Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic Assisted Surgery at Willis-Knighton Health System

Why does Willis-Knighton invest in the latest robotic technology? The answer is simple.  It benefits both you and your surgeon, giving the surgeon the tools to perform your surgery with precision that is often not possible without the robot and speeding your recovery.

The array of robotic technology not only provides precision but offers you:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter or no hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Faster return to normal

How Does the Robot Work?

Robotic-assisted surgery does not replace the surgeon. It simply translates the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements, bending or rotating but with a greater range of motion. And the system’s camera shows the surgical area in magnified 3D high-definition.

What robots are available at Willis-Knighton?

The robotic fleet at Willis-Knighton includes 11 cutting edge robots:

What types of robotic surgeries are offered?

Robotic-assisted surgery is frequently used for the following surgeries:

  • General (appendectomy, gallbladder removal, hernia repair, etc.)
  • Bariatric
  • Colorectal
  • Gynecologic
  • Head & Neck
  • Heart (Cardiac) Surgery
  • Chest Surgery
  • Urologic and Prostate Surgery
  • Spine
  • Knee

Laparoscopic Surgery Options

Willis-Knighton has a long tradition of minimally invasive surgical innovation. As home to the Willis-Knighton Institute for Laparoscopic Surgery, the surgeons affiliated with Willis-Knighton have trained hundreds of resident surgeons in advanced methods of laparoscopic surgery. Not every surgery is enhanced by the use of a robot. Surgeons at Willis-Knighton evaluate each case and continue to offer the minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques to patients when appropriate.

Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence

Willis-Knighton is accredited as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by SRC, Surgical Review Corporation. The independent nonprofit patient safety organization analyzes data to identify surgeons, hospitals and outpatient facilities to identify which have the best outcomes. The award was made to Willis-Knighton following an extensive review of surgical outcomes data, medical records and internal processes.