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Infirmary Health was the first healthcare system in the region to acquire the da Vinci® Surgical System one of the most precise and least invasive surgical treatments available. Mobile Infirmary and Thomas Hospital's surgical services programs collectively offer the most comprehensive robotic program along the Gulf Coast.
The da Vinci System puts the surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. The da Vinci system enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. All surgeries are performed with a team of highly skilled and trained medical professionals.
As the most comprehensive robotic program at Mobile Infirmary and Thomas Hospital offers the following da Vinci surgeries:
da Vinci is one of the most precise and least invasive surgical treatments available. Studies have shown that robotic surgery is safe and effective. And its benefits can be many. Smaller incisions may mean less pain, less blood loss and a quicker recovery.
Thoracic surgery refers to surgery performed on organs and tissues in the chest cavity, such as the lungs or esophagus. Traditional open surgery to access the chest cavity requires surgeons to make a long incision through the chest wall. In some cases, the surgeon has to cut open the breastbone at the front of the ribcage.
Less invasive options using smaller incisions are available for many patients. Thoracoscopy is video-assisted surgery that uses a miniature camera to help doctors perform the procedure without splitting the breastbone. If your doctor recommends surgery to treat a thoracic (chest) condition affecting your lungs or esophagus, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery, which is performed through a few tiny incisions between the ribs. Patients avoid both a large incision and the possibility of having their ribs spread.
When lifestyle changes, medication and other treatment options cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is often recommended for many cardiac conditions. If your doctor recommends surgery to treat a cardiac condition, such as mitral valve prolapse, you may be a candidate for da Vinci surgery. Because your doctor performs da Vinci surgery through a few tiny incisions between the ribs, splitting your breastbone and ribcage is avoided.
Compared to traditional open surgery, minimally invasive da Vinci surgery provides the following potential benefits to cardiac patients:
If you have been told you need gallbladder surgery, Infirmary Health is now the first in the region to offer Single-Site da Vinci surgery. This procedure is performed through a single incision using state-of-the-art precision instruments. Gallbladder surgery patients who choose Single-Site da Vinci surgery experience a virtually scarless procedure since surgery is performed through only one incision in the navel (belly button).
When facing urologic surgery, most men are concerned about whether their bodies will function normally following surgery. With traditional open urologic surgery—in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs—common drawbacks include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and potential long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
The minimally invasive da Vinci surgery is ideal for delicate urologic surgery and particularly for prostatectomy, in which the target site is surrounded by nerves that affect urinary control and sexual function.
Traditional gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has been the standard approach. It can also include significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and possible damage to surrounding organs and nerves.
For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci robots operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
A nephrectomy is the surgical removal of a kidney or a section of a kidney. Traditional open approach kidney surgery requires a large abdominal incision. Using the da Vinci System, surgeons perform a more precise operation for treating kidney disorders and kidney cancer.
da Vinci surgery is used to treat colorectal conditions such as: colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is known as a colectomy. Rectal cancer surgery is known as a low anterior resection.
During gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, the majority of your stomach is removed. As with gastric bypass, the smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach that remains is sealed and holds smaller amounts of food.The da Vinci allows surgeons to preform gastric bypass minimally invasively through a few small incisions.
Gastric bypass permanently reduces your stomach size and reroutes your digestive tract. During this procedure, your surgeon divides your stomach to create a new, smaller stomach. The new stomach is connected to the small intestine and bypasses the larger part of your original stomach. Your new stomach is now much smaller — as is the amount of food it can hold. The da Vinci allows surgeons to preform gastric bypass minimally invasively through a few small incisions.