Surgical Services - da Vinci

Onslow Memorial Hospital is home to the most advanced and minimally invasive surgical system, the da Vinci®. This high tech surgical robot has revolutionized the way physicians perform major surgeries. With the da Vinci Surgical System, Onslow Memorial's surgeons can provide the most effective, least invasive treatment available for a wide range of complex conditions.

Benefits of da Vinci:

  • Greater precision minimizes pain & speeds up healing
  • Greatly reduces the need for a long hospital stay​
  • Recovery time is significantly reduced—often 1-2 weeks (vs. 6-8 weeks for normal, open surgery)
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Gives physicians more flexibility with difficult cases

Revolutionary, but there's still a surgeon in control

da Vinci is called a surgical robot, but the surgeon is in control. A special console provides the surgeon magnified 3-D images of the surgical area and hand controls that move the surgical instruments with precision that isn’t possible from human hands alone. da Vinci’s movements are the doctor’s movements but better, allowing access through incisions that are many times smaller than ones from a human hand and offers a steadiness and range-of-motion greater than the range of a human wrist and hand. da Vinci’s eyes are also the surgeon’s eyes, only better—microscopic cameras provide unprecedented views into the tiniest of areas allowing incredible surgical accuracy.

Why minimally invasive surgery is better

By using tiny incisions, minimally invasive surgery allows patients to recover with less pain. Another benefit is a shorter hospital stay, allowing patients to resume their normal lives as soon as possible. These are big advantages over open surgery, which can also leave a large scar.

da Vinci Procedures

With da Vinci, you can have major surgery with only a few tiny incisions. To date, this minimally invasive approach has been successfully used for everything from heart surgery to cancer surgery, to treat conditions as diverse and complex as prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, morbid obesity, and mitral valve regurgitation. 

da Vinci Surgery is commonly used for:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urologic Surgery

You can learn more about the procedures available at Onslow by clicking on the Surgical Procedures tab.

Is da Vinci right for you?

Depending on your particular need, da Vinci robotically assisted surgery may be the best treatment option for you. As with any surgery, any stated or implied benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition, and procedure. Ask your physician if you qualify for robotic surgery.