virginia.