Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery Baystate Medical Center is the leading health care facility in western Massachusetts for: Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), also known as laparoscopic surgery. Robot-Assisted Surgery which utilizes advanced technology to make MIS even more precise. Baystate is the only facility in western Massachusetts with two da Vinci robots. Baystate also offers a one-year MIS Fellowship that offers an opportunity to acquire advanced MIS skills in all aspects of laparoscopy. Patient Stories Patients considering minimally invasive/robotic surgery can visit da Vinci's da Vinci Stories website. Here, patients' personal stories of da Vinci Surgery experiences that match their own situation. For example, prospective patients can read stories that match their medical condition, or come from patients in their state or specific country. Patients can easily also add their own stories and photos via the Submit Your Story link. They are guided through a structured series of questions designed to gather the most compelling details about their robotic surgery experience, and are then given the option to post their whole story in their own words. Advantages of MIS or Robot-Assisted Surgery Patients who elect MIS or robot-assisted surgeries are more likely to: Have smaller scars. Avoid infection. Experience less bleeding, requiring fewer blood transfusions. Suffer less pain and trauma. Heal faster and leave the hospital up to two days sooner. Recover and resume normal activity up to four weeks sooner than patients who opt for traditional surgery. Because surgery costs are driven by the type of procedure rather than the technology employed, the cost to patients and their insurance carriers is the same for a given procedure, regardless of whether the surgeon performs traditional surgery, MIS or robot-assisted surgery. Patients at Baystate Medical Center can discuss surgery options with their physician and select the method that best suits their needs and comforts. The da Vinci Surgical System at Baystate Medical Center is the only operative surgical robot deemed safe and effective by the United States Food and Drug Administration for actually performing surgery. Learn more about the da Vinci 3D Hi Def 'Si' model robotic surgery system, the more advanced of Baystate's two robots. This is the world's first robotic surgery system to feature 3D HD vision and to integrate it with the technology to enable even more complex minimally invasive procedures. The system serves as the eyes and hands of the surgeon for the highest level of surgical precision while allowing them to remain 100% in control at all times.