Robotic Surgery

Saint Luke’s utilizes state-of-the-art robotic technology to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures. These technological advancements provide many benefits to patients, including reduced blood loss, quicker recovery, and less postoperative pain and discomfort. Saint Luke’s has helped 6,000 people with the assistance of robotic technology since 2002.

How it works

Using the robotic technology, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. Similar to traditional minimally invasive surgery, small incisions are made and the surgeon places tubes in each incision. The patient-side cart has three or four robotic arms that are used to place cameras and surgical instruments in these tubes.

The surgeon then operates while seated at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. Using the system’s master controls, the surgeon's hand, wrist, and finger movements are translated into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion that mimic the dexterity of the human hand and wrist.

The vision system, with a high-resolution 3-D endoscope and image processing equipment, provides the true-to-life 3-D images of the operative field. These images can be enhanced, refined, and optimized using they system’s image synchronizers, high-intensity illuminators, and camera control units.

Procedures

Patients have access to state-of-the-art surgical care for procedures ranging from hysterectomies to coronary artery bypass.

Robotic surgery is an option for the following specialties:

  • Gynecology
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Thoracic
  • Urology

Saint Luke’s offers minimally invasive robotic surgery at three locations: