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Robotic Surgery at Rex

Robotic surgery has become a trusted alternative to traditional surgery and conventional laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but can be limited to simple procedures. Robotic surgery puts a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced platform. For the patient, it means less invasive procedures and faster recovery times.

Rex is a leader in robotic surgery. The number of surgeries performed at Rex is among the highest in the mid-Atlantic region, with patients from surrounding states choosing to come to Rex. In addition, surgeons who operate at Rex have been recognized as some of the best robotic surgeons in the country.

Surgeons use the da Vinci® surgical system to perform complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions and with extreme precision. The incisions are much smaller and less traumatic than those associated with traditional surgical approaches. 

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
  • Less scarring and improved cosmetics
  • In many cases, better clinical outcomes

Robotic surgeries performed at Rex include:

  • Prostatectomies
  • Hysterectomies
  • Myomectomies
  • Treating endometriosis
  • Single-site gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomies)

Learn more about robotic surgery in these CIRCA Magazine and WakeLiving.com articles:

 A Robotic Revolution: Robotic Surgery - An Innovative Option for Many Gynecological Procedures 
 High-tech health care: Robotic surgery works to cure endometriosis 

Talk with your physician about robotic surgical options to see if one is right for you. If you are in need of a physician referral, contact Rex HealthNet.

Better technique, better outcomes

The robotic system is comprised of four principal components: a surgeon console, a computerized control system, two instrument "arms," and a fiber-optic camera. Using the robot, a surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3-D image of the isolated area where the surgery is being performed. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Through the use of robotic devices in surgery, today's treatment of prostate cancer is radically different from a generation ago. The latest milestone in prostate cancer treatment is the robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci® robot. It is now the number one treatment for prostate cancer.

The first live surgery Rex ever tweeted was a robotic surgery. Learn more about what was tweeted during the live robotic hysterectomy.