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Surgical Techniques

The Right Surgery, The Right Care

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Our surgeons are some of the most skilled and experienced in the South Puget Sound region. They use the latest, most advanced tools and technology available, offering patients innovative, effective surgical techniques and surgical options. Our goal is to choose the right surgical technique for each patient to most effectively treat their condition and to help them recover from surgery as quickly as possible.

The two main types of surgical techniques are minimally invasive surgery and open surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

As long as it is the right choice for the patient and the patient's condition, surgeons will often choose to use a minimally invasive surgical technique.

Minimally invasive surgeries use one or a few very small incisions and are designed to cause as little damage to healthy tissue as possible. For our patients, minimally invasive surgery can mean:

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

Common types of minimally invasive surgeries are laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery using a da Vinci surgical system. Our surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques, when appropriate, for a wide range of procedures, including:

  • Cancer-related surgeries
  • Surgeries to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Surgeries to treat pelvic floor disorders (conditions affecting 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 use the latest surgical techniques to successfully treat your condition and help you live a longer, healthier life.

The Right Choice for You? Talk to Your Surgeon

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.

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.

Our expertise with advanced robotic surgical procedures enables us to operate with more precision. We use robotic-assisted surgery for complex, delicate procedures such as:

  • Laparoscopic surgery using the latest techniques to treat gallbladder disease with a single incision
  • MRI-guided surgery for urological surgeries
  • Cryotherapy for kidney stones
  • Vaginal surgery to avoid open abdominal surgeries, when possible, for gynecological conditions

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.