Robotic surgery: Approach to Care

With two state-of-the-art daVinci Si Surgical System robots, the UF Multispecialty Robotics Program at UF Health offers leading-edge, minimally invasive surgical treatments in several surgical disciplines, including:

  • Urology: prostate and kidney cancer; kidney obstruction; adrenal tumors; male infertility
  • Gynecology: uterine fibroids or cancer; ovarian tumors; pelvic organ prolapse
  • General Surgery: colorectal surgeries, including proctectomy and rectopexy
  • Head and Neck Surgery: Trans-oral approach to masses of the oral cavity, tonsils, base of tongue and voice box

The multispecialty robotics program holds regular meetings to exchange ideas on surgical techniques and innovations, as well as to teach and train medical residents.

Advantages of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery combines the unique advantages of open surgery with the benefits of minimally invasive laparoscopy. During robotic surgery, specially trained surgeons control miniaturized, multi-jointed instruments that mimic the surgeon’s every hand and wrist movement in real time, allowing the surgeon to perform precise and exacting tasks with the same ease and hand movements as in traditional open surgery, with greater magnification and through smaller incisions.

Robotic surgery also enhances surgical precision by incorporating motion-scaling technology, which reduces subtle movements and tremors of the surgeon so the robotic instruments perform only how the surgeon desires. 

Advantages of robotic surgery to the surgeon include:

  • Improved three-dimensional imaging
  • High-definition imaging
  • Magnified imaging (10 – 20x normal vision)
  • Multi-jointed robotic instrumentation
  • Motion-scaling technology for improved precision of surgical tasks
  • Improved ergonomics of laparoscopic tools

As a result of these advantages to more traditional surgical approaches, patients undergoing robotic surgery in general experience:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced transfusion rates
  • Less need for pain medications
  • Faster recuperation and return to normal activities

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Urologic Procedures

Robotic Nerve-sparing Radical Prostatectomy

Robotic Partial and Radical Nephrectomy

Robotic Adrenalectomy

Robotic Nephroureterectomy (for transitional cell cancer of the kidney and ureter)

Robotic Pyeloplasty (for kidney obstruction)

Gynecologic Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery through laparoscopy alone or with the assistance of robotic technology is used to treat the following gynecologic conditions:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Ovarian cysts or masses

Head and Neck Surgery

  • Trans-oral approach to masses of the oral cavity, tonsils, base of tongue and voice box

Additional Information

daVinci

daVinci Prostatectomy

UF Department of Urology

UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

 Make an Appointment

To learn more about specific robotic procedures and services provided by each department, or to learn whether you are a candidate for robotic surgery, please click on any of the departments listed above.

For more information about the UF Multispecialty Robotics program or scheduling a new patient appointment, please call 352.294.5333.