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Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at Allegheny Valley Hospital

Our surgeons perform sophisticated, precise robotic surgeries using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Minimally invasive and robotic surgery at Allegheny Valley Hospital

The goal of any minimally invasive procedure is to treat the affected area with great precision without harming the surrounding healthy tissue. This approach leads to a more effective surgery and a more comfortable recovery. Different types of minimally invasive surgery include:

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery and endoscopic surgery are minimally invasive surgical techniques that use several small incisions, compared to one large incision used in traditional operations. Alternatively, surgeons may not make an incision at all. They may use one of the body’s natural openings, such as the nose or mouth, to access the affected area.

Surgeons insert miniature instruments into the incisions or opening to perform procedures. One of these instruments, called an endoscope, is a long, thin, flexible tube. A camera at the end enables the surgical team to see the area in detail. This approach, using small incisions and instruments, typically leads to an easier recovery for you, with little or no scarring.

At Allegheny Valley, we offer a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, known as Barrx™, for people with Barrett's esophagus. This technique uses an electrical current to create heat that destroys damaged tissue in the esophagus.

Robot-assisted surgery

Robotic surgery is another type of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon controls a robotic arm to perform the surgery.

A video monitor shows detailed, real-time images of the area during the procedure. The robotic arm has greater dexterity than a human arm so surgeons can perform a safe, targeted procedure, with little or no damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Procedures we perform using minimally invasive surgery

We use the da Vinci system and other minimally invasive approaches for:

  • General surgical needs like hernia repair and gall bladder removal
  • Cardiovascular (heart-related) diseases
  • Women’s health concerns such as urinary incontinence and gynecologic tumors
  • Cancers of the colon, breast, kidney, lung, and prostate
  • Orthopaedic (musculoskeletal) conditions including spinal disorders

Am I a candidate for a robotic procedure?

Surgeons cannot treat every person or condition with robotic surgery due to:

  • The nature of the specific condition
  • Your symptoms
  • Other conditions you may have
  • Your overall health

You and your surgeon may determine that a traditional, open procedure will lead to a better result for you. Our team always has your long-term health in mind. Learn more about surgery services at Allegheny Valley Hospital.

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment with an Allegheny Valley Hospital specialist.

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1301 Carlisle Street
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
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