Minimally Invasive, Robotic-assisted Surgery

Both robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery are known as minimally invasive procedures. In both procedures, small incisions are used, which may result in less post-operative pain, reduced blood loss, less need for blood transfusions and a potentially faster recovery time. Texoma Medical Center is the only hospital in the region to provide robotic surgery. The hospital has two units dedicated to robotic surgery.

The two major drawbacks of conventional laparoscopy (without the use of robotic surgical system) are that it relies on the use of rigid, hand-held instruments, and visualization is provided by a standard 2D video monitor rather than a 3D field. While standard laparoscopic surgery is performed using small incisions, the surgeon's depth of field, dexterity and precision may be variable.

Robotic surgery

Potential Benefits Over Traditional Open Surgery

Potential benefits of robotic surgery over traditional open surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stay (one day in most cases versus three to five days)
  • Significantly less pain post-operatively (often only over-the-counter pain medications are required)
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities (one to two weeks versus six to eight weeks)
  • Fewer complications and less risk of infection
  • Less scarring: Small, dime-sized incisions versus a six- to eight-inch scar.

Best Candidates

Not all procedures can be done robotically, and not all patients are candidates for procedures that can be performed robotically. The best candidates for robotic surgery are chosen on an individual basis by your doctor. Ask whether or not your diagnosis and situation will lend itself to robotic surgery. 

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery or minimally invasive surgery are right for you.

Get a Physician Referral

If you need a referral to a surgeon or other physician at Texoma Medical Center, call our free physician referral service at 1-903-416-3627.

Da Vinci® Si HD® Surgical System

Surgeons at the Center for Robotic Surgery at Texoma Medical Center were the first in the area to use the da Vinci® Si HD® Surgical System. The hospital also has the da Vinci XI® Surgical System. These advanced robotic platforms allow doctors to perform complex procedures using smaller incisions than standard surgery with tiny, precision tools operated robotically. This may result in less pain, scarring, trauma and blood loss than other surgical procedures so that patients can potentially return to work and daily activities more quickly.

TMC's program is also the first to offer Single-Site® surgery for hysterectomy and gallbladder removal.  Surgeons at the TMC Center for Robotic Surgery use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform the following procedures:

The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of a surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D, high-definition vision system and the system's EndoWrist® instruments. Using advanced robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to translate a surgeon's hand movements into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments.

Mako SmartRobotics™

Mako SmartRobotics™ provides relief for joint pain through the use of minimally invasive robotic surgery. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant, come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest or located in one or many spots of the body. There are many different treatment options available, so talk to your medical provider about if Mako SmartRobotics™ could be the right treatment for you. 

Types of surgery that utilize Mako SmartRobotics™ 

  • Total Knee
  • Partial Knee
  • Total Hip

This minimally invasive surgery is provided by Orthopedic Surgeons who have undergone full-training on the device.

Patient Story: Paula Kelley

Paula Kelley was suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a severe form of acid reflux. Robotic surgery helped resolved the issue by tightening the opening where the stomach meets the esophagus.

Read Paula's Story