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Prime Surgical Center is proud to offer the da Vinci System, a sophisticated robotic surgical platform designed to facilitate surgical procedures using a minimally invasive approach.

Robotic surgery provides surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The surgeon controls the system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. Although it is often called a “robot,” the da Vinci System cannot act on its own – surgery is performed 100% by the surgeon.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients compared to open surgery, including:

Quicker Recovery
Less Pain
Smaller Scars
Fewer Complications​​

Procedures

Prime Surgical Centers’ surgeons who perform robotic surgeries are highly trained and able to perform minimally invasive robotic surgeries for hernia repair, hysterectomy, oophotrctomy, batiatric sleeve, and cholecystectomy.

Cholecystectomy

What is robotic Cholecystectomy procedure?
Prime offers patients the robotic laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure, a minimally invasive robotic procedure for gallbladder removal. Unlike traditional robotic surgeries that require three to four small incisions used as access ports for the robotic arms, the new technology allows for a single incision at the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased organ is removed. Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and nonfunctioning gallbladders.

What will the surgeon do?
During a laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure, the surgeon will sit at a console viewing 3-D, high-definition images while using controls below the display to move robotic arms with attached surgical instruments. The system will translate the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The surgery can be performed in less than one hour with a typical hospital stay of two hours.

Hernia Repair

What is Hernia?
A hernia occurs when tissue pushes through an opening in your abdomen (ventral hernia) or groin area (inguinal hernia). A hernia can only be repaired with surgery.
If your doctor decides that a surgical repair is right for you, talk to your doctor about all of your options, including minimally invasive surgery. One option your surgeon may present is robotic-assisted surgery.
What will our surgeon do?
If you decide that robotic-assisted surgery is right for you, our surgeon will use a 3D high-definition camera for a crystal-clear and magnified view of your hernia.
Our surgeon will sit at a console next to you and operate through a few small incisions using tiny instruments, including a camera. Your surgeon fully controls all instruments. Every hand movement is translated by the da Vinci®System in real-time to bend and rotate the instruments for a precise repair of your hernia.
How might you feel after surgery?
Results vary, but if you are an appropriate candidate for minimally invasive surgery, robotic-assisted hernia surgery may be a good option for you. In early studies*, people reported feeling less pain during recovery from robotic-assisted hernia surgery than after laparoscopic surgery. A patient survey study also suggested that most people felt little to no pain one week after robotic-assisted hernia surgery.

Early studies* suggest that robotic-assisted hernia repair with the da Vincisurgical system may get you back to what matters most … sooner.
When might you feel better?
Everyone is different, but in a market research study*, patients reported less pain, and said they experienced less disruption in their daily activities after having robotic-assisted hernia surgery as compared to open and laparoscopic surgery.


Specifically:

  • Most people reported less disruption to daily activities.
  • 86% of patients reported they were not using pain medication 1-2 weeks later.

Hysterectomy

What is hysterectomy?
If you have a benign (non-cancerous) condition that affects your health and quality of life, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery to remove the uterus is called a hysterectomy. It can be done with open surgery through one large incision (cut). It can also be done with minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.

What will the Surgeon do?
To perform a robotic hysterectomy, our surgeon will:
  • Make five small incisions in your abdomen
  • Insert slender surgical instruments through those incisions

Incisions for a robotic procedure are much smaller than those used for open surgery, so you’ll have less tissue trauma and smaller scars than you’d have after a traditional abdominal hysterectomy.
During a robotic hysterectomy procedure:

  • Your surgeon will stay in the same room with you and use control devices to direct the surgical instruments that remove your uterus.
  • The robotic system translates your surgeon’s hand movements into precise movements at the instrument’s tip.
  • Your surgeon may also remove one or both ovaries and your fallopian tubes, depending on your condition.
  • An assistant at the operating table repositions instruments, adds or removes surgical devices, and provides other support to your surgeon as needed.
  • Members of the anesthesia team continually monitor your condition and comfort.

Oophorectomy

What is Robotic Oophorectomy procedure?
Robot-assisted bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (the surgical removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes) is increasingly being used to treat a range of serious gynecologic conditions. Because robotic surgery combines the trauma-sparing benefits of a minimally-invasive procedure with superb 3-D, high-definition visualization and highly precise, computer-guided surgical capabilities, it can offer gynecologic surgeons a number of advantages—including the ability to remove abnormal tissue with great accuracy and, in some cases, work faster.

How is the robotic oophorectomy procedure performed?
In this procedure, four standard ports are placed in the patient’s abdomen using quarter-inch incisions, and the robot’s camera and instrument arms are inserted through the ports. Next, the surgeon locates the ovaries and the blood vessels that supply the ovaries, and also identifies the ureters (the tubes that carry urine to the bladder). The surgeon then uses the robot’s instrument arms to detach the ovaries and fallopian tubes from their blood supply and from their attachment to the uterus.

Bariatric Sleeve

What is Robotic Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery may be suggested to patients with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) and other medical conditions related to obesity. Bariatric surgery can be done using open surgery through a large incision (cut). It can also be done using minimally invasive surgery – through a few small incisions – with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery (da Vinci Gastric Bypass or da Vinci Gastric Sleeve Surgery).

What is Robotic Gastric Bypass procedure?
Gastric bypass shrinks your stomach size and reroutes your digestive tract. During surgery, doctors divide your stomach to create a new, smaller stomach. The new stomach is attached to the small intestine and bypasses the larger part of your original stomach. Your new stomach is now much smaller — as is the amount of food it can hold.

What is Robotic Gastric Sleeve procedure?
During gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, most of your stomach is removed. As with gastric bypass, the smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach that remains is sealed and holds smaller amounts of food.

The Precision of the da Vinci

A small robotic device used by doctors for less-invasive surgery was able to reattach part of a grape skin in a painstakingly delicate operation.

A video of the procedure shows the remarkable precision, though it is not until the end that viewers see that all of the action is taking place inside a small bottle. Grape skins are only fractions of a centimeter thick. Surgeons use the device to be able to work effectively inside patients’ bodies using keyhole surgery rather than creating bigger incisions that leave scars. The Da Vinci robot, where the surgeon looks at a 3D video of the area being operated on at a large console, is able to complete procedures where the surgical hole is less than two centimeters.

What our Patients Say

They were courteous and very respectful. The nurses that took care of me during my stay treated me like VIP. I had to spend a night at the center and I was taken care of just like family.

Jizelle R.via Yelp

I had a robotic laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery (complete) at this surgical center. The facility is clean, staff is friendly, check in was easy. The facility has the latest state-of-the-art robotic equipment for this procedure.

Kathy S.Via Yelp

The staff was really nice and the process was so smooth. I got there at 6am as scheduled and was back starting my surgery right on time. The physician, Dr. Travis, who did my surgery made me as comfortable as someone can be before a surgery.

Whitney R.Via Yelp

Dr. Nuccion and the staff at Prime Surgical Center are incredible! I had two surgeries within 4 months! My experience at Prime SC was nothing short of outstanding!

Linda M.Via Yelp

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Is Robotic Surgery an option for you?

Talk to your doctor to see if robotic surgery is an option for your procedure. Should there be any questions about robotics in general, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you with all your questions.