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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

TW Robot Dr. Lee

Gynecologic Oncology - Dr. Christine Lee; Dr. Richard Drake

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da Vinci Site Docking (back view)

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands now has two da Vinci Surgical System robots. Our new da Vinci Si with Skills Simulator is the latest technology from Intuitive and provides a platform for additional future products such as single site surgery and immunoflourescent technology. The da Vinci Si is more compact in design, has improved 3D HD vision with up to 10x magnification, better, more natural range of motion for the surgeon’s wrists and fingers, improved ergonomics, enhanced patient safety measures, and increased efficiency.

The Skill Simulator, the first in north Houston, contains a variety of exercises and scenarios specifically designed to give users the opportunity to improve their proficiency with the da Vinci surgeon console controls. This practice platform that can be used in or outside the operating room. Easy access to continued

training using virtual reality allows surgeons to have pre-case "warm-up", the ability to measure specific skill sets and track their progress over time.

Robtoic Epicenter

Gynecologist Gregory Eads, M.D. and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital have been awarded an epicenter for robotic gynecological surgery, meaning a doctor must have performed more than 200 robotic cases, be able to teach on the robot, have a certain model and have high-quality outcomes. There are only 24 centers nationwide and one more in the Houston area.

What is robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery is the latest development in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), giving surgeons the flexibility of traditional open surgery while operating through tiny incisions. This means a faster recovery for patients.

The da Vinci Surgical System integrates robotics, computer technology and surgical skill to simplify a number of existing surgeries, transforming traditionally invasive surgeries into minimally invasive procedures.

Memorial Hermann’s innovative technology offerings include the da Vinci® Surgical System, the first operative surgical robotic system in the world approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Since only small incisions and tiny instruments are used in da Vinci procedures, patients experience less postoperative pain. Other patient benefits include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Reduced amount of blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced hospitalization costs

Robotic-assisted surgery can be used to perform a variety of procedures for qualified candidates. Applications at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital currently include:

da Vinci® Single-Site® Cholecystectomy

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands became the first hospital in north Houston and Montgomery County to provide single site cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal).

The Latest Technology

Watch a webinar Q&A on robotic-assisted surgery hosted by Dr. Gregory Eads

Ovarian Cancer Overview

Watch a webinar Q&A on ovarian cancer hosted by Dr. Christine Lee