Changing the Experience of Surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

Memorial Hospital of Tampa is proud to offer minimally invasive robotic surgical systems, which provide surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform.

What is Robotic Surgery?

This minimally invasive surgical procedure uses high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view and advanced robotic technologies to assist your surgeon to control the robotic surgery system. This procedure translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. With a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system, our surgeons are able to perform some of the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions.

Robotic-assisted surgery is like other minimally invasive surgery, in that instruments and cameras are inserted through small incisions. What is different is that the surgeon sits at a console next to the patient.

How It Works

The surgeon looks into a viewfinder at the three-dimensional, high-quality image sent back by the cameras and works the surgical "arms."

The quality of the images and precise movement of the surgical arms essentially puts the surgeon right next to the area in which he or she is operating.

  • The surgeon’s hands move the controllers, which manipulate the instruments inside the patient’s body
  • The instruments are "wristed" and have a greater range of motion than the human wrist
  • The surgeon makes a precise cutting or sewing motion at the console
  • The computer software translates these movements to allow the instruments to do exactly the same thing inside the patient’s body — without any potential hand tremor

Robotic Procedures

Memorial Hospital of Tampa utilizes Robotic Surgery in the treatment of the following areas:

  • Bariatric Surgery (Surgical Weight Loss)
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Orthopedic Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Pelvic Floor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Urology

Patient Benefits

There are many potential benefits for patients when comparing the robotic surgical system to traditional, including:

  • Smaller incisions for minimal scarring
  • Patients Heal Faster: After an open hysterectomy, patients are in the hospital two to four days and need six to eight weeks to recover. In comparison, women who have a robotic hysterectomy are ready to go home in 24 hours or less, and are back to normal activities within two weeks.
  • Less Pain: The amount of post-surgical pain is dramatically reduced. With robotic procedures, most patients stop using oral narcotics within 24 hours.
  • The Risk of Complications is Typically Reduced: Patients who have robotic surgery are up and moving around much sooner, as a result the risk of blood clots – particularly in the legs – is greatly reduced.

Physician Benefits

The Robotic Surgical System is an improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing and uses hand-held, long-shafted instruments that cannot bend or rotate. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments to a nearby video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy. The System also extends our surgeon’s capabilities to provide these significant benefits:

  • Enhanced 3-D Visualization
  • Improved Dexterity
  • Greater Surgical Precision
  • Improved Access
  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Reproducibility – Enhances the surgeon’s ability to repetitively perform technically precise maneuvers such as endoscopic suturing and dissection.