Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery in Virginia
Collectively, we have performed more robot-assisted procedures than any other healthcare system in Virginia. In fact, some of our hospitals have been the first or only healthcare facilities in the region to invest in certain robotic surgery systems. These technologically innovative platforms allow us to offer minimally invasive procedures that enable you to heal faster and quickly get back to your normal activities.
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What is robotic surgery?
Robot-assisted surgery allows the highest trained surgeons to perform a variety surgeries with utmost precision and effectiveness. However, it’s important to understand that a robotic surgery system never makes an incision—or even a movement—on its own. Instead, your surgeon has extensive training and experience using robotic surgical equipment, and your surgeon remains in control of the robot at all times.
The medical staff assisting your surgeon have also undergone additional training on the specific system being used. The technology simply helps enhance your surgeon’s view of the surgical area and/or enables your surgeon to operate in small or hard-to-reach areas.
Your surgeon will discuss with you whether robot-assisted surgery is available for your procedure.
Benefits of robotic surgery
Robot-assisted surgical platforms allow surgeons to make extremely small incisions. This provides numerous benefits to patients, including a faster recovery after surgery.
Additional benefits of robotic surgeries:
- A shorter hospital stay
- Less need for postoperative pain medicine
- Less time on the operating table
- Minimal scarring, because of smaller incisions
What types of robotic surgery are available?
Within our family of hospitals, we offer three types of robotic surgery:
Robotic multispecialty surgery
Our multispecialty robotic platforms use both computer and robotic capabilities to treat conditions in multiple areas of the body.
Your surgeon uses the technology’s high-definition 3D camera to view a magnified image of the surgical site. The surgeon then inserts miniature operating instruments that have far greater range of motion than the human hand. Your surgeon controls the robotic instruments, which translate as the surgeon’s movements. This type of precision is optimal when operating in small areas, such as the prostate.
We use this robotic system across many medical specialties, including: