Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
If you need a surgery, you can rely on surgeons at Baystate Health for the latest techniques—including minimally invasive and robotic surgery.
ROBOTIC SURGERY AT BAYSTATE HEALTH
During robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, your surgeon controls special robotic arms to complete the procedure.
The robotic arm can move in ways that a human hand cannot. It lets your surgeon reach very small areas with only minimal incisions, or cuts. The robot helps your surgeon do very precise, complex procedures.
The most well-known surgical robot is the da Vinci. The da Vinci Surgical System is the only surgical robot considered safe and effective by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Baystate Medical Center has two da Vinci robots.
THE BENEFITS OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY
Robotic surgery allows for what’s called minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery. Minimally invasive surgery means your surgeon can make very small incisions compared to regular “open” surgery.
For example, certain heart surgeries can be done without opening up the patient’s chest. Using robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, surgeons make incisions that are only a few inches long. Then, the robot arm is inserted through the incision to reach the heart.
Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Smaller scars
- Less risk of infection
- Less bleeding, which means fewer blood transfusions
- Less pain
- Faster healing
- Shorter stays at the hospital
- Quicker recovery
- Fewer complications
SURGICAL SPECIALISTS AT BAYSTATE HEALTH
As a teaching hospital, Baystate Health follows very high standards for safety and quality.
Plus, Baystate is known as an expert in laparoscopic surgery throughout the surgical field. In fact, the Baystate Medical Center Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at UMMS-Baystate teaches surgeons skills in all aspects of laparoscopy.
IS MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY RIGHT FOR YOU?
Not every procedure can be done as a minimally invasive surgery. Your surgeon will talk with you about the right option for you.
Call us at 413-794-7020.