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Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery

Your doctor may recommend minimally invasive, or laparoscopic surgery, depending on your condition.

How it works

During a minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon makes one or more small incisions (usually about a half-inch long) and inserts a tube through which the doctor can insert cameras and specially designed instruments to perform the surgery.

Compared to traditional open surgery, patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery often experience:

  • Less pain
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Faster recovery


Many different procedures can be performed laparoscopically. Some of the most common laparoscopic procedures remove the:

  • Gallbladder (cholecystectomy)
  • Colon (colectomy)
  • Uterus (hysterectomy)


Saint Luke’s offers minimally invasive surgery at:

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery:

  • Utilizes state-of-the-art technology to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • Provides many benefits to patients, including reduced blood loss, quicker recovery, and less postoperative pain and discomfort
  • Delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same look and feel of open surgery                           

How it works

da Vinci Surgical SystemUsing the da Vinci Surgical System®, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. Similar to traditional minimally invasive surgery, small incisions are made and the surgeon places tubes in each incision. The da Vinci’s patient-side cart has three or four robotic arms that are used to place cameras and surgical instruments in these tubes.

The surgeon then operates while seated at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. Using the system’s master controls, the surgeon's hand, wrist, and finger movements are translated into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion that mimic the dexterity of the human hand and wrist.

The vision system, with a high-resolution 3-D endoscope and image processing equipment, provides the true-to-life 3-D images of the operative field. These images can be enhanced, refined, and optimized using they system’s image synchronizers, high-intensity illuminators, and camera control units.


Patients have access to state-of-the-art surgical care for procedures ranging from hysterectomy to coronary artery bypass.

Our robotic surgery program offers:

  • Adrenalectomy—laparoscopiclly removing the adrenal gland
  • Atrial septal defect repair—repairing a hole in the wall between the two atria to allow blood flow between the two sides of the heart (available at Saint Luke’s Hospital only)
  • Coronary artery bypass—using a section of vein/artery to bypass a blockage in a artery of the heart (available at Saint Luke’s Hospital only)
  • Epicardial lead placement—placing a pacemaker lead (available at Saint Luke’s Hospital only)
  • Hysterectomy—removing the uterus
  • Lung procedures (available at Saint Luke’s Hospital only)
  • Mitral valve repair—reconstructing a heart valve to restore proper function (available at Saint Luke’s Hospital only)
  • Myomectomy—removing uterine fibroids
  • Nephrectomy—partially or completely removing the kidney
  • Prostatectomy—removing part or all of the prostate
  • Pyeloplasties —reconstructing the pelvis or the kidney to correct an obstruction
  • Sacral colpopexy—correcting pelvic organ prolapse
  • Thymectomy— removing the thymus gland (available at Saint Luke’s Hospital only)


Saint Luke’s offers minimally invasive robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System® at three locations:

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