The Center for Robotic Surgery at Saint Clare’s is a multi-specialty program that is equipped and staffed to offer patients a wide variety of services. Our services and procedures include: urologic, gynecologic, urogynecologic, gynecologic oncology, and general surgery.
Urologic Services & Procedures
When medication and other non-surgical treatments are unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the recommended treatment for many conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and urinary tract organs. These conditions include, among other things, prostate, bladder, and kidney cancer, as well as benign entities such as ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction.
Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many people facing urologic surgery. The most common is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. Laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, but due to the surgical instruments involved, it is typically not used for more complex urologic surgeries.
The da Vinci® Surgical System is being used by many surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. It is a minimally invasive approach, using the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is ideal for both complex and delicate urologic surgeries. This includes prostatectomy, where the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
At Saint Clare’s, da Vinci urologic procedures include:
- Radical Prostatectomy
- Radical Cystectomy
- Radical Nephrectomy
- Partial Nephrectomy
- Distal Ureterectomy with Reimplantation
- Suprapubic Prostatectomy
- Renal Cyst Decortication
Gynecologic and Urogynecologic Services & Procedures
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, ovarian cysts, 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.
At Saint Clare’s, da Vinci gynecologic procedures include:
- Ovarian Cystectomy
At Saint Clare’s, da Vinci urogynecologic procedures include:
- Repair of Vesicovaginal Fistula
General Surgery Services & Procedures
While surgery is generally the most effective treatment option for many conditions, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its drawbacks – pain, trauma, a long recovery time and a 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, doctors now have an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery that may allow them to provide patients with the best of both open approaches.
With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons can now operate through a few tiny (1-2 cm) incisions, and with greater precision and control than ever before. da Vinci helps surgeons minimize the pain and risk associated with traditional surgery, while increasing the chances for a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
At Saint Clare’s, da Vinci general surgery procedures include: