Robotic Surgery at GW Hospital

GW Hospital Robotic SurgeryThe George Washington University Hospital was the FIRST in the region to offer patients robotic surgery procedures using the sophisticated da Vinci Surgical System. Currently, GW Hospital 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.

All robotic surgery procedures are minimally invasive, but not all minimally invasive procedures are performed robotically. Depending on your condition and the type of procedure you need, you may have options regarding surgery technique. Talk to your physician to discuss what options are right for you.

Visit our minimally invasive page for a list of the minimally invasive procedures offered at GW Hospital >

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?

Your surgeon can help you decide if robotic surgery is the right option for you. To find a robotic surgeon, please call Direct Doctors at 1-888-449-3627


*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.

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