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Robotic Surgery at Houston Physicians’ Hospital

Houston Physicians’ Hospital is committed to keeping up-to-date with the latest technology to help treat patients. Robotic surgery, also called robot-assisted surgery, is a type of surgery that utilizes new technology to allow our surgeons to perform a variety of complex procedures with a greater amount of flexibility, precision, and control than with conventional techniques. Robotic surgery uses a system that includes mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them and a camera arm. Our surgeons are able to maneuver these arms while seated at a computer console near the operating table. This computer console provides a magnified, high-definition view of the surgical site. Robotic surgery at Houston Physicians’ Hospital allows our surgeons to accurately perform delicate or complex procedures that may have been difficult with traditional surgical methods.

Types of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform many types of surgical procedures with minimal invasiveness.

Two common procedures used with robotic surgery include:

Symptoms Robotic Surgery Can Treat

Robotic surgery can treat a wide variety of symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty with mobility
  • Pain in the knees or hips
  • Weakness in the knees or hips

If you need surgery to treat your knees or hips, robotic surgery can decrease risks and increase recovery time.

Mako™ Robotic-Arm System

Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery technology empowers our surgeons at Houston Physicians’ Hospital to use cutting-edge technology to effectively treat patients. Those who desire a restoration of lifestyle, minimally invasive surgery, reduced pain, and rapid recovery time may benefit from the Mako procedure.

Houston Physicians’ Hospital Surgery Benefits

Mako™ Robotic-Arm System features three-dimensional pre-surgical planning. During surgery, the Mako provides surgeons with real-time visual, tactile, and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. This optimal placement results in more natural joint movement following the surgery.

Key Benefits

Robotic surgery provides patients with an innovative and minimally invasive alternative to procedures associated with painful osteoarthritis. Those who experience knee pain with activity, or pain when initiating activities from a sitting position may be a good candidate for robotic surgery. Additionally, patients whose conditions could not be treated using non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication may respond positively to robotic surgery.

  • Allows real-time intra-operative adjustments to allow for more correct knee kinematics and soft-tissue balance prior to resection
  • Enables accurate planning of implant size, orientation, and alignment before operation
  • Has been shown to provide excellent accuracy and precision with regard to planned cup position, leg length, and offset
  • Results in less pain and more accurate implant placement
  • Results in a 92% patient satisfaction rate compared to alternative methods

Houston Physicians’ Hospital’s Robotic Surgery

At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, our robotic surgeons are trained to effectively help patients get back to a pain-free life. Our team’s extensive knowledge and training using the state-of-the-art Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery allows patients to return to their normal lifestyle with minimal downtime. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we believe in staying up to date with leading medical technology in order to create a better patient experience.

Robotics-Assisted Surgery

Houston Physicians’ Hospital features state-of-the-art, robotics-assisted technology as part of our commitment to superior patient outcomes.

Our in-house robotics-assisted technology, the da Vinci Surgical Systems and the Mako Robotic-Arm System, provide world-class technology featuring the latest advances in biomedical robotics. If you or a loved one is facing a surgical procedure, our specially trained surgeons can recommend these leading technologies as part of your treatment.

Houston Physicians’ Hospital offers robotics-assisted surgical methods in the following specialties:

  • Gynecology (da Vinci Surgical Systems)
  • Urology (da Vinci Surgical Systems)
  • General Surgery (da Vinci Surgical Systems)
  • Orthopedics (Mako Robotic Arm System)

Using highly specialized computer equipment within the operating room, our surgeons provide minimally invasive, robotics-assisted surgical options. Complex procedures benefit from the additional flexibility, precision, and control advantages of robotic surgery, making your treatment more effective and efficient. These revolutionary, minimal-incision technologies reduce post-surgery recovery times and provide increased patient comfort during postoperative healing.

By inserting a small camera to view the affected area, our surgeons use highly-accurate computerized controls to assess your body’s health condition. Then, using 3D high-definition images, they perform exploratory or treatment surgery by controlling surgical instruments and visual tools contained within the operating room’s console.

da Vinci Surgical Systems

Houston Physician’s Hospital offers robotics-assisted surgery for gynecological, urological and general surgery conditions using the da Vinci Surgical Systems. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, your underlying condition may benefit from robotics-assisted surgery methods:

Gynecology Procedures

  • Hysterectomy for benign conditions
  • Pelvic organ prolapse surgery
  • Myomectomy
  • Endometriosis resection
  • Hysterectomy for cancer

General Surgery Procedures

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Ventral hernia repair
  • Acid reflux disease surgery
  • Gastrectomy (stomach surgery)
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Small bowel surgery
  • Spleen surgery

Urology Procedures

  • Vasectomy (and reversal)
  • Bladder (cystoscopy/cystectomy)
  • Kidney (partial and total nephrectomy)
  • Kidney blockage removal (pyeloplasty)
  • Kidney cyst removal
  • Prostate (prostatectomy)
  • Ureteral implantation

Mako Robotic-Arm System

If you are experiencing joint and mobility dysfunction in the hip or knee, Houston Physicians’ Hospital offers the Mako Robotic-Arm System for diagnosis and treatment of these orthopedic conditions. If you have any of the following symptoms, our surgeons may recommend our robotics-assisted surgery methods:

  • Knee pain
  • Knee joint malfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip pain
  • Mobility dysfunction

Knee joint replacement and hip joint replacement surgeries benefit from the technological precision and advanced surgery visualization provided by the Mako Robotic-Arm System.

Expanding Surgical Options

Procedures performed using the robotics-assisted methods can also employ fluorescence imaging to further improve the robotic camera’s visual presentation quality. With enhanced imaging, our surgeons can highlight organ structure and blood flow at visualization levels much better than those of the human eye.

If you have received a diagnosis, our doctors can provide a range of treatment options from open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotics-assisted methods. Many patients treated with robotic-assisted surgical technologies experience significantly improved outcomes compared to traditional surgical methods.

Advances in Surgical Technology

At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, our highly trained physician specialists bring you the most beneficial medical advances in technology available. Our focus on accurate diagnoses, compassionate treatment consultations, and gentle postoperative care provides you with a superior level of comfort and surgical success.

If you have a medical symptom or diagnosis in any area where robotics-assisted surgical technology is provided, you can find a doctor who’s right for you at the bottom of this page and schedule an appointment directly with their office.