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Procedures

Following are the robotically assisted procedures performed at St. Vincent Healthcare using the da Vinci Surgical System. Thanks to the generous support of the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, we are able to offer robotic surgery at the same cost as traditional laparoscopic surgery. Our wonderful benefactors have made it possible to have the latest technology without adding an extra financial burden.




Surgical Procedure Surgery Type
Adhesiolysis O L R
Appendectomy O
L
R
SS
Gallbladder Surgery O
L
R
SS
Splenectomy O
L
R
SS
Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux
O
L
R
 
Surgery for Achalasia O
L
R
Colon Surgery O
L
R
Small Bowel Surgery O
L
R
Complex Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair O
L
R
Inguinal Hernia Repairs O
R
SS

 

Surgery Type O

Open
L

Laparoscopic
R

Robotic
SS

Single Site

Adhesiolysis
Adhesions are the result of prior surgeries and may cause obstructions in the intestines. Symptoms include pain, bloating and vomiting. Open surgery is often performed, but minimally invasive alternatives are considered whenever it is safe and feasible.

Appendectomy
Appendicitis affects as many as 6% of people in the United States. The cause is not entirely understood. Laparoscopic surgery is the mainstay of treatment. Laparoscopic surgery affords the best look at the appendix and the adjacent structures. It allows for a timely recovery and a search for other problems.

Gallbladder Surgery
Gallbladder disease is extremely common in the US. Most people have cramping pain in the right upper quadrant of their abdomen and severe nausea among a number of other symptoms. Laparoscopic surgery is current standard for removal of a diseased gallbladder. Robotic-assisted surgery, using Single-Site™ instruments on the da Vinci Surgical System, is the latest and most advanced surgical development. A single one-inch incision in the bellybutton allows the surgeon to safely remove the gallbladder. Unlike traditional laparoscopic surgeries requiring four to five small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button thus effectively hiding the scar. Patients will have less post-operative pain, nausea and a quicker return to health.

Pancreatectomy
Minimally invasive surgery for certain pancreas tumors in the hands of our surgeons has excellent outcomes. Compared to traditional open surgery there are fewer complications and less pain.

Splenectomy
Certain disorders of the spleen require its removal. Our surgeons have been removing diseased spleens with 4-5 incisions using the laparoscope for more than 10 years. Robotic surgery allows for more careful dissection and control.

Surgery for Reflux
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or severe heartburn is endemic in Montana, Wyoming and the rest of the United States. Surgery is an important tool in treating the disease. Ask your primary care physician or call one of our surgeons to see if it is the right approach for you. Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery is ideally suited to correct problems in the upper stomach. Minimally invasive surgery is the preferred and most common approach to surgery

Surgery for Achalasia
Achalasia is a condition that prevents people from swallowing. The food "sticks" at the end of the esophagus. Treatment involves cutting the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. Laparoscopic surgery is a good tool for this procedure. The high-power optics of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System improve upon an already good laparoscopic procedure. A robotic Heller-Myotomy offers many potential benefits, including a lower risk of esophageal tears, less bleeding, a shorter recovery time, and less pain. Most people are ready to leave the hospital in 1-2 days.

Colon Surgery
There are a number of benign and malignant diseases of the colon that are treated surgically. These conditions include Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis and cancer. Minimally invasive techniques are the normal approach by our surgeons. Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery has many benefits including less pain, quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays. Ask your surgeon which procedure is best for you.

Small Intestine Surgery
Conditions of the small intestine may require removal of a portion of the intestine. Minimally invasive surgery allows our surgeons to safely and effectively remove the disease and get the patients back to health quicker and with less discomfort.

Complex Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery
Hernia surgery requires a diverse set of skills. Although most hernias are fixed with single incisions and simple techniques, some cases require more advanced skills and tools. Our surgeons have vast experience with complex abdominal wall hernias and will work with you to determine the best approach for you.

Groin Hernias
Groin (or Inguinal) hernias are extremely common. Surgery to correct these painful and limiting problems has evolved steadily over the last 100 years. Our surgeons have performed hundreds of minimally invasive hernia repairs in addition to thousands of open repairs. They will work with you to find the operation with the best outcome and the quickest recovery.

Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric surgery has made tremendous improvements in the overall health of overweight people. It is a true life-changing operation. Our Bariatric Surgery Team has extensive experience with the latest techniques including Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resections, Lap Bands and Gastric Bypass surgeries. Our comprehensive, team-based approach has been designed with the best possible outcomes of our patients in mind. If you are considering weight-loss surgery then attend one of our weight loss seminars to see if this is best for you.