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Robotic Surgery
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

How does robotic surgery work?
The da Vinci System is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to utilize tiny instruments inside the patient’s body through a few small incisions. One of the instruments is a laparoscope – a thin tube with a tiny camera and light at the end. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery. The surgeon is 100 percent in control of the da Vinci System at all times.

Benefits of robotic surgery
Patients who undergo robotic surgery may experience the following benefits compared to patients undergoing traditional open surgeries:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Binocular vision with depth perception
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

Types of robotic surgery performed at Carle

Carle Foundation Hospital offers multiple surgical procedures using the da Vinci System. If you are a candidate for any of the following procedures, please discuss the option of da Vinci surgery with your doctor.

Colorectal Robotic Cases
  • Sigmoid colectomy
  • Low anterior colon resection
  • Abdominoperineal resection
  • Left hemicolectomy
General Surgery Robotic Procedures
  • Gallbladder
  • Inguinal Hernia repair
  • Ventral Hernia repair
  • Umbilical Hernia repair
  • Hernia, Para-Esophageal (Nissen)
  • Bariatric Surgery
GYN Robotic Procedures
  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Ovarian Cystectomy
  • Oophorectomy
  • Endometriosis
GYN Oncology Robotic Procedures
  • Robotic risk-reducing bilateral removal of ovaries and Fallopian tubes
  • Robotic removal of ovarian cyst or mass
  • Robotic removal of pelvic mass
  • Robotic hysterectomy with or without removal of ovaries and/or fallopian tubes
  • Robotic radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer with or without ovarian transposition
  • Robotic surgery for diagnosis and staging of endometrial (uterine) or ovarian cancer
  • Robotic hysterectomy with removal of ovaries and tubes, with removal of sentinel pelvic lymph nodes, with or without removal of periaortic lymph nodes or omental biopsy
Urology Robotic Procedures
  • Robotic bladder removal (cystectomy)
  • Robotic kidney surgery (pyeloplasty, nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy)
  • Robotic prostate surgery (radical prostatectomy)
  • Robotic surgery for pelvic prolapse (sacrocolpopexy)
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Treated Conditions

Enlarged prostate
Ovarian cyst
Pelvic mass

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