Robot-assisted surgery in central Virginia

At Johnston-Willis Hospital, we know your goal after surgery is to get back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible. As part of our commitment to staying on the forefront of technology, our surgeons in Richmond, Virginia, are proud to offer patients minimally invasive, robotic surgery within a variety of medical specialties.

For more information about robotic surgery, or for a physician referral, please call (804) 320-3627.

Benefits of robotic surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery is performed through smaller incisions that traditional open surgery, which results in numerous benefits for our patients:

  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine after surgery
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery

How robotic surgery works

Please be assured that robotic technology does not function independently and does not perform any action on your body on its own—your surgeon is using the robot almost as an extension of his or her hand and is in full control at all times.

During robotic surgery, the technology requires the surgeon to guide the robot during the entire surgery, from initial incision to closing the incision site. Robotic systems provide a magnified view of the surgical site and enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control versus a human hand. This allows the surgeon to operate through smaller incisions, which decreases operating time and causes less trauma to the body.

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

Specialties using robotic surgery

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.

The da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System’s precise targeting is ideal for delicate operations, such as during urologic procedures where the surgical site is often tightly confined and close to nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

When possible, Johnston-Willis surgeons use robotic surgery for the following procedures and conditions:

Urologic and urogynecologic procedures
  • Prostatectomy (prostate removal)
  • Adrenalectomy (adrenal gland removal)
  • Complete or partial nephrectomy (kidney removal)
Gynecological surgeries
  • Hysterectomy
  • Radical/complex hysterectomy involving complications from prior surgery or disease
  • Tubal reversal
  • Myomectomy (fibroid removal)
  • Sacrocolpopexy (pelvic floor prolapse correction)
  • Gynecological cancer
Colorectal robotic surgery
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Complex hernias
  • Low anterior resection
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Robotic spine surgery

Surgical treatment of spinal conditions requires planning and precision, and each patient's anatomy has unique challenges. Spine surgery performed with the Mazor X Surgical Assurance Platform enables our surgeons to create a customized 3D blueprint of each patient's specific anatomy and precisely map out the surgery before ever entering the operating room. Our surgeons then make incisions and place implants with the highest level of accuracy and in the exact preplanned location.

Johnston-Willis is one of only a handful of hospitals in central Virginia to offer this technology to patients requiring spine surgery and use Mazor X to treat the following conditions:

  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal deformities