Robot-Assisted General Surgery

When medication, lifestyle changes and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions. Surgery can be a scary proposition for a patient, no matter how routine the procedure. If surgery is recommended, you want to learn as much as you can about your surgical options and find the physician and hospital that are right for you.

While surgery is generally the most effective treatment option for a range of abdominal and other conditions, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its drawbacks – pain, trauma, long recovery time and risk of infection.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopic surgery, in which smaller incisions are used. While laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures, it has inherent limitations when more intricate and complex surgery is required.

A New Category in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, physicians now have an effective alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy that allows them to provide patients with the best of both approaches. With the assistance of the the da Vinci® Si HD Surgical System,* surgeons can now operate using only 1-2 cm incisions, but with greater precision and control than ever before.

Proven Technology That's Safe and Effective

Many general surgical procedures can now be performed with robot-assisted surgery, an evolutionary leap forward in minimally invasive surgery offered at Scott & White. With the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, Scott & White offers you a safe, FDA-approved alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries for many conditions, including:

Patient Benefits Compared to Traditional Open Surgery
• Less pain and blood loss
• Less scarring, due to tiny incisions
• Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
• Quicker return to your daily activities
• Lower rate of surgical complications

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  • Adrenal gland tumors (benign)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia repair (hiatal and inguinal hernias)
  • Obesity

The da Vinci surgical system is proven robotic technology developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Previous generations of the system are being used by many hospitals. Scott & White began using the da Vinci system in 2005 and recently upgraded to this newest robotic technology.

In fact, Scott & White Hospital – Temple is the only hospital in Central Texas with the new da Vinci Si HD. It enables our surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. Plus, only the da Vinci Si HD uses an exclusive fluorescence imaging method that makes it easier for surgeons to safely identify blood flow and key anatomical landmarks in the surgical area.

If your doctor recommends surgery, ask if you’re a candidate for robot-assisted surgery.

*Also referred to as the da Vinci robot

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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Robert O. Carpenter
Bariatric Surgeon
Terry C. Lairmore
Surgical Oncologist
Patrick Lowry
Harry T. Papaconstantinou
Colorectal Surgeon