Some of the most exciting advances in medicine involve the use of robotic surgery, or computer-assisted surgery. In this minimally invasive technique, the surgeon sits at a computer station allowing him or her to see enlarged, 3D images of the body. The robotic system translates the doctor’s hand movements to control the instruments during surgery. These instruments can move through smaller incisions with greater precision.

Valley Regional Medical Center offers minimally invasive surgery with a robotic surgical system. Robotic surgery can replace large-incision surgeries (open surgery) with a minimally invasive approach that results in less pain, smaller scars, minimal blood loss and faster recovery time when compared to traditional surgical techniques.

Robotic Surgery Procedures

Valley Regional Medical Center uses the robotic surgery system for a broad range of conditions and surgical specialties including:

  • Abdominal surgery - appendectomy, gallbladder, hernias
  • Bariatric surgery - laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure
  • Colorectal surgery - tumors, inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gynecological surgery – hysterectomy (including single-site hysterectomy), myomectomy, endometrial resection
  • Urology surgery – prostatectomy and other urological procedures

Procedures that are not performed robotically may still qualify for laparoscopic surgery (LS). LS, also called band-aid or keyhole surgery, is a minimally invasive surgery that only requires small incisions.

Single Site Surgery

Depending on the patient’s circumstances, many robotic surgeries can be done using a single incision. Called single-site surgery, the tiny incision (usually through the belly button) means little to no scars, less risk of infection and shorter recovery time.

Each patient (and surgery) is different, but many hysterectomies and gastrointestinal (GI) procedures can be performed as single-site surgery.