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. Several specialties offer robotic-assisted procedures to treat various conditions.

Cardiothoracic robotic surgery

UC Davis Medical Center now offers robotic-assisted procedures to treat cardiovascular disease. This state-of-the-art program includes an experienced and highly trained team of surgeons, nurses and support staff who specialize in the use of a computer-controlled surgical system that can provide all the benefits of conventional open-heart surgery with the recovery advantages of a minimally invasive technique. Specific procedures include:

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Gastrointestinal robotic surgery

UC Davis Medical Center provides minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures for several gastrointestinal conditions, including hiatal hernias, associated esophageal reflux, achalasia (a disorder of the muscle at the end of the esophagus), and some conditions that require gallbladder removal. Specific procedures include:

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Gynecologic robotic surgery

open surgery vs. robotic-assisted surgery incisionsUC Davis surgeons offer minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgeries for the treatment of cancer and other conditions involving the female genital tract. These conditions include:

  • Endometrial and cervical malignancies
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Complex gynecologic problems

Because they are less invasive and do not require large incisions, minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures can be ideal for many gynecological surgeries to maintain surgical precision while minimizing recovery times and scarring.  This includes many hysterectomies, which are commonly performed for both benign and malignant conditions. 

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Otolaryngologic robotic surgery

TORS with no incisionRobotic-assisted surgery. No incision, no scars.

TORS with incisionTraditional surgery with extensive incision.

UC Davis Medical Center was the first hospital in Northern California to offer robotic-assisted surgery for conditions of the head and neck. Gregory Farwell, professor of otolaryngology and director of head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery, uses a surgical robot to aid in the removal tumors of the throat, including the pharynx, larynx and epiglottis.

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Urologic robotic surgery

UC Davis urologists offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for a number of urological diseases and conditions including:

  • Prostate cancer 
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Pyeloplasty in children
  • Ureteroureterostomy in children

Because it is minimally invasive, the precision of robotic technology is ideal for delicate and complex urologic surgeries. These include prostatectomies, in which the target site is tightly confined and surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and erectile function. Other procedures include nephrectomy and adult pyeloplasty.

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