You have just been diagnosed with a condition requiring surgery. In the past your options included traditional surgery with a large open incision, which requires a long recovery and disruption of your daily activities, or laparoscopy, a minimally invasive technique which uses small incisions, resulting in significant less pain, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications.
Robotic-assisted surgery is the next generation of minimally-invasive laparoscopy. Through the use of robots and computer-assisted technology, surgeons are now able to offer minimally invasive and more precise options for many complex surgical procedures including cancer treatment, thoracic, urology, endometriosis, vascular surgery and hip/knee replacements.
Northside Hospital is ranked in the top 10% in the U.S. and the leader in the Southeast for total robotic procedures performed. Many of our surgeons are considered pioneers in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise. As one of the first hospitals in Atlanta to use minimally-invasive robotic technology, Northside has led the way over the past 10 years adapting the technology to a large range of procedures. Combined with the skill and experience of the operating room nurses and surgical technologists, this level of expertise is critical in the success of utilizing these innovative technologies.
The robotic surgical team at Northside Hospital has worked together for 10 years, which brings a superior level of teamwork and skill to our program.
For most patients, robotic surgery offers numerous benefits including:
In traditional laparoscopic and robotic surgery, surgeons make several small incisions for the instruments and camera needed to perform the procedure. In Single-Site™ (single-incision) surgery, surgeons use only a single 2-to-2.5 centimeter incision, often at the bellybutton, to reduce the appearance of scarring. Performing single-incision surgery via robotic-assisted technology allows surgeons to provide patients with procedures equivalent to traditional single incision. The placement of all the instruments through a single incision at the bellybutton still affords the surgeon the advantage of 3D high-definition visualization of the surgical site, and the precision and versatility afforded by robotic instrumentation with minimal pain, a shorter hospital stay and fast recovery for the patient.
Northside was the first in Georgia to perform Single-Site robotic surgery.
For more information about any of our robotic surgery programs offered at our three Atlanta-area hospitals, please call (404) 851-8200.