Advanced surgical technologies available for Chippenham patients

Technological advancements in healthcare and surgery have made it possible for some surgeries to be performed with the assistance of robotics. Please be assured that your surgeon is always precisely controlling all robotic movements with enhanced precision and care.

If your Chippenham surgeon has recommended you for robotic surgery, potential benefits include:

  • A faster recovery
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • Smaller incisions with minimal scarring
If you suffer from a condition that requires surgery, call Chippenham Hospital today to find a surgeon who can assist you at 804-320-DOCS (3627).

How robotic surgery works

A surgeon specializing in robotic surgery at Chippenham Hospital has undergone specialized and intensive training to use the specific robot required for your surgery. Our highly-experienced team of anesthesiologists, nurses, assistants and surgical technicians are also trained to support each surgeon’s needs during robotic-assisted surgery.

While each robotic system is different, most of them allow for a magnified area of the surgical site and require an experienced robotic surgeon to guide the robot from initial incision to closing the incision site. Some robotic systems enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control versus a human hand. This allows incisions to be smaller and means less time on the operating table.

When faced with the possibility of surgery, patients are naturally concerned about downtime. Returning you to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible is a shared goal you’ll have with the surgeons and healthcare providers at Chippenham Hospital.

Leaders in surgical innovation

Chippenham Hospital’s expert surgeons are consistently leading the way for others to follow with the integration of robotics in surgery. We frequently perform surgeries with a variety of robots, including:

  • da Vinci Robotic Surgery System: Surgeries performed with da Vinci Robotic Surgery Systems use tiny incisions, much smaller than those of traditional surgery, to insert miniature instruments and a high definition 3D camera. Your Chippenham surgeon will view a magnified, high resolution 3D image of the surgical site and surgeon's hand movements during the operation.
  • MAKOplasty® Robotic Arm: Chippenham is the only hospital in central Virginia to offer MAKOplasty robotic surgery to its patients in need of hip and knee replacements. MAKOplasty is powered by the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system enabling advanced treatment options for more accurate hip and knee implant placement. Using this technology allows the surgeon to remove only the diseased bone, preserving healthy bone and soft tissue, and assists your surgeon in positioning the implant based on your anatomy. If your surgeon determines you’re a good candidate for a MAKOplasty procedure, he or she will schedule a computed tomography (CT) scan of your hip or knee one or two weeks prior to your surgery date. This is used to create your unique surgical plan for optimal implant replacement.

Chippenham Hospital’s expert surgeons are consistently leading the way with the integration of robotics in surgery. Other procedures robotic-assisted surgery can be utilized for include:

Robotic surgery videos

  • What is minimally invasive spinal surgery?

  • HCA Virginia's Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery

  • Neighborhood Health Watch: Total Knee Replacement with MAKO Robotics

  • Robotic Patient Testimonial: Coach Rob talks about his surgery using the da Vinci robotic system.