Robotic-assisted surgery in Tomball, Texas
HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball has one of the most advanced robotic surgery programs in the greater Houston area. Our hospital’s highly skilled surgical team is available 24/7 every day of the year to perform robotic-assisted procedures. This dedication ensures that Tomball and North Houston communities have expedited access to the best possible care, no matter when, while staying close to home.
For more information about our robotic surgery program, please call (281) 318-2315.
We have consistently grown our Tomball robotics program since its inception at the hospital in 2005. HCA Houston Tomball was the first hospital in northwest Houston to offer partial knee resurfacing using robotic arm technology.
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
We are proud to provide a modernized approach to surgery recovery through our dedicated enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) unit. We follow ERAS protocols specific to the type of surgery, and we have specially trained ERAS nurses.
Robotic surgery is a progressive alternative for most general surgery cases and can be used to treat an array of conditions and surgical specialties, including:
- Prostate surgery
- Partial nephrectomy
- Endometriosis resection
- Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Bariatric surgery
How robotic surgery works
Instead of operating on patients through large incisions, surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through very small incisions to reduce scarring and recovery time.
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 by about 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.
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
In October 2015, HCA Houston Tomball opened the first dedicated ERAS floor in Houston in order to provide an elite method of recovery to post-surgical patients.
ASER, the American Society of Enhanced Recovery, is a nonprofit organization with an international membership, which is dedicated to the advancement of enhanced recovery practices for the perioperative patient. The goal is to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction using techniques supported by the medical literature.
The ERAS concept
The concept of enhanced recovery, known earlier as fast-track surgery, originated from the work of Professor Henrik Kehlet in Denmark in the 1990s.
Using evidenced based practices, numerous elements of care are imbedded in protocols to ensure consistent state of the art delivery of care. These elements involve all aspects of care, from preoperative to the postoperative phase. ERAS protocols have been recognized to decrease lengths of stay, complications rates and improve patient satisfaction when compared to traditional surgical care.
Robotic surgery at HCA Houston Healthcare
Robotic 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