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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

da Vinci® Surgical System in Salt Lake City

Robot Helps Surgeons Perform Minimally Invasive Surgeries

The da Vinci® Surgical System at St. Mark’s Hospital helps surgeons to perform major surgery through very small incisions. This technology enables surgeries that are significantly less invasive and more precise. As a result, patients experience less trauma, reduced pain and minimal scarring. They also recover faster, spend less time in the hospital and more quickly return to normal activities.

At St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, this state–of–the–art robotic technology increases surgical choices for patients and their physicians. Integrating computer–enhanced technology with our surgeon's experience and skill enhances healing and promotes a full recovery for a growing number of our patients.

Robotic-assisted surgeries include:

When using the da Vinci® Surgical System at St. Mark’s Hospital, the surgeon sits at a console in an operating room — only a few feet away from the patient. He or she is guided by vibrant, 3D images that magnify the surgical site. This allows the surgeon to more clearly see the patient’s internal organs as well as vital nerves and blood supply surrounding the organs.

At the console, our surgeons use hand and foot controls to precisely manipulate each of the robot’s four arms and the tiny surgical instruments they hold — similar to a video game. The robotic technology enables surgeries to repair or remove diseased organs with minimal trauma to the patient’s body.

It is important to note that the robot cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Our surgeons always remain in the operating room during entire procedure, close by their patients. These specialists utilize the surgical system to perform several different types of procedures. Most frequently, that includes prostate surgeries, complex hysterectomies and surgery for benign gynecologic conditions.

Through a combination of innovative technology like the da Vinci® Surgical System, cutting–edge medical knowledge, and sincere dedication to our patients, St. Mark’s Hospital remains a leading provider of quality healthcare services in Utah.

If your physician has recommended one of these major surgeries and you’d like to talk with a surgeon who is specially trained on the de Vinci® Surgical System, call (866) 887-3999 for a physician referral.