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
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) 459-3627 (DOCS).