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Robotic General Surgery at CSM

Robotic General Surgery at Columbia St. Mary’s

The use of robotics for certain surgeries has proven to be advantageous for both surgeons and patients.

Robotic surgery allows surgeons to complete surgical procedures with a precision never before possible. The pencil-thin arms and tiny surgical instruments are capable of moving in a manner not available in traditional laparoscopy, giving surgeons the ability to view and work within the surgical field as never before.

Columbia St. Mary's was the first hospital da Vinci Surgical Systemin the region to utilize the da Vinci® system in 3D with high-definition. The three-dimensional, high-definition views virtually extend the surgeon’s hands and eyes into the surgical field, allowing unparalleled clarity and detail. In addition, the 3D, high-definition viewing capabilities of Columbia St. Mary's da Vinci System give surgeons a greatly increased ability to clearly differentiate between diseased and non-diseased tissue.

Additional advantages of robotic surgery include:

  • Decreased blood loss during surgery
  • Shortened length of hospital stay
  • Decreased post-operative pain
  • Less scarring
  • Faster return to regular activities
  • Less risk of wound infection
Individual results may vary. Always ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of all available treatment options.

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General Surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical System

  • Colon Surgery for colon cancer and benign conditions
  • Gallbladder Surgery for the removal of the gallbladder
  • Surgery for chronic or severe heartburn
  • Bariatric Surgery for weight loss


If your doctor recommends surgery, you may be a candidate for a robotic surgery. Robotic surgery offers numerous potential benefits over a conventional surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring, including the possibility of single site gallbladder surgery.
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed for every patient. A discussion between you and your doctor will provide for the best procedure.

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Find a Robotic Surgeon for General Surgery

Joseph Regan, MD, FACS

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will my insurance cover robotic surgery?
A: The majority of insurance companies pay for this surgery as they would conventional surgery, however there are exceptions. Please consult with your insurance carrier to confirm your coverage.

Q: After the surgery, when will I be able to resume normal activities?
A: Some of the major advantages of this surgery are decreased bleeding and decreased pain which results in a faster and easier recuperation time. Most individuals will be able to resume normal activities within a few days of surgery.

Q: How long can I expect to be off work after the procedure?
A: You should be able to resume normal activities in two weeks. However, this varies by patient and should be discussed with your physician.



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