Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

The practice of using cameras and other techniques to minimize surgical incisions has greatly evolved in the last decades. Minimally invasive surgery is now the norm for many surgical procedures. The benefits include faster healing, less pain and shorter recovery times. Patients who undergo minimally invasive procedures also have less infection risk, blood loss and scarring. Our doctors have extensive training with minimally invasive techniques, which they use to help their patients whenever possible.

Robotic surgery is an extension of minimally invasive surgery. For select procedures, a robot has its place facilitating specialists as they carry out surgeries that may be complicated or impossible with non-robotic approaches. Our surgeons control a camera and tiny instruments to keep a surgery small and delicate—the type of surgery you can recover from more quickly, with less pain.

At YRMC, our surgeons employ the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The robot stands over a patient during surgery while the surgeon sitting at the controls skillfully manipulates four robotic arms which can hold numerous instruments or cameras. The da Vinci Surgical System has a high-definition 3D vision system that allows the surgeon to operate with further enhanced accuracy and control. The images of the operation are highly magnified to give the surgeon a close-up view of the surgical field.

Robitic-assisted surgery's benefits surpass traditional, non-robotic open procedures, thanks to the remarkably smaller incisions. These innovative procedures often benefit patients with:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less blood loss
  • Faster recoveries
  • Smaller incisions with minimal scarring

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