Until very recently, patient options for traditional surgery included large, open incisions or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but is typically limited to very simple procedures. Now, thanks to robotic surgery, surgeons are able to offer minimally invasive options for complex surgical procedures, such as radical prostatectomy, hysterectomy and bariatric surgery.
What is robotic surgery?
At Memorial Hospital, many surgeons perform procedures using robotic surgical platforms. Robotic surgery allows for a minimally invasive approach to surgery. The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of:
- An ergonomic surgeon’s console
- A patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms
- High performance 3D HD vision system
- Specialized instruments
The da Vinci® robotic system is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements. Robotic surgery also allows for the surgical field to be viewed at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of the field.
The da Vinci® Surgical System allows the surgeon to operate from a comfortable, seated positions at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his or her hands.
More surgeons are able to perform surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, because it provides surgeons with:
- Superior visualization
- Enhanced dexterity
- Greater precision
- Ergonomic comfort
Robotic surgery ultimately raises the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits. For the patient, these benefits may include:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less need for blood transfusions
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery
- Faster return to normal daily activities
Robotic heart surgery
As an alternative to the traditional open heart surgery, Memorial Hospital’s Heart Center brings you minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery options. These cutting edge heart surgeries use a surgical robot and very small incisions. This results in less pain and a quicker return to normal activity.
There are many advantages of minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery. The smaller incisions result in minimal scarring, less blood loss and a lower risk of infection. Since the breastbone is not split, there is also reduced trauma and pain, resulting in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Robotic gynecologic surgery
If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for da Vinci® hysterectomy. This is a new, minimally invasive approach to a hysterectomy, which combines the advantages of conventional open and minimally invasive hysterectomies, but with potentially fewer drawbacks.
A da Vinci® hysterectomy only uses a few small incisions. It is performed using the da Vinci® System, which enables surgeons to perform surgical procedures with unmatched precision, dexterity and control.
A myomectomy is considered to be one alternative to a hysterectomy. A myomectomy is the surgical removal of uterine fibroids. It is estimated that up to one third of all hysterectomies are performed in order to remove uterine fibroids. Myomectomy preserves the uterus. This is ideal for women who may wish to become pregnant. About 65,000 myomectomies are performed annually in the U.S.
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure designed to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse. In this procedure, surgical mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy in order to treat uterine prolapse and provide long-term support for the vagina.
General robotic surgery and location
Memorial Hospital offers robotic surgery at Memorial Advanced Surgery. Memorial Advanced Surgery offers general and weight loss surgery. We are leaders in minimally invasive and robotic procedures.
Memorial Advanced Surgery
3627 University Blvd South, Suite 700
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
3625 University Blvd. S
Jacksonville, FL 32216