There are various surgical approaches to diseases within the abdomen (belly). Learning about all surgical options can help you make the best decision for your situation and ease any anxiety you may be feeling about surgery.

Traditional open surgery uses a larger incision to get inside the abdomen. For some conditions, it is the only possible option. Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common is conventional laparoscopic surgery. Small incisions are used to insert a camera as well as long-shafted instruments. The surgery is then performs the procedure using those instruments while looking on a monitor. Laparoscopic surgery has many advantages compared to open surgery including less pain, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time as well as less risk of infection.


A new category in Minimally Invasive Surgery is now robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. With the assistance of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons can operate through tiny incisions with greater vision, precision and control than ever before.

The da Vinci System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery. With da Vinci, small 1-cm incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera.


Seated comfortably at the ergonomically designed da Vinci console, our surgeons view a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the body’s interior. To operate, the surgeon uses master controls that work like forceps. As the surgeon manipulates the controls, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise movements of miniaturized instruments at the patient-side cart.

The System cannot be programmed and it cannot make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.

At Surgical Associates, our surgeons perform laparoscopic surgery very routinely to treatm all types of surgical diseases in the abdomen. Our surgeons may occasionally recommend da Vinci Robotic Surgery in the treatment of certain conditions.

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