Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery in Virginia
Collectively, we have performed more robot-assisted surgeries 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. This innovative technology allows us to offer minimally invasive procedures that enable you to heal faster and get back to your normal activities faster than with traditional surgical approaches.
For more information about our robotic surgery capabilities, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® line.
What is robotic surgery?
Robot-assisted surgery allows highly trained surgeons to perform a variety surgeries with the 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 he or she is fully 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.
How does robotic surgery work?
Put simply, robotic technology helps enhance your surgeon’s view of the surgical area and/or enables your surgeon to operate in small or hard-to-reach areas.
Tiny incisions, much smaller than those of traditional surgery, are used to introduce miniature instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Your surgeon views the magnified image of the surgical site while controlling the robotic equipment, which translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements to operate.
Benefits of robotic surgery
Robot-assisted surgical platforms allow surgeons to make extremely small incisions. Smaller incisions translate to numerous benefits for patients, such as:
- Reduced pain and less need for postoperative pain medicine
- Less time on the operating table
- Minimal scarring and blood loss
- A shorter hospital stay after surgery
- Faster recovery and return to normal life
What surgeries can be performed robotically?
Our hospitals use robotic systems for procedures across many medical specialties, including:
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- General surgery
- Gynecologic surgery
- Head and neck surgery
- Joint replacement surgery
- Lung and thoracic surgery
- Spine surgery
- Urologic surgery
Your surgeon will discuss with you whether robot-assisted surgery is available for your procedure.