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Robotic-assisted surgery


da Vinci robotic surgery system

Ask your doctor if
robotic-assisted surgery
could be an option for you.

Changing the way doctors operate and the way patients recover

Our expertly trained surgeons use less invasive robotic surgery to perform complex operations. Surgeons at Unity Hospital use robotic-assisted surgery to treat problems affecting the:

  • Prostate
  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Uterus
  • Colon
  • Hernia
  • Gallbladder
  • Esophagus

Advanced technology, increased precision

Robotic surgery is performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This robot is essentially an extension of the surgeon's hands and eyes, with the surgeon initiating and controlling every movement. This gives surgeons more flexibility, increased precision and greater reach. It is performed through a few, or sometimes only one, tiny incision.

Benefits

Whether you have an enlarged prostate, uterine fibroids or another condition that requires an operation, robotic surgery offers many potential benefits, including shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to daily activities.

This project was made possible by generous contributions to Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation.



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General—Bowel, Gallbladder, Hernia, etc.


Ask your doctor
if robotic-assisted surgery could be
an option for you.

Surgeons at Unity Hospital receive extensive training on the da Vinci® Surgical System in order to ensure unparalleled precision in surgery for their patients. By utilizing the surgical robot, doctors are able to take advantage of enhanced 3-D, high-definition cameras. They also have complete control over robotic arms, which allow for more precise procedures for diseases of the bowel, gallbladder, esophagus and other abdominal conditions. Unity Hospital has six surgeons who are trained in single incision robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System for patients requiring gallbladder removal.

Gynecologic conditions

If it is not possible to correct a gynecologic condition with medication or other methods, doctors traditionally recommend either open abdominal surgery or laparoscopic surgery. However, da Vinci robotic surgery is fast becoming the preferred option for treating many gynecologic conditions. In some cases, for example when a woman has dense scarring from previous operations, robotic surgery is the only alternative to open surgery.

Many women will experience problems affecting their uterus (womb) or other reproductive organs at some point in their lives. In fact, one in three women in the United States will have surgery to treat uterine disorders before she turns 60 — including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, prolapse and gynecologic cancer. These problems can cause chronic pain, excessive bleeding, infertility or other disabling conditions.

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Fibroids

A uterine fibroid is a common non-cancerous tumor that develops within the uterus, the hollow, muscular organ that holds and feeds a fertilized egg. Fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. They often increase in size and frequency with age, but then shrink in size after menopause. While not all women with fibroids experience symptoms, common problems can include excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility.

More on fibroids.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is the noncancerous growth of the uterine lining. It occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows in other places in the pelvic cavity causing pain, irregular bleeding and infertility.

More on endometriosis.

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Uterine prolapse

Uterine prolapse occurs when the muscles and connective tissues that hold pelvic organs in place become weakened. The uterus may fall or slip from its usual position into the vaginal canal, causing discomfort, pressure and pain.

More on uterine prolapse.

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Gynecologic cancer

Gynecologic cancer can occur in the ovaries, cervix, uterus or another part of the reproductive system. The risk of getting gynecologic cancer increases as women age. With regular checkups and early detection, many gynecologic cancers can be diagnosed and treated before they become life threatening.

More on gynecologic cancer.

Lung cancer or disease

Traditional open surgery to treat lung problems has a number of drawbacks caused primarily by the large incision required and a long recovery time of 8-12 weeks or more. Many cardiothoracic surgeons now recognize the benefits of using less invasive procedures, whenever possible.

The da Vinci Surgical System at Mercy provides surgeons and patients with an option that can be a more effective and less invasive treatment for lung cancer or other conditions of the lung that require surgery.

Prostate cancer

One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, prostate cancer will affect approximately 16% of American men sometime in their life. What causes prostate cancer is unknown, but if it is detected and treated early, survival rates are among the highest of any cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with localized prostate cancer you may have several treatment options depending on your age, health, personal preference and the stage of the disease. Surgery is the only option for removing a cancerous prostate.

More on prostate cancer.

Urological conditions

Many urologic problems can be treated without surgery. However, if prescription drugs or other medical therapies do not help, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Some common urologic conditions that often require surgery include enlarged prostate (known as benign prostatic hyperplasia), prostatitis, prostate cancer, kidney obstructions (known as uretero-pelvic junction obstruction), urinary incontinence and diseases of the bladder.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia

As a man ages, it is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An enlarged prostate can restrict the flow of urine and lead to gradual loss of bladder function. Symptoms of BPH include difficulty starting and stopping the urinary stream, the need to urinate two or more times at night and a weak, interrupted flow. If untreated, BPH can lead to more complications including bladder stones and infection.

Learn more about benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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Prostatitis

Prostatitis is swelling and irritation of the prostate gland. The inflammation can develop rapidly (acute bacterial prostatitis) or start slowly and continue for a long period. Men age 50 or older who have an enlarged prostate are at risk for prostatitis related to urinary tract infections.

Learn more about prostatis.

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Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is leakage of urine from your urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. Problems with urine control can range from occasional leakage to the complete inability to hold any urine.

Learn more about urinary incontinence.

This project was made possible by generous contributions to Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?


da Vinci robotic surgery system

Ask your doctor if
robotic-assisted surgery
could be an option for you.

Although every patient and every surgery is unique, robotic surgery offers important advantages for patients and their doctors. Because trained surgeons can operate with greater precision using robotic surgery, it is considered the best surgical option for many conditions.

For most individuals, benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions and less scarring (Single-Site surgery possible)
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Fewer side effects and complications
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Better outcomes

This project was made possible by generous contributions to Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation.

Physicians at Unity Hospital trained to perform robotic surgery


da Vinci robotic surgery system

Ask your doctor if
robotic-assisted surgery
could be an option for you.

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Urology

General Surgery

This project was made possible by generous contributions to Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation.

What is da Vinci® Single-Site® Surgery?

Ask your doctor if
robotic-assisted surgery
could be an option for you.

Robotic-assisted surgery is quickly becoming the preferred option for treating many conditions. Unlike a traditional laparoscopic gallbladder removal, the sophisticated robotic technology of the da Vinci with Single-Site instruments enables our surgeons to use a single, tiny incision through the navel – resulting in a virtually painless and scar-free experience.

How is a Single-Site robotic-assisted surgery performed?

Single-Site surgery enables the surgeon to operate through one small opening or port. A single incision through the belly button is all that’s needed for Single-Site robotic-assisted surgeries that remove the gallbladder.

Who should receive a Single-Site robotic surgery?

Surgeons at Unity Hospital use robotic-assisted surgery to treat problems affecting the: prostate, kidneys, bladder, uterus, colon, hernia, gallbladder and esophagus; however, not all procedures using the da Vinci can be performed with a single incision. Your surgeon will assess whether or not your condition can be treated with this technique and discuss the risks and benefits of all robotic-assisted procedures.

This project was made possible by generous contributions to Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation.