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Types of Robotic Surgery

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Bariatric & General Surgery

Our general surgeons are experts in performing minimally invasive robotic surgery for a number of conditions, including:

  • Bariatric (weight loss surgery) procedures
  • Abominal wall reconstruction
  • Inguinal and ventral hernia repairs

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Robotic colorectal surgery is technically very difficult. As a result, less than 20% of colorectal surgery in the United States is performed robotically because most surgeons are not trained in the techniques. At Virginia Hospital Center, our colorectal surgeons are specialists in robotic surgery with years of experience, performing 86% of colorectal surgery procedures robotically.

Our colorectal surgeons routinely perform these procedures with robot-assisted surgery:

  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Colostomy reversal
  • Rectal cancer surgery


Patients who have robotic surgery for GYN conditions may experience:

  • Fewer complications, compared to patients who had open and laparoscopic surgery
  • Reduced chance of having their surgery converted to an open procedure than patients who had laparoscopic surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay compared to open or laparoscopic surgery
  • A few small incisions
  • At Virginia Hospital Center, gynecologists use the da Vinci Xi for:
  • Endometriosis resection
  • Hysterectomy (benign)
  • Myomectomy (uterine fibroids)

Gynecologic Oncology

Robotic surgery enables our surgeons to perform complicated GYN cancer surgeries that used to require large incisions and days in the hospital. Now these same procedures can be done with smaller incisions and less pain, often requiring only an overnight stay. Patients benefit because they recover more quickly from surgery and can proceed to the next step in their cancer treatment – without delay.

GYN oncology procedures performed robotically include:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Hysterectomy
  • Uterine cancer


Neurosurgeons at Virginia Hospital Center use the latest robotic surgery techniques for a variety of degenerative, traumatic and oncologic conditions affecting the spine, including:

  • Adult degenerative scoliosis
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
  • Primary and metastatic spinal column and spinal cord tumors
  • Revision spinal surgery
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal fractures


Major reconstructive surgery for pelvic organ prolapse can be performed through a few small incisions in the abdomen using robotic surgery. During surgery, the surgeon moves the organs back to their original positions and may implant a surgical mesh support to keep the organs from moving. Compared to open surgery, there is less trauma at the incision site, less blood loss and less pain during recovery after robotic surgery.

Robotic-assisted urogynecology procedures include repair of:

  • Bladder prolapse
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Vaginal prolapse


Urologists at Virginia Hospital Center have been pioneering robotic surgery techniques since 2006. Today, nearly all prostate cancer surgeries at the Hospital are performed robotically.

Common urology procedures performed robotically include:

  • Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty (Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction)
  • Partial Nephrectomy (partial kidney removal)
  • Radical Cystectomy (bladder cancer)
  • Radical Prostatectomy with Nerve Sparing

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