Minimally invasive robotic surgery in Dublin, Georgia

To provide patients with a full range of treatment options, we offer many surgeries that use minimally invasive and robotic techniques. Depending on the patient and condition being treated, these can be an excellent alternative to conventional "open" surgery that typically involves large incisions.

These technologically advanced options require incisions just a few millimeters in length. The small incisions create a passageway for special surgical instruments and a fiber-optic instrument called a laparoscope. The device transmits images from within the body to a video monitor, allowing the general surgeon to see the operative area on the screen.

For more information about our minimally invasive robotic surgery options, please call (478) 738-6277.

Benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection and complications
  • Less bleeding
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Less risk of bowel obstructions after surgery
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less trauma to the body
  • Less post-operative medication
  • Less scarring

General surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery, using the da Vinci® Surgical System, is a minimally invasive surgical option that is beneficial for performing complex surgeries. This system allows surgeons to operate through tiny incisions of one to two centimeters with greater vision, precision, dexterity and control. The avoidance of any major incision dramatically reduces the traumatic impact of the operation. As a result, patients recover more quickly, experience less pain, and have fewer complications.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery uses a thin, telescopic-like instrument called a laparoscope, which is inserted through a small incision at the belly button. The laparoscope is connected to a tiny video camera that projects a view of the operative site through video monitors located in the operating room. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to allow the surgeon a better view of the operative area. Two or three additional small incisions are made near the laparoscope through which the surgeon inserts specialized surgical instruments to perform the surgery. Following the procedure, the small incisions are closed with sutures and covered with surgical tape. After a few months, the incisions are barely visible.

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) robotics

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is an innovative, minimally invasive approach for the treatment of benign and some malignant tumors of the tongue, throat and voice box (larynx). The ENT doctor performs the procedure through the mouth with the da Vinci® robotic surgical system.

Fairview Park Hospital is the first hospital in Dublin and the surrounding 13 county area where ENT specialists perform and offer TORS using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system’s advanced technologies.

Benefits of TORS

TORS offers the potential for significantly better outcomes for patients. The incisionless approach eliminates visible disfigurement and scarring and preserves facial and neck tissue and muscle, reducing possible nerve and tissue damage associated with open approaches that can adversely affect the patient’s ability to swallow, taste, breathe and speak. Most patients are able to speak and swallow two to three weeks post-op compared to months after conventional surgery. Other benefits include reduced blood loss, reduced risk of infection and complications, shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery period. Perhaps most importantly, initial treatment with TORS may allow a reduction in the dose of any chemotherapy or radiation that the patient requires.

Candidates for TORS

Recommended candidates are adult patients diagnosed with benign and select malignant cancers (T1 and T2) of the mouth, tonsil, tongue, throat and voice box. It is also being used to treat sleep apnea, by removing excess tissue located at the very back of the tongue. Though the procedure is minimally invasive, patients sometimes experience swelling of the airway and therefore require close monitoring in the hospital for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Patients may still require radiation and/or chemotherapy if the lesion is cancerous; however, doses may be significantly reduced, improving the patient’s functional outcome.

Gynecological surgery

robotic gynecological surgery

Fairview Park Hospital is committed to advancing the field of surgical techniques within gynecological surgery. Traditional gynecological surgery uses a large incision, which typically causes significant pain, trauma to the body and a long recovery period. Our gynecologists and physicians provide alternatives to these surgeries by using minimally invasive robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery.

Surgeons at Fairview Park Hospital can treat the following gynecological conditions using da Vinci® robotic surgery including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Pelvic and uterine prolapse
  • Cervical and uterine cancer