Medical City Fort Worth is a leader in robot-assisted surgery. Specially trained surgeons offer a wide range of minimally invasive and robot-assisted options — including single-site or single-incision surgeries — using advanced tools, technology and treatments.

Robotic surgery combines the skills and experience of highly trained surgeons with the precision and magnification of today's advanced technologies. Benefits of robot-assisted surgery may include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Faster recovery time and return to normal activities
  • Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Greater sparing of nerves

Robot-assisted spine surgery and back surgery

Patients who are suffering from back pain or spine conditions and who need a lumbar, thoracic or cervical spinal fusion may benefit from a minimally invasive procedure with the robotic system. This technology, combined with experienced surgeons, can offer improved surgical outcomes for people suffering from degenerative disc disease or traumatic spinal injuries.

How the spine surgery robotic system works

During a spinal fusion, the surgeon inserts screws into a patient's spine to alleviate pain and improve mobility. Screw placement makes a difference in the patient's recovery and pain levels, so precision is key. The robot integrates X-rays taken throughout the surgery with CT scans obtained beforehand. This comprehensive, real-time imaging enhances navigation during the spinal procedures and combines with a robotic arm to guide surgeons as they place the screws. Combined with the surgeon's expertise and skills, the system can help ensure more precise placements, reduced complication rates and less wear and tear on adjacent vertebrae. It also reduces radiation exposure. Spinal fusions typically require repeated X-rays to confirm accurate screw placements. The robotic system provides a single, live 3D image during the procedure. Thus, the patient receives measurably less radiation exposure.

Robot-assisted spine surgery offered at Medical City Fort Worth includes:

  • Lumbar, thoracic and cervical spinal fusion
  • Degenerative disc disease surgery
  • Surgery for traumatic spinal injuries
  • Spinal instability due to scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, fracture, etc.

Robot-assisted orthopedic surgery

Robot-assisted surgery for total knee replacement, partial knee replacement and total hip replacement enables surgeons to perform orthopedic joint replacement surgery — with increased accuracy.

The orthopedic robotic system provides each patient with a unique surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy. Using a stimulated three dimensional model, the robot allows surgeons to pre-operatively create each patient's surgical plan. During surgery, the plan is validated and any needed adjustments are made while guiding the robotic arm to perform that plan. This technology is especially game-changing for partial knee replacement surgery. Studies indicate that robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement is two to three times more accurate than similar non-robotic procedures.

Robot-assisted joint replacement surgery offered at Medical City Fort Worth includes:

  • Robotic total hip replacement
  • Robotic partial knee replacement
  • Robotic partial knee resurfacing
  • Robotic total knee replacement

Other robotic-assisted surgeries

Medical City Fort Worth has three general robotic surgical systems, which are used for a variety of surgical procedures. The system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery through an incision roughly the size of a dime. The robotic surgical system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside a patient. The robot offers patients less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and less scarring than traditional surgery.

Transplant surgery

  • Robotic kidney transplant into recipient
  • Living donor kidney removal via single, belly button incision

Urologic surgery with the robotic surgical system

  • Robotic cystectomy for bladder cancer
  • Robotic nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer, kidney disease, kidney disorders and kidney donor
  • Robotic prostatectomy
  • Robotic radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer
  • Robotic surgery for urinary obstructions

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery

  • Robotic gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)
  • Robotic sleeve gastrectomy

General and gastrointestinal surgery

  • Robotic achalasia surgery
  • Robotic colectomy for colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis and other colon and rectal issues
  • Robotic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) for gallbladder cancer or gallbladder disease
  • Robotic gallstone surgery
  • Robotic hernia repair for hiatal hernia, incisional hernia, inguinal hernia, ventral hernia and umbilical hernia
  • Robotic Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia
  • Robotic pancreatic cancer surgery
  • Robotic pancreatitis surgery
  • Robotic sigmoid colectomy
  • Robotic stomach cancer surgery

Gynecologic surgery

  • Robotic endometriosis/adenomyosis surgery
  • Robotic endometriosis resection
  • Robotic hysterectomy
  • Robotic radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer
  • Robotic total laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Robotic infertility surgery
  • Robotic myomectomy for uterine fibroids
  • Robotic tubal reanastomosis for blocked fallopian tubes
  • Robotic sacrocolpopexy for uterine prolapse and vaginal prolapse
  • Robotic surgery for excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers, including uterine (endometrial) cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Robotic oophorectomy (ovary removal)
  • Robotic ovarian cystectomy
  • Robotic removal of ovarian cysts/masses

Robotic surgery at Medical City Healthcare

Robotic-assisted surgery allows for small incisions and more control, creating access to detailed visuals while controlling robotic arms during procedures. This allows for minimally invasive procedures, offering fewer complications and a faster recovery.

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