Under the direction of the network's Director of Robotic Surgery, Dr. Kai Hans Hammerich, Bristol Health uses the da Vinci system to perform robotic surgeries. Da Vinci's advanced instruments perform prostatectomies, cystectomies, partial nephrectomies, pyeloplasties, and procedures for other urologic conditions.
Robotic surgery is an advanced form of minimally invasive surgery. The robot gives surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces in the body that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery. Robotic Surgery has many benefits when treating specific urological conditions. They include:
- Shorter hospitalization
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Faster recovery time and return to normal activities
- Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection
- Reduced blood loss and transfusions
- Minimal scarring