da VinciĀ® Robotic Surgical System - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery techniques have become routine for many types of procedures, with substantial benefits for patients in both outcomes and recovery time. We are proud to offer the world’s most advanced robotic laparoscopic technology, the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

Latest Advances in Robotics

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, located at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, incorporates the latest advances in robotics and computer technology to give surgeons exceptional control of instruments and clear three-dimensional views similar to those obtained in traditional open surgery. The system also improves the hospital experience for patients and shortens recovery time.

Services and Procedures

Crozer-Keystone Health System currently offers the da Vinci system to perform the following minimally invasive surgical procedures:

Fallopian Tube Reanastamosis

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System offers a less invasive approach to fallopian tube reanastamosis (reversal of previous tubal ligation). This technology enhances a surgeon’s ability to perform the fine suturing required to reattach the two ends of the very small fallopian tube, resulting in less scar tissue. 

Hysterectomy

The use of the latest technology in robotics and computer technology can provide women with a safe and effective option of having a hysterectomy performed with minimally invasive surgery. The procedure provides the patient with a quicker recovery period and a reduced risk of infection. 

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer remains the most common cancer in men with over 220,000 new diagnoses each year. Approximately half the men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer undergo an open radical prostatectomy, which often result in lengthy and uncomfortable patient recovery. However, surgeons are now treating early-stage prostate cancer with the assistance of the da Vinci surgical robot, reducing the risk of impotence and incontinence, while eliminating an uncomfortable recovery period. 

Myomectomy

Nearly 180,000 women each year in the United States who have fibroid tumors on their uterus make the decision to have a hysterectomy, a procedure that removes the entire uterus and causes them to lose their fertility. The myomectomy procedure can be done with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which allows the surgeon to avoid making larger abdominal incisions that take longer to heal, and most importantly, allows women to maintain their fertility while surgically removing their fibroid tumors. 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic floor disorders, including vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence, affect close to 50 percent of women at some point in their lifetime. For those women who experience pelvic organ prolapse, the descent of the pelvic structure (bladder, vagina, uterus or bowels), surgery may be required to treat their condition. Surgeons at Crozer-Chester Medical Center offer the da Vinci system for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. Along with increased precision and effectiveness, da Vinci offers women the benefit of less pain, reduced risk of infection and recover more quickly than those undergoing open surgery. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the da Vinci Robotic System?

The da Vinci system is a robotic platform that expands a surgeon’s capabilities for minimally invasive procedures. State-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate a surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments. 

How does it work?

The instruments and 3-D cameras are inserted into the patient through small incisions, about the size of a keyhole. A special console gives the surgeon magnified 3-D views of the procedure. Precise, computer-enhanced controls manipulate the tiny surgical instruments in a natural, intuitive manner that mimics the hands of the surgeon. 

What are the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery?

The benefits of using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System over more traditional surgical methods are many. Patients experience less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery period. Benefits to surgeons include greater precision and improved dexterity to enhanced views of the surgical sites and more. 

Am I good candidate for robotic-assisted surgery?

Not all patients are candidates for this type of surgery. Ask your doctor to determine whether the da Vinci system is the right approach for you. 

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