General Surgery

Surgery to treat abdominal and gastrointestinal conditions has evolved steadily over the last 20 years at St. Vincent Healthcare. Our Surgeons adopted laparoscopic procedures early in their evolution and have continued to pioneer new directions in Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Laparoscopic surgery usually involves multiple 5-12 mm (1/4-1/2 inch) incisions. Our state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgery suites allow for the best visualization and outcomes possible. Robotic-assisted surgery takes the visualization to an entirely new level. Imagine seeing inside the body in 3-D, high-definition and 10-power magnification. Additionally the daVinci surgical system improves dexterity and control, which are essential for delicate procedures. Newer robotic tools augment and even exceed what can be done with the human hand. The forefront of Minimally Invasive Surgery is minimal access. The daVinci surgical system allows well-trained surgeons to perform some of our complex operations with a single 1-1.5 inch incision hidden in the belly button.

Compared to traditional open surgery, the minimally invasive surgery can allow for:

  • quicker return to normal daily activities
  • shorter hospital stay and recovery time
  • minimal scarring due to smaller incisions
  • less postoperative pain
  • reduced blood loss
  • lower risk of infection

Learn More
Procedures: Learn more about the general surgeries performed St. Vincent Healthcare using da Vinci surgical system.
Physicians: Find a physician who specializes in general surgery using da Vinci.