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Robotic Surgery Treatments

Robotic surgery enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision, enhanced visibility and additional "hands" that can rotate up to 540-degrees to treat the cancer site with pin-point accuracy - all this with only a few small incisions. Best of all, this procedure offers a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open surgery.

Conditions of the Bladder and Prostate

robotic surgery video image - bladder and prostateRobotic surgery has become a preferred technique of surgeons to treat bladder and prostate cancer. In fact, the removal of the prostate gland to treat prostate cancer – called a prostatectomy is currently the No. 1 treatment option for prostate cancer in the United States.

Robotic-assisted techniques for prostatectomy or bladder surgery assures minimum risk of affecting continence and potency. In fact, studies suggest that robotic prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.

Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, Fertility, and Hysterectomy

robotic surgery video image - endometriosis, pelvic pain, fertility, hysterectomyAt Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), the robotic technique is used for a range of gynecologic surgeries, including hysterectomy, myomectomy and complimentary fertility treatments. Our surgical staff has undergone extensive training on this remarkable technology to ensure that you receive the advanced, personalized care you deserve.

Hysterectomy doesn't have to be what it's always been. CHS has set out to change the experience of gynecologic surgery with investment in the most advanced technology for minimally invasive surgery.

Today, we can treat a range of gynecologic conditions—from chronic pelvic pain to abnormal bleeding—with robotic hysterectomy. This procedure requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to life faster without the usual recovery following major surgery.

For most patients, a robotic hysterectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches, particularly when performing more complex procedures.

For women who suffer from endometriosis or pelvic pain, fluorescence imaging, used during robotic surgery helps surgeons and physicians to more clearly see differences in healthy and inflamed tissue. By utilizing a die that lights up the tissue in a bright green hue, surgeons are able to see the inflamed tissue that's causing you pain – and to remove it quickly and effectively. Fluorescence imaging allows patients with endometriosis or pelvic pain to have less of a chance to repeat procedures or wait for months before you see success.

Cancers of the Liver and Pancreas

robotic surgery video image - liver and pancreas cancerLiver and pancreatic diseases are becoming increasingly complex and patients with these conditions face critical decisions. The Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) Program at CHS is composed of a team of expert physicians, fellows, nurses, and nurse practitioners who provide specialized care to patients with diseases of the liver, biliary tract and pancreas.

Our surgeons are leaders in the field of HPB care, as well as the application of robotic surgery for HPB patients.  CMC is one of only a handful of hospitals in North America to utilize the Robotic System to treat pancreatic disease. Our surgeons are training instructors and nationally recognized experts in the field, and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Gallbladder Removal Surgery

CHS is proud to be the first in the Carolinas to offer single-site cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery).Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD completed the first robotic single-site cholecystectomy in February 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center, using a single incision through the bellybutton.

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

Fluorescence Imaging

This technology is an imaging system used during robotic surgery that helps surgeons and physicians to more clearly see cancerous tumors in kidneys. Utilizing a dye that lights up in a bright green hue, physicians can see the difference between cancerous and healthy tissue.

Benefits

  • 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
  • Helps to locate arteries that are not always obvious on a CT scan or MRI Ensures that all of the blood supply to the kidney is accounted for and controlled prior to the removal of the tumor, and can therefore decrease blood loss
  • Less of a chance of having to remove your entire kidney or repeat procedures.
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