Advanced Robotic Surgery Using da Vinci System

Robotic Surgery

Patients at Manatee Memorial Hospital can get all the advantages of minimally invasive, advanced robotic surgery because our experienced physicians at the Surgery Center use the da Vinci® Surgical System. This minimally invasive technique helps reduce pain and trauma to the body, lessens blood loss, lowers risk of infection, shortens length of hospital stay and promotes quicker recovery with less scarring. The da Vinci® Surgical System allows surgeons to maneuver into confined spaces within the body with 3D magnification while providing a greater range of motion and precision with specialized instruments.

Manatee Memorial Hospital was the first in Manatee County to offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System.


EsophyX Incisionless Surgery

Manatee Memorial Hospital was the first in Manatee County to offer EsophyX™, a surgical choice for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn, without making any incisions in the patient’s body.

The EsophyX device is inserted into the body through the patient’s mouth using a standard endoscope, not through an incision. That means patients have no external skin incisions, no internal cutting, fewer adverse effects or complications and quicker recovery times. Studies show an 80 percent improvement in quality of life and the reduction or elimination of heartburn symptoms among patients who have had the procedure.


The Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery provides a number of benefits to patients, including:

  • Reduced pain and trauma to the body
  • Less blood loss and reduced need for transfusions
  • Less postoperative pain and discomfort
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker recovery and return to work
  • Less scarring and improved cosmetics
  • More precise surgery

How Does Robotic Surgery Work?

During most robotic surgery procedures, the surgeon makes a series of tiny incisions (ports for instruments) in the body through which the da Vinci® robotic arms are inserted. One of the arms is a tiny video camera and the other two hold surgical instruments. Sitting at a computer console located about 10 feet from the operating table, the surgeon views a three-dimensional image from inside the patient’s body. From the console, the surgeon controls the robotic arms that are inside the patient. Surgeons at Manatee Memorial use the da Vinci® robot to perform minimally invasive procedures including:

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.

For more information about Robotic Surgery, call our Robotic Coordinator, Jody Burdge, RN at 941-745-7514.