Advanced Surgical Technologies Now Available for Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Patients

When faced with the possibility of surgery, patients are naturally concerned about down-time. Returning you to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible is a shared goal you’ll have with the surgeons and healthcare providers at Johnston-Willis Hospital.

Technological advancements in healthcare and surgery have made it possible for some surgeries to be performed with robotics. If your Johnston-Willis Hospital surgeon has recommended you for robotic surgery, potential benefits include:

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

How Robotic Surgery Works

If your surgeon uses robotic surgery, you may be a candidate to benefit from its uses.

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 incisions to be smaller and time on the operating table to be greatly lessened.

If you suffer from a condition that requires surgery, call Johnston-Willis Hospital today to find a surgeon who can assist you at 804-320-DOCS.

Leaders in Surgical Innovation

Johnston-Willis Hospital’s expert surgeons are consistently leading the way for others to follow with the integration of robotics in surgery. We perform surgeries every day with a variety of robots, including:

Surgeries performed with da Vinci robotic surgery systems use tiny incisions, much smaller than those of traditional surgery, to insert miniature instruments and a high-definition 3-D camera. Your surgeon at Johnston-Willis uses one of three da Vinci Robotic Surgery Systems to view 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. Consider a surgeon who uses da Vinci if you need the following:

Johnston-Willis is one of a handful of hospitals in Central Virginia to offer patients suffering from spinal conditions that require surgery the benefit of Mazor Robotics. Your surgeon 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.