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Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon makes a few small cuts, called incisions, instead of one large cut. A surgeon with special training controls a machine called the Intuitive da Vinci® Surgical System. Inside the body, the machine imitates the surgeon’s hand movements. These movements control very small surgical tools.

Smaller incisions have these benefits for patients:

  • Shorter recovery times
  • Less pain
  • Fewer complications

Types of Cancer Treated with Robotic Surgery

Huntsman Cancer Institute offers robotic surgery for these types of cancer: 

  • Gastrointestinal cancers: esophagus, colon, rectal, and liver
  • Gynecologic cancers: ovarian and uterine
  • Lung/Thoracic cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • 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

Robotic surgery is performed using the Intuitive da Vinci ® Surgical System.

A computer moves very small surgery instruments inside the body. One of the instruments is a camera so the surgeon can see inside the patient. The computer mimics the surgeon’s hand movements precisely to use the instruments.

The surgeon can do the following:

  • Make small incisions, or cuts
  • See more clearly inside the patient
  • Reduce the need for large surgery cuts
  • Get better tissue samples for treatment planning

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