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Robotic General Surgery in Jackson

State-of-the-Art, Minimally Invasive Robotics

Robotics takes “minimally invasive surgery” to the next level, allowing general surgeons to perform abdominal and gastrointestinal surgeries with increased precision while using smaller incisions than ever before. This results in fewer complications, less patient blood loss, faster recovery, and shorter hospital stays.

We offer the following robot-assisted general surgeries at St. John’s Health:

  • Bariatric surgery: Surgeons can perform weight loss surgeries, including sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, using da Vinci robotic technology. These procedures involve the surgeon sitting at a console next to the patient and operating through tiny instruments and a few small incisions. A camera displays 3D, magnified images to view inside the body, and the da Vinci System translates the surgeon’s hand movements in real time to precisely bend and rotate the surgical instruments.
  • Gallbladder surgery: Gallbladder removal is called a cholecystectomy. General surgeons can perform this common procedure with a lower risk of complications through da Vinci technology thanks to minimally invasive techniques. The procedure requires fewer, smaller incisions and the robotic technology offers the surgeon increased precision and control, as the gallbladder and surrounding tissue are greatly magnified on a console the surgeon uses during the operation.
  • Inguinal hernia repair: These hernias are found in the groin when part of the intestine bulges through a weak area of its abdominal muscle. Surgery is the only way to repair an inguinal hernia. Robotic inguinal hernia repair repairs this muscle weakness and reinforces the abdominal wall with surgical mesh.
  • Ventral hernia repair: A ventral (abdominal) hernia can happen at the site of earlier surgical incisions or near/above the navel. Robotic surgery repositions the abdominal muscle over the site of the bulging tissue and reinforces the muscle with surgical mesh to prevent the hernia from recurring.
  • Colon resection/colorectal surgery: Robot-assisted colorectal surgery is a minimally invasive technique that requires only a few small incisions to remove part or all of your colon. During the operation, the surgeon sits beside the patient at a console and used tiny, wristed instruments. The surgeon is able to visualize the operative area with a high-definition, 3D magnified view from a camera.

Contact a doctor at St. John's General Surgery to learn if robotic surgery is right for you.