Robotic surgery utilizes a machine called the da Vinci robot, which allows specialists to perform surgery with tiny incisions and minimal effect on surrounding healthy tissue. Think of the robot as a very high-tech instrument; the surgeon’s hands do the work using the robot as a tool that allows for precise movements, a 360-degree range of motion, and a magnified, high-definition, three-dimensional view of the operating site. Robotic surgery has several benefits, including a faster recovery time, less pain, little or no scarring, minimal blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay. The technology is used in a variety of procedures including heart, gynecological, urological, abdominal, thoracic, head and neck, and oncological surgeries, among others.
Our multiple da Vinci surgical robots are employed for procedures in the following areas:
- Gynecologic tract
- Head and Neck
- General oncology
- Thorax (lungs)
- Urologic tract
- Women’s reproductive tract
The UAB Medicine Robotic Surgery Program is one of the largest in the Southeast and has the largest surgical volume in the country, with nearly 25 surgeons using the da Vinci robot to perform almost 1,000 surgeries each year. UAB Robotic Surgery includes several fellowship-trained subspecialists who have received the maximum training in their field. UAB regularly sets new surgical standards and attracts hundreds of surgeons from around the world for observation and educational sessions involving the da Vinci robot.
Because UAB offers robotic surgery in each FDA-approved area we serve, performed by board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons, you can be sure you’ll receive the most expert care possible throughout your experience with us. As a patient at UAB, you can expect the best care possible from a skilled and compassionate team.
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