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Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Jackson Hospital has established one of the Southeast's most advanced robotic surgery centers, and our doctors have logged more hours with this equipment than doctors at any other hospital in the region.

Robotic surgery is a technique in which a surgeon operates using a computer that remotely controls very small instruments attached to robotic arms. The surgeon sits at a computer station nearby, controlling the movement of the robot. The doctor uses several cameras to monitor the progress through the entire surgery, including an endoscope, which is a tube-like camera that allows the surgeon to view through the incision.

When advanced robotic equipment is placed in the hands of skilled doctors, the result is extremely beneficial for the patient. The incisions are smaller, the tools are less invasive, and the surgery is more precise and has fewer risks. All of this means shorter time on the operating table, less pain, faster recovery time, reduced scarring and more time to get back to living life your way.

Procedures

Robotic surgery may be used for a number of different procedures, including:

Robotic Surgery Procedures

  • Colon resections
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Cutting away cancer tissue from sensitive parts of the body, such as blood vessels, nerves or important body organs
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Hip replacement
  • Hysterectomy
  • Kidney removal
  • Kidney transplant
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • Prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate)
  • Pyeloplasty (surgery to correct ureteropelvic junction obstruction)
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Tubal ligation

Our State-of-the-Art Technology

STERIS® Operating Room

At Jackson Hospital, we're committed to treating our patients with the most advanced technology available. That's why we've partnered with STERIS Corporation, a company renowned for its surgical innovations. STERIS has created 1 of the world's most innovative surgical suites, custom tailored for Jackson Hospital's needs.

This state-of-the-art surgical suite helps Jackson surgeons provide patients advanced care without undue risk from infection or contamination. STERIS is intuitive, safe and easy to use.

The result is a better, safer and more confident patient experience, where surgery has the highest probability of being successful and with reduced risk.

Firefly™

With any surgical procedure, a big part of solving the health problem is finding it. Jackson Hospital is approaching this obstacle with advanced technology and a staff that knows how to use it—in this case, the Firefly Fluorescence Imaging system.

Firefly uses laser light illuminators to enable endoscopic cameras to highlight images in the smallest parts of the human body. This FDA-cleared technology provides a visual assessment of blood vessels, blood flow and tissue perfusion using near–infrared imaging.

Like all of the state-of-the-art technology used at Jackson Hospital, the benefits are in the patients' best interest. With Firefly, doctors and staff can better diagnose patients' maladies in a less invasive and timely way. this means a shorter hospital stay at a lower cost.

The Firefly can be used to illuminate and ease a number of urological, colorectal, gynecological and thoracic procedures, including:

  • Partial nephrectomy.
  • Nephrectomy.
  • Pyeloplasty.
  • Cystectomy.
  • Lower anterior resection.
  • Colectomy.
  • Hepatic resection.
  • Distal pancreatectomy.
  • Sacrocolpopexy.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Hysterectomy.
  • Esophagectomy.
  • Lobectomy.

Firefly™ Fluorescence Imaging is FDA-cleared for visual assessment of vessels, blood flow and related tissue perfusion using near-infrared imaging.

da Vinci X®

When a surgeon is able to be more accurate and less invasive, the risk of infection and error are reduced for the patient. That's why Jackson Hospital has invested in the da Vinci X Surgical System robot, one of the most advanced robotic surgical tools in the world.

Specially trained Jackson Hospital surgeons use 3D/HD resolution to perform complicated procedures with more precision, control and dexterity than ever before. Single-Site™ da Vinci Surgery enables our surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from 4 to 1 by going through the belly button. With the incision less than an inch in length, it is a virtually scarless procedure.

With the latest da Vinci technology, surgeons at Jackson Hospital are able to perform more complex cases and more procedures robotically than ever before, including urologic, gynecologic, abdominal, and head and neck surgeries.

Risks

Robotic surgery may have fewer risks than open and laparoscopic surgery. As with any surgery, there are risks such as bleeding and infection. Anesthesia risks include reactions to medications and potential problems breathing.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

At Jackson Hospital, we put our patients' needs first. And that means getting our patients out of the hospital and back to their lives.

Our minimally invasive procedures use state-of-the-art technology to reduce the damage to human tissue when performing surgery. Tiny incisions are made, and small cameras (laparoscope or endoscope) are used to guide the instruments through the procedure.

There are some advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures that can performed almost exclusively through a single point of entry—meaning only one small incision. And smaller incisions and less intrusion means less time and energy to heal—which is better for the patient.

Are You a Candidate?

These kinds of procedures are not for everyone and only your doctor can determine if this procedure is right for you. Minimally invasive procedures have been proven to be as effective as those of conventional surgery. More than 20 million Americans have had them.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Quicker recovery. Since a minimally invasive requires smaller incisions than conventional surgery (usually about the diameter of a dime), your body may heal much faster.
  • Shorter hospital stays. Minimally invasive procedures help get you out of the hospital and back to your life sooner than conventional surgery.
  • Less scarring. Most incisions are so small that it's hard to notice them after they have healed.
  • Less pain. Because these procedures are less invasive than conventional surgery, there is typically less pain involved.

Single-Site Surgery

Imagine having a surgery with incisions so small, you might forget they're even there. This is a reality at Jackson Hospital, which is leading the region into the age of robotic single-site surgery.

Single-Site™ da Vinci Surgery enables our surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from 4 to 1 by going through the bellybutton. The incision is less than an inch in length and is a virtually scarless procedure.

Benefits of Single-Site Surgery

  • Minimal scarring.
  • Minimal pain.
  • Low blood loss.
  • Lower infection risk.
  • Faster recovery.
  • Short hospital stay.