• Specialized Procedures

  • Surgery can be a scary proposition, no matter how routine the procedure. If surgery is recommended, you want to learn as much as you can about your surgical options and find the physician and hospital that are right for you. If you need surgery for any of the procedures listed below, you may benefit from robotic-assisted procedures that provide a quicker return to your daily activities.

  • While surgery is generally the most effective treatment option for a range of abdominal and other conditions, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its drawbacks - pain, trauma, long recovery time and risk of infection. Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopic surgery, in which smaller incisions are used. While laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures, it has inherent limitations when more intricate and complex surgery is required. 

    Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, physicians now have an effective alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy that allows them to provide patients with the best of both approaches. The da Vinci® Surgical System can be used across a broad range of general surgical procedures, including esophageal and colorectal surgery. 

    With the assistance of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons can now operate using only 1/2" incisions, but with greater precision and control than ever before. da Vinci can help surgeons minimize the pain and risk associated with surgery while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

    General surgery procedures with da Vinci ® at St. Mary-Corwin include:

    • Gall bladder surgery
    • Inguinal Hernia repair
    • Hiatal hernia repair
    • Colon surgery

    When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.

    da Vinci ® gynecologic surgeries include:

    • Hysterectomy
    • Myomectomy - removal of fibroids
    • Sacral Colpopexy
    • Vaginal or Uterine Prolapse Repair


    For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

    In the past, surgeons had to make a 10- to 12-inch incision in the abdomen. But with the advent of (robotic-assisted surgery), we’re able to turn this large incision in the abdomen into three to four incisions that are each approximately 1/2 inch.

    In addition to the smaller scars, there are great benefits for women such as significantly less pain after surgery. A large incision makes movement — even coughing — difficult. Getting in and out of bed is difficult. Many women go home the same day as their surgery or the next day. Women are often back to work (without strenuous activity) within seven to 10 days, and return to their normal lives quicker.

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