At Dignity Health, our surgery center uses the da Vinci® Surgical System whenever possible. It's a minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery that allows your surgeon to operate with extreme precision and control. It's ideal for delicate urologic surgeries, such as colectomy and prostatectomy.
How Does Robotic Colorectal Surgery Differ from Traditional Surgery?
Traditional colorectal surgery requires a large abdominal incision. Such large incisions have significant drawbacks, including pain, trauma, a long recovery, and risk of infection.
Using the most advanced technology available today, the da Vinci Surgical System allows our surgeons to operate through a few tiny incisions with the help of 3D images. Therefore, robotic colorectal surgery increases surgical precision and control and can even be used for complex procedures like low anterior resection or colectomy.
How Does Robotic Prostatectomy Differ from Traditional Surgery?
A prostatectomy targets a confined area surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Traditional open surgery requires a large, 8- to 10-inch incision. Drawbacks include significant post-surgery pain, a lengthy recovery, and possible long-term impacts on continence and sexual function.
In contrast, our specially trained da Vinci surgeons work through only a few dime-sized incisions, with the help of 3-D images. They are experts in this nerve-sparing technique that allows patients to return quickly to their normal lives.