Robotic-assisted Surgery

WVU Medicine leads the region in minimally invasive robotic surgery – the most advanced surgical system available today. Patients who choose to have their robotic surgery at WVU benefit from both the expertise of our surgeons and from the skilled team of multidisciplinary specialists who assist in the procedures.

The state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic arms, guided remotely by the surgeon’s hands, allow major surgery through tiny incisions with pinpoint accuracy. Our surgeons can perform deep-tissue procedures with minimal trauma because there is no large, open incision. Other benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • reduced pain and blood loss
  • shorter recovery time
  • shorter hospital stays
  • reduced scarring
  • reduced risk of infection
  • faster return to daily activities

A miniature camera attached to one of the four robotic arms gives the surgeon a highly magnified, three-dimensional view. The range of surgeries that can be performed robotically is continually expanding. WVU Medicine offers robotic-assisted options for a range of surgeries, including:

  • Prostate cancer surgery
  • Bladder cancer surgery
  • Kidney cancer surgery
  • Gynecologic cancer surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Uterine fibroid surgery

In the hands of our experienced surgeons, the da Vinci® robotic surgery system offers our patients the most favorable outcomes available in medicine today.

Robotic-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery

WVU’s Obstetric and Gynecology department offers the cutting-edge technology of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. The da Vinci robotic arms, guided by the surgeon’s hands, allow our doctors to perform major gynecologic surgery through tiny incisions with pinpoint accuracy.

Procedures that WVU’s Ob/Gyn doctors perform using robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • uterine fibroid surgery
  • hysterectomy
  • endometrial cancer surgery

Robotic-Assisted Urologic Surgery

WVU’s Urology department offers minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, the most advanced option for surgery related to the uro-genital tract.

The da Vinci® robotic arms, guided by the surgeon’s hands, allow our doctors to perform major urologic surgery through tiny incisions with pinpoint accuracy. The robotic instruments are manipulated through small incisions into deep tissue areas of the body with less disruption to surrounding healthy tissue and with less blood loss than traditional open surgery.

Our urology doctors use robotic-assisted surgery to treat diseases of the urinary tract and the accessory organs, including:

  • Robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer
  • Robotic cystectomy for bladder cancer
  • Robotic nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer
  • Robotic adrenalectomy for adrenal gland disorders and cancer

WVU Medicine’s urologists also use robotic technology to reconstruct the urinary tract, to repair congenital and acquired blockage of the urinary tract, to remove bladder diverticulum, and to reimplant the ureters. Learn more about robotic-assisted urologic surgery.