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Robotic Surgery Throughout Greater Houston

Robotic surgery can be used to perform a variety of surgeries for qualified candidates. Surgeries include:

  • Gynecologic oncology surgery for endometrial cancers
  • Robotic prostate cancer surgery (prostatectomy)
  • Gynecological surgery
    • Hysterectomy – the surgical removal of the uterus
    • Myomectomy – the surgical removal of uterine fibroids
  • Thoracic surgery
    • Heller myotomy – a surgical procedure in which the muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter are cut, allowing food and liquids to pass to the stomach
  • Urologic surgery
    • Pyeloplasty – the surgical reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis to drain and decompress the kidney
    • Bladder augmentation through cystoplasty - surgical solution to urinary incontinence that is considered after conservative therapy has failed
    • Vasectomy and vasectomy reversal
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery (MAKOplasty)
  • General surgery
    • Gall bladder removal

A Comprehensive Network

Most of Memorial Hermann's da Vinci systems are used clinically for a variety of surgeries, while one is an essential component of the Memorial Hermann Surgical Innovation & Robotics Institute. Open since January 2003, the Institute has trained numerous surgical teams from around the country. It is the largest training site for robotic surgery in the nation and the only one in the southwest.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

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). 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.

Patient Benefits

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
  • Less scarring
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Reduced amount of blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Reduced hospitalization costs

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing with the Rio Robotic Arm System

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center offers MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, a minimally-invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. 

MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system. Memorial Hermann Memorial City is the first and only hospital in west Houston to acquire this technology.

Patient Benefits

Because it is less invasive and preserves more of the patient's natural knee, the goal is for patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities quickly.

MAKOplasty potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

  • Reduced pain
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • More rapid recovery
  • Less implant wear and loosening
  • Smaller scar
  • Better motion and a more natural feeling knee