Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

El Camino Hospital is a regional leader in robotic-assisted surgery. We perform more of these types of minimally invasive procedures than any other center in the area.
Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that allows surgeons to perform highly complex surgical procedures through tiny incisions, with enhanced accuracy and precision. 

Regional Expertise

Surgeons at El Camino Hospital perform the most robotic-assisted surgeries in Northern California — more than 3,000 procedures — with a total of four da Vinci® Si Surgical Systems at our Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses. Because of our experience with robotic-assisted surgery, surgeons from other hospitals come to us for training to refine their surgical techniques — a testament to our expertise. And, we're one of only two hospitals from the Bay Area to the Monterey Peninsula to offer bariatric robotic surgery.

Our surgeons and dedicated clinical team are highly experienced in robotic-assisted general, oncologic and urologic surgeries. Surgeons at El Camino Hospital specialize in:
  • Gynecologic procedures. Robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery offers a distinct advantage when working around delicate, confined structures such as the bladder, or for performing complex procedures such as hysterectomies or cancer surgery. Our experts use robotic-assisted surgery to treat pelvic conditions such as ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and pelvic prolapse, as well as gynecologic cancers.
  • Prostate cancer treatment. Surgeons at El Camino Hospital can use robotic-assisted surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy) through just five small incisions. This precise, nerve-sparing procedure is becoming the preferred method for prostate removal following an early diagnosis of prostate cancer.
  • General surgery. Our surgeons can use an advanced robotic-assisted technique to treat hernias, and conditions of the colon and pancreas. In addition, surgeons use specialized Single-Site™ instrumentation to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) through a single incision through the navel, which can result in no visible scarring.

Depending on the surgery you need, a robotic-assisted procedure may be an option for you — check with your doctor to find out. 

How Robotic-Assisted Surgery Works

From a console in the operating room, your surgeon remotely manipulates tiny surgical instruments — which are attached to robotic arms — to perform surgery through small incisions. The technology provides a magnified 3-D image of the surgical site inside your body, and advanced computer and robotic technology translate the surgeon’s hand movements into precise movements of the instruments. The specialized surgical instruments can bend and rotate more than the human hand and wrist, which allows your surgeon to operate with enhanced precision, dexterity and control.

Smaller incisions mean less pain and scarring, and can allow you to return to daily activities more quickly.

Highly Detailed Imaging

Our high-definition da Vinci Si robotic platform uses Firefly™ Fluorescence Imaging for exceptional imaging detail and quality. With the Firefly system, the surgical area is injected with dye so that the system's near-infra red technology can create real-time fluorescent images. These images are more detailed than conventional imaging because:
  • Firefly reveals blood vessels and key anatomical landmarks with exceptional clarity. This can help surgeons operate with greater precision and makes it easier to detect and repair tiny leaks before closing an incision. As a result, surgical results are improved.
  • In cases of cancer surgery, Firefly may assist in the identification of cancerous tissue, allowing surgeons to pinpoint cancerous areas and spare healthy tissue.
Surgeons at El Camino Hospital use minimally invasive procedures, such as robotic-assisted surgery, whenever possible. 

Talk to your doctor to find out if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you.

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