Robotic Surgery

Robotic Assisted Surgery at EAMC
Less Pain, Less Scarring, Quicker Recovery

EAMC is dedicated to providing our community with the latest technology and procedures, and we are pleased to offer da Vinci robotic surgery. The da Vinci robot — which turns a previously invasive procedure into a minimally invasive surgical procedure — promises less scarring, less blood loss, less risk of infection and a quicker recovery overall.

Robotic Assisted Hysterectomy

William Golden, M.D., who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, frequently performs surgery using the da Vinci system. In fact, he was the first physician – along with Robert Marino, M.D. -to use the da Vinci at EAMC when it was installed in 2010. He is also the medical director of the robotic surgery program at East Alabama Medical Center. “I have performed about 170 robotic hysterectomies over the past few years, and only seven of those patients had to stay in the hospital longer than 24 hours. Many times, my patients are doing well enough to go home within 12 hours after the procedure. To me, that is a vast improvement over traditional open hysterectomy, which had much longer hospital stays, longer recovery time and more of a chance of complications,” says Dr. Golden.

How does the robot work? Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci Surgical System, explains it this way: “[The da Vinci Surgical System] consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the surgeon's hand movements are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist Instruments.” The surgeon sits at a console and controls the movement of the tiny robotic instruments at the patient’s side with his or her fingertips, working from a high-resolution 3-D image. The da Vinci’s instruments are much smaller than hands, mimicking the motion of the human wrist on a miniature scale.

Since 2010, when EAMC installed the da Vinci, the use of robotic surgery has grown. The number of gynecological surgeons who are credentialed to perform robotic surgery at EAMC has increased. Many prostate procedures and kidney resections are now performed with the da Vinci, and surgeons have started to perform general surgeries robotically, including hiatal hernia repairs, colon resection and gallbladder removal.

Robotic surgery is ideal for procedures that do not require open access, like procedures that can currently be done with a laparoscope. Ask your doctor if your surgery could be done with the da Vinci at EAMC.

For more information on robotic surgery, visit the EAMC Health Library at www.eamc.org. Click on the Health Library button on the right side of the home page, then click on Procedures & Tests, and scroll down to Robot-assisted surgery. Also, Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robot, has information on their website at www.davincisurgery.com.

Robotic surgeries offered at EAMC include:

  • Robotic total hysterectomy or partial hysterectomy
  • Removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • Removal of uterine fibroids
  • Removal of an obstruction in the urinary tract
  • Removal of kidney or section of the kidney
  • Removal of cysts in the kidney
  • Robotic prostatectomy (removal of all or part of the prostate)
  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
  • Repair of hiatal hernia
  • Robotic lower anterior colon resection

The following physicians perform robotic surgery at EAMC: