Despite the name, the robot does not actually perform the surgery. Rather, the surgeon uses sophisticated 3-D cameras to see inside the patient, while operating sensitive hand controls on the surgeon console. These controls translate the motions of the surgeon’s hands into the delicate instruments operated by the robot, allowing the surgeon to operate in very small places….places that are much smaller than the human hand could even reach! This provides less trauma to the patient and a shorter, easier recovery time.
At Bay Medical Sacred Heart, we have provided daVinci® robot-assisted surgery since 2005. During that time, we have performed more than 1,000 prostate, gynecologic, kidney and thoracic procedures using this technique. Patients in our area are also incredibly fortunate to have surgeons trained in daVinci lung cancer procedures as well as select heart surgeries – services that are often only available at select major university hospitals.
Our surgeons are among the most experienced robotic surgeons in the country. We are proud to offer such a high caliber surgical service to our patients in the Panhandle and beyond. General surgery procedures performed robotically include:
- Ventral hernia repair
- Inguinal hernia repair
- Colon resection
- Single site cholecystectomy
- Mulitport cholecystectomy
- Liver resection
Da Vinci® robot-assisted surgery is one more of the state-of-the-art technological wonders that are part of Surgical Services at Bay Medical-Sacred Heart.
A little history: Robot-assisted surgery was developed by the U.S. military and NASA as a way of providing surgery for soldiers on the battlefield or astronauts in space, while the surgeon is miles away.Our surgeons, unlike those at NASA, are not miles away; rather, they operate the surgeon console in the Operating Suite with the rest of our experienced surgical team.
Dr. Greg England discusses minimally invasive lung surgery (Lobectomy).
Dr. Lynn Seto discusses less-invasive robotic heart surgery.