Robotic Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive approach that can be the most-effective, least-invasive option for certain procedures. It is offered at Dupont, Lutheran and St. Joseph hospitals.

Robotic surgery requires a few small incisions, rather than one larger one. Surgeons use special instruments that bend and rotate even further than the human hand. A tiny camera and a 3D high-definition vision system help guide surgeons and provide a magnified view. Together, these features result in enhanced vision, precision and control.

Here are just two examples of the difference between open surgery and robotic surgery incisions:

Robotic Surgery Hysterectomy
Robotic Surgery Prostatectomy

Potential Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Because robotic surgery is less invasive, potential benefits include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

Conditions Treated through Robotic Surgery
Surgeons within certain specialties utilize robotic surgery to treat specific conditions. Examples include:

Colorectal

  • Colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
  • Rectal cancer

General Surgery

  • Gallstones
  • GERD
  • Hernia

Gynecological

  • Severe pelvic pain
  • Abnormal or very heavy bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cancer

Head and Neck

  • Recurrent tonsil infections
  • Sleep apnea related to tonsils
  • Tongue cancer

Thoracic (Chest/Lung)

  • Hole in the diaphragm
  • Lung cancer
  • Myasthenia gravis, a chronic neuromuscular disease
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Tumors in the chest area between the lungs

Urological

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney disorder or cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Urinary blockage

Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement
The Orthopedic Hospital was the first hospital in northeastern Indiana to offer robotic-arm assisted surgery for joint replacements. A robotic arm is used as a tool to assist the surgeon. The robotic arm technology helps the surgeon attain a new level of precision using a 3D model to plan the surgery based on your unique anatomy.

This innovative treatment is used for hip, knee and partial knee joint replacements. Learn more.

Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for everyone or for certain procedures or conditions. Before deciding on this or any type of surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks and benefits of each option can help you determine the best choice for you.