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Robotic Surgery

Advanced Surgical Technologies Now Available for Chippenham Hospital’s Patients

When faced with the possibility of surgery, patients are naturally concerned about down-time. Returning to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible is a shared goal you’ll have with the surgeons and healthcare providers at Chippenham Hospital.

Technological advancements in healthcare and surgery have made it possible for some surgeries to be performed with robotics. You may be worried that robot will perform the surgery. Please be assured that your surgeon is always precisely controlling all robotic movements.

If your Chippenham surgeon has recommended you for robotic surgery, potential benefits include:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • A faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions with minimal scarring

How Robotic Surgery Works

If your surgeon uses robotic surgery, you may benefit from its uses.

A surgeon specializing in robotic surgery at Chippenham Hospital has undergone specialized and intensive training to use the specific robot required for your surgery. In fact, you can rest easier knowing your entire highly-experienced team of anesthesiologists, nurses, assistants and surgical techs are also trained to support each surgeon’s needs during robotic-assisted surgery.

While each robotic system is different, most of them allow for a magnified area of the surgical site and require an experienced robotic surgeon to guide the robot from initial incision to closing the incision site. Some robotic systems enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control versus a human hand. This allows incisions to be smaller and means less time on the operating table.

If you suffer from a condition that requires surgery, call Chippenham Hospital today to find a surgeon who can assist you at 804-320-DOCS.

Leaders in Surgical Innovation

Chippenham Hospital’s expert surgeons are consistently leading the way for others to follow with the integration of robotics in surgery. We frequently perform surgeries with a variety of robots, including:

  • da Vinci Robotic Surgery System: Surgeries performed with da Vinci Robotic Surgery Systems use tiny incisions, much smaller than those of traditional surgery, to insert miniature instruments and a high-definition 3-D camera. Your surgeon at Chippenham views a magnified, high-resolution 3-D image of the surgical site while controlling the robotic equipment, which translates the surgeon's hand movements into precise movements to perform the operation.
    • Gynecological surgery
    • Urogynecological surgery
    • General surgery, like gall bladder removal & hernia repair
    • Thoracic surgery
  • MAKOplasty® Robotic Arm: Chippenham is the only hospital in Central Virginia to offer MAKOplasty® robotic surgery to its patients in need of hip and partial knee replacements. MAKOplasty® is powered by the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system enabling advanced treatment options for more accurate hip and knee implant placement. Using this technology allows the surgeon to remove only the diseased bone, preserving healthy bone and soft tissue, and assists your surgeon in positioning the implant based on your anatomy. If your surgeon determines you’re a good candidate for a MAKOplasty® procedure, he or she will schedule a computed tomography (CT) scan of your hip or knee one or two weeks prior to your surgery date. This is used to create your unique surgical plan for optimal implant replacement.