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Robotic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) at St. Jude Medical Center allows physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with a variety of benefits for the patient: less trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Surgeries are performed through small incisions, which replace the large incisions needed for conventional open surgeries.

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System features high-definition optics and superior visualization, presenting surgeons with a three-dimensional view of the surgical site. This technology also offers unsurpassed dexterity: four robotic arms allow surgeons to rotate instruments more than 360 degrees through the tiniest of incisions, providing even greater precision and control. The system is particularly useful for operations that require the surgeon to work in small areas of the body or perform complex surgeries. By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System provides a number of potential benefits for patients, including:

  • Less pain following the operation
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less anesthesia
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster and more complete recovery
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities

Robot-assisted surgery is a specialized form of MIS and currently St. Jude performs robotic surgery in two primary areas—nerve-sparing prostatectomy and gynecologic surgery for cancer, uterine fibroids, endometrial cancer, pelvic masses, and pelvic floor problems such as vaginal prolapse.

It is important to know that the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System does not place a robot at the controls; your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the robotic platform. Not all conditions or diseases can be effectively treated with a minimally invasive or robotic approach. It is important to talk to your doctor to determine which options are best for you.

To find a surgeon who is right for you click here or call the St. Jude Health Resource Line at (800) 870-7537.