Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that allows surgeons to perform highly complex surgical procedures with enhanced accuracy and precision. This advanced approach can offer enormous benefits to patients — less pain and scarring, and a faster recovery.
Highly skilled surgeons at our Mountain View and Los Gatos hospitals are regional leaders and perform the most robotic-assisted surgeries in Northern California. We’ve completed more than 10,000 procedures since we began offering robotic-assisted surgeries in 2006. This high volume is meaningful for patients — the higher the volume, the greater the experience.
We offer robotic-assisted approaches for surgeries in a range of specialties, including digestive health, gynecology, cancer care, orthopedics, spine care and lung care. And, we're one of only two centers of excellence in the local area to offer weight loss (bariatric) robotic surgery.
For more than a decade, El Camino Health has been a leader in robotic-assisted surgery. We’re committed to offering the latest technologies to ensure we deliver the highest-quality care. Our surgeons and dedicated clinical team use advanced robotic surgical systems, including:
- da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. We use the da Vinci to perform gynecologic, urologic, digestive health and weight-loss surgeries. It’s used to treat pelvic conditions — such as ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and pelvic prolapse — gynecologic and prostate cancers, and more.
- Ion™ Endoluminal System. This advanced system allows our interventional pulmonologists to take samples of hard-to-reach lung nodules — without surgery. It lets doctors catch lung cancer early, when it’s most treatable.
- Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement. Our surgeons use this approach for knee and hip replacements. It allows them to place the new joint more accurately, offering more natural-feeling movement.
- Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform. This technology lets our surgeons perform spine surgery with greater accuracy and precision. It allows them to carry out a predictable, effective surgical plan based on each person's spine.
How Robotic-Assisted Surgery Works
From a console in the operating room, your surgeon uses the platform with a robotic attachment to perform surgery through small incisions. The technology provides a magnified 3D image of the surgical site and uses advanced computer and robotic technology to perform precise movements. The instruments can bend and rotate more than the human hand and wrist, which allows your surgeon to operate with greater precision, dexterity and control.
Benefits to You
Smaller incisions mean less pain and scarring, which can offer a faster recovery and allow you to get back to your life sooner. And, procedures often take significantly less time than other approaches and require less time in the hospital — some procedures can be done as an outpatient surgery.
Depending on the surgery you need, a robotic-assisted procedure may be an option for you. Check with your doctor to find out.