Robotic surgery, a leading-edge technology
UC Davis Medical Center proudly offers the leading-edge technology of robotic-assisted surgery in several different specialties, ranging from gastrointestinal and cardiothoracic surgery to gynecologic oncology, otolaryngology (head and neck) and urology. Each procedure is performed by a highly experienced and skilled team of surgeons, nurses and technicians who specialize in using UC Davis Medical Center’s da Vinci® surgical system.
Robotic-assisted procedures represent the latest development in minimally invasive surgical technology, providing surgeons with a precision tool that uses the same small incisions as conventional laparoscopy. A key difference with the robotic system is that it can offer broader visualization of the operative field and precision control of surgical instruments.
The system offers impressive dexterity and range of motion for a surgeon, which facilitates complex motion tasks during procedures. With its stereoscopic, 3-D imaging and precision-guided wrist movements, the robotic-assisted system allows surgeons to combine the best of both laparoscopy and regular open surgery techniques. It is an advantage that can truly benefit patients.
Our robotic program surgeons
Mohamed R. Ali, M.D.
Edwin A. Alvarez, M.D.
W. Douglas Boyd, M.D., M.Ed.
Marc Dall'Era, M.D.
Christopher P. Evans, M.D., F.A.C.S.
D. Gregory Farwell, M.D.
Surgery - Head and Neck
Gary S. Leiserowitz, M.D.
Bahareh M. Nejad, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Tamas J. Vidovszky, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Stacey J. Wallach, M.D.
Jennifer Yang, M.D.
Pediatric Urologic Surgery
Stanley A. Yap, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C.
How robotic surgery works
During an operative procedure, the surgeon sits at a control console near the patient while an assistant surgeon is at the patient’s bedside. The surgeon sees the operative field through a video monitor and manually controls several robotic arms that replicate every movement of the surgeon's hand.
The procedure uses several very small, keyhole-sized incisions through which a tiny camera and surgical instruments are placed. The precision of this technology can be ideal for certain delicate or complex surgeries because it makes it easier for surgeons to avoid surrounding nerves and organs. The small incisions also help enhance recovery times and a patient’s speedy return to normal activities. There is generally less blood loss during robotic-assisted surgery, resulting in higher blood counts and enabling patients to more quickly regain strength and stamina.
The type of robotic surgical system at UC Davis Medical Center has been used successfully in thousands of cases around the world. Of course, as with any surgical procedure, the outcomes cannot be guaranteed. Successful surgery depends on both the patient and the procedure. Your physician will discuss the risks and benefits of each treatment option with you.