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Comprehensive Surgical Services

Comprehensive Surgical Services

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

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Education and Training

UC Davis Center for Virtual Care

UC Davis ranks among the top medical schools in the nation

UC Davis ranks among the top medical schools in the nation and is a regional resource for training the surgeons, nurses and other health-care professionals of today and tomorrow. At the UC Davis Center for Virtual Care, a variety of sophisticated simulation training tools help create a virtual hospital environment that is ideal for practicing medical procedures such as minimally invasive techniques. The facility includes a robotic-assisted surgical system and laparoscopic equipment. It is the university’s hub for hands-on, no-risk training and skill development.

To provide patients with a full range of treatment options, one of the many procedures performed by UC Davis surgeons is minimally invasive surgery. Depending on the patient and condition being treated, this can be an excellent alternative to conventional "open" surgery that typically involves large incisions.

Mohamed Ali, a leader in the use of minimally-invasive surgery, discusses the many benefits of the technique for patients at UC Davis Medical Center.

This technologically advanced option, which can include robotic-assisted techniques, requires incisions just a few millimeters in length. The small incisions create a passageway for special surgical instruments and a fiber-optic instrument called a laparoscope. The device transmits images from within the body to a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to see the operative area on the screen. This approach enables physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with less patient trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays.

Whether it is a minimally invasive or conventional procedure, UC Davis surgeons work in close consultation with patients to determine the best possible treatment options for each and every case. Each surgical team includes specialty-trained, board-certified physicians who are dedicated to providing the best care and able to tailor advanced procedures to each patient’s unique situation.

Robotic-assisted surgery

Robotic-assisted procedures represent the latest development in minimally invasive surgical techniques, providing surgeons with a precision tool that uses the same small incisions as conventional laparoscopy. A key difference is that the robotic system can offer broader visualization of the operative field and precision control of surgical instruments. 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. UC Davis Medical Center surgeons offer robotic-assisted surgery in specialties that include cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal and head and neck surgery, gynecologic oncology and urology.

Visit our FAQs to read more about robotic-assisted surgery.