Robot-assisted surgery in Augusta, Georgia

The surgeons at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia have extensive experience operating with robot-assisted surgical technology to improve accuracy, limit complications and speed up patient recovery time.

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The da Vinci® Surgery System provides our surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci® Surgery System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

Benefits of robotic surgery

It is important to know that the da Vinci® Surgery System does not place a robot in control of your operation. Your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci® robotic platform.

The da Vinci® Surgery System may not be appropriate for every patient. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Patient benefits of da Vinci® robotic surgery may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal activities
  • Less scarring
  • Better clinical outcomes

Learn more about da Vinci® surgery through the eyes of patients.

Types of robot-assisted surgeries performed in Augusta, Georgia

Surgeons at Doctors Hospital may use robotic-assisted surgical technology to perform a variety of surgeries. The da Vinci® Surgery System can be used to perform the following surgeries:

Gynecologic surgery

Surgery is an effective option when medication and non-invasive procedures don’t relieve symptoms of gynecologic conditions. Our surgeons perform da Vinci® gynecologic surgery to treat a variety of conditions. In fact, Doctors Hospital was the first in Augusta to perform a hysterectomy via belly button with da Vinci®.

Gynecologic robotic surgery can treat:

  • Cervical and uterine cancers
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Menorrhagia, or excessive bleeding

Types of robotic gynecologic surgeries

  • Myomectomy: Our Augusta, Georgia surgeons perform myomectomies to remove uterine fibroids. The da Vinci® myomectomy allows surgeons to remove the fibroids through small incisions.
  • Sacrocolpopexy: A sacrocolpopexy is a surgery to repair a pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse (or falling) of any pelvic floor organs, such as the vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum, occurs when the tissues or muscles are too weak to hold the pelvic organs in position. Pelvic organ prolapse is more common with age, after childbirth, weight gain or strenuous physical labor.
    A traditional open sacrocolpopexy requires a 15-30 centimeters incision across the abdomen, however, the da Vinci® sacrocolpopexy requires only a few very small incisions. This results in less pain and a quicker recovery.

Long, traditional hysterectomy incision vs. small da Vinci® hysterectomy incisions

  • Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, can treat a variety of uterine conditions, like endometrial cancer and cervical cancer. In some cases, part of the cervix and/or vagina may need to be removed during the hysterectomy.
    A hysterectomy may be performed vaginally or laparoscopically, however, the robotic-assisted da Vinci® hysterectomy is preferred by surgeons worldwide because of the small incisions. The type of hysterectomy that is right for you will depend on your specific condition and if any other organs need to be removed with the uterus.

Thoracic surgery

Thoracic (chest) surgery is used to treat many conditions in the chest cavity, such as lung cancer and esophagus diseases. As a leader in technology, Doctors Hospital of Augusta offers da Vinci® robotic-assisted thoracic surgery, a much less invasive approach to the traditional thoracic surgery.

Traditional thoracic surgery requires a long incision through the chest wall, known as a thoracotomy. When using the traditional approach, there are some cases where the surgeon needs to cut open the breastbone at the front of the ribcage, known as a sternotomy.

The da Vinci® thoracic surgery is performed with only a few tiny incisions between the patient’s ribs, avoiding both a large incision and the possibility of having their ribs spread.

General surgery

General surgery is performed to treat a range of conditions affecting your gastrointestinal (GI) tract when medications and less invasive procedures don’t relieve symptoms.

Traditional general surgery requires a large incision around your abdominal area, which comes with several drawbacks, like pain and a long recovery. However, our surgeons in Augusta, Georgia perform general surgery using da Vinci® technology to significantly improve clinical outcomes and recovery times.

Urologic surgery

Surgery is an effective treatment method when other remedies haven’t been helpful in treating conditions in the urinary tract or male reproductive organs.

Some urologic conditions include:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction
  • Bladder and kidney cancer
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

The gold standard treatment option for men under 70 with early-stage, organ-confined cancer is the surgical removal of the prostate using nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. Prostatectomy is also the most widely used treatment for prostate cancer today in the U.S.

Long, traditional prostatectomy incision vs. small da Vinci® prostatectomy incisions

Traditional prostatectomy requires a surgeon to make an eight to 10-inch incision to access the prostate, which can cause substantial blood loss, a long recovery and a risk of incontinence and impotence. A laparoscopic prostatectomy does minimize the incision, but it only gives the surgeon a 2D image of the surgical site.

Because of the drawbacks of other surgical options, the da Vinci® prostatectomy is becoming the preferred method for removing the prostate. Recent studies suggest the da Vinci® prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.

American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Award-winning women’s surgery in Augusta, Georgia

The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) has designated Doctors Hospital of Augusta as a Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Surgery.

A hospital can be recognized as a Center for Excellence once it meets minimally invasive surgery standards and outcomes as defined by AIMIS.

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