Surgeons at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe have access to some of the best advancements in medical technology, including robotic-assisted surgical technology. Our surgeons perform traditional procedures using minimally invasive techniques. Rather than operating on patients through large incisions, surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of small incisions to reduce scarring and recovery time.
Robotic surgery offers several benefits for patients:
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily living activities
- Less blood loss, which results in fewer transfusions
- Less pain post-surgery
- Reduced scarring
- Shorter hospital stay post-surgery
- Lower risk of infection
Robot-assisted surgery in Conroe, Texas
HCA Houston Conroe conducts robotic-assisted surgeries for a broad range of conditions and surgical specialties, including:
- Partial nephrectomy
- Endometriosis resection
- Uterine prolapse
- Gynecologic cancers
- Dilation and curettage (D&C)
- Bladder repair
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Procedures that do not qualify for robotic techniques may still qualify for minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery . Laparoscopic surgery uses a video camera and thin instruments that only require small incisions.
Minimally invasive surgical technology
At HCA Houston Conroe, surgeons within a variety of specialties use a robotic surgery system. The robotic system does not replace the surgeon — the surgeon remains in control of the procedure and movements at all times, with the robotic equipment providing them with optimal precision and control.
From a state-of-the art computer console, a surgeon has a microscopic view of the surgical area through tiny cameras. These cameras can magnify the organs and other structures inside the body by 10x (most laparoscopic surgeries provide doctors with 4x magnification).
Looking through the camera, the surgeon is able to make precise, dime-size incisions and guide the robotic arms with attached instruments through the incisions to the surgical area. The movement of the surgeon's fingers is transmitted (via the computer console) to the instrument tips on the other robotic arms, mimicking the movements of the surgeon's hands and wrists. This gives the doctor an ambidextrous capability and great surgical precision.
As with traditional surgery, the operating team includes an assistant surgeon, anesthesiologist and operating room nurse.
Robotic surgery at HCA Houston 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.Learn about Robotic surgery