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Robotic Procedures

Robotic Procedures

Robotic-assisted surgery was originally used almost exclusively for:

Surgeons soon expanded their use of the robot to other surgeries, and today robotic-assisted surgery is commonly used for a wide range of minimally invasive surgeries such as urological, gynecological and cardiothoracic procedures.

Urological Procedures

A prostatectomy was the first surgery that used robotics technology. Today, specially trained urological surgeons use robotic-assisted surgery for a number of additional procedures. MultiCare's highly qualified and trained surgeons use robotic-assisted surgery for a number of minimally invasive surgeries, including:

  • Lymph node dissections—for cancer evaluation
  • Pyeloplasty—kindey reconstruction for blockage
  • Pyelotomy—partial kidney removal
  • Bladder repair or fistula excision
  • Partial nephrectomy—removing only the cancerous tissue and leaving the healthy kidney
  • Cystectomy —bladder removal for invasive bladder cancer
When it comes to urinary  and sexual function, the advantages of a robotic-assisted treatment for prostate cancer compared to open surgery are dramatic:

   Robotic
 Prostatectomy
 Traditional
 Prostatectomy
 Urinary Function
   
       3 months
 92.9%
 54%
       6 months
  94.9%
 80%
       12 months
 97.4%
 93%
 Sexual Function
   
        12 months
 86%  71%

Source: http://davinciprostatectomy.com/treatment-options/

Gynecological Procedures

Gynecological surgeons first began using robot-assisted surgery for minimally invasive hysterectomies. Now, robotic-assisted surgery is often used for a range of gynecological surgeries, including:

  • Ovarian cyst treatment
  • Ectopic pregnancy treatment
  • Oopherectomy—ovary removal
  • Adhesiolysis—release of scar tissue to treat pelvic pain
  • Myomectomy—fibroid tumors removal
  • Pelvic lymphadenectomy—for cancer
  • Retroperitoneal procedures— for tumors and endometriosis
  • Presacral neurectomy—Nerve transection in the pelvis for intractable pelvic pain
  • Sacrocolpopexy—for complete vaginal prolapse
  • Burch procedures—Bladder neck suspension for incontinence
  • Stage 4 endometriosis
The advantages of robotic-assisted hysterectomy are dramatic when compared to traditional open hysterectomy.

   Robotic
 Hysterectomy
 Traditional
 Hysterectomy
 Hospital Stay
 1 day
 3-6 days
 Recovery Time
 2-3 weeks
 6-8 weeks
 Incision  3-5 tiny incisions
 Single 6-12" incision

MultiCare Health System has nationally recognized and highly talented surgeons who are experts in using robotic-assisted surgery for urological and gynecological procedures. Using high-tech equipment, such as MultiCare’s Cyberknife system and the da Vinci® Surgical System, our surgeons are highly skilled in the field of robotic-assisted surgeries.

If you would like more information on robotic-assisted surgery at MultiCare Health System, please call 888-871-1088.