Robot-assisted Surgery

Robot-assisted Surgery

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton has a premier robot-assisted surgery program featuring many experienced and highly respected surgeons, including several from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who are also on the Harvard Medical School faculty. The program is under the leadership of Peter Chang, MD, director of the Prostate Care Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Robot-assisted surgery is minimally invasive. Instead of one “open” incision, the surgeon operates through three of four smaller incisions which are roughly the size of a shirt button each. Through these tiny incisions, the surgeon inserts a miniaturized high-definition camera and surgical instruments with the help of the “robot’s” mechanical arms. The surgeon controls the camera and instruments from a computer console located to the side of the operating table.

In the hands of an experienced surgeon, robot-assisted surgery offers more precision and flexibility. The miniaturized camera provides a magnified, three-dimensional view inside the body and the robot’s mechanical arms greatly improves control of the surgical instruments while making it possible to operate in hard-to-reach parts of the body.

Numerous medical studies have shown that minimally invasive robotic surgery reduces blood loss as well as tissue and nerve damage. Patients have a shorter hospital stay, usually overnight, and are able to return to normal activities more quickly than with the traditional open surgery.

Robot-assisted surgery is offered at BID-Milton for:

  • Urology (prostatectomy or removal of the prostate gland)
  • Gynecology (hysterectomy and removal of the ovaries)
  • Urogynecology (treatment for pelvic floor prolapse)
  • Gynecologic Oncology (treatment for cervical and endometrial cancers)

Anesthesia services at BID-Milton are provided by anesthesiologists from Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. BID-Milton has also been recognized as a national leader in patient safety and quality of care by the Leapfrog Group and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Make an appointment with a BID-Milton surgeon who performs robot-assisted surgery.