Robotic Surgery

You've just been diagnosed with a condition requiring surgery. Until very recently your options included traditional surgery with a large open incision or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but is typically limited to very simple procedures.

Thanks to new surgical technology, there is a category of minimally invasive surgery for which you may be a candidate. With the of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons are now able to offer an effective, minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures.

Major surgery can now be performed through the smallest of incisions. Imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment, but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities and the potential for better clinical outcomes.

With robotic surgery, small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3-D camera. Your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3-D image of the surgical site. At the same time, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate your surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of the robotic instruments. The system requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.

The da Vinci Surgical System is the only commercially available technology that can provide the surgeon with the precision, dexterity and control of traditional open surgery, while only requiring 1-2 cm incisions. da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon's console, a patient cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision System and patented EndoWrist instruments. At the da Vinci console, your surgeon operates while seated comfortably, viewing a highly magnified 3D image of the body’s interior. To operate, the surgeon uses master controls that work like forceps. As your surgeon manipulates the controls, da Vinci responds to your surgeon’s input in real time, translating his or her hand, wrist and finger movements into precise movements of miniaturized instruments at the patient-side.

Some of the procedures offered:

  • Single and multiport gallbladder
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Colectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Sacrospinus ligament suspension
  • Sacrocolpopexy
  • Salpingoopherectomy


Hillcrest South Robotic Surgeons:

Jennifer Butler, M.D.

Melissa Dietz, M.D.

Kathleen Heffron, M.D.

Benjamin Kamp, D.O.

Tracey Lakin, M.D.

Darla Lofgren, M.D.

Michael McGee, M.D.

Stacy Noland, D.O.

Greg Pittman, M.D.

Curtis Powell, M.D.