Why Choose Robotic Services at Adventist Health Portland

The minimally invasive way to treat your condition surgically

The tiny incisions used in robotic-assisted surgery cause less trauma to your body. That means less blood loss, less pain after surgery and less risk for infection. Because robotic-assisted surgery is not as hard on your body as traditional surgery, you may be able to go home sooner — sometimes even the next day — and you will probably recover faster.

Benefits for women who need gynecologic surgery:

  • Robotic-assisted surgery makes it possible to have a hysterectomy with very small incisions.
  • The robot makes it easier for your doctor to remove fibroids while leaving your uterus in place.
  • When your surgeon uses a robotic system, you can usually expect to go home to your family faster, with less pain.

For men who need prostate cancer surgery,studies have shown that most men have a rapid return of sexual function and bladder control after robotic-assisted surgery for prostate cancer. Of course, every man is different, so be sure to talk over your concerns with your surgeon.

How robotic-assisted surgery works

Instead of a long incision, the surgeon makes incisions that are just 1 to 2 centimeters — less than an inch. The robot's arms, which hold the surgical instruments, and a camera are inserted through these tiny incisions.

The camera inside your body magnifies the picture 10 times and transmits the image in 3D high definition, so your surgeon has an excellent view. The doctor holds controls that feel like surgical instruments. When the surgeon moves their hand even a tiny bit, the robot reacts, following the doctor's hand movements exactly.

The maneuverability, precise reactions of the robot and visual clarity make it possible for your surgeon to operate confidently without a large incision.