Advanced Surgery technologies in Richmond, Virginia

Advances in healthcare and technology allow our surgeons in Richmond, Virginia to perform minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery—providing patients with less scarring and a faster recovery. Because at Johnston-Willis Hospital, we know your goal after surgery is to get back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

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 Robotic surgery offers many benefits, including:

  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller incisions with minimal scarring
  • A faster recovery

How Robotic Surgery Works

A surgeon specializing in robotic surgery at Johnston-Willis Hospital has undergone specialized and intensive training to use the specific robot required for your surgery. In fact, you can rest easier knowing your entire highly experienced team of anesthesiologists, nurses, assistants and surgical techs are also trained to support each surgeon’s needs during robotic-assisted surgery.

While each robotic system is different, most of them allow for a magnified area of the surgical site and require an experienced robotic surgeon to guide the robot from initial incision to closing the incision site. Some robotic systems enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control versus a human hand. This allows smaller incisions and shorter operating time.

Robotic surgeries at Johnston-Willis

Facing an upcoming surgery can be worrisome. You’re likely concerned about the down-time you’ll need, the pain you’ll face, the scars that will linger and the time you’ll miss from work. However, robotic surgery at Johnston-Willis can significantly decrease the impact surgery has on you and your body.

Depending on your condition and surgical needs, your surgeon may use one of two robot-assisted surgery methods at our facility in Richmond, Virginia.

Widely considered to be the most effective and least invasive surgical technology available, the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System combines computer and robotic technologies to treat a broad range of conditions.

Single incision laparoscopic surgeries (SILS) performed at Johnston-Willis with one of our four da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Systems create tiny incisions—much smaller than those of traditional surgery—to insert miniature instruments and a high-definition 3D camera.

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Your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3-D image of the surgical site while controlling the robotic equipment, which translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise movements to perform the operation.

The many uses of da Vinci Robotic Surgery Systems

Johnston-Willis Hospital uses da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Systems to perform single incision laparoscopic surgery and a wide range of surgeries, including:

  • Urological: The da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System’s precise targeting is ideal for the delicate operations required during urologic procedures, where the surgical site is often tightly confined and close to nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. This surgery system can be used to perform:
    • Prostatectomy (prostate removal)
    • Adrenalectomy (adrenal gland removal)
    • Complete or partial nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • Gynecological: The da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System allows your surgeon a better view of the internal organs with a higher degree of precision, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. This is a distinct advantage when performing gynecological procedures such as:
    • Hysterectomy
    • Radical/complex hysterectomy involving complications from prior surgery or disease
    • Tubal reversal
    • Myomectomy (fibroid removal)
  • Gynecological cancers: Our expert surgeons are world-renowned for detecting and treating gynecologic cancers. Removing and treating these cancers with the minimally invasive da Vinci® robotic surgery system improves your recovery time.
  • Urogynecological: The da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System is used to treat pelvic floor prolapse. This surgery is called sacrocolopoexy and involves using mesh to hold the affected pelvic organ(s) in their natural position. This kind of surgery requires the most precise and minimally-invasive tools, such as those used with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System.
  • Colorectal: We use the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System for colorectal surgeries to allow for a few small incisions instead of the traditional single, large abdominal incision. Colorectal surgeries we perform with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System include surgeries for colon or rectal cancer, diverticulitis, complex hernia, low anterior resection and inflammatory bowel disease.

Johnston-Willis is one of only a handful of hospitals in Central Virginia to offer Mazor Robotics technology to patients requiring spinal surgery.

Your surgeon in Richmond, Virginia will use Mazor’s advanced 3D planning software to plan the optimal surgery customized for your anatomy and diagnosis. Once in the operating room, the system guides your surgeon precisely to the preplanned anatomical location where intervention is necessary.

Please be assured that Mazor is not independent and does not cut or perform any action on your body—only your surgeon performs the required procedures. Your surgeon is in full control of the system at all times.

With the use of Mazor, your surgeon makes small skin incisions to allow visualization of the operating field by retracting the tissues beneath the skin and exposing the spine. This means a much smaller incision for you and less time on the operating table.