Smaller Incision. Less Discomfort. Quicker Recovery.
- The most experienced GYN robotic surgeon south of Atlanta, offering advanced procedures not offered by other robotic programs in the region. Learn more.
- One of only two robotic surgeons in the area performing single-site gallbladder removal and precision colorectal procedures. Learn more.
- A focus on quality, comfort and a faster return to normal acticivites.
Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) now offers the revolutionary da Vinci robotic system for gynecologic and general surgery procedures. Now, patients don't have to drive far away for this advanced, minimally-invasive care.
- Smaller incision
- Less discomfort
- Quicker return to normal activities
What is the da Vinci robotic system? The da Vinci System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities - and for the first time - offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery. With da Vinci, small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Seated comfortably at the da Vinci console, your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D 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 da Vinci instruments. The System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Rather, the da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.
What does this mean for gynecological patients? 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.
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. 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.
Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
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What does this mean for general surgery patients? While all surgeries carry risk, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its specific drawbacks – pain, trauma, long recovery time and risk of infection. Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery. Small incisions are used to insert long-shafted instruments. Laparoscopic surgery is effective for many routine procedures, but has limitations when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex. TRMC now offers da Vinci robotic surgery for the following general surgery procedures: gallbladder removal and colorectal surgery.
If you’ve been told you need gallbladder surgery, ask your doctor about single-site da Vinci surgery. It is minimally invasive - performed through a single small incision using state-of-the-art technology. Patients who choose single-site da Vinci Surgery experience virtually scarless results. That’s because the surgeon operates through only one small incision in the navel (belly button). After a fast recovery, the scar is almost impossible to see.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat a colorectal condition, you may be a candidate for da Vinci surgery as well. Using state-of-the-art technology, the da Vinci System enables doctors to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity and control. Robotic da Vinci surgery is used to treat colorectal conditions such as: colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is known as a colectomy. Rectal cancer surgery is known as a low anterior resection.
Nathan Mordel, M.D.
Medical Director, TRMC Robotics Center
The most experienced da Vinci robotic surgeon south of Atlanta