davinci-robotic-surgeryAdvancements in Surgery, A New Perspective

The operating room of the future is already here. In the past decade, medical advancements such as robotics and noninvasive surgery have changed procedures in the OR. Surgical robotics is a new technology that holds significant promise.

Robotic surgery has been used since the late 1980s and has been heralded as the new revolution. It is a new and exciting technology system that is taking the surgical profession by storm.  Operating with a robotic system allows for just a few small incisions to be made during surgery.

What is Robotic Surgery?

During a robotic procedure, the surgeon will be working at a console located in your surgical suite. Sitting at the console, the surgeon has 3-D enhanced visualization of the surgical area, and your surgeon holds highly sensitive controls that will be used to move the instruments that are attached to the robotic system.

“We believe in robotic surgery because our patients benefit from it,” says Dr. Eugene Park of Urology Specialists of Virginia and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Medical Director for Robotic Surgery. “It’s very exciting to think where we are with robotic surgery. Those small incisions make a big impact in people’s lives”.

Q: What are the benefits of the da Vinci® Robotic System surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery?

A: Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return on normal daily activities.

Q: Will the da Vinci® Surgical System make the surgeon unnecessary?

A: The robot does not operate on its own; it is a wonderful tool in the surgeon’s hands. The da Vinci® System enables surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and enhancing their capability in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own to move in any way, or perform any type of surgical maneuver without the surgeon’s input.

The Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has been leading the way in robotic surgery since 2000, when we launched robotic surgery. We perform a variety of surgeries in specialties including thoracic, colorectal, general gynecology, gynecological oncology, general surgery, otolaryngology, urology, and uro-gynecology.



Learn more about Robotic Surgery, and other surgical services available in Virginia at Hcavirginia.com/service/surgical-services

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