Patient Care

Up until approximately 2003, traditional open surgery was the accepted method of treatment for a broad range of conditions. Although it remains the most effective treatment option for certain conditions, open surgery has its drawbacks—a large incision, long recovery time, and risk of infection.

Fortunately, less invasive options became available for many patients facing surgery. The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery, in which small incisions are used to insert the surgical instruments. While laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures, it has inherent limitations when either the procedure or the anatomy is challenging or complex.

The da Vinci® Surgical System—The latest Evolution in Surgical Technology

With the da Vinci Surgical System, University of Rochester Medical Center surgeons now utilize state-of-the-art robotic technology to operate with greater precision, magnified (three-dimensional) visualization and more control than ever before.

The benefits of robotic surgery are well established:

  • Uses only 1 to 2 cm incisions
  • Results in shorter hospital stays
  • Helps minimize blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Reduces pain and complications associated with traditional surgery
  • Lessens risk of infection
  • Reduces adhesion formation and scarring, for better cosmetic results
  • Allows for a quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Increases the likelihood of an excellent outcome

Patients who are candidates for open surgery may also qualify for robotic-assisted procedures. In addition to being the first medical center in our area to perform surgeries using robotic technology, the University of Rochester Medical Center continues to be a leader in the field of robotic surgery research.