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Robot-Assisted Surgery

Scott & White Medical Center – Temple offers robot-assisted surgery to bring patients the latest in minimally invasive surgery techniques.

With this system, a trained surgeon uses a computer system that translates his or her hand movements into micro-movements of the robot that is equipped with extremely small surgical tools. The physician is in complete control of the surgery using a real-time, 3-D High Definition monitor.

Robotic Surgery allows for more control over surgery procedures, with a number of potential benefits including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Shorter surgery time
  • Smaller incision site
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer complications
  • In some cases, better clinical outcomes

Talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery.

Scott & White Medical Center – Temple uses robot-assisted therapy for a variety of cases, including:

  • Colorectal
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Thoracic
  • Urology
  • Orthopedic

Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology

Technology is transforming the way joint replacement surgeries are being performed, and Scott & White Medical Center – Temple has been at the forefront of joint replacement research and design for years. We use the Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology for the following procedures:

  • Total Knee Replacement (TKR) – the most frequent surgery with this technology, the Mako robot offers the benefits of more precision and shorter recovery time
  • Partial Knee Replacement (PKR) – partial knee replacements might be an option for younger people, due to the ability to more precisely place the implant and provide a longer-lasting joint replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement (THR) – robot-assisted total hip replacement results in better range of motion, which is particularly important for people who want to remain active

Here is how robot-assisted surgery works to provide greater precision and better results:

  1. BEFORE SURGERY: A CT scan of your knee or hip joint is used to generate a 3-D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This model is loaded into the software, and used by your surgeon to create your personalized pre-operative plan.
  2. IN THE OPERATING ROOM: Your surgeon will use the robot to assist in performing your surgery based on your personalized plan. The surgeon will guide the robotic arm within the pre-defined area once ready for implant, using the robot for more accurate implant placement and alignment that will ultimately lead to improved function.
  3. AFTER SURGERY: Your healthcare team will help get you back to your normal lifestyle and closely monitor your condition and progress.

Baylor Scott & White Health was the first healthcare system in Texas to use some robotic-arm assisted technology for total knee replacement, performed right here in Temple. We were also one of only eight sites in the U.S. to participate in the initial study.

Surgical System

If you have a condition that hasn’t improved with medicine or lifestyle changes, your doctor may suggest surgery. At Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, minimally invasive surgeries using a surgical system is available to treat conditions. With the surgical system, surgeons can operate using only 1-2 cm incisions and with greater precision and control than ever before. The safe alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries can be used for many problems, including:

  • Colorectal
    • Colon Cancer
    • Rectal Cancer
    • Diverticulitis of the intestine
    • Rectal Prolapse
  • General Surgery
    • Adrenal gland tumors (benign)
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Gallstones
    • Hernia repair (hiatal and inguinal hernias)
    • Obesity (bariatrics)
  • Gynecology
    • Endometriosis
    • Abnormal bleeding
    • Uterine conditions requiring a hysterectomy
    • Uterine fibroids (benign tumors)
    • Vaginal prolapse
  • Thoracic
    • Some kinds of lung cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Esophageal diverticula (pouches)
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Achalasia (swallowing disorder)
    • Mediastinal cysts and tumors (in the middle of chest area)
    • Myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disorder)
  • Urology
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Urinary obstruction
    • Bladder cancer
    • Bladder diverticulum

The surgical system:

  • Allows your surgeon to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions
  • Provides superior live 3-D visualization and magnification of the surgical area, plus greatly enhanced precision, dexterity and control
  • Features exclusive fluorescence imaging technology, which gives your surgeon a significant additional level of surgical control and safety. A temporary green dye is administered in the blood system and then, during surgery, the ​camera’s near-infrared light is used to illuminate the dye as it moves through tissue and blood vessels in the surgical area. The surgeon can use the added illumination to more precisely position clamps and the robotic instruments during surgery.
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