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Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery

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 options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

With use of the da Vinci Surgical System by Intuitive Surgical, surgeons and hospitals are re-writing accepted standards for surgical care.

First in Alaska

Alaska Regional Hospital has been offering state-of-the-art robotic surgery since 2005, and was the first hospital in Alaska to offer this minimally invasive option to our patients. Additionally, ours is the only robotics program in Alaska to offer the latest Si technology combined with an 8.5 millimeter endoscope, offering a more minimally invasive surgical approach to a broader base of patients.

robotic surgery techniques

During robotic surgery, surgeons operate four robotic arms via the console, which allows them to use miniature EndoWrist surgical instruments in the 1-centimeter incisions made in the patient. The da Vinci control console allows the surgeon to see the surgical field in enhanced detail as a result of the three-dimensional (3-D) images transmitted from the laparoscopic cameras. The surgeon manipulates the robotic "hands" in real-time using master controls.

The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion that mimic and in some instances expand upon the dexterity of the human wrist. Because small incisions are used instead of more traditional, larger incisions, patients can experience a faster recovery time from surgery, as well as a lowered risk of infection or other complications and the possibility of better outcomes.

Better outcomes, quicker recovery

robotic surgery techniques

This technology provides unmatched precision for delicate operations like prostatectomies, hysterectomies, gastric bypass surgery and other procedures. The result is enhanced surgical capabilities, better clinical outcomes, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recovery. This latest technology, combined with the compassionate expertise of our staff makes Alaska Regional’s surgical robotics program the premier choice for Alaskans!

View a list of da Vinci surgeons who have completed and maintained at least 20 surgeries.

For more information about Alaska Regional’s robotic surgery program, call 264-1964.

robotic surgery techniques