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A major breakthrough in minimally invasive surgery

Several Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers offer robot-assisted surgery services, including the da Vinci® Surgical System, a major breakthrough in minimally invasive surgical capabilities.

Robotic surgery – also called robot-assisted surgery – is a proven technique in which a surgeon performs minimally invasive surgery using a computer console to control very small instruments and a high-resolution camera attached to robotic arms.

Your Guide to Surgery

Our guide offers information about what you can expect before, during and after surgery

Conditions​​ treated

Robot-assisted surgery is available as an alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries many conditions, including:

  • Colon and ​​R​​ectal
  • General Surgery​
  • Gynecolo​​gy
  • Hip and Knee
  • Thorac​​ic
  • Urol​​​ogy

Colon and ​​R​​ectal

  • 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


  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Uterine conditions requiring a hysterectomy
  • Uterine fibroids (benign tumors)
  • Vaginal prolapse

Hip and Knee

  • Total knee replacement​
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement​
  • Partial hip replacement
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Shoulder joint replacement​
  • Shoulder arthroscopy


  • 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 the chest area)
  • Myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disorder)


  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bladder diverticulum

Benefits of robotic surgery

Robot-assisted surgery gives your surgeon greater precision and control over the surgical instruments than is possible with human movement alone. And compared to open surgery, it can offer additional patient benefits, including:

  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Less scarring, due to tiny surgical incisions
  • Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
  • Quicker return to your daily activities
  • Lower rate of surgical complications​
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