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Robotic Surgery in Arlington, TX

What Is Robotic Surgery?

USMD Hospital at Arlington utilizes three robot da Vinci® Surgical Systems to perform many advanced and minimally invasive surgeries. Our hospital was the first in the DFW area to obtain and utilize these advanced surgical robots. Minimally invasive surgeries typically mean a quicker recovery period, less chance of surgical complications or infections, and smaller, less noticeable scars. To learn more about the benefits of robotic surgery and how a minimally invasive procedure might help you, contact USMD Hospital at Arlington.

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What Are the Benefits of Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery is a technological advancement of laparoscopic surgery. The da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible to perform many complex surgeries through small incisions. Robotic surgery at our Arlington, TX hospital offers a myriad of advantages that contribute to both improved patient care and greater procedural efficiency. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased precision: Robotic assistance enables increased precision during surgical procedures, lowering the possibility of complications.
  • Improved visualization: With the help of 3D imaging technology, surgeons are able to gain a superior view of the treatment area. This enhances clarity and facilitates navigation in complex anatomical areas of the body.
  • Enhanced stability: The robotic tools offer smooth and highly controlled movements during operations.
  • Minimally invasive technique: Robotic surgeries typically require smaller incisions than conventional surgery. This often results in less scarring, reduced discomfort, faster recovery times, and shorter hospital stays.

Who Is A Candidate for Robotic Surgery?

Patients who are good candidates for many traditional surgeries are likely also good candidates for the robotic-assisted version of the same surgery. These robotic surgeries include:

  • Bariatric robot-assisted surgery
  • Robotic colon and rectal surgery
  • Urologic robotic surgery
  • Robot-assisted prostate surgery (including prostatectomies)
  • Robot-assisted hysterectomy and other gynecological procedures
  • Robotic kidney surgery (including nephrectomies)
  • Robot-assisted gastric sleeve surgery
  • Robot-assisted general surgery

All surgeries carry some risk of serious complications, and you should discuss all possible solutions, surgical and nonsurgical, with your doctor while considering surgery. Talk to your surgical team about whether or not robotic surgery is right for you.

Ok, having cancer is a major drag, and I mean MAJOR drag, but my experience here was pretty amazing.  I was recently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and came in here to explore both surgical and radiation options.  Everything is cutting edge here, from the robotic surgery equipment, to the Varian Beam Radiation treatments.  I ended up doing a 40 day radiation treatment protocol with Dr. Peter LaNasa.  They took my insurance, explained everything to me in great detail.  EVERY SINGLE DAY I went in for treatment, I was warmly greeted by his staff by name.  The technicians were fun (and cute), and absolutely made the best out of what could have been a stressful situation.  Can’t say enough about my experience with Dr. LaNasa and Dr. Sheperd (the robotic surgeon who explained that whole process to me).


How Does Robotic Surgery Work?

During your robotic surgical procedure, your surgeon will guide the da Vinci Surgical System instruments at a console while watching 3D high-definition images of the surgical area. Robotic instruments are able to make smaller, more precise incisions, allowing for less invasive surgical techniques. The robotic surgery team at USMD Hospital at Arlington is among the most experienced teams in Texas, having performed more than 16,900 robot-assisted surgeries since the hospital received the da Vinci Surgical System in 2003.

Will the Robot Be Performing My Surgery?

No, the robot does not perform surgery autonomously. A trained surgeon is in control of the robotic system at all times. The robot is simply a tool that assists the surgeon and enhances their capabilities during the operation.

Is Robotic Surgery Safe?
The da Vinci robotic system is entirely controlled by your surgeon. There are no automatic robotic movements. The enhanced vision and instrument control improve the safety of many complex laparoscopic procedures. A robotic approach is associated with reduced blood loss and less trauma to the anatomy surrounding the surgical site. Because the necessary incisions are small, wound healing is better than open surgery. Your surgeon is able to determine if a robotic approach is best for your surgery.
How Long Will It Take to Recover Following Robot-assisted Surgery?
Recovery time following robotic surgery at USMD Hospital at Arlington will depend on the type of surgery you received and your unique health needs. However, a faster in-hospital and overall recovery is the expected advantage of robotic surgery. Recovery from robotic surgery usually requires 1 – 2 nights in the hospital. You should be able to return to most normal activities and work as soon as 2 – 3 weeks following your procedure. Your surgeon and clinical team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions specific to your procedure for safe and complete recovery.
Is Robotic Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Robotic surgery may be covered in part under some medical insurance plans and may be a best practice for select procedures. Before scheduling your procedure, we recommend that you contact your insurance company to review your coverage and determine if your benefits apply to the surgery you need. If you need further assistance, please contact USMD Hospital at Arlington and speak with a member of our team.

Advanced Technology for Better Healing

USMD Hospital at Arlington is proud to deliver the latest in advanced technologies to our family of patients. To learn more about robotic surgery in DFW and how this revolutionary system is changing lives, contact our hospital in Arlington, TX today.


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