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Surgical Techniques

The Right Surgery, The Right Care

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Our surgeons develop every surgical plan with you in mind. Their goal is to choose the right surgical technique for your unique situation, so they can effectively treat your condition and to help you recover from surgery as quickly as possible.

Our surgeons also use the latest, most advanced tools and technologies available for a range of surgical specialties. Our team pioneered the use of minimally invasive robotic-assisted and laparoscopic surgeries in our area, and they continue to research and use innovative procedures so they can provide the best possible care.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

MultiCare surgeons have a unique history and expertise in robotic-assisted surgery. Our surgeons led the nation in lowering the open hysterectomy surgery rate to less than 10%, and they have pioneered minimally invasive techniques in surgical solutions to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Although “robot” is in the name, robotic surgeries are conducted by the surgeon. Our surgeons use the da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System that they control using fine instruments that allow for more precision. They’re able to view the area with high-definition, magnified images displayed on a screen throughout the procedure. For you, that means:

  • Shorter surgery times
  • Faster recovery times
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring

Robotic-assisted surgeries are often used for complex, delicate procedures, such as:

  • MRI-guided surgery for urological conditions
  • Cryotherapy for kidney stones
  • Gynecological surgeries

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is another type of minimally invasive surgery. These procedures involve a small lighted camera, called a laparoscope, that is inserted through a small incision and displays the area being operated on. Your surgeon uses traditional surgical tools to perform the operation.

Laparoscopic surgery offers many of the same benefits as robotic-assisted surgery.

Our surgeons use laparoscopy, when appropriate, for a wide range of procedures, including cancer-related surgeries and procedures to treat pelvic floor disorders (conditions that affect the muscles and connective tissue that support the bladder, vagina, uterus, bowel and other pelvic organs).

Traditional, Open Surgery

When you come to MultiCare, we evaluate your individual condition and take your specific health needs into account as we plan your surgery. Traditional, open surgery may be the best treatment option for a number of conditions affecting the heart, spine, brain and other areas.

Open surgery involves a larger incision to allow the surgeon to directly access the area being treated. At MultiCare, our surgeons are nationally recognized as being among the best in their fields. They always work to find the most appropriate surgical technique needed to treat your condition and help you live a longer, healthier life.

Talk to Your Surgeon About the Right Choice for You

Your surgeon will discuss your surgery with you in detail — including whether traditional, open surgery or minimally invasive surgery is the best choice for your treatment. 

Find a Surgeon Near You

Learn more about our surgeons specializing in these surgical techniques and how they can help you.

Contact Us

Need a surgeon?

Contact us at 800-342-9919 or find a doctor at MultiCare.

Did You Know?

The first gynecological robotic-assisted surgery in the Pacific Northwest using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System was performed at MultiCare.

Pioneers in Minimally Invasive Techniques

MultiCare has a unique history and expertise in robotic-assisted surgery. MultiCare surgeons led the nation in lowering the open hysterectomy surgery rate to less than 10 percent, and MultiCare surgeons have pioneered minimally invasive techniques in surgical solutions to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Since 2005, when we were the first to perform robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgeries in Tacoma, our surgeons have performed more than 2,500 such procedures. That puts our level of experience high above other surgeons in the South Sound region.