Choose an Advanced, Minimally Invasive Technique
At the frontier of minimally invasive surgery is robotically assisted surgery. At Houston’s UT MIST, whether our talented surgeons are treating acid reflux, hernias, colorectal symptoms, cancer, or obesity, each has achieved expert-level skills in the use of robotics to perform surgeries more accurately and with decreased recovery time, less pain, and improved clinical outcomes. This leads to shorter hospital stays for patients, lowers costs, allows for faster recovery, and even improves patient satisfaction in relation to the ultimate cosmetic outcome, due to less scarring.
Leaders in da Vinci® Robotically Assisted Surgery in Houston
UT MIST surgeons are not just at the leading edge of robotically assisted surgery; we teach other surgeons how to use it. Every day, top surgeons from all over the world receive training from us in our simulation labs in Houston, TX, where we use the latest in robotically assisted surgery equipment and procedures.
Our surgeons are also leading the way with innovative techniques that form the basis for the advanced surgical procedures of tomorrow. We have developed proprietary techniques for treating acid reflux, and we do more robotic weight loss surgeries than anyone else in the world. We’re even pushing the envelope of a new “single incision” robotically assisted surgery technique for treating obesity. Dr. Erik Wilson, who leads UT MIST and is associate professor of surgery and director of the Division of Elective General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) Medical School, is the president of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA).
The da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System is state-of-the-art robotic technology. The system allows your surgeon to control micro-instruments, which respond to the doctor’s motions, but with a robotics-driven precision that improves dexterity and precision. The magnified, three-dimensional view the surgeons experience enables them to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions.
What is Robotically Assisted Surgery?
The da Vinci® Surgical System that facilitates robotically assisted surgery represents an advancement over traditional laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery), which is an alternative to open surgery. Through the use of the da Vinci® Surgical Procedure in Houston, UT MIST surgeons offer minimally invasive options for complex surgical procedures with even greater precision and less recovery time.
The use of robotics in surgery generally allows for the smallest of incisions, while creating opportunities to employ intricate surgical techniques. The device can move in ways the human wrist cannot, giving the doctor an increased ability to perform operations that require significant complexity.
UT MIST surgeons use the da Vinci® Surgical System’s sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand their capabilities. During your da Vinci® robotic surgery in Houston, miniaturized instruments and a high-definition 3D camera will be introduced into the surgical site via small incisions. Seated comfortably next to the patient at a console, the 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 the surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the robotically controlled instruments. The da Vinci® Surgical System cannot be programmed, and it cannot make decisions on its own. Instead, it requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from the surgeon, effectively blending human talent, ingenuity, and skill with precision and consistently focused results.
Options for Robotically Assisted Surgery
- da Vinci® Robotic Surgery in Houston for Gallbladder Disease & Stones
- da Vinci® Houston Robotic Surgery for Obesity
- da Vinci® Surgical Procedure in Houston for Stomach Cancer
Is Houston’s Robotically Assisted da Vinci® Surgery Experimental?
No. Minimally invasive techniques have moved into a new era through the use of robotics, minimizing the emotional and physical impact of traditional surgery on patients. This type of robotic surgery represents a new generation of surgery, one that builds on advances to open surgery. This technology removes the human hand’s limitations and introduces precise instrument movement combined with a 3D visualization of the operation site.
Since the introduction of the da Vinci® Surgical System, robotically assisted surgery in Houston has been used successfully in tens of thousands of procedures. Its safety and efficacy have been documented in hundreds of clinical publications. The literature supporting the da Vinci® Surgical System’s use is extensive, covering all surgical specialties where the system is employed.
Robotically assisted surgery can also offer substantial health benefits. It is the future of minimally invasive spine surgery in Houston, and UT MIST surgeons are among the world leaders in its use and success. Let our doctors well versed in robotically assisted surgery help you get on the path to a new life.
Benefits and Risks of Robotic Surgery in Houston
The benefits of minimally invasive robotically assisted surgery are numerous. Traditional surgery often requires a lengthy hospital stay and weeks of recovery. With minimally invasive surgery, the goal is to accomplish internal repair while leaving the body surface as natural as it was prior to surgery. Many robotically assisted surgery procedures require only several days in the hospital and promote reduced recovery time. Patients can often get back to their normal routines more quickly. Robotically assisted surgery procedures cause less post-operative pain and discomfort for patients. In addition, minimally invasive surgery leads to smaller, less noticeable scars.