The expert robotic surgeons at Huntsman Cancer Institute are national leaders in robotic techniques. Our team uses the latest technologies to improve patient outcomes. We are proud to offer robotic surgery as a safe and effective approach to cancer treatment.
Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery. A surgeon with special training controls a robotic system to perform precise and controlled movements. Huntsman Cancer Institute uses a robot called the Intuitive da Vinci® Surgical System. Inside the body, the machine imitates the surgeon’s hand and wrist movements. These movements control very small surgical tools. The surgeon makes a few small cuts, called incisions, instead of one large cut used in traditional surgical approaches.
Minimally invasive robotic surgery has these benefits for patients:
- Smaller incisions
- Shorter recovery times
- Less pain and scarring
- Fewer complications
- Faster surgery and less time under anesthesia
- Better clinical outcomes
Learn more about how robotic surgery has improved patient outcomes.
Types of Cancer Treated with Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery is an approach that can be used in many surgical subspecialties. Huntsman Cancer Institute offers robotic surgery for these types of cancer:
- Gastrointestinal cancers: colon, esophageal, gallbladder, liver, pancreatic, rectal, stomach, and small intestine
- Gynecologic cancers: ovarian and uterine
- Lip and oral cavity cancers
- Lung and thoracic cancers
- Urologic cancers: bladder, kidney, and prostate
Robotic surgery is not right for every type of cancer. It may not be right for every patient. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you.
How Robotic Surgery Works
The Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has one of the most comprehensive and advanced robotic surgery programs in the United States, with 15 surgeons performing robotic surgery in a variety of cancer specialties. Our experts are highly trained and have experience using robotic surgery to treat various types of cancer. Since we launched our program in 2011, we have performed more than 5,000* surgeries using the robot.
Our doctors use a multidisciplinary approach to review each patient’s case and discuss treatment options with specialists in oncology, radiation, hormone therapies, and more. As nationally recognized robotic surgery specialists in oncology, we have created and developed a robotic surgery training program used at many cancer centers across the country. All surgeons who practice robotic surgery at Huntsman Cancer Institute are required to complete this training and credentialing.
*As of December 31, 2022