What is Robotic Surgery?

With robotically-assisted surgery, surgeons use a surgical robot as their instrument to perform more complex operations without the need for a large incision.

By combining robotics and state-of-the-art computer technology, surgeons can operate with greater dexterity and control than is possible with traditional surgical approaches. The surgical robot is unique because it provides greater magnification, a three-dimensional view, and instrument arms that allow for movement that mimics a human wrist.

Patient Benefits

With robot-assisted surgery, patients can have major surgery with only a few tiny incisions, benefits include:

  • Faster recovery with a quicker return to daily activities
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Smaller incisions with less scarring for improved cosmetic results

Robotically-assisted surgery at Meridian Health

Robotically-assisted surgery may be a good option for the treatment of a wide-variety of colorectal, general, gynecologic, and urologic conditions that previously required open surgery, and is being used at Meridian hospitals for a number of procedures including:


  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Benign Polyps
  • Small Bowel Tumors
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Diverticulitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis


  • Hysterectomy for benign fibroids and cancerous tumors, including uterine, ovarian and cervical cancer
  • Myomectomy, or removal of fibroids from the uterus
  • Lymph node removal in women with gynecologic cancers
  • Uterine or vaginal prolapse
  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Treatment of excessive uterine bleeding
  • Treatment of chronic pelvic pain


  • Prostate Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Urinary Obstruction
  • Tumors on the adrenal glands
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Nephrectomy (radical and partial)
  • Reconstructive Pyeloplasty
  • Prostatectomy

General Surgery

  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Fundoplication for Reflux Disease
  • Single Incision Surgery

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