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Many Surgeries Make Use of Robotics

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:






 Urinary Function

   3 months  92.9%  54%
   6 months  94.9%  80%
   12 months  97.4%  93%

 Sexual Function

   12 months  86%  71%


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.






 Hospital Stay

 1 day  3-6 days

 Recovery Time

 2-3 weeks  6-8 weeks


 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.

For More Information

Call MultiCare’s Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery program at 888-871-7088

da Vinci Surgical System

To find out more about the da Vinci® Surgical System, visit

Cyberknife System

Learn more about surgery with our Cyberknife System.