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Minimally Invasive-Robotic Surgery

Memorial Advanced Surgery offers general and weight loss surgery. Our surgeons are highly trained in the most advanced surgical techniques. We are leaders in minimally invasive and robotic procedures, and are some of the most experienced surgeons in the area in performing surgeries that once required much larger incisions.

We perform the vast majority of abdominal surgery laparoscopically, and whenever appropriate, utilize the daVinci® robot, helping patients recover and get back to their normal lives more quickly.

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS), is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) in the abdomen. During a laparoscopic procedure, a laparoscope (a fiberoptic camera-like instrument) is passed into the abdominal wall to light up and magnify the structures inside the abdomen. The camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen onto a television monitor. Since the surgeon is not able to see directly into the abdominal cavity without the traditional large incision, the video camera becomes a surgeon’s eyes during laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon uses the image from the video camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure.

Some procedures utilize robotic technology, which features tiny instruments and high-definition cameras to increase accuracy and precision. The daVinci® robotic system expands a surgeon's capability to operate within the abdomen in a less invasive fashion. This system allows better visualization compared to standard laparoscopic surgery. Operations with the daVinci® robot are performed with the primary surgeon working a few feet from the operating table while seated at a computer console that provides a three-dimensional view of the operating field. The surgeon at the console controls the mechanical arms on the robot, while the secondary surgeon is at the patient’s bedside to assist where needed and ensure the surgery is carried out safely. The mechanical arms are equipped with specialized instruments that allow for hand-like movements and a video camera that provides high resolution, high magnification and greater depth perception.

Some of the advantages of MIS include:

  • Smaller and fewer incisions, resulting in less scarring
  • Quicker recovery times and faster return to daily activities
  • Shorter hospital stays, often with a same day discharge
  • Less pain post-operatively
  • Less risk of complications

Procedures we routinely perform include, but are not limited to:

  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Colectomy (partial colon removal for cancer or diverticulitis)
  • Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Splenectomy (removal of the spleen)
  • Adrenalectomy (adrenal gland removal)
  • Small bowel resection (removal of a portion of the small intestine)
  • Pancreatectomy (removal of a portion of the pancreas)
  • Hepatic resection (removal of a portion of the liver)
  • Nissen fundoplication (procedure to reduce acid reflux)
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
  • Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Revisional Bariatric Surgery