Cutting-edge robotic technology in Denver, CO

Since 1881, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center has been on the leading edge of medical innovation and in 2003 was the first hospital in the region to offer robotic surgery technology with the da Vinci robot. Our doctors have continued to master the evolving technology to provide advanced care options to our patients and are now using the robot’s helping hands within a wide range of specialties, from gastroenterology to gynecology.

What is robotic surgery?

Considered to be the most innovative type of minimally invasive surgery available today, robotic surgery combines the human touch of skilled surgeons with the precision of leading-edge technologies. At P/SL, we are proud to offer the latest in robotic surgery options. Despite its name, robotic surgery is performed by highly experienced, specially trained surgeons who are assisted by an integrated system of advanced computer and robotic technologies.

We are home to one of the largest robotic surgery programs in the Rocky Mountain region.

How robotic surgery works

Your surgeon is 100 percent in control of the robot. Through a high-tech control module, surgeons move miniaturized operating instruments that allow for extremely precise movements. In fact, the robotic systems allow surgeons to have a greater range of motion, to see more clearly and to have better dexterity than when performing traditional surgery.

Benefits of robotic surgery

  • Smaller incisions, less pain and scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Greater sparing of nerves
  • Quicker recovery & return to regular activity
  • Better margins
  • Better patient care through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach

Robotic single-site surgery

The latest technology in robotic surgery, robotic surgery using Single-Site® instrumentation offers the possibility of a single-incision surgery for select patients needing a hysterectomy or cholecystectomy. Patients who receive Single-Site® robotic surgery experience virtually scarless results. That is because the surgeon operates through only one small incision in the navel (belly button). After a fast recovery, the scar is almost impossible to see.

Surgeons at the Center for Robotic Surgery at P/SL are among only a few in the state performing single-incision surgery. Our surgeons proctor physicians from all over the Rocky Mountain region on performing this procedure.

Specialties utilizing robotic surgery

Our highly skilled and board-certified surgeons perform robotic surgery in the following specialties at P/SL:

  • Colorectal surgery as treatment for colon cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • General surgery
  • Hernia-repair surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Sacrocolpopexy for pelvic prolapse

Though robotic surgery has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date, not all patients are candidates for robotic-assisted surgery. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks of each surgical technique with your doctor.