General Surgery with da Vinci
The thought of surgery is scary. But researching your surgical options can ease your mind and help you make some decisions.
Benefits over traditional open-cut surgery
|* Less pain (no ribs or muscles are split)
* Fewer complications
* Less blood loss
* Shorter hospital stay
* Low risk of wound infection
* Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
While all surgeries carry risk, traditional “open” surgery with a large incision has its specific drawbacks -- pain, trauma, long recovery time and risk of infection.
Luckily, less invasive options are available to many Covenant HealthCare patients.
The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery in which small incisions are used to insert long-shafted instruments. Laparoscopic surgery is effective for many routine procedures, but has limitations when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex.
Thanks to technological advances, Covenant doctors now have a safe and effective alternative to “open” and laparoscopic surgery: da Vinci® surgery. With the assistance of its state-of-the-art robotic tools, surgeons can operate through tiny incisions and with greater vision, precision and control than ever before.
Surgery with the da Vinci® is used to treat the following general surgery conditions:
* Gallbladder disease and stones
But surgery with the da Vinci® doesn’t place a robot at the controls.
Your experienced and knowledgeable Covenant surgeon controls every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci® system; the da Vinci® merely replicates the surgeon’s movements. Seated just a few feet away, the surgeon looks into a 3D, high-definition screen and sees an actual image of the surgical field and then maneuvers miniature surgical instruments inserted into the patient through tiny incisions.
Is robotic surgery right for you? Talk to your doctor about da Vinci ... and get back to your life faster.
To find a Covenant HealthCare da Vinci® thoracic surgeon, use our surgeon locator.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It’s important to talk to you doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you make the best decision for your situation.