Minimally Invasive Surgery

Small Incisions, BIG Benefits.

At Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center we offer some of the most sophisticated minimally invasive surgical procedures, including the new daVinci® Si HD Robotic-Assisted Surgical System.

“There is less pain, faster recovery and a faster return to daily activities than with traditional, open surgeries,” says Sunder Nambiar, RN, CNOR, director of perioperative services at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Minimally invasive surgery, performed with a laparoscope, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) or the new daVinci® Si HD Robotic-Assisted Surgical System, may be applied to a range of areas including:

  • Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery: Procedures are done using minimally invasive techniques that use small incisions and often lead to faster recovery and fewer complications. The most common bariatric procedures include: Lap-Band®, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve.
  • General Surgery: Minimally invasive techniques can be used for a variety of common procedures including appendectomy, hernia repair and gallbladder removal.
  • Gynecologic Surgery: Minimally invasive options can be used to treat ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, hysterectomy, ectopic pregnancy, early stage endometriosis, uterine prolapse and other benign conditions.
  • Orthopedic Surgery: Minimally invasive hip and knee replacements allow surgeons to perform the surgery through one or two small incisions. Many spine procedures can also be performed this way. Patients usually have less pain and faster rehabilitation compared with traditional surgery.
  • Prostate Surgery: Robotic technology is especially beneficial for this kind of surgery. The 360-degree dexterity in the robot’s arm makes it easier to maneuver to get to the prostate.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: Big Benefits

With minimally invasive surgery, we offer patients BIG benefits over traditional surgeries including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Higher precision with assisted visualization
  • Quicker return to home, work and normal activities
  • Less pain and smaller doses of pain relievers than patients undergoing traditional surgeries
  • Smaller, less noticeable scars
  • Reduced chance of complications or infections

Not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Your surgeon will carefully determine if you are a candidate and discuss your options with you.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: Options 

daVinci® Si HD Robotic-Assisted Surgical System

Through robotic-assisted visualization, dexterity, precision and control, a surgeon can perform a wide array of procedures through small 1-2 cm incisions. The daVinci® seamlessly and directly translates the surgeon’s natural movements.

  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery SILS™: Offering our gynecologic patients the newest advancement in surgery, the SILS™ procedure replaces the three to four incisions required by standard laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgeries with just one incision in the belly button.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery: Also called “bandaid surgery” or “keyhole surgery,” this is a modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5–1.5 cm) as opposed to the larger incisions needed in traditional surgery.

Why choose Providence? 

  • First in the Valley: In 2004, Providence Saint Joseph ushered in a new era of minimally invasive surgery with the addition of the first daVinci® Surgical System in the San Fernando Valley.
  • Board Certified Surgeons: All our surgeons are board certified, and have met a defined standard of education and experience.
  • Quality Outcomes: Providence Saint Joseph is recognized by the following organizations for superior quality outcomes:
    • - Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence – American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (2013)
    • - Center of Excellence – American College of Surgeons (2013)
    • - Blue Distinction® Centers+ – for both knee and hip replacement procedures
    • - Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ – Healthgrades® (2013)
    • - Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ – Healthgrades® (2011-2013)
    • - Five-Star Rated Total Knee Replacement – Healthgrades® (2013)
    • - Five-Star Rated Hip Fracture Repair – Healthgrades® (2010)

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