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About Robotic Surgery

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John C. Lincoln's da Vinci Si Robotic Surgery System has opened numerous innovative approaches to minimally invasive surgery. It enables our surgeons to pursue alternatives to traditional laparoscopy and invasive open surgical procedures.

The robotic surgery system responds directly to the surgeon's control and provides a previously unavailable three-dimensional view of the surgical field — one that's magnified up to 10 times actual size.


Watch a demonstration of how surgeons control the da Vinci Si robotic surgery system.

Working at a console adjacent to the patient, the surgeon controls the robotic surgery system's tiny instruments, which perform the procedure with greater dexterity than human physiology allows.

This means surgeons can perform more delicate and precise procedures. Compared with typical open surgery, smaller incisions are needed (1 to 2 centimeters, versus 15 to 30 centimeters), resulting in less scarring.

Patients who have had surgery using the robotic surgery system commonly require less recovery time and report less postoperative pain. Read more about the benefits of robotic surgery.

Procedures Offered Using Robotic Surgery

Specially trained and board certified surgeons at John C. Lincoln Hospitals use the da Vinci surgical system to perform general and urologic surgical procedures.

General Surgery

  • Adrenalectomy: Removal of one, or both, adrenal glands for a variety of benign and malignant conditions, and hormone disorders.
  • Gastrectomy: Surgery to remove part or the entire stomach.
  • Hemicolectomy (colon resection): Surgery to remove part or the entire colon.
  • Hysterectomy: Surgery to remove a woman's uterus.
  • Inguinal herniorrhaphy: Surgery repairing an inguinal hernia, which is a lump in the groin area resulting from abdominal organs pushing through the abdominal wall.
  • Large bowel resection (colon cancer): Removal of part of the large bowel/large intestine. Used to treat common conditions such as colon cancer, diverticulitis disease, or possible block in the intestine due to scar tissue.
  • Lymph node dissection: Removal of lymph nodes.
  • Liver resection: Removal of a portion of the liver. Usually done to remove types of liver tumors.
  • Myomectomy: Surgery to remove uterine fibroids - benign tumors in or around the uterus.
  • Nissen fundoplication: Surgery to strengthen the sphincter and block stomach acid from splashing back up into the esophagus.
  • Pancreatectomy: Surgery to remove part or the entire pancreas.
  • Pelvic Prolapse: Surgery to repair muscles and ligaments supporting pelvic organs.
  • Small bowel resection: Surgery to remove part of the small bowel, located between the stomach and large bowel. May be recommended for a block in the intestine; bleeding, infection or ulcers due to inflammation (Crohn's disease); pre-cancerous polyps; or benign tumors.
  • Splenectomy: Removal of the spleen in circumstances such as enlargement from lymphoma, leukemia, chronic anemia, and trauma.
  • Thyroidectomy: The removal of the thyroid gland. Using robotic surgical techniques, this procedure can be performed through the fold in the armpit, without visible scarring. The robot-assisted approach also avoids an incision, to muscles of the neck, required in traditional surgery.

Urologic Surgery

  • Nephrectomy: Surgery to remove a kidney.
  • Pyeloplasty: The surgical reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis to drain and decompress the kidney.
  • Radical prostatectomy: Surgery removing the prostate and nearby tissues.
  • Uterine fibroid removal.

For a referral or more information, call our program coordinator at 602-331-7831.