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Why choose UCLA Health for robotic surgery?
At UCLA Health’s robotic surgery program, we want you to have the best possible surgery and recovery. Our robotic surgery team, which includes experienced surgeons and highly specialized staff, provides world-class care. We pay special attention to managing your recovery process and getting you back to your daily activities.
When you choose robotic surgery at UCLA Health, you can expect:
Experienced leaders in the field: We do more robotic surgeries than most other medical centers in the nation. Skilled specialists also lead simulation trainings and educational programs at UCLA Health for doctors around the country. Our vast experience allows you to have an exceptional treatment experience.
Advanced technology: We use robotic surgery to do complex and life-saving surgeries. Your surgeon fully controls the robotic tools, which allows for greater precision and access to hard-to-reach places. Our focus on safety and quality means you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Faster recovery: Robotic surgery can make a huge difference in your healing process. This advanced technique involves small, minimally invasive incisions that mean you recover faster and with less pain.
Comprehensive pain management: We want your experience to be as comfortable as possible. Our team manages your pain at the hospital and even after you go home. We actively research new and effective pain management techniques, so you can focus on a smooth recovery.
What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery (robot-assisted surgery) is a highly precise and minimally invasive surgical technique. Unlike traditional (open) surgery, minimally invasive surgery uses fewer and smaller incisions.
The da Vinci® robot: How does robotic surgery work?
We use state-of-the-art technology called the da Vinci® surgical system. This system includes a console (set of controls), specialized surgical tools and a high-definition camera.
The camera shows your surgeon a clear, three-dimensional view of the area of operation. The image is magnified to 10 times what the human eye can see. Your surgeon uses the console and images from the camera to guide and control the tools during your procedure.
For every movement your surgeon makes at the console, the da Vinci robot replicates it inside your body on a smaller scale. Your surgeon has complete control during the entire procedure.
Benefits of robot-assisted surgery
Using the robotic surgical system, your surgeon has extremely precise tools and enhanced imaging. The tools have more stability and a better range of motion than your surgeon would have alone.
The small size of the tools allows your surgeon to make smaller and fewer incisions. It also reduces the amount of trauma to tissues in your body.
Robot-assisted surgeries lead to:
- Shorter hospitalization time after your surgery
- Faster recovery and return to your daily activities and work
- Less blood loss and fewer blood transfusions
- Less pain and scarring
- Reduced risk of infection
Proactive pain management
We understand that surgery may feel overwhelming and scary. As part of your preoperative screening evaluation, our team talks with you about the procedure and your concerns.
We help you understand what to expect during and after surgery so you feel more prepared. We also provide you with pain management expertise while you’re at the hospital and when you return home. Together with you, we determine how to best manage your pain with options including medications, nerve blocks, and acupuncture or other alternative therapies.
Robotic surgeries we offer
Our expert team at UCLA Health successfully treats many conditions using robot-assisted surgery. This technology offers unparalleled outcomes for surgical procedures such as:
- Colorectal surgery
- Endometriosis surgery
- General surgery
- Gynecological surgery
- Head and neck surgery
- Heart surgery
- Thoracic (chest) surgery
- Urologic surgery (for cancers of the urinary system)
Collaborative approach to cancer treatment
Our specialists provide coordinated care and highly skilled expertise to treat cancer using robotic surgery. We target your treatment with technology that helps us determine your exact cancer type. Then we review the proposed procedure with your medical and radiation oncologists.
A multidisciplinary team of experts works together and with you to make the best possible decisions about your care. We understand how important it is for you to be informed and prepared for surgery.
Robotic surgery research for better outcomes
We constantly search for ways to improve robotic surgery techniques so that you receive the most advanced care. Learn more about robotic surgery research at UCLA Health’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology.
Our expert team
Your care team during robotic surgery includes highly experienced surgeons, nursing and operating room staff, anesthesiologists and pain management specialists. We perform robotic surgeries every day with the extensive training to achieve safe, successful outcomes.
Our team members work closely together, so you receive seamless and coordinated care. We're with you every step of the way, from consultation through recovery.