MemorialCare Health System is committed to being at the forefront of technology and providing our patients with the best care and outcomes. Our highly skilled surgeons are trained in a number of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical procedures.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Robotic-assisted techniques provide breakthrough capabilities that offer numerous patient benefits.
- Less post-operative pain
- Reduced trauma to the body
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
How Robotic-Assisted Surgeries are Performed
Through robotic-assisted visualization, dexterity, precision and control, a surgeon can perform a wide array of procedures through small 1-2 cm incisions. During an operation, the surgeon sits at a console to direct the robotic arms to perform the surgery. The robot seamlessly and directly translates the surgeon’s natural hand, wrist and finger movements from controls at the console to the surgical instruments inside the patient.
Enabling Surgeons with
- Greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated instruments.
- A magnified, high definition three-dimensional view when operating.
- Instruments that become an extension of the surgeon's wrists, hands and fingers to move the tiny surgical instruments in a delicate, precise manner.
Procedures Performed with the Robotic Surgical System
Robotic-Assisted Urologic Surgery
- Prostatectomy - Prostate removal for cancer or other conditions.
- Nephrectomy - Kidney removal for cancer or other conditions.
- Cystectomy - Bladder removal for cancer.
- Renal cyst decortication - Removal of kidney cysts.
- Pyelolithotomy - Removal of large kidney stones that fail treatment by other methods.
- Ureterolithotomy - Removal of stones in the ureter (tubes from kidney to bladder).
- Uretero-Ureterostomy Anastamosis - Reconnection between ureters (tubes between kidney and bladder).
Robotic-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery
- Hysterectomy - Removal of the uterus to treat benign conditions, or ovarian, uterine or cervical cancer.
- Single-Site Hysterectomy - Removal of the uterus to treat benign conditions through one small incision.
- Myomectomy - Removal of uterine fibroids while sparing normal uterine tissue.
- Sacrocolpopexy - Correction of pelvic organ prolapse and/or herniation of the vagina, uterus, and bladder.
- Endometriosis Resection - Removal/resection of endometrial tissue in the pelvis.
- Cerclage - Placing a stitch around the cervix to treat cervical incompetence.
- Single-Site Ovarian Cystectomy - Removal of an ovarian cyst through one small incision.
Saddleback Memorial has the added distinction of being designated as the only gynecologic Epicenter in Orange County and one of only 23 such Epicenters in the nation.
Robotic-Assisted Heart Surgery
- Mitral valve repair - Correction of mitral valve prolapse with the patient’s own tissue or an artificial valve.
- Coronary bypass surgery - Creation of a detour around a blocked coronary artery using a blood vessel from the patient’s chest.
- Maze procedure - Correction of atrial fibrillation.
- Atrial septal defect repair - Repair of holes in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart.
Robotic-Assisted Gastroenterologic / General Surgery
- Colectomy - Removal of the colon for cancer.
- Total mesorectal excision - Removal of the cancerous portion of the rectum.
- Rectopexy - Restoration of a prolapsed rectum to its proper position.
- Fistula repair - Correction of an abnormal opening between the rectum and the vagina.
- Polypectomy - Removal of large rectal polyps.
- Gastrectomy - Removal of all or part of the stomach for cancer or other disorders.
- Cholecystectomy - Removal of the gallbladder for gallbladder stones or other conditions.
- Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery - Removal of the gallbladder for gallbladder stones or other conditions through one small incision.
- Nissen Fundoplication - Surgical correction of hiatel hernia and used to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
- Hernia - Protrusion of tissue or an organ through a weak muscle wall.
Robotic-Assisted Thoracic (Chest) Surgery
- Wedge Resection - Removal of a section of lung. The diseased portion is removed with a small section of healthy tissue.
- Lobectomy - Removal of a lobe of the lungs. The right lung has three lobes and the left has two.
Robotic-Assisted Head and Neck Surgery
- Transoral Surgery - Treatment for cancer of the throat and voice box.
- Thyroidectomy - Removal of a cancerous thyroid gland.
- Parotidectomy - Removal of the parotid gland, the largest salivary gland.