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Robotic Surgery

Changing the Experience of Surgery at Frederick Health

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

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Our surgical robots provide surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. This technology enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes


Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

This minimally invasive approach utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.



Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

Thoracic Surgery

The historic conventional thoracotomy approach for thoracic surgery customarily resulted in a 5-10 day length of hospital stay. This approach resulted in notable persistent postoperative pain with a return to normal activity in six to eight weeks.

Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) is a wonderful technology for some patients. Unfortunately, the "presumed" benefit of pain relief is not evident in all patients secondary to chest wall neuralgia (irritation of chest wall nerves). The customary hospital length of stay can be reduced to 3 - 5 days. From a surgical technical perspective, VATS instrumentation is "technically limiting" and does not allow the surgeon to utilize all natural hand movements during the conduct of surgery. The procedure is very time consuming. The technology utilizes a 2-D video output that unfortunately forces the surgeon to perform an operation without any true visual depth perception.

Robotic Thoracic Surgery utilizes state-of-the-art technology that provides a seamless translation of the surgeon's hand movements into precise real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. This technology offers the operating surgeon a 3-Dimensional visualization with true optical depth of perception. This technologic advancement allows the surgeon to perform complex surgical procedures through small puncture sites. The patient benefits by experiencing reduced postoperative pain, shorter hospital stay, accelerated recovery time, and a faster return to normal activity.

Thoracic procedures that can be performed with a surgical robot include:

  • Sublobar (limited) lung resection
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Lobectomy
  • Mediastinal tumor / cyst resection
  • Thymectomy
  • Chest wall mass / tumor resection
  • Esophageal surgery
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