Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery in Richmond

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 our surgeons at Chippenham Hospital are 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
For help finding a surgeon for your condition, please call (804) 320-3627 to find a surgeon who can assist you.

How robotic surgery works

A surgeon specializing in robotic surgery at Chippenham 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 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.

Chippenham'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 the da Vinci® Surgical System and ROSA® Knee System.

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery

Surgeries performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System 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, 3D image of the surgical site, and your surgeon's hand movements during the operation.

Your surgeon is 100 percent in control of the da Vinci® Surgical System at all times as the robot translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Chippenham uses the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and a wide range of surgeries, including:

  • Gallbladder surgery—Using high definition 3D vision and a magnified view, the da Vinci® Surgical System allows your doctor to perform gallbladder surgery through a single incision and dramatically minimize visible scarring.
  • Hernia repair—The da Vinci® Surgical System allows for more dexterity and makes it easier for the surgeon to sew the fascia on the inside without a large cut and without sticking tacks to the muscles.
  • Urological—The da Vinci® robotic surgery system’s precise targeting is ideal for the delicate operations required during urologic procedures, where the surgical site is often tightly confined and close to nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
    • Prostatectomy
    • Adrenalectomy
    • Complete or partial nephrectomy
  • Colorectal—We use the da Vinci® robotic surgery system for colorectal surgeries to allow for a few small incisions instead of the traditional single, large abdominal incision. Colorectal surgeries we perform with the da Vinci® robotic surgery system include surgeries for colon or rectal cancer, diverticulitis, complex hernia, low anterior resection and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Thoracic—Minimally invasive surgery can be done through video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery.

Robotic surgery for the knee

Chippenham is the first hospital in the U.S. to use the ROSA® Robotic Knee System in a total knee replacement (total knee arthroplasty) surgery. The procedure is powered by the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system and uses real-time mapping data to form a personalized surgical plan.