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Robotic Assisted Surgery

What is robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery, a type of minimally invasive surgery, uses surgical robotic equipment which imitates surgical movements. Minimally invasive procedures allow surgeons to operate through small ports rather than large incisions, resulting in shorter recovery times, fewer complications and reduced hospital stays. Surgical robotics combines minimally invasive surgery with highly advanced clinical technology.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery at McLaren Port Huron

Minimally-invasive robotic assisted surgery

McLaren Port Huron is committed to offering more minimally invasive surgical options. As the regional leader in the field of robotic assisted surgery, McLaren Port Huron has two da Vinci robotic surgical systems - the da Vinci XI (purchased in 2017) and the da Vinci Si (purchased in 2012). Since 2012, 12 surgeons have been trained to perform robotic surgery at McLaren Port Huron, and more than 1,200 procedures have been performed. The da Vinci Xi Surgical System can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. The most common procedures to date include hysterectomy, prostatectomy and hernia repair.

Patient benefits of robotic surgery include significantly less pain, less blood loss, lower risk of infection, shorter recovery time (in the hospital and at home) and smaller incisions for less scarring.

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 Si® system enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate robotic assisted laparoscopic procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.


What are advantages of robotic-assisted surgery?

As with any surgery, outcomes can vary because surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Robotic-assisted surgery is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the benefits and risks.

The advantages of robotic-assisted surgery for patients include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss and transfusions
  • Speedier return to daily activities

Major advantages for surgeons using robotic-assistance during surgery include:

  • Greater visualization
  • Enhanced surgeon dexterity
  • Greater precision

Robotic Surgery Risks

As with all types of surgeries, there are risks associated with robotic surgeries and results vary from person to person. Be sure to talk about your specific situation with your physician and surgeon before deciding if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you.