Robotic Surgery at GW Hospital
The George Washington University Hospital was the FIRST in the region to offer patients robotic surgery procedures using the sophisticated da Vinci Surgical System. Currently, the GW Hospital Center for Robotic Surgery has one of the largest robotic thoracic programs in the world and one of the region’s largest robotic prostate cancer programs.
Surgeons at GW Hospital have performed over 3,000 procedures — more than any other hospital in the region. Areas of treatment include:
Why Robotic Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgical techniques allow surgeons to operate through small incisions or existing body openings, rather than making large incisions that accompany traditional open surgery. When surgeons perform conventional laparoscopic minimally invasive procedures, their vision, range of motion and access to desired areas of the body are at times limited because of the techniques used. Robotic surgery can alleviate those roadblocks to a much larger degree.
The da Vinci Surgical System offers maximum precision, 3D rotation and 3D magnification that can allow surgeons to maneuver into the confined spaces of the body. Using specialized instruments, this technology can provide a greater range of motion and precision to treat patients.
The Benefits Of Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery provides a number of benefits to patients, including:
- Reduced pain and trauma to the body
- Less blood loss and reduced need for transfusions
- Less postoperative pain and discomfort
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery and return to work
- Less scarring and improved cosmetics
- More precise surgery
Are You A Candidate For Robotic Surgery?
Not all procedures can be done robotically, and not all patients are candidates for robotic surgery. Contact us to see if you qualify for a robotic surgical procedure using the da Vinci Surgical System. The response you receive will only be a guideline as only your surgeon can decide if robotic surgery is the right option based on your condition.