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The Minimally Invasive Surgery Technique

Robotic technology takes surgery above the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three-dimensional visualization of the operative site. Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is leading the way here in Michigan in minimally invasive surgery. Crittenton has more than 20 surgeons on staff trained in robotic surgery in a number of specialties, including general surgery, gynecologic surgery, urology, and gynecologic oncology. Crittenton attracts surgeons from around the globe and uses the da Vinci® Surgical System, which provides patients with a minimally invasive treatment option for a range of complex conditions.

How it’s done

Most minimally invasive surgeries are performed with da Vinci robotics. The da Vinci uses a laparoscope—a fiber-optic scope fitted with a small camera—placed inside the abdomen through a tiny cut. The laparoscope allows the surgeon to see inside the body on a computer screen.

The surgeon uses a robot for even more precise control during the procedure. They sit at a special computer console and guide robotic arms that execute the procedure with tiny surgical tools.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Minimal scarring and improved cosmetic healing
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced pain following surgery
  • Smaller incisions
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