Carolinas HealthCare System is proud to be a leader in robotic surgery – a sophisticated technique that blends the accuracy of a robot with the talent of specially trained surgeons. Robotic-assisted surgery is less invasive than traditional surgery and provides surgical teams precision to do what is not possible with human hands alone.
Robotic surgery offers several benefits, including:
Robotic Surgery Locations at Carolinas HealthCare System
Robotic surgery allows surgeons to operate with unmatched precision, better visibility and additional "hands" that can rotate up to 540-degrees to treat a specific site with pinpoint accuracy. And they can do this with only a few small incisions. Best of all, robotic surgery offers a shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgery.
Types of Conditions Commonly Treated with Robotic Surgery
Conditions of the Bladder and Prostate
Robotic surgery is now the number one treatment option for bladder and prostate cancer. This kind of surgery to remove the prostate gland, called prostatectomy has less risk of affecting continence (your ability to control urination) and your ability maintain an erection.
Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, Fertility and Hysterectomy
At Carolinas HealthCare System, robotic surgery may be used for a range of gynecologic surgeries. Because this type of surgery requires only a few small incisions, recovery time for hysterectomy or procedures to assist with fertility is shorter and may be easier.
For women who suffer from endometriosis or pelvic pain, our surgeons use something called fluorescence imaging, which helps them clearly see differences in healthy and inflamed tissue and allows them to remove it quickly and effectively.
Cancers of the Liver and Pancreas
The hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) program at Carolinas HealthCare System provides specialized care to patients with diseases of the liver, biliary tract and pancreas.
Carolinas Medical Center is one of only a handful of hospitals in North America to use the robotic system to treat pancreatic disease.
Gallbladder Removal Surgery
Carolinas HealthCare System is proud to be the first in the Carolinas to offer single-site gallbladder removal surgery (called cholecystectomy). This state-of-the-art surgical platform provides the benefits of traditional multi-port robotic surgery – enhanced surgical precision, control and stability and 3D HD visualization. To the patient, this means quicker recovery time, minimal discomfort and potentially no visible scarring.
Cancer of the Kidney
Most kidney cancers grow as a single mass from the cells that line the miles of microscopic tubes coiled in each kidney. Surgeons traditionally treated kidney cancer by removing the entire kidney (a procedure called a nephrectomy) through a large open incision in the abdomen. Ability to distinguish between tumor tissue and normal kidney tissue may lead to a lower risk of leaving tumors behind and better long-term cancer control.